LEWIS SAMUELS ON BIRTHDAY BOY BRUCE IRONS

Three years ago, SURFER sent me to Kauai to interview Bruce Irons. "Not Dying Young," the subsequent profile, came out four months before Andy’s death. The title stemmed from my assertion that Bruce could have been surfing’s Jimi Hendrix, James Dean, Kurt Cobain, if only he’d died young. Instead, Bruce had seemingly moved on with the messy, difficult task of growing up. I didn’t set out to write about Andy—as a younger brother, I knew how difficult it can be to grow up in the long shadow of a...