Bruce Irons has been handed a wildcard into the upcoming Billabong Pipe Masters, an event held in honour of his late brother, Andy Irons.
“I’m so honored to be given the opportunity to compete in the Pipe Masters in memory of my brother,” Irons said.
“I reached out to Kieren (Perrow) a couple of weeks ago and asked if it would be a possibility and he’s been completely open with me through this whole process.
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“I understand that the opportunity is coming to me due to someone withdrawing, which is never what you hope for, but I’m really pumped to surf Pipe with the world’s best.
“Really looking forward to the event and I hope the waves fire.”
Irons won the Pipe Masters in 2001 as a 22-year-old wildcard and qualified for the elite Championship Tour in 2004.
“Bruce and I have been talking about a possible opportunity and it’s great to see him charging Pipe again this season,” Perrow said.
“He’s always been a standout at Pipeline and remains amongst the world’s best surfers when conditions get critical out there.”
Irons was handed the spot after Freddie Patacchia and Australian rookie Matt Banting withdrew from the event.
The second opening will be determined in the coming weeks.
The Pipe Master, which will be held from December 8-20, will decide who will take out the world title.
Gold Coaster Mick Fanning is still the front runner to take out the title but Brazillian trio Adriano de Souza, Filipe Toledo and Gabriel Medina are all in with a chance.
Australians Owen Wright and Julian Wilson could also snatch the title if certain results fall their way.