The surfing world is mourning the loss of triple world champion Andy Irons, who died unexpectedly at 32. Irons had withdrawn from an event amid concerns that he and others on the tour contracted dengue fever and was returning home to Hawaii when he was found dead in an airport hotel while he had a layover in Dallas, Texas. It was unclear if he died from the illness or from something else. Officials said they were investigating the death.
Irons was known for his battles with world-renowned nine-time champion Kelly Slater, one of the people who got him into surfing.
"It's all about the feeling I get from riding that wave," Irons said in a video for one of the tours called "I Surf Because." "That first wave is the reason why I think everyone keeps coming back."
And making a comeback is just what Irons had done. He had taken a year off, and admittedly struggled with some personal problems, but said getting back into surfing was what helped him get through it.
"I have a lot of inner demons. If I didn't have surfing to get those out of my system, I would self-destruct," he said in the video. "Surfing's the only reason that keeps me going at a normal state. It keeps my life at an even keel; without it, it would just tip into oblivion."
Singer Alecia Beth Moore, who goes by the stage name Pink, is making headlines and getting a lot of support online for her latest video. She says "Raise Your Glass" celebrates society's "underdogs," and it tells them to "raise your glass if you are wrong in all the right ways."
In the video, she dons Rosie the Riveter attire, performs at a gay wedding, acts rocker-chic, goes geek and wears other stereotypical attire as she attempts to empower youths who are feeling alone. And that's something Pink has said she's known too well.
"Whatever the case may be, there's nothing cooler than a pair of effed-up teeth or freckles," she told MTV before the video premiered, admitting that she's always been far from perfect.
While it isn't quite the loud statement some other stars have been making (or trying to make) in their videos (see Kanye West and Lady Gaga), Pink's attempt to stand by her core demo and tell them it's OK jibes perfectly with the anti-bullying campaign that's been sweeping the country. (And yeah, it also has some provocative scenes.)
And she's making a few political statements in the video, too. At one point, she tries to wrestle a massive sumo wrestler.
"The sumo wrestler represents Wall Street, the big banks," she told MTV. "It's the middle-class working family against 'the man.' "
Esther Vergeer, 26, is one of the most dominant athletes in the world, yet you probably have no idea who she is.
Outside of those who compete against her, she remains virtually unknown. That's despite her mind-blowing run of 396 consecutive wins and the fact she hasn't lost a single tennis match since 2003.
The Dutchwoman is now making headlines. But this time, it's for what she's done off the court, not on it.Â In fact, it's mostly due to her appearance on ESPN Magazine's 2010 "Body Issue" publication, where a naked Vergeer holds a strategically placed tennis racket. She is the most dominant player that wheelchair tennis has ever seen, yet her inclusion in a magazine that has prominent athletes bare their bodies has created as many headlines as anything she has achieved in her illustrious career.