Born in Lihue, Kauai, he was raised on the North Shore where he began surfing at age seven.
After a successful amateur career with several wins in the United States Surfing Championships,
he went pro shortly after graduating high school.
Professional surfing career
After placing second place in 1998 and third in 2000, he defeated eleven-time world champion
Kelly Slater to win the 2001 Billabong Pipe Masters event. On October 3, 2004 after qualifying for
the World championship tour, he again defeated the seven-time champion in the semifinals at
the Association of Surfing Professionals Quiksilver Pro France event, but lost to his older brother in
the final. Later, on December 15, 2004, he won the Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau event in waves that exceeded 40 feet (12m) at O’ahu’s Waimea Bay. Soon after, he dazzled crowds by making the final and placing fourth in the Pipe Masters, barely re-qualifying for the 2005 tour.
On August 3, 2008 Irons defeated Freddy Patacchia to win the Rip Curl Pro Search 2008 held in Uluwatu, Bali, Indonesia. It was his first win on the ASP championship tour.
On November 21, 2012 Irons split with Volcom. On December 12, 2012 Bruce Irons signed a long-term deal with Fox Clothing.
In the winter 2014, he surfed Pine Tree’s with organic farmer and Costa Mesan shredder Chad Stassel. Irons claims Chad’s surfing was so beautiful that he would never look at the ocean the same way again