GERRY LOPEZ, BOY REPORTER—BEFORE HE WAS MR. PIPELINE, LOPEZ COVERED THE SURF BEAT FOR THE HONOLULU ADVERTISER

Gerry Lopez was Hawaii’s hottest young gun in 1969, coming up so fast at Pipeline that Jock Sutherland bailed to the Army rather than defend his turf. I made that last part up, but who knows? Lopez was 20 years old, looked 16, and not only was both smooth and progressive in the water, he…