Gerry Lopez

Hawaii and California, 1972
Style has always been the focal point of Hawaiian surfing. The idea is to be just real casual about riding a wave.

Jeff Hakman interviewed Gerry Lopez for the December 1972 issue of SURFER Magazine. Lopez was 22 years old. 

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In what ways has surfing in the Islands changed over the last five years?

The first breakthrough into a real radical high performance style of surfing was when Dick Brewer brought out his Pipeliner series [with Bing], and I guess that was back in about ’66. When California had their noseriding era, we had our Pipeliner era. And right after that came the Australians with their ...