Gerry Lopez

Martin Sundberg Photography / KIALOA / Gerry Lopez Outdoor Retailer 2013Surf Is cover - web

May 2015
Cloth hardcover
416 pages
$40 US / $49.99 CAN

Gerry Lopez (Bend, OR)

World-renowned surfer, stand up paddle pioneer, and Patagonia Ambassador


Stephanie Ridge | | 512-481-7681 | Twitter: @stephanieridge


  • Known as “ Mr Pipeline,” Gerry Lopez is an American surfer, shaper, journalist, and film actor
  • Born and raised in Hawaii, he was Hawaii State Champ at age 14 and went on to become the best tube rider in the world, winning thePipeline Masters competition (now called The Gerry Lopez Pipeline Masters) in 1972 and 1973
  • Played an important role in the surfboard industry, founding Lightning Bolt® Maui Surfboards
  • Credited for exposing Indonesia as a surf destination, and the surfspot known as “G-Land”
  • Helped pioneer stand up paddle, one of the fastest growing watersports in the world
  • Advocates yoga and spirituality as a means to better surfing and a peaceful life
  • An ambassador forPatagonia and has written for their catalogs. Often appears in ads and catalogs for Rainbow Sandals.
  • As an actor, has appeared in movies and surf documentaries including Conan the Barbarian (1982), Big Wednesday(1978), North Shore (1987), Farewell to the King (1989), Five Summer Stories (1973), Tales From The TubeStep Into Liquid (2003), Riding Giants (2004)
  • Lives in Bend, Oregon, where he continues to surf, and is an avid snowboarder. His surfboards remain in high demand, in addition to the snowboards he builds.


The saying goes, “the second best thing about surfing is talking about it afterward.” Gerry Lopez, one of the most revered surfers of all of time, brings readers into the intimately personal sport with Surf Is Where You Find It, a collection of stories that recount harrowing waves, epic wipeouts, and heroes encountered over a lifetime of surfing.

From growing up in Hawaii in the ’50s and ’60s, to finding the tube in the early days at Pipeline, to pioneering legendary spots like Uluwatu and G-Land in Indonesia, Lopez has traveled for surf the world over. But for him, it is the people that stood out the most. Originally published in 2008, Surf Is Where You Find It preserves memories of surf eras gone by, and commemorates those who helped shape the surfing world of today.

Now, seven years and more than 25,000 copies sold later, Patagonia is re-launching the surfing classic in a fully revised and expanded edition. Three times as many photos, many of them never-before-seen shots from Lopez’s personal collection, and 38 short stories (including seven new ones) spotlight those who have been influential in the sport—surfing any time, anywhere, and in any way. An innovator in stand up paddle, one of the fastest growing water sports in the world, Lopez also shares his stories about pioneering that sport.


  • Pipeline reflects on 50 years of surfing
  • The SUP Revolution: How the latest aspect of surfing has impacted the sport and our regard for lakes and rivers
  • How yoga makes you a better surfer and snowboarder
  • Surfing as a metaphor for life: Lessons learned on the board
  • The Church of the Open Sky: Gerry’s spiritual path of yoga and surfing
  • Gerry’s Three Rules of Surfing

Return to experts page

Are You Ready To Go From Author To Influencer?

Schedule your free assessment call now!