A few years back, Patagonia invited myself and my manager at the time...Currie to come out to Ventura for a 'dealer camp'. We got to fly to California and see their facilities, try FCD Surfboards and Patagonia wetsuits. We stayed right on the pier and got a chance to meet Yvon Chounard, The Malloy Brothers, Mary Osborne, Mickey Munoz and the highlight of my trip, Gerry Lopez. One night Patagonia had a luau in honor of Gerry...we each got a copy of his book "Surf is Where You Find it" and had him sign it. What an awesome, humble guy...shared stories untill you were done listening.
As a kid, I remember seeing photos and watching footage of Gerry at Pipeline and just wishing that I could do what he was doing even a fraction as smooth as he was making it look. Gerry, in my eyes, is the epitome of style and grace under presure...he is the man. Thanks Gerry and Patagonia for the opportunity!
|Gerry...makin it look easy.|