Gerry Lopez

Surfing Ambassador

Hometown

Honolulu, HI

Resides

Bend, OR

Patagonia Surf Ambassador Gerry Lopez
There are few images as iconic as Gerry calmly slotted on a perfect, eight-foot day at Pipeline. After redefining the art of tube riding on the North Shore of O’ahu, his focus turned to Indonesia, where he pioneered legendary spots like Uluwatu and G-Land. Now based in Oregon, he surfs, writes, shapes, and shreds powder days near his home in Bend.

Career Highlights

  • Fooling Toni into marriage after 5 years as a boyfriend, 1987
  • Father of Alex in May, 1989
  • Discovering windsurfing on Maui,1980
  • Moved from Oahu to Upcountry Maui in 1973
  • Started Lightning Bolt Surfboards in 1970
  • Worked on Big Wednesday in 1977
  • Co-starred with Arnold Schwarzenegger in Conan the Barbarian, 1980
  • Going to Australia in 1970
  • Going to Bali in 1974
  • Going to G-Land, 1976
  • Moving to Bend, Oregon in 1992
  • Joining Patagonia as a surf ambassador