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Lopez, Gerry


Hawaiian tuberiding specialist, lauded for his cool-under-fire style at Pipeline in Hawaii, and still regarded as the model of wave-riding elegance and refinement. "What he does is poetry," fellow Pipeline ace Rory Russell once said. "For sheer beauty, no one else even comes close."

Lopez was born (1948) and raised in Honolulu, the son of a newspaperman father and a high school teacher mother; he began surfing in Waikiki at age nine, but didn't take the sport up in earnest until high school,...