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Surf is Where You Find It (pb), 3rd Ed.

Surf is Where You Find It (pb), 3rd Ed.


Author: Gerry Lopez | Paperback, 3rd Edition

The saying goes, “The 2nd 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 Hawai‘i 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, 7 years and more than 25,000 copies sold later, Patagonia has re-launched the surfing classic in a fully revised and expanded edition. Includes 3 times as many photos, many of them never-before-seen shots from Lopez’s personal collection, and 38 short stories (including 7 new ones) spotlight those who have been influential in the sport—surfing anytime, 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. The book includes forewords by professional surfer Rob Machado and The Surfer’s Journal founder Steve Pezman.


Gerry Lopez, aka “Mr. Pipeline,” is considered the greatest tube-riding surfer ever and is hailed for single-handedly changing the sport. He made his reputation at Pipeline, redefining the art of tube-riding on the North Shore of Oʻahu. He went on to a lifelong career in surfing, snowboarding, and stand-up paddle. He co-founded Lightning Bolt® Maui surfboards and was instrumental in developing the high-performance shortboard. Today, he tests clothing and gear for Patagonia as a Surf Ambassador and lives with his wife and son in Bend, Oregon, where he splits his time between surf and snow.