Best Surfer in Los Angeles

  Breakfast on his dashboard

Breakfast on his dashboard

You might not know that but there is a best surfer in LA. He is a private person, not recognized by commercial industry and not sponsored. He doesn't own a brand of wetsuits, surfboards or Nike shoes. He doesn't have a Facebook page with thousands followers. Firstly because he doesn't care and also because he has a fiery temperament. He is pure, honest and true to himself. His name is Gabe Boucher.

  Gabe with his friend Tyler (who's dream is to be famous for doing voice-overs)

Gabe with his friend Tyler (who's dream is to be famous for doing voice-overs)

As every superhero he is tremendously handsome and he doesn't know that. One look into his eyes can make your day brighter, they shine with kindness and integrity.

  LA county

LA county

The true love of his life is of course the sea.

  LA county

LA county

Or as they call it here - Mother Ocean.

  LA county

LA county

If you ask him what his dream is, he answers "I'd rather be surfing right now."

  Getting barreled in LA county

Getting barreled in LA county

"But do you have a dream?" "Yes, to get barreled."

  After the sunset in Malibu

After the sunset in Malibu

Sometimes he spends the full day in the water until after the sunsets.

  LA county

LA county

He was raised in Topanga and found happiness in everyday surfing sessions at the bottom of the canyon where he lives, only a few minutes away. Not many people have an ability to find peace and accomplishment within such a small distance from their house.

  Northern LA county

Northern LA county

Surfers that get barreled frequently claim that it's the best feeling and compare it to enlightenment. Supposedly one enter's a form of transcending being there. It's known that a person who spent a very long time riding in a barrel can become crazy when he makes it out and continue walking around his life laughing for no reason or looking high.

  LA county

LA county

So it is his natural environment. 

  Zuma beach

Zuma beach

He can be seen all around LA county beaches hanging out with people looking at the waves.

  Westward beach

Westward beach

Every local surfer knows him and for many he represents a spirit of the sea.

  Somewhere

Somewhere

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His talent of surfing is the kiss from the Universe that clearly admires him.

  LA county

LA county

Gabe Boucher is known for style, flow, power, creativity, approach.

  Zuma beach

Zuma beach

He connects to the Earth's energy like this guy from Jungle book, what was his name, Mawgli?

  About to wax his board

About to wax his board

Did you ever see someone to be so happy waxing a surfboard?

  Malibu colony

Malibu colony

  Fishbowls surfspot

Fishbowls surfspot

Superheroes are usually not that interested in social scene or ladies that run around them with luminous eyes.

But they stay devoted to their friends, talents and passions. They are explorers who are rare like diamonds.

 Santa Monica, CA

Santa Monica, CA

We can see them among other people if we tune our frequency a little bit and look around for those who are a real inspiration for others.

 

Photography by Matt Wessen, story by Anna Wessen