Best Surfer in Los Angeles
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.
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.
The true love of his life is of course the sea.
Or as they call it here - Mother Ocean.
If you ask him what his dream is, he answers "I'd rather be surfing right now."
"But do you have a dream?" "Yes, to get barreled."
Sometimes he spends the full day in the water until after the sunsets.
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.
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.
So it is his natural environment.
He can be seen all around LA county beaches hanging out with people looking at the waves.
Every local surfer knows him and for many he represents a spirit of the sea.
His talent of surfing is the kiss from the Universe that clearly admires him.
Gabe Boucher is known for style, flow, power, creativity, approach.
He connects to the Earth's energy like this guy from Jungle book, what was his name, Mawgli?
Did you ever see someone to be so happy waxing a surfboard?
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.
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