Shaping a board with Gerry Lopez
Surfing is a young culture and unlike fine art where we can't personally meet Michelangelo anymore there is still an opportunity to look at it's beginning with your own eyes. For every surfer in the world to meet Mr. Lopez in person and see him shaping the surfboard that is famous worldwide is a miracle. It is also a moment to remember, seeing master's work. And an opportunity to learn from a person that has changed surfing culture. He is that one who showed the world surfing in a tube. It's when you ride a board in a water corridor looking at the light at the end of it, hoping to make it out. This feeling is impossible to describe it can only be understood through the personal experience.
Gerry Lopez is a remarkable surfer and shaper. Possibly the biggest legend of the surfing world. Matt Wessen met Mr Lopez and watched him shape a classic single fin surfboard from start to finish. Here is the visual story made by Matt and illustrations from Lost&Found collection who's owner Director Doug Walker was kind to provide them for this article.
Fourty years later Gerry Lopez reshapes the classic 7'6 "Pipeliner".
Photography by Matt Wessen