Date: One Saturday morning in 1963.
Moment: Gerry Lopez surfs the Pipeline for his first time.
Location: Banzai Pipeline, North Shore, Oahu
On a calm morning in 1963, 15-year-old Gerry Lopez took his first tentative steps on what would become a long, winding road. He, along with his friend Tommy, were on a mission to surf Pipeline. Gerry Lopez had never surfed there before, and he was nervous. “It was a spot that, I guess, I was intimidated with at first,” he said. ”But I got to know it, and eventually became pretty comfortable there.”