Gerry Lopez Surf Skate Style

SURF SKATE STYLE WITH GERRY LOPEZ.
INTERVIEW BY JUICE MAGAZINE.
PHOTO BY JEFF DIVINE.

 

“Skateboarding in the early 1960s was called sidewalk surfing. In the ‘70s, when it really took off with good wheels and trucks, Rory Russell and I used to go to the skatepark in Carlsbad. I think it was the first one around. So skating was something surfers did when the surf was flat. Tony Alva and Jay Adams started coming to Hawaii where the kids like Larry Bertlemann and Derek Ho were skating the drainage ditches called Uluwatu and Wallos and there was a blending of the skate styles. Rory even built a ramp in his backyard at Chun’s Reef and would work up a sweat to warm up for surfing. It was generally assumed that skateboarding was an off-shoot sport from surfing and surfers. Eventually, it made its way inland and took on a life of its own with skaters that weren’t surfers. Now it is considered a separate sport, but the reality is that its roots are surfing.” – GERRY LOPEZ

Gerry Lopez – the ultimate stylist – Pipeline 1971. Photo Jeff Divine

JUICE MAGAZINE SURF SKATE STYLE  STORY:

The influence of surfing on skateboarding has been discussed since the beginning of both, yet we have now entered a new era, where skateboarding has returned the favor with its own unique influence on the surfing world. In order to get to the core of this cross over and to try to define the origins and current state and status of surf skate style, we’ve interviewed some of the most innovative skateboarders, surfers, artists, documentarians, photographers, filmmakers and musicians on the planet. In honor of the great, Shogo Kubo, who once said, “To me, style is everything…” welcome to our exploration of Surf Skate Style featuring interviews with Aaron Murray, Aaron Astorga, Abraham Paskowitz, Art Brewer, Bennett Harada, Brad Bowman, Brandon Cruz, Brian Brannon, Carter Slade, Chris Miller, Chris Strople, Christian Fletcher, Christian Hosoi, Craig Stecyk III, Darren Ho, Dave Tourje, David Hackett, Dennis Martinez, Dibi Fletcher, Don Redondo, Eric Britton, Garrett McNamara, Gerry Lopez, Glen E. Friedman, Greg Falk, Greg Galbraith, Greyson Fletcher, Herbie Fletcher, James O’Mahoney, Jef Hartsel, Jeff Ament, Jeff Divine, Jeff Ho, Jim Fitzpatrick, Jim Gray, John Van Hamersveld, Jonathan Paskowitz, Josh “Bagel” Klassman, Kalani David, Keith Morris, Kirra Kehoe, Larry Bertlemann, Laura Thornhill, Lizzie Armanto, Marc Emond, Michael Denicola, Michael Early, Nano Nobrega, Nathan Fletcher, Nathan Florence, Neil Stratton, Norton Wisdom, Pat Bareis, Randy Katen, Ray Flores, Rob Nelson, Robert Trujillo, Scott Oster, Shane Allen, Shaun Tomson, Shota Kubo, Solo Scott, Stacy Peralta, Steve Alba, Steve Olson, Takuji Masuda, Terry Nails, Tim Curran, Tim Hendricks, Tim Kerr, Tom Groholski, Tony Alva, Wes Humpston and Zach Miller.

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