When the crew at Patagonia invite us to a special night with Gerry Lopez, we find babysitters and attend without question! On tour down under for his book signing, Gerry stopped by the Currumbin Surf World Museum last Monday night joining local legends for a night of nostalgia and inspiration. Our good friends at Patagonia were kind enough to invite Kuni and I to the event, where beers flowed just as freely as Wayne Lynch's good Aussie humour.
International surf film extraordinaire Jack McCoy kicked off the speeches honoring his good friend Gerry, and finishing with the trailer to his new film 'A Deeper Shade of Blue' and a special screening of Gerry's section in the movie. South coast pioneer and one of Australia’s most influential surfers at the turn of the shortboard revolution Wayne Lynch took over the microphone next, mixing his dry humour with the highest grade of respect to introduce the man of the night. Not a legend went unnoticed as the likes of Bob McTavish, Rusty Miller, Dave ‘Baddy’ Treloar, Dick Van Straalen, Mal Sutherland, Dick Hoole and a jam packed local audience sat with smiles listening on to Gerry Lopez talk of his new book, stories of surf and snow and spiritual awareness.