The Yin & Yang of Gerry Lopez is a new film produced by Patagonia and directed by award-winning filmmaker Stacy Peralta about US surf legend, you guessed it, Gerry Lopez. 


Gerry Lopez AKA ‘Mr Pipeline’ is both a mystifying and revered legend of the surf world. Growing up on the lesser-known breaks of Hawaii, Lopez brought his love of yoga and Buddhism to surfing – but not necessarily to other surfers in the line up. He was often seen as an aggressive surfer who stole other people’s waves, leaving in his wake a trail of blood and tears.

‘I guess, I thought my disharmonious behaviour with other surfers was balanced out by my trying to be in complete harmony with the waves,’ Lopez said.

The Yin & Yang of Gerry Lopez captures the curious and complex life Lopez has led in full, from his time on the silver screen to his more recent change of location to the mountains, and of course, his lasting influence on surfing culture.

Watch the trailer now!



The film is premiering around Australia this October, and both Gerry and Stacy are hosting a few of the screenings, namely in Sydney and Byron Bay.

Make sure you RSVP and grab tickets beforehand, they’re sure to sell out! A portion of tour ticket sales will also be donated to Patagonia’s non-profit event partner, Surfers for Climate!

Catch a Screening Near You!

06/10, 6:30pm – The Astor Theatre, St. Kilda, Melbourne, VIC

06/10, 6:30pm – Lorne Cinema, Lorne, Surf Coast, VIC

09/10, 6:30pm – Rainbow Bay Surf Club, Coolangatta, QLD

10/10, 6:30pm – Stone & Wood Brewery, Byron Bay, NSW

12/10, 6:30pm – Ritz Cinemas, Randwick, Sydney, NSW

13/10, 6:30pm – The Orpheum, Cremorne, Sydney, NSW

Coming soon: Newcastle, NSW; Wollongong, NSW; Noosa, QLD; and WA.


Feature photo by Jeff Divine