Gerry Lopez, my all time favorite surfer, is awarded the 2012 SUP mag. Lifetime Achievement Award at the this years Battle of the Paddle. When I started Surfing back in the late 70's ,it was his poster, Gerry Lopez slotted in tube at Pipeline on the classic Bolt board. plastered on my bedroom wall. From then to now, decades later , on a SUP. he still is on the Barrel of Life. If you have the opportunity to read his book, ''Surf Is where you find It.. '' Read it . Talks about many of his travels and his life's story's surfing and the lessons learned on life when surfing..