The Yin and Yang of Gerry Lopez

101 mins


Aggressive yet Zen, legendary surfer Gerry Lopez was the kind of enigmatic athlete prone to ruthlessly stealing waves one minute and quieting the mind through meditation and yoga the next. A father and husband, entrepreneur and a shaper of surfboards, Lopez’s unabashed devotion to big waves sometimes led to hot water: brawls, gashes and even gazing longingly at the surf on the way to his own wedding. Told through introspective conversations, vibrant animation and jaw-dropping footage of Lopez gliding serenely through the towering blue-green barrels of monstrous waves, Peralta’s The Yin & Yang of Gerry Lopez beckons viewers into the inner world of one of the surf industry’s biggest personas of the past half-century.

Colorado Premiere

Production Team

Stacy Peralta

Film Contact

Festival Screenings

Featured in the 2022 Mountainfilm Festival.