The House that Pipe Built – Today it’s simply the Volcom House. Originally, it was the Gerry Lopez House. It’s never really mattered who owns it—there’s no more important a building on the North Shore

But long before Volcom’s team took the place over, and the house started serving as a kind of dormitory for their rising stars, it was the Gerry Lopez House, having been built by the Pipe God himself.

We talked with Gerry, Herbie and a few surfers who’ve spent time there over the years earning their place in the yard, using the house as a proving ground to hone their craft, learn from their heroes, develop their reputation and have a good time.

When I bought into the Pipe house after having kids and everything—I invested in the place back in ’81—that was a dream come true because we were right in front of the Pipeline, and could just go out and go surfing whenever it started to work.

GERRY LOPEZ: One of the best things about that house was the grove of coconut trees that used to exist at the front of the lot when we first started spending a lot of time there—this would have been ’69 or ’70.

GRAY: First time I got to the smaller Volcom House next to Gerry’s place, all the heavies were there from the big house.

GAVIN BESCHEN: (North Shore Standout and Volcom Team Rider): I don’t even remember my first time there, I just remember you had to earn being at that house.

ALEX GRAY: (California-Based Pro and Former Volcom Team Rider): I was 15 when I first stayed at the original Volcom House [a smaller place next door to Gerry's House] and you had to earn your way into that Gerry House.

Read more here: Surfer Mag

The House that Pipe Built   Today it’s simply the Volcom House. Originally, it was the Gerry Lopez House. It’s never really mattered who owns it—there’s no more important a building on the North Shore surf photo  The House that Pipe Built   Today it’s simply the Volcom House. Originally, it was the Gerry Lopez House. It’s never really mattered who owns it—there’s no more important a building on the North Shore surf photo  The House that Pipe Built   Today it’s simply the Volcom House. Originally, it was the Gerry Lopez House. It’s never really mattered who owns it—there’s no more important a building on the North Shore surf photo

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