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.
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