Watch The Yin & Yang of Gerry Lopez, presented by Patagonia

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In The Yin & Yang of Gerry Lopez, award-winning filmmaker Stacy Peralta (Dogtown and Z-Boys) tracks the dichotomies found throughout Mr. Pipeline’s life. Lopez’s deeply personal approach to the deadliest wave in the world became famous for his ability to replace paralyzing fear with relaxed grace. He surfed elegantly but powerfully, effortlessly but dangerously, a combination so rare that it transfixed his audience and made him a hero—not something he sought, but an asset he understood and handled with the same grace as he applied to the wave.