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Gerry Lopez 'Big Wednesday' Lightning Bolt hits auction



Hawaiian Islands Vintage Surf Auction
Presented by Quiksilver Waterman Collection

Blaisdell Center, Honolulu, Oahu
22 - 23 July 2011

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Gerry Lopez “Big Wednesday” Lightning Bolt   8’3”  1978  (10)

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 21 July, 2011 : - - We’ve been asked, what are the “Star of the Show” boards?  No question, this is one of them!  Gerry Lopez’s personal board that he rode in the final sequence of 'Big Wednesday'.  Many collectors think this is the most significant board of the movie.  Let’s let Gerry describe in his own words how this board came about: 'We had filmed the beach sequence on location at the Bixby Ranch, where a set had been built to look like ‘the pit’ at Malibu.  I’m shown pulling my board out of the car and getting ready to go out. 

That was actually Jan Michael Vincent’s board and when it was decided to film the actual surf sequences in Hawaii, they told me I would need to build myself another board that looked exactly like Jan’s board to match the scene we had filmed at the Ranch. The board on offer this time, is the actual board I built to ride for the movie. 

It is an 8’3” winged pin tail designed for big Sunset.  I also used it a few times at the Pipeline, but it was really an ideal Sunset board.  It is the very last Lightning Bolt board in my personal collection.  It has had a great life and the pedigree to prove it…. Just watch the end sequence of “Big Wednesday”!

So one lucky collector is going to go home with Gerry’s very last Bolt and not only that, but the one he rode himself in “Big Wednesday”!  Pre-auction estimate: $15,000-$25,000




Friday July 1: Release of full auction catalog at

Friday July 22: Viewing from 12 noon - 6pm, Galleria Hall. Free Antiques Roadshow-style appraisals for the public.  Bring in your favorite piece and see if you own something of value!

Saturday July 23: Doors open for viewing at 10am, Galleria Hall. Silent auction 12noon-3:00pm. Main Auction 4-7pm, Pikake Room. Free viewing. Bidders must have a bidding number.
A portion of all auction sales will go to the Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation Scholarship Fund, and to the Surfing Heritage Foundation. For those unable to attend in person, the auction will be broadcast live on the internet with internet bidding in real time.

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