"The real King of Pipeline is the wave. The best anyone can do is survive it." This was Gerry Lopez responding to a reporter who'd asked him about his unofficial crown at the world's sketchiest surf spot.
Gerry has made an art form out of being humble over the years, but he's also made more barrels than any other living human being, and in 1972, he wasn't just King, he was pretty much a demi-god.
So when the surf showed up in Masters Year Two, it was all Gerry. Like Surfing Magazine said at the time: "There was really no contest. Lopez took home a thousand dollars. The others divided what was left."
If the first year was kind of a fizzer, this one launched the Masters for real.