Editor’s Note: Gerry Lopez provided us with the following letter (written in July of 2010) while completing research for another story. Moved by his writing, we asked Lopez to publish the piece in its entirety. We’re hoping that you’ll find it as inspiring as we did.
Dear Surfers of Gaza and Surfers of Israel,
It is with great regret that I am unable to accept the kind invitation you have extended to visit your country. My dear friend, Doc Paskowitz, told me about this and I’m sorry to say that I already have a prior engagement that I am unable to change. I would very much like to meet and spend time with all of you some day and go surfing together.