Born in Hawaii in the summer of 1971, Lightning Bolt was comprised of Gerry Lopez and Jack Shipley at the time of its inception.

Lightning Bolt at its core represents a philosophy that surfing, in its truest form, is a way of life rather than just another sport. Those behind the brand redefined surfing in the 70s as the sport and the lifestyle that surrounded it moved away from the traditions of the past and exploded into a new frontier of progression.