Neilsen, Paul

Sociable first-generation pro surfer and tuberiding virtuoso from Queensland, Australia; Bells Beach winner in 1971, as well as that year's Australian National Titles; long-time surf retail magnate. Neilsen was born (1951) and raised on Queensland's Gold Coast, the son of the first full-time lifeguard in the resort area of Surfer's Paradise. Neilsen's debut surfing experience went badly. The 10-year-old, along with older brother Rick and a friend, team-paddled a 19-foot hollow wooden surf-ski...