Carwyn Williams

North Shore, 1988

I went to Catholic school. It was strict. I couldn’t ditch to go surfing, which was a shame. In five years, I only managed to ditch twice.

Quotes from this interview were used in “Carwyn Williams: Another Place, Another Time,” by Matt Warshaw, which ran in the May 1989 issue of SURFER. Williams was 24.

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Tell me about your parents. 

My father used to work in the coal mines, and before that was a hot rugby player, one of the best in the country. He’s worked really hard all his life, and he begrudges me what I do because of that. He’s a long way from retiring.

How old is he?

53

What’s he do now?

He and my mom run a bed and b...