James Jones

Honolulu, Hawaii, 1974

Just being dedicated to something, to have some sort of force in your life that is your main focus—it could be anything. For me, it’s surfing.

“Interview: James Jones,” by Steve Pezman, ran in the November 1974 issue of SURFER. Jones was 21. This version has been slightly edited and shortened.

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Have you watched Joey Cabell surf?

Yeah! I really like the way Joey surfs. He was out just this last swell at Three’s, and I’ve seen him surf there a lot. Probably Phil Edwards, Cabell, and Jock Sutherland are the three guys who influenced me most, and that I respect the most. Phil ’cause he’s so casual. He had an understanding of su...