This interview by Drew Kampion originally ran in the January 1971 issue of SURFER, and was titled “In the Pope’s Living Room With Jock Sutherland.” Sutherland was 22, and halfway through his Army training.
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You had one of the most promising surfing careers going. Why did you decide to enter the Army?
Well, things are kind of nebulous and cloudy as far as my surfing endeavors. As to the reason I originally came into the Army, I would say it was for a communal paving, like to set up a s...