Matt George

San Clemente, California, 1987

My father taught me to explore my own spirit, in romance, travel, or adventure—hopefully all three combined

Ben Marcus interviewed Matt George for a SURFER interview titled “Out of the Blue and Into the Grey,” which ran in the June 1989 issue and opened with a recap of George’s life and career, and his recent decision to try out for the Navy SEALS. 

“Matt George was born into a well-traveled Navy family on January 10, 1959. He began surfing in Hawaii in 1967. In 1975, at age 16, George dropped out of high school in San Francisco and managed to enroll in college on the Central Coast. He surfed profe...