Paul Neilsen

North Shore, Oahu, 1972

If you’re doing something you love and then can make money on top of it, then that’s better still.

“Paul Neilsen: Professional Surfer,” by Drew Kampion, ran in the June 1973 issue of Surfing.

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How old are you?

I just turned 21 during the World Contest on the 6th of October. Luckily, by the 6th, I’d already missed out in my heat, so I was quite capable of celebrating.

Where are you from?

Southport, Queensland. That’s the hospital I was born in, it’s just north of Burleigh, where I surf the most.

What are your local surf spots?

When I first started it was Broadbeach, where I lived, j...