Russell O’Connor

Russell O’Connor grew up in Watford but travelled to Cornwall and Brighton to surf during the 1960s before eventually moving to Cornwall. His dad was a carpenter and built him his first board based on images found in magazines.

Interview: Alex Conrad Ref: AV4115

Full interview available in The First Wave Archive.

Surf spots


The soul time

Travelling lifeguards

First experience

No girls until 70s

Finding equipment

Dad made my board