By Ken Lewis Jan. 31, 2015
I first met Todd Kline in the mid 1990s in a Pacific Beach surf shop called Solid Surf. Kline was a young pro surfer from Florida who had a quick wit, great sense of humor and was a standout in surf. Kline had moved to San Diego to be closer to the Southern California surf industry and magazines that fueled the careers of young surfers everywhere. Over the years he moved around, got married and became a successful marketing director for surf industry goliath Quiksilver and recently has become a professional angler. I recently caught up with him to see how he has made the transition from pro surfer to a pro of a different sort.
During your time in San Diego, where were your favorite places to surf? Where did you live?
Kline: I loved living in San Diego. There are such a variety of breaks with reefs, jetties, and beach breaks. They all had their time and place but being a goofy footer, my favorite spots were Mission Beach jetty and Black’s. I would have probably never moved if I did not take a job at Quiksilver in Huntington Beach.
So to clarify, are you a part-time professional angler and a part-time commentator or a full-time professional angler with a side gig?
Kline: I am working full time with the World Surf League commentating the World Tour surfing events for both the men and women’s tours. I am able to balance my work with the WSL and fish the FLW Western Region Rayovac events.
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