CJ Nelson


Birth place: SF. 

Formal name: Mark Charles James Nelson the 3rd. 

Nickname: Ceej

I’m CJ, 43 years old, and I’m a 25 year professional surfer from San Francisco, CA. I’m part owner of multiple companies related to surfing and a designer/artist by trade. Family, friends, and surfing are the most important things in my life. Living each day like it’s your last and having a clear enough head to enjoy it. Learning to coexist and love one day at a time. 

Whats your why? To be here now. Live in the moment helping as many people as I can along the way. 

Favorite breakfast? Avocado toast and dark coffee. 

Who’s your biggest inspiration? I’ve got a few. My business partners Mark and Yu continue to teach me important lessons. Beautiful men who I love and value. My mom for her strength and honesty. Devon Howard for his smarts, passion and talent. He’s my favorite surfer as well. Also the Dali lama for his wisdom and compassion. 

Chose one for the rest of your life: Perfect waves or perfect fades? Waves for sure. Although a good fade is priceless. 

What would you tell yourself 10 years ago? Take care of your responsibilities and be nice. 


Photos: John Stone, Justin Bowers, Sean Parkin, Billy Watts, and Nick Landon