Flying & surfing, that sounds like my DH's dream.
DH didn't fly commerically, was a supervisor (for the A&P's) for one of the majors. After 9/11 things went so bad. His base was closed, got transfered to another base, got closed, repeat, repeat. The majors just had so many cuts and they are still not back to where they were pre-9/11 nor do I think that they will ever be.
Hopefully, things in aviation will get better commerically.