I work as an engineer, and I do have a decent amount of time to surf. The last company I worked for was really demanding, but on some fun swells I just plain walked out of my office early just to go to the beach, and just made the time up the next day. Most guys there did that anyway to run some errands, pick up kids from school, etc., so I figured my case was no different. Just like any job, you can find an office that's located on the beach and you can surf almost everyday. What's hard about that is you will end up falling in love with the convenient situation, and you may pass up better career opportunities because you're afraid that they will take you away from the ocean.
(In my garage I'm working on an electromagnetic emitter aka “shark repellant” that will ward off sharks and install on my board - ) Seriously though, I've always been drawn to the ocean and marine life. Used to scuba dive but it's been a while. Lived inland for about 8 years and almost went crazy but moved back closer to shore and glad I did!
Geographer for Homeland Security and Semi professional Ultimate Frisbee player... though it isn't a job (even though we have sponsors) I probably spend just as much time preparing for Ultimate as I do at my "real job". The geographer job has wacky hours for 10-14 days in a row but then I get a week off to travel, surf, dork around. Can't complain.
I am a project manager at a petroleum chemical company. I spent the last 5 years working in diesel engine development and applications at 2 different OEM's. I have a mechanical engineering degree and only started surfing after I moved from the coast. I would give my left nut to move back to Charleston, SC or some nice coastal town.