Ten Questions for Shane Desmond

What do you do for a living?
What don’t I do? I work for Whole Foods Market Santa Cruz, have been a bartender at El Palomar Restaurant for the past 17 years, tend bar at Cypress Lounge and surf big waves for fun.

What would you be doing if you weren’t doing that?
I would be spending more time with my two amazing children, Ella and Emmet, and my incredible wife, Mimi. Of course, in between family time I would be chasing gigantic swells all over the world.

What do you do in your free time?
I surf anything that moves, do cross fit with Tyler Fox at, swim, yoga and hang with family and friends.

What brought you to Santa Cruz?
My mother. I was 5 when we moved from Corq, Ireland where I was born. I have been Santa Cruz-grounded ever since.

What’s your favorite street?
Rathburn Way—I grew up on that street in the Midtown.

Name something you’re excited about.
I am excited and honored to have surfed in the recent Maverick’s contest and placing 2nd. I am also excited that I have created a future surfer in my son, who won’t take off my contest jersey.

Name a pet peeve.
I can’t stand to see trash on the beach. Pack Your Trash!

What are you reading?
Bedtime stories to my kids, Llama, Llama Red Pajama.

What’s the most important thing you’ve learned in the last three years?
Balance—balancing family, surfing and work. It is challenging but can be done.

Recent personal food trend?
Not really foods but I have two things that I am taking daily which help my performance surfing and my health. Nordic Naturals Ultimate Omega-D3 is a vital part of my daily regime. The omega-3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA, support a healthy heart, immune system, mood, joints, metabolism, and body composition. Also, Ex Pure Energy Drinks keep me pumped throughout my day. Powerful natural ingredients are the answer to my demanding daily schedule.

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