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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. And of course, 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 Cork, Ireland, where I was born.

What's your favorite street?

Rathburn Way—I grew up on that street in midtown.

Name something you're excited about.

I am excited and honored to have surfed in the recent Mavericks contest and placing second. 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?

I have two things that I am taking daily which help my performance surfing and my health. Nordic Naturals Ultimate Omega-D3 supports a healthy heart, immune system, mood, joints and metabolism. 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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