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Mike Murphy

Lifeguard/Waterman

Mike Murphy spends a lot of time in the ocean to keep from going crazy.  As a teen, he would get depressed while waiting for the surf to get half-decent.  Paddling has become a substitute for surf on all the average and below average surfing days that the LA area is plagued by.  His dedication to paddling a variety of craft has nothing to do with a race calendar or event schedule.  Whether or not there is any competitive outlet, he paddles to get the time in the ocean he needs to be a better me.  He’s a better lifeguard, event coordinator, brother, friend, and father with more time spent in the ocean.  The very small handful of races he does make in a year have nothing to do with prize money or trophies, and everything to do with the friends he can catch up with at the given event.