The first time I ever saw Pro-Surfer Shayne McIntyre was while flipping through the channels one evening when it seemed like nothing was on. I stumbled across a show called “On Surfari” and quickly became enamored with the program, it’s premise and the hosts. Brimming with positivity and introducing me to places I might not have heard of otherwise, this show highlighted not only some fantastic destinations but also some killer surf spots and whatever the local area had to offer. My wife and I started watching the show regularly and became even more excited to see that the host and his wife were expecting a child at that time. My wife and I just had a little child of our own and we were inspired in the way that they still lived the lifestyle they had before. Instead of stopping all their adventures, they just included their child on them as well. Now with two children, Shayne and his wife haven’t slowed down but have continued blazing a path for themselves marching to the beat of their own drum. Shane truly is a modern-day dad and has been paramount in exposing me to the idea that you don’t have to come to a halt when you have a child, in fact you can speed up and attack the world with a brand-new set of eyes. Without further adieu, here is Shayne McIntyre’s “Rad Dad Feature”.
1. Tell us about what you do, who you are, and how you balance your career with being a dad?
My name is Shayne McIntyre, husband of 18 years to my beautiful wife, Shannon, and father of two amazing kids, Banyan, 9, and Coral, 6 and we live between San Diego and Puerto Rico when not on the road. I’m a professional surfer, film/television producer, and artist moonlighting as a San Diego Lifeguard…or maybe it’s the other way around. My work is a balancing act in itself as it ebbs and flows with finite production jobs, commissioned paintings, as well as part time work as a lifeguard on the beaches where I grew up. None of these careers are all consuming which is by design as I enjoy the variety and ability to control my schedule. That being said balancing career and family I simply look at an upcoming work project/opportunity and ask myself is it beneficial for my family other than money? I want to do more than just provide for my family – I want to be an involved father and it appears many careers leave you kissing your kids goodnight at best.
2. What does being a modern-day dad mean to you?
Hindsight is always 20/20, and as I look back to my Father for inspiration about how to be a man, husband, father, neighbor, etc. -I do my best to embody and live out the best parts of my father, add some new twists, and get rid of the worst. In that light being a modern-day dad to me is about refinement – generation to generation of fathers each one hopefully superseding the previous in ability and execution.
3.How did becoming a father change your life?
I believe God inscribed on Shannon and I’s heart for us to have children so it was a very fulfilling experience as it still is today. At first our son, Banyan, joined us on our ride going where we were going and doing what we were doing. However now that he is older as well as Shannon and I having a second child- things you do, where you live, how your day to day goes is more calculated and and self-sacrificing by loving and caring for their best interests over yours as you realize what a big picture impact you are having in the formation of their character and future.
4. Whats the greatest part about being a dad?
Seeing your kids passionate and inspired about something, expressing love and compassion to others, as well as being content in who they are.
5. Can you share a funny story about being a father?
On a red-eye flight from West Africa to Europe I was awoken from a deep sleep in my seat by an abrupt slap in the face with Shannon blurting out “your turn.” As I gained my bearings in the darkness I noticed out of the corner of my eye our daughter, Coral, then 2 years old, buck naked running down the center isle towards the front of the plane.
6. What advice can you give any new father out there?
It’s not about you anymore. Read that again. And it’s ok, you’re really not all that important and special as you thought you were to the world anyway, but you will be to the one you are a father to.
Thanks so much Shayne! We wish you much continued success for you and your happy family! Keep safe on all your travels and we appreciate you being such an inspiration. You truly are one “Rad Dad”!!!