CARLSBAD, Calif. -- After serving 30 years in the police force in Southern California, Steve Lang reinvented himself as a surfer.
"You go through the years of being the guy that is going to fix the problem and handle it," said Lang. "So you go from 100 miles per hour like that for years to basically zero overnight and it's tough."
Lang says three years ago he popped up on a surfboard for the first time. Now the 62-year-old does it to stay young.
"You go out in the water and get refreshed and renewed," said Lang.
A welcomed recharge after working on the SWAT team, undercover and as a detective, Langs' new lifestyle as a surfer helps him stay active and stress-free. With the Police and Fire games staged here in San Diego on June 15, the father of two has an outlet to release his competitive spirit.
" I was pretty active when I was a policeman and now since that is all gone, this gives you sort of a platform to compete in and do well," said Lang.
At last year's Police and Fire Games, Lang placed third in the short board competition and this year he hopes to place again.