As an investigator for the San Luis Obispo County Public Defender’s Office, Shea Somma often confronts people in stressful situations. So, when he has spare time, he likes to lose himself in his passion: shaping surfboards. He is part of a growing number of young people embracing the D.I.Y. or do-it-yourself ethos, where self sufficiency trumps convenience. In Somma's case it wasn't just a desire to learn the craft of making surfboards but his drive to expand his surfing experience. "I just wanted to try different stuff, and I didn't have money to buy new boards, so I finally bit the bullet and decided that if I was going to surf different boards, then I was going to build them, and I'd better figure out how." He has recently been able to parlay his experience into a small side business.