When waves hit the Beachside Bar Cafe in Goleta during a 2014 storm Amado Simon survived a near-death experience.
The then manager was boarding up the restaurant with his co-workers when they were hit by a rogue wave.
He was washed out to sea and clung to a pipe beneath the Goleta Pier before another wave pushed him back to shore.
He was treated for a dislocated shoulder.
Back then Amado Simon said, “All I had in my mind was actually my kids. My 3-year-old and my 13-year-old. And just praying that I would be able to get out of the water. Otherwise, you know, it would have been the end of it. “
Simon has worked at the restaurant for 25 years and is now a general manager.
At work on Wednesday Simon said he didn’t think his shoulder would ever be 100 percent.
“But I am alive, that is what counts,” said Simon.
Dave Hardy, the owner of the Beachside Bar Cafe, said “It was on Good Morning America, people still come from other cities and they still want to see Simon. He is doing great. He just doesn’t like to swim anymore.”
Erik Trippel, another general manager, said people from Los Angeles asked about SImon earlier this month.
Workers practiced putting up storm boards in less than ten minutes on Wednesday.
They don’t want a repeat of history.