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Posted by Rick Civelli | 04.25.2012 | Surfer of the Week, WB Surf Camp News

Instructor of the Week for 4/23/12: Ben Goodpasture

Starting as an Assistant Director on WB Surf Camp’s Overnight and Day Camp teams, Ben Goodpasture has continued sharing his summers and passion for life and the ocean with aspiring surfers. Last year he lead our Specialty SCUBA Camps and will be leading our California Teen Travel Camp this year. With an eye for photography and an ear for good music, Ben is a passionate individual who’s not afraid to share his love of life and stoke with others.

1. What drew you to a position at WB Surf Camp? I am coming back to Surf Camp for the third year, because of the people. I love the heart behind WB Surf Camp, it attracts greatness. WB Surf Camp is a family of extraordinary people, living with purpose and promoting positive change in the community. And, it’s fun!

2. Who is your favorite surfer and why? My friend Glen is my favorite surfer to watch. The guy is mental. He loves to “Hulk out” on the waves. But most of all, he is really funny, always making people laugh. Funniest guy I know.

3. When did you start surfing and where? I started surfing at Kure Beach, North Carolina when I was 3 or 4 years old, hanging on to my dad’s back. The stoke just grows and never stops.

4. What is your favorite surf break? Puerto Escondido, Mexico because that wave terrifies me. I watched a wave break beside me in the water, a truck could fit inside the barrel. The rip currents are wild. If the beach break is too crazy, the point is really fun and not so intense. The tacos are amazing too!

5. What inspired you to start surfing? Perfect Waves.

6. Where was your most memorable session? La Punta, Mexico. Some of the most perfect waves that I have ever seen were coming in that morning. A crew of us were trading waves with long rides. The waves were consistently ten feet and glassy, giving us two-hundred yard long rides. The water was crystal clear, there were fish everywhere, and hundreds of pelicans were dive bombing all around us. It was wild.

7. What is the worst wipeout you’ve ever had? I was surfing at a reef in Costa Rica when a rogue wave came in and the lip of the wave crashed on my head. The power of the wave broke my leash and I was swimming without a board. After two more waves and a lot of foam, I made it in exhausted.

8. What are some of your interests outside of surfing? I love traveling, rock climbing, paddle boarding, camping, photography, reading, playing games and last but not least, sleeping in hammocks.

9. What is your favorite movie? This is always changing, but most recently I watched All.I.Can. It’s the most creative ski movie out. Also, On the Trail of Genghis Khan is an epic documentary about a brave guy, taking three years to travel across the open country of Asia on a horse. That is crazy town.

10. What is your favorite music? Kiley Hill, Sara Oliveira and Chris Molitor are friends of mine that inspire me with their passion and creativity.

11. What is your favorite food? Fresh fruit and shrimp tacos

12. Where do you see yourself in five years? Living on the coast somewhere beautiful with a community of friends, traveling a lot, and doing the impossible.

13. In your eyes, the three things you value most are: Unconditional love, courage and faith.