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Posted by Rick Civelli | 12.07.2010 | Employment, WB Surf Camp News

WB Surf Camp Instructor of the Week for December 5th: Colby Isabel


 Colby is our most dedicated Surf Camper by far, having attended five summers of our Teen Overnight Camps. It is only natural that his next step was to become a Junior Instructor, which he did in the summer of 2010. Colby was so stoked to have the opportunity to be part of the crew that provides an incredible experience for hundreds of people every summer. He was a state-ranked diver in high school, and coached diving during the summers at his local pool. A true waterperson, Colby brought his knowledge of surfing and his water safety skills with him to work, providing support for our Wrightsville Beach Teen Overnight Camps and Wrightsville Beach Day Camps. Preparing to finish his second year at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Colby plans to graduate with a double major in Business Administration and German.

1. What drew you to a position at WB Surf Camp? I started out as a camper and couldn’t imagine my summers without Surf Camp. I immediately jumped at the opportunity to give back everything I’ve enjoyed, while simultaneously enjoying everything the ocean has to offer.

2. Who is your favorite surfer and why? My favorite surfer is probably Donovan, simply because of his unbeatable, cruiser style and knack for making great music.

3. When did you start surfing and where? The first time I tried surfing was around 8 years ago in North Carolina, but have only recently made it a priority to improve.

4. What is your favorite surf break? Undisclosed spot in Dana Point, California.

5. What inspired you to start surfing? The ocean has always been a huge part of my life, as well as most board sports and other activities that allow me to test both my physical and mental boundaries. Surfing naturally came as the next step.

6. Where was your most memorable session? My most memorable session was probably a few years ago in the outer banks, having nothing but head high glass roll in as a perfect right. Maybe 3 other guys out, but it was one of the most picturesque sunrise sessions I’ve ever had.

7. What is the worst wipeout you’ve ever had? I was going for a bottom turn last year during a hurricane swell in WB, but definitely could have used more wax and my foot slipped off, resulting in my face smashing into my board, and going over the falls. It rattled my head pretty good and I had a hard time figuring which way was up.

8. What are some of your interests outside of surfing? I love to do just about every board sport, but I’ve also been skiing since I was 3. I’m up to try basically anything at least once, and am always game for the opportunity to travel and meet new people.

9. What is your favorite movie? I love so many movies, but I’d have to say Inside Man.

10. What is your favorite music? I listen to just about anything that isn’t absolute garbage; basically different music for different situations and moods.

11. What is your favorite food? Anything Japanese. Pretty much anything foreign, for that matter.

12. Where do you see yourself in five years? I’m currently a business student at Carolina, so I hope that I will somehow be able to mix my passion for the outdoors and managerial skills.

13. In your eyes, the three things you value most are: Staying healthy, my loved ones, and making the most of my life.