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Posted by Rick Civelli | 01.04.2012 | Employment, WB Surf Camp News

WB Surf Camp Instructor of the Week for 1/2/12 – Meg Young

Originally from Richmond, VA, Meg got her degree in Environmental Studies from UNCW here in Wilmington and then journeyed home to look for a career. After realizing that her home is by the ocean, she made her way back to the coast and thankfully to the WB Surf Camp team.

Meg played a vital role among our overnight and day camp teams as an instructor and camp counselor this past summer and into the fall, taking on a lot of responsibilities and always stepping up to the plate. She was always a great team player and brought a lot of laughs to the team and the campers throughout the year. Her ability to work with kids and adults of all ages, her love and passion for the environment, and her capacity for educating others are just a few traits that make her the awesome person that she is. Be warned though, this seemingly sweet young lady charges out in the lineup and can throw a frisbee with incredible precision and control! We look forward to many more seasons of having Meg on our team and any potential campers should as well.

1. What drew you to a position at WB Surf Camp? I grew up playing and swimming in the ocean.  My love for the outdoors and environment were two big factors in coming to a school on the coast, UNCW.  While studying at UNCW I was able to start surfing, and my passion for the outdoors, environment, and education associated with outdoors really grew.  A position where I am outdoors, in the ocean, and working with kids really is a dream come true.

2. Who is your favorite surfer and why?  I do not really have a favorite surfer.  However, I find the Paskowitz family legacy an incredible story, and am a big supporter of Izzy Paskowitz and his foundation, Surfer’s Healing.

3. When did you start surfing and where? I actually first learned to surf at WB Surf Camp in the summer of 2006.  I really started surfing the following summer though when I moved to Wilmington.

4. What is your favorite surf break? Crystal Pier, with the exception of the crowdedness.

5. What inspired you sto start surfing?  I lived at the beach, thoroughly enjoyed being in the ocean, had always admired my friends surfing, and in the summer of 2007 my mother bought me a surfboard.

6. Where was your most memorable session?  I can’t remember the exact date or anything, but I was just north of the Holiday Inn, and I dropped in on a wave and rode the face of the wave for the first time.  I had enjoyed surfing but had not realized how amazing dropping in on a wave would feel. That was definitely my most memorable surfing session.

7. What is the worst wipeout you’ve ever had?  The first time I ever went surfing with a wetsuit on in January.  The water was freezing, and I was feeling a little nervous being in a wetsuit. I was being hesitant on a wave that was about chest height, which is not a good idea at all.  It was too late to pull off the wave, and I had hesitated too long for it to be a success,  so I ate it from the top of the wave essentially, and I was freezing and unprepared for the winter water.  It was a pretty frantic moment for me.  I have learned to prepare myself for the cold water now before charging waves.

8. What are some of your interests outside of surfing?  I love playing Ultimate Frisbee.  I also enjoy other sports like volleyball, tennis, and running.  Green building design, reading, and gardening are also two interests of mine.

9. What is your favorite movie? Finding Nemo

10. What is your favorite music?  I like all but if I had to narrow it down-Hip/Hop.

11. What is your favorite food? Vegetables-stir fry and salad.

12. Where do you see yourself in five years? I see myself graduating from a masters program and teaching environmental or marine education on a coast.

13.  In your eyes, the three things you value most are:  Family, Friends, Education/Work