Posted by Rick Civelli | 11.30.2010 | Employment, WB Surf Camp News
WB Surf Camp Instructor of the Week for November 29th: Greg Proulx
Just ask anyone on Greg’s Teen Wrightsville Beach Overnight Camp team from this summer what they think about him, and you will hear nothing but stoke and admiration in their voice. Greg joined WB Surf Camp in the summer of 2010 as a Junior Instructor after having spent three years with us as a camper. He brought with him not only a pure love of surfing and the ocean, but an incredibly fun, outgoing personality that made him instantly connect both with campers and staff. Now that Surf Camp summer season has ended, you can find Greg searching high and low for tickets to his school football games, University of South Carolina’s Gamecocks. He LOVES his team! Greg has a sense of humor that is unmatched, and the positive aura that surrounds him can’t help but lighten your heart and open your mind.
1. What drew you to a position at WB Surf Camp? I was a camper at WB Surf Camp for three years. This is where I learned how to surf. I’ve traveled to Barbados, and the Bahamas with a great group of people who share a passion. Becoming an instructor seemed like the next step.
2. Who is your favorite surfer and why? Jason Andre. Not only is he extremely talented in the water, but I idolize how he takes on life. He is active in so many different things, and has that “life’s too short to live the same day over and over,” lifestyle. It’s something I really admire and idolize.
3. When did you start surfing and where? I started surfing when I was 15 at WB Surf Camp. Ever since my first wave I’ve been hooked. It’s not easy in my position because I don’t live that close to the beach, but I made the most of it. I’d drive two hours to Long Beach Island, and enjoy the frigid waters of the north.
4. What is your favorite surf break? It’s a tie between Soupbowls in Barbados, and Ollie’s Point in Costa Rica.
5. What inspired you to start surfing? It was actually completely random. My parents told me to get of the house over the summer and go to a camp. When they asked me what I wanted to do I said, “Well I guess I’d like to learn how to surf.” I’ve been addicted ever since.
6. Where was your most memorable session? Probably just this past summer at Wrightsville Beach, surfing with Jason Andre, Danielle Andre, and Ben Goodpasture. It was right before one of our day camps. We’d all gotten out of bed at about 5:00 to meet at the beach at 5:30. It was pouring rain (no thunder or lighting), but the cleanest waist high waves I’ve ever seen; perfect day for longboarding. It felt like the waves never ended, and the rain actually felt really nice while you were surfing.
7. What is the worst wipeout you’ve ever had? I still feel like I haven’t had it yet, but probably surfing Ollie’s Point; riding down this perfect right, building up some speed, and out of nowhere I lost it and belly flopped right in the face of the wave. I got the wind knocked out of me pretty good, but I was okay.
8. What are some of your interests outside of surfing? I used to perform on stage from 4th grade all the way through high school. I still maintain an interest, but I’m a little hesitant on trying to pursue acting. I also like boating, snowboarding, and watching movies and baseball.
9. What is your favorite movie? I’m not sure. Ask Ben Goodpasture or Jason Andre which movie I quote the most and that’s probably it (haha). If I had to pick one I’d probably have to say The Goonies.
10. What is your favorite music? Everything really. Some Artists I like are Corey Smith, Ballyhoo!, G. Love, A Day to Remember, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Notorious B.I.G.
11. What is your favorite food? Fish Tacos, or Cookout (haha)
12. Where do you see yourself in five years? Hopefully working for a talent agency or record label in California. It doesn’t have to be a big position, but something to get me started. Possibly attending grad school as well.
13. In your eyes, the three things you value most are: Family, Friends, and a sense of humor (Life goes by so much easier when your able to just laugh at things)