Born on an organic farm in Bolinas, CA, Ben was raised on the waves of the Northern California coast and became attached to the ocean at a young age. After graduating from UC Santa Cruz with a major in Art and a minor in Earth Science, Ben was hired by executive director Will Henry as a photo assistant prior to the formation of Save The Waves. Their joint love of photography and great surf took them on some many adventures, surfing some of the sweetest waves in the world. One of those trips was to Madeira, which became the trip that led to the formation of the organization.
An avid mountain biker, artist, photographer and of course, surfer, Ben currently resides in Mill Valley with his girlfriend Rachel and their two cats, and thankfully has thus far avoided being bitten by a great white shark.