Our Instructors

Zach Pawa  –  Co-Owner & Instructor

I started surfing right here on the beaches of Cape Cod. I took one surf lesson at the age of seven and was immediately hooked. I spent the next few years being pushed into waves by my dad and desperately trying to reach my arms around the board to paddle on my own. Once I got my driver’s license I chased waves all over New England. After graduating high school I got the travel bug and began the lifelong, highly addictive pursuit of surfing around the world. Teaching surf lessons is my passion. Everyday I have the opportunity to pass along the same love for the ocean I found fourteen years ago.

Ben Fowler  –  Co-Owner & Instructor

This surf school is the embodiment of everything I believe in. Everything we do, the team that teaches here, the way we communicate with our clients, from the first time you call to the final good byes after a lesson, is not something that can be described, but is something to be felt.

I’ve taught over 1,000 people to surf and I can’t begin to describe the joy its brought me. I’ve seen new family memories created, breakthrough moments in people’s lives when they defeat their fears, even physical and mental disability be overcome with the right combination of determination and support.

Surfing has never been just about the activity itself but about the friends I’ve gained, the lessons learned from the ocean and the peace it brings me to be mentally present when I’m in the water. This what surfing means to me, and our goal at Sacred Surf School is to find out what it means to you.

Old Dogs

An Old Dog is what we call our friends who have graduated from the Sacred Surf team and moved into the “real” world. From time to time they pop in, teach a lesson or two, and bestow their worldly knowledge upon us. We thank the Old Dogs for everything they have done and continue to do to make Sacred Surf what it is today. Praise.

Brett Plugis  –  Web Dev & Admin

As a longtime surf buddy of founder Ben Fowler, I began teaching at Sacred the first year the school opened in 2010. It’s been amazing to watch Ben and Zach grow the business over the past six years into the institution that it has become. When I began teaching at 18, I never imagined that Sacred would have a shop on Rt. 6 with a mini-ramp and thriving social scene. I love going back to the shop, catching up with my friends, meeting the new instructors, and seeing how the school is impacting and shaping the futures of so many young Cape Cod surfers.