Born and raised in East St. Louis, in the great state of Missouri, Ben spent his childhood dodging bugs and floods. An eternal nature-lover and forever following in his older brother's footsteps, Ben became an avid cyclist, sculptor and took up music. Eventually, needing to find his own way in the world, Ben ended up at a small liberal arts college in southern California. With his blonde hair, good looks and mid-western charm, Ben blended right into the surfer/artist scene. His freedom was short lived however, for Ben has always been a sucker for a pretty face. He followed his true love north to Seattle, discovered Gortex, and became a rugged northwest outdoorsman. Turn ons: kayaking, highballs, meals on time, biodiesel. Turn offs: neocons, empty icebox, picking up the tab.