Coaches

Helen Wilson


Helen in internationally known for her rolling and traditional skills instruction. She has traveled to Greenland four times to compete in the Greenland National Kayaking Championship or to guide expeditions on the east and south coasts. She has two DVDs, Simplifying the Roll with Helen Wilson and Yoga for Outdoor People, and has written skills articles for several publications, including Sea Kayaker magazine, The Masik, Ocean Paddler magazine and Canoe & Kayak. She is the Editor for Qajaq USA’s publication, The Masik. Helen is an ISKGA Coastal Guide and an ACA Instructor with an ACA Rolling Endorsement. She holds the DGI Certification (Denmark coach certification) and is a registered yoga teacher (RYT). She is also the Curriculum Publications Managing Editor for the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). For more, visit www.greenlandorbust.org.

David Santaniello


David grew up in and around the water on the East Coast, and became an avid sea kayaker after moving out west.  After a brief stint studying the geology of Yosemite, David relocated to Santa Cruz where he fell in love with the California coast.  He bought a kayak, attempted a beach launch during a large winter swell, and was quickly reminded to respect the power of the ocean.  Then he decided to seek professional instruction.  Ever since then, sea kayaking has become his passion and he spends his free time exploring the rock gardens along the coast.  You’ll most likely find him kayaking around Point Lobos, which is one of the most beautiful destinations along the coastline and by far his favorite place to paddle.  In 2015, David was invited to join the Neptune’s Rangers crew and has had a blast continuing to push his abilities while paddling with good friends.  David has been fortunate enough to make a living out of his passion and works as a sea kayak guide and instructor with Kayak Connection.  From leading tours and running kids kayak camps to teaching rock garden classes, David loves sharing his excitement for paddling and seeing more people become comfortable and confident on the ocean!
Leslie Mix

Leslie
Mix grew up on the waters in and around Puget Sound as a competitive
swimmer, swim coach, paddler of canoes and kayaks, and paddlesports coach.
On any given weekend you'll find her surfing the waves of Skookumchuck
Rapids, rock gardening at Hobuck Beach, guiding in the San Juans, canoeing
down the Stillaguamish River, or, coaching with any one of the five
orgainizations in which she's a coach.  Laughter and an infectious smile are
her hallmarks.
Rob Yates

Elite Performance Coach Rob Yates is again makes the long journey to Lumpy Waters 2014 and BCU Week, from his current home of Johannesburg, South Africa.  Originally from the UK, Rob is a high level British Canoe Union Coach and Coach/Leader Educator with 30 years of impressive global paddling experience.  Having circumnavigated the UK in a Sea Kayak, lead multiple extended expeditions within the Arctic Circle in Canoes, White water kayaked in every continent (well not Antarctica) and completed white water first descents in the Himalayas, his paddling resume talks of a perhaps well spent life.

As an Elite Performance Coach, Rob owns an impressive global performance development business called Tetrakey.com.  This see’s him bringing together years of personal high performance, academic learning, studying of the world’s highest achievers and a deep understanding of what can motivate people, to allow those who want to perform at a higher level to truly reach excellence in their performance.  Outside of this mostly global corporate work, he is currently coaching South African International Sprint Kayakers towards Brazil 2016 and Japan 2020 Olympics. 

Rob’s passion for his clients development is contagious, using a fine balance of extensive knowledge, fun and a unique inductive delivery coaching framework all leads to excellence in long term learning retention.

Rob is kindly supported by Kokotat, P&H, Haglofs and Pyranha

Elite Performance Coach Rob Yates is again makes the long journey to Lumpy Waters 2014 and BCU Week, from his current home of Johannesburg, South Africa.  Originally from the UK, Rob is a high level British Canoe Union Coach and Coach/Leader Educator with 30 years of impressive global paddling experience.  Having circumnavigated the UK in a Sea Kayak, lead multiple extended expeditions within the Arctic Circle in Canoes, White water kayaked in every continent (well not Antarctica) and completed white water first descents in the Himalayas, his paddling resume talks of a perhaps well spent life.
As an Elite Performance Coach, Rob owns an impressive global performance development business called Tetrakey.com.  This see’s him bringing together years of personal high performance, academic learning, studying of the world’s highest achievers and a deep understanding of what can motivate people, to allow those who want to perform at a higher level to truly reach excellence in their performance.  Outside of this mostly global corporate work, he is currently coaching South African International Sprint Kayakers towards Brazil 2016 and Japan 2020 Olympics.  
Rob’s passion for his clients development is contagious, using a fine balance of extensive knowledge, fun and a unique inductive delivery coaching framework all leads to excellence in long term learning retention.
Rob is kindly supported by Kokotat, P&H, Haglofs and Pyranha
Elite Performance Coach Rob Yates is again makes the long journey to Lumpy Waters 2014 and BCU Week, from his current home of Johannesburg, South Africa.  Originally from the UK, Rob is a high level British Canoe Union Coach and Coach/Leader Educator with 30 years of impressive global paddling experience.  Having circumnavigated the UK in a Sea Kayak, lead multiple extended expeditions within the Arctic Circle in Canoes, White water kayaked in every continent (well not Antarctica) and completed white water first descents in the Himalayas, his paddling resume talks of a perhaps well spent life.
As an Elite Performance Coach, Rob owns an impressive global performance development business called Tetrakey.com.  This see’s him bringing together years of personal high performance, academic learning, studying of the world’s highest achievers and a deep understanding of what can motivate people, to allow those who want to perform at a higher level to truly reach excellence in their performance.  Outside of this mostly global corporate work, he is currently coaching South African International Sprint Kayakers towards Brazil 2016 and Japan 2020 Olympics.  
Rob’s passion for his clients development is contagious, using a fine balance of extensive knowledge, fun and a unique inductive delivery coaching framework all leads to excellence in long term learning retention.
Rob is kindly supported by Kokotat, P&H, Haglofs and Pyran

Nick Cunliffe


Nick Cunliffe is an active and experienced British sea kayaker based in Anglesey, North Wales. Nickʼs sea kayaking interests are a reflection of his inspiring tidal home waters, with their fantastic white water, surf and tide race potential.

A BCU Level 5 sea kayak Coach and 5 Star Provider, Nick enjoys the challenge of developing his studentsʼ sea kayaking skills and knowledge - and is delighted when coaching sessions allow students to realize their own goals. Itʼs great to meet past clients having their own independent sea kayak adventures!

Kate Hives


When Kate Hives was 12 years old she vividly recalls a strong desire to steer her own craft and navigate unknown waters. “The sense of independence that comes with a paddle in my hands is fed by a deep love of adventure and the outdoors that I can only thank my family for distilling within me,” says Kates. Her passion for kayaking has only grown as her experience has deepened and she finds herself enveloped in a life of adventure, refusing to settle for anything less than the call of the wild. Since those first days on the river she has found love for all kinds of kayaking… From calm days on the sea to big waves and rough water of surf and tide races; from big bouncy rivers to fast moving ocean skis; and from surf kayaking in breaking waves to expeditions in unknown waters – if there is water involved and two blades… Kate is in, and will most likely be smiling and laughing out loud! Kate graduated from Lakehead University’s Outdoor Recreation Program and has turned her passion into a career, working as an outdoor educator, kayak instructor, coach, and expedition guide. She currently works as a Sea Kayak coach with SKILS, working as a Guide Trainer and Examiner through the Sea Kayak Guide’s Alliance of British Columbia. She remains committed to ongoing development of her coaching through the Paddle Canada scheme as a Level 2 coach and a Level 3 coach aspirant. More recently she has worked to achieve her BCU 5 Star Sea Leader qualification in the UK in order to grow her experience and understanding of the sport. She has discovered many more adventures that call to her along the way.

Kate continues to draw her inspiration from the rocky playgrounds and long sandy surf beaches of her home waters of Vancouver Island and has enjoyed time spent pushing her own limits with fellow adventure seekers of The Hurricane Riders. Her nomadic spirit has taken her all around the world in search of adventure and she now enjoys sharing time with the global paddling community at symposium, festivals and competitions.

Paul Kuthe 


Alder Creek Programs Director Paul Kuthe, started his paddling career as many before him have; Cruising down the river with his father in a Grumman Canoe. It didn't take long before he and his Dad discovered kayaks. Realizing he was losing his bow partner, Paul's father never looked back and bought two Perception Dancers, took their first whitewater class, and for the next couple years, paddled the Class III and IV rivers both in their home state of Missouri and all over the East. As a kid, Paul always felt an equal on the water, crediting paddling with bolstering motivation, self-esteem, and maturity all while keeping him too busy to cause much trouble. Tragically, at the tender age of 12, Paul lost his father to a heart attack on the Arkansas River in Colorado. Teaching kayak classes and going on trips with the Missouri Whitewater Association became both a necessary outlet for teen angst and an amazing opportunity to start a professional coaching career at an uncommonly young age. Paul came to Alder Creek in 2004 at age 20 as an ACA certified whitewater instructor and worked his way up to the busy job of Program Director. He credits the BCU (British Canoe Union) for most of his modern coaching abilities. He became a Level III BCU Inland Coach and a 5 Star Sea Leader in 2011. He brings 20 + years of participating, teaching, and promoting paddle sports to the diversified job of planning, organizing and directing the educational realm of Alder Creek. Building and nurturing ALL paddling communities by studying many diverse disciplines and improving safety awareness has been a career goal for Paul. Whether creek boating, canoeing, slalom racing, or sea kayaking, he feels a kinship to those who share his passion for our waterways. Paul can be found slaving at his desk at the Jantzen Beach location, teaching classes, or paddling his favorite local run – The Little White Salmon River.

Jaime is an adventurer at heart and indulges in all forms of adventure. He is a professional photographer and short film maker, and leads group adventure trips all over the world.
Jaime started white water kayaking at the age of 12, after going on 7 day family canoe trip on the Whanganui River in New Zealand. “I loved the river but wanted my independence and longed to kayak. His uncle brought him to some pool sessions with the local whitewater club where he learnt to roll a kayak and from that point he was hooked. He was soon was paddling technical rivers on weekends and playing competitive Kayak Polo at school. He also dabbled in surf ski racing, though it was the fun of running rivers and surfing waves that had him hooked.
Jaime trained as an outdoor instructor and guide in University, and was soon teaching whitewater skills and guiding rafts in the summers. In his early 20’s, a complicated shoulder injury lead him to sea kayaking as a form of rehabilitation. This opened his eyes to a new form of paddling and lead to a change in profession.
Jaime has worked as a sea kayak guide and instructor all over the world for more than 12 years, having also lead personal sea kayak expeditions in remote locations - most notably the first 
Circumnavigation of Svalbard Archipelago Norway by Sea kayak in 2015 with Tara Mulvany and PG Porsanger. 
“I love the feel and challenge of dynamic water; it’s what got me hooked on whitewater kayaking originally and why I still paddle on rivers today. However in the ocean you can find features that rival any class 5 rapid, and the surf…well who doesn’t like to surf? I am a big believer that whitewater makes you a strong paddler, and paddling long boats makes you think more. If you combine them and strive to master both, you open a huge world of possibilities in all realms of paddling.”
Jaime Shape 
Jaime is an adventurer at heart and indulges in all forms of adventure. He is a professional photographer and short film maker, and leads group adventure trips all over the world.
Jaime started white water kayaking at the age of 12, after going on 7 day family canoe trip on the Whanganui River in New Zealand. “I loved the river but wanted my independence and longed to kayak. His uncle brought him to some pool sessions with the local whitewater club where he learnt to roll a kayak and from that point he was hooked. He was soon was paddling technical rivers on weekends and playing competitive Kayak Polo at school. He also dabbled in surf ski racing, though it was the fun of running rivers and surfing waves that had him hooked.
Jaime trained as an outdoor instructor and guide in University, and was soon teaching whitewater skills and guiding rafts in the summers. In his early 20’s, a complicated shoulder injury lead him to sea kayaking as a form of rehabilitation. This opened his eyes to a new form of paddling and lead to a change in profession.
Jaime has worked as a sea kayak guide and instructor all over the world for more than 12 years, having also lead personal sea kayak expeditions in remote locations - most notably the first 
Circumnavigation of Svalbard Archipelago Norway by Sea kayak in 2015 with Tara Mulvany and PG Porsanger. 
“I love the feel and challenge of dynamic water; it’s what got me hooked on whitewater kayaking originally and why I still paddle on rivers today. However in the ocean you can find features that rival any class 5 rapid, and the surf…well who doesn’t like to surf? I am a big believer that whitewater makes you a strong paddler, and paddling long boats makes you think more. If you combine them and strive to master both, you open a huge world of possibilities in all realms of paddling.”

Jaime is an adventurer at heart and indulges in all forms of adventure. He is a professional photographer and short film maker, and leads group adventure trips all over the world.
Jaime started white water kayaking at the age of 12, after going on 7 day family canoe trip on the Whanganui River in New Zealand. “I loved the river but wanted my independence and longed to kayak. His uncle brought him to some pool sessions with the local whitewater club where he learnt to roll a kayak and from that point he was hooked. He was soon was paddling technical rivers on weekends and playing competitive Kayak Polo at school. He also dabbled in surf ski racing, though it was the fun of running rivers and surfing waves that had him hooked.
Jaime trained as an outdoor instructor and guide in University, and was soon teaching whitewater skills and guiding rafts in the summers. In his early 20’s, a complicated shoulder injury lead him to sea kayaking as a form of rehabilitation. This opened his eyes to a new form of paddling and lead to a change in profession.
Jaime has worked as a sea kayak guide and instructor all over the world for more than 12 years, having also lead personal sea kayak expeditions in remote locations - most notably the first
Circumnavigation of Svalbard Archipelago Norway by Sea kayak in 2015 with Tara Mulvany and PG Porsanger.
“I love the feel and challenge of dynamic water; it’s what got me hooked on whitewater kayaking originally and why I still paddle on rivers today. However in the ocean you can find features that rival any class 5 rapid, and the surf…well who doesn’t like to surf? I am a big believer that whitewater makes you a strong paddler, and paddling long boats makes you think more. If you combine them and strive to master both, you open a huge world of possibilities in all realms of paddling.”


David Dalbey

David had no choice but to be a paddler, as his father started him off at a very young age as his tandem partner in their home-built folbot home-built kayak.  David thinks there is nothing better than spending endless days and weeks on end with his wife and friends camping out of sea kayaks, or more recently, a canoe.  His favorite places to paddle in the Northwest include the West Coast of Vancouver Island and B.C. and surfing wind waves in the Columbia Gorge on a west wind day in the summer. David has received his BCU 4 Star Sea Kayak certification 3 Star Canoe, UKCC Coach 1 and competed his Coach 2 training.  When not paddling, thinking about paddling, or working in paddle sports, he moonlights in the home-building industry. His most memorable adventure to date was a trip from Hakai to Bella Bella.  His dream trip is a summer spent paddling the coast of Norway.

Bill Vonnegut


If you find yourself paddling on the open coast in the San Francisco bay area you will likely run into Bill. A San Francisco Bay Area native, he has a passion for paddling. He enjoys the freedom it offers and the challenges it provides, and has extensive knowledge of our local coast. An ACA Level 5 Instructor, Bill seeks to not only rise to new heights in his high level of comfort and confidence in rough water, but to understand the fine nuances of technique that allow him to move fluidly in conditions from benign to extreme. Bill teaches from the experiences gained (good and bad!) while paddling his favorite coastal waters from Mendocino to Monterey. You can find his postings on kayak related topics on several websites including that of the Neptune’s Rangers, a rough water paddling group of which he is a principal founding member, as well as Canoe & Kayak Magazine.

Steve Pilsch


Steve had no hope of avoiding water sports with an upbringing in backwoods Alaska on the Susitna River. After a quick introduction to white water kayaking while in New Zealand, he found yet another way to spend time on the water with great people. Since starting at Alder Creek in the spring of 2012 Steve develops his own paddling skills by teaching kayak, SUP and canoe classes. Whether it’s making students smile or finding a customer the right piece of gear, Steve enjoys sharing the joy of paddle sports with others.

Don Cheyette

Don is a passionate paddler, whether coaching, racing, whitewater canoeing or surfing the sea. He feels most at home around boats and the water – be it salty or fresh, dynamic or still. In 2014, Don completed a 37 day circumnavigation of Vancouver Island. He has been fortunate to guide in Alaska, Patagonia and the San Juan Islands, as well as paddle in Norway and Spain. Don has managed to work in and explore some unbelievably beautiful places with some incredible people. Don's current leadership and coaching qualifications include: BCU 5* Sea, 4* Open Canoe, and the new (UKCC) Level 2 Coach. Don tries to blur the line between work and play, and seems to have ended up with a pretty fun line to walk along in his life. He is looking forward to helping you reach your paddling goals. For photos and trip reports, check out his site salishstrokes.com.
Don Cheyette

Don is a passionate paddler, whether coaching, racing, whitewater canoeing or surfing the sea. He feels most at home around boats and the water – be it salty or fresh, dynamic or still. In 2014, Don completed a 37 day circumnavigation of Vancouver Island. He has been fortunate to guide in Alaska, Patagonia and the San Juan Islands, as well as paddle in Norway and Spain. Don has managed to work in and explore some unbelievably beautiful places with some incredible people. Don's current leadership and coaching qualifications include: BCU 5* Sea, 4* Open Canoe, and the new (UKCC) Level 2 Coach. Don tries to blur the line between work and play, and seems to have ended up with a pretty fun line to walk along in his life. He is looking forward to helping you reach your paddling goals. For photos and trip reports, check out his site salishstrokes.com.

Don Cheyette

 

Don works for Seattle Adventure Sports, Seattle's premier adventure resource. He is a passionate outdoorman, whether coaching wilderness survival classes, working with kids, expedition canoeing or surfing the sea. He feels most at home around boats and the water – be it salty or fresh, dynamic or still. In 2014, Don completed a 37 day circumnavigation of Vancouver Island. He has been fortunate to guide in Alaska, Patagonia and the San Juan Islands, as well as paddle in Norway and Spain. Don has managed to work in and explore some unbelievably beautiful places with some incredible people.Don's current leadership and coaching qualifications include: BCU 5* Sea, 4* Open Canoe, the new (UKCC) Level 2 Coach, and he is a practicing Wilderness EMT.  Don tries to blur the line between work and play, and seems to have ended up with a pretty fun line to walk along in his life. He is looking forward to helping you reach your adventure goals. For more info about Seattle Adventure Sports and Don, check out www.seattleadventuresports.com..

Lily Kelsey

Lily Kelsey’s interest in paddling started on the lakes and rivers of Minnesota where she used to canoe, boat, and fish. In 2009 an opportunity to work for the National Parks Service brought her out to the San Francisco Bay Area and the Pacific Ocean. Six years later, she’s still in California and has fallen in love with paddling the open coast and teaching. Lily is an ACA Level 4 Open Water Coastal Kayak Instructor and member of Neptune's Rangers. When she's not teaching, Lily can be found teaching paddling with her dog, Weenie, surfing, or out in the rock gardens.
Matt Nelson 

Matt has been learning from the ocean for most of his adult life. In his late 20’s he and his wife, Djuna, sailed their small, engineless sailboat from the Pacific Northwest to Mexico, out to Hawaii, and back to Orcas Island, WA—a voyage of about 7000 miles. After their landfall on Orcas, Matt eventually met Bryan Smith, Shawna Franklin and Leon Somme at Body Boat Blade and within a year began coaching for BBB, progressing as a coach and paddler. Since then, he has delved into whitewater, surf kayaking, rock gardening and expeditions. In 2008, he and his wife Djuna circumnavigated the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska, while raising funds for an environmental non-profit. Matt has also appeared in Bryan Smith’s “Pacific Horizons”, has been involved with other kayaking films, is a P&H Team paddler, and teaches at symposiums internationally.

 

Matt’s most current expedition effort is the Sail 2 Surf project—sailing his 34-foot trimaran to the tidal rapids of BC, Vancouver Is, California, and Baja; surfing standing waves and ocean breaks with both sea and surf kayaks, and raising funds and awareness for environmental stewardship along the way.

 

Matt is a coach level 3 and holds the 5-star Sea leadership award, and has been coaching for 8 years. Matt now lives intimately connected to the water aboard his trimaran on Orcas Island, coaches through Body Boat Blade, and shares his adventures via his blog The Fluid Life… Matt’s coaching philosophy (in 5 words or less): “Blending understanding with action.”

Mike Looman

Mike has 15 years of experience in the Paddlesports industry. Based out of Winona, MN he is currently the North American Sales Manager for Wenonah Canoe, Current Designs Kayaks, and C4 Waterman SUP. Mike considers Paddlesports a passion rather than a career. As an ACA Level 4 Coastal Kayaking Instructor and a Level 2 SUP Instructor, he has experience instructing from coast to coast including many Midwest Rivers and the Great Lakes. He enjoys watching beginners to experienced paddlers grow in their comfort levels on the water while focusing on safety and awareness. Mike also runs his own instructional business called Midwest Paddlesport. His focus is Outdoor leadership and works with 2 local Universities. When Mike is not working, He loves spending time with his wife and 2 sons who are also become paddlers.

Amanda Cantal  

Amanda began paddling in the rivers of northern Wisconsin and began guiding in the Apostle Islands of Lake Superior. Over the past decade, she has focused primarily on expedition kayaking through the National Outdoor Leadership School which took her to remote locations in Alaska, Patagonia and Baja. Amanda moved to Portland in 2007 and has since worked on-water coures for Alder Creek. Within months of being in Portland, she found a new passion when introduced to surf kayaking by fellow Alder Creekers. She loves to teach and attributes her growing abilities as a coach to the British Canoe Union, with whom has her Coach 1 certification and is a 4 star trainee. She spends as much time as possible outdoors and when not paddling, enjoys fly-fishing, sailing and exploring the NW.
Russ Watt

Russ Watt grew up in the Midwest and has paddled in most of the Great Lakes, he's been paddling and teaching for decades. He has lived in the Pacific Northwest for 14 years, and has paddled at various locations on the Pacific Coast from Alaska to California. Russ has also paddled in Wales, Croatia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, and the Philippines. Despite these travels, one of his favorite places to paddle is the Columbia River Gorge when it's windy.

Cate Hawthorne


Cate and her partner Jeff Laxier teach and guide sea, whitewater, and surf kayaking on the Mendocino Coast of California through their business Liquid Fusion Kayaking.  Cate is a high energy person who loves sharing her passion for learning and the outdoors with others. Cate has several K-12 teaching credentials and a masters degree in education.  After 13 years working in public schools, Cate moved her teaching talents from the classroom to the water.  Kayaking is one of her many outdoor adventure pursuits on the Mendocino Coast.  When not kayaking, Cate is likely to be mountain biking or running in the forest.  Cate is an avid birder, connoisseur of wild mushrooms, and writer.  Check out her blogs Woman on Water and Liquid Fusion Kayaking.
 
Jeff and I rally our students and others each year to come to Lumpy via word of mouth in our classes, newsletters, facebook, twitter, and blogs.  If the organizers at Lumpy have other ideas for us, we are all ears as we love the event and would love to see it continue to be fun and successful -  "We Want LUMPY!"
 

Jeff Laxier


The Mendocino Coast of Northern California provides a rock garden kayak mecca that rivals those found almost anywhere in the world. It is here that he and Cate Hawthorne are the owner operators of Liquid Fusion Kayaking. Jeff is a patient instructor, guide and mentor. Jeff has fallen into a passion of teaching and guiding many kayak disciplines, since his start in the winter of 1996.  When not teaching, one is likely to find him messing about in kayaks on the Sea, running down Rivers, and carving in the Surf and trying to pull off another multi-day adventure.


Jason "Kiwi" Goldstein


Jason (Kiwi) has paddled extensively in New Zealand, Alaska, Baja, OR, and WA) and taught and guided paddlers in ocean and river environments for over twenty years. He currently works for WA State Dept. of Natural Resources as a Recreation Planner specializing in water access and mapping (GIS and GPS) often from kayak and SUP. He has worked for NOAA conducting remote coastal beach surveys from kayaks; for REI guiding backpacking and paddling trips, for Tahoma Outdoor Pursuits, and Topsport NZ as a paddle instructor, and currently is exploring Washington's and Oregon's coastlines, and the creeks of the Olympic Peninsula and Washington Cascades. Kayak sailing, coastal kayaking, and custom chart/mobile map applications are three of his current areas of expertise. Kiwi trained in New Zealand under the NZOIA syllabus (ocean and whitewater) but holds ACA and BCU certs. and was a Wilderness EMT for 5 years. He now volunteer coaches at only the best symposiums in the Pacific Northwest (Lumpy Waters, and PPS). Contact him at: kayakthecoast@gmail.com

Karl Andersson 

Karl loves to have fun. Surf, games, coaching... we think he likes grinning at least as much as he likes kayaking, which is a lot. Karl is a BCU coach 4 * Sea and has been working with kids in competitive paddlesports in Portland for many years. His comprehensive knowledge of navigation and safety paired with an outstanding skill set, makes Karl a true favorite among students of all skill levels.

Marcel Bieg

I owe so much to paddle sports; my character, passions, personality, relationships and even my life. I have always believed in a balanced life so for me if I owe something or someone one I better make good on it. This may be by repaying my teachers by continuing their teachings, honoring a mentor by becoming a mentor, or simply trying to convey the joy I have felt within an activity to others who could grow their lives through the activity.

This is why I am so dedicated to Experiential Education and kayak Instruction. I want not only to provide people the opportunity to learn to paddle, but ultimately learn to grow as people, individuals and within their community. The best way for me to do this and insure success for these individuals is learning how to be the best teacher I can be. The ACA has provided me with the tools to be a paddle instructor and the rest of my education has provided me with the knowledge to be a reasonable life instructor. Together I have been able to use paddle sports as the mechanism for growth.

 

I feel so much passion is missing in our world today due to several factors. I believe art, dance, science, and nature can all aid in reviving some of this passion. Paddle sport is my main instrument in reestablishing this idea and love for life. By insuring that I am teaching to the highest standards of quality has aided in planting this passion in so many students; many of which I would have never connected with without the experiences I have had through my own paddling path.

Megan Brosnan

Meaghan has been in some sort of watercraft since she was old enough to hold a paddle, but it didn’t truly become an obsession until she started playing the Washington coast in 2007. An active duty career as a Coast Guard Officer has exposed her to many stunning paddling locations; she has paddled, toured or surfed the coasts of Guam, Alaska, Washington, Oregon, British Columbia, the Chesapeake Bay, Maryland, Virginia, Scotland and California, and many rivers in between. She enjoys sharing the fun of continuously learning with her students.

 
Chris Bensch

Chris has a strong passion for the outdoors and helping people access our beautiful world. As a team member of Out of Sight, Out of Mind, he plays a strong role in conservation and preservation of the worlds water ways. For the past 5 year he has been Instructor, Coach, and Guide at Alder Creek Kayak & Canoe, in Portland, Oregon. He is a BCU Coach and an ACA Whitewater Instructor, as well he holds a host of Outdoor Certifications, from varying organizations and schools such as San Diego State University and the Wilderness Education Association. While he enjoys all forms of paddle sports, his main focus is Surf Kayaking. In 2011, he organized Oregon’s first surf paddling competition in almost a decade; the Pacific City Surf Off, which is now an annual event. Later that year he attended the 2011 World Championships of Surf Kayaking as a member of the U.S. West Surf Team, helping them clinch a bronze medal. Chris also Co-founded the Pacific Paddle Surf Series with Dennis Judson, the host of the worlds largest surf competition next to the World Championships-Santa Cruz Paddle Surf Festival. Whether it be flat water, a raging river of whitewater, or a clean glassy wave on the coast, he is more than happy to share his passion and knowledge to help you get out there.

Andrew Romanelli


Andrew is a canoeist from the bountiful and calm waters of Wisconsin. The prospect of mountains and ocean has been a draw since his wee years sprouting across the pitch in the North east. Now amidst the dynamic landscape of the Pacific Northwest Andrew is loving the plethora of paddling opportunities and developing his sea and whitewater kayaking skills. Fresh or Salt, Flat or White, getting on the water is always and adventure!

Roger Schumann


Roger Schumann grew up on the California Coast and took to the water at a young age during family weekend outings to the beach. Guided by his dad’s love of body surfing, he and his 4 siblings spent endless hours playing in the waves on inner tubes, blow-up rafts, body boards and eventually surfboards. After taking a kayak class at UC Santa Cruz while pursuing his degree in creative writing, he was, like, totally stoked, dude, and ended up majoring in sea kayaking. After graduating, what was supposed to have been just a summer job—leading kayak tours in Washington’s San Juan Islands—turned into a career. For the past 23 years Roger’s been passing down his love of the sea as the owner and lead instructor for Eskape Sea Kayaking school in Santa Cruz, California.  He’s certified by the American Canoe Association as an Instructor Trainer Educator at Level 5: Advanced Open Water as well as being an Instructor Trainer for both Surf Kayaking and SUP, and a whitewater kayaking instructor. He is also a BCU 4* Leader, Sea. Over the years, Roger has contributed numerous articles to Sea Kayaker and other magazines, and he is also an award-winning co-author of two books—Sea Kayaking Central and Northern California: Best Trips From Pismo Beach To The Lost Coast (National Outdoor Book Award) and Sea Kayak Rescue.  His writing is also included in the recently released More Deep Trouble. A regular among the coaches at the Golden Gate Sea Kayak Symposium, East Coast Paddlesports Festival and others. This will be Roger’s second appearance at Lumpy.

Mark Tozier


Mark Tozer has been messing around in all kinds of boats in all kinds of waters as an active paddler and coach for the past 25 years, with sea kayaking being his specialism. In particular, Mark has made the most of the tide races and overfalls of Anglesey for his personal paddling as well as his classroom.  Along the way, Mark has gained a number of British Canoe Union awards including the coveted Level 5 Coach (Sea). He is a coach trainer and assessor as well as a BCU Star Award examiner. Having explored Greenland, Mark has come to recognize that modern paddling skills owe much to our Greenlandic cultural heritage of yesterday. He enjoys the blend of teaching traditional skills using contemporary coaching processes and puts his students at the center of the experience. Mark has participated in and lead a number of overseas expeditions to such places as Alaska, Baja, Norway, Greenland, Morocco, Tanzania, Kenya and Ecuador as well as completing a doctorate (PhD) in expedition leadership. He is happy to share his experiences and advise people on expedition matters. Mark has contributed to numerous symposium and events around the world, as well as written articles for publications such as Ocean Paddler and Canoe Focus, along with the Journal for Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning.

Severin Piper

As a Pacific Northwest native, water has always been an essential ingredient in Severin Piper’s recipies for enthusiasm, enjoyment, and wonder. Since finding a home in a kayak, exploring coastal regions has become a common wayfor him to let the power of the ocean mix these ingredients together into a delightful adventure. Sev recently finised his masters degree in the field of education and is excited to take that expeirnce to the ocean’s classroom. While he always looks forward to the pounding waves of the Pacific Coast, Sev finds solace in the biodiversity of the San Juan Islands where he guides for Outdoor Odysseys in the summer months. Sev is also an ACA Level 4 Open Water Coastal Kayak Instructor.
Dennis Pennell

Dennis Pennell took his first paddle trip in an inflatable kayak on a class 2+ river in northwestern North Carolina in the mid-1970s. Day and overnight canoe trips soon followed. Then in 1984, whitewater canoeing became a priority, followed by whitewater kayaking, flatwater kayaking, and sea kayaking. In 1996 he moved to Vancouver, Washington where he enjoys as much of the regions flat, white, and salt water as he can.   He has kayaked and rafted many of the best whitewater rivers in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Arizona and Utah, including 39 days on the Grand Canyon of the Colorado River, and a trip on the Tatshenshini/Alsek through the Yukon, British Columbia, and Alaska. These days Dennis paddles canoes and kayaks of all types and rows rafts and catarafts on multi-day whitewater trips. But most of the time he is seen in a sea kayak. He works part-time for Alder Creek as an instructor and guide. Dennis feels that the Pacific Northwest is one of the best places on earth to practice this most excellent sport.
Dave Rossetter
Dave is Head of Paddlesports at Glenmore Lodge – Scotland’s National Outdoor Training Centre. He has been involved in the development of the new awards and provides expert advice throughout the industry on all things to do with coaching, safety, leadership and personal paddling. He is passionate about all things paddling and specialises in white water kayak and open canoe where he will most often be found.

It’s no secret that when the rivers are up, Scotland offers some of the world’s finest whitewater paddling, and Dave’s passion lies in exploring these rivers and burns by kayak or canoe (or anything else that floats!). Not content with this exploring the coastline by sea kayak and journeying along the many waterways by SUP the need to ‘feed the rat’ can be met.

His travels have taken him far, from sea kayaking in the Mediterranean and Lofoten to adventures in Asia including extensive trips to India and Nepal along with exploring hidden gems in South America, but the unique beauty of the Highlands of Scotland brings him home over and again.
Kim Grandfield
Kim Grandfield’s passion for the outdoors started in the mountains in the late 60s and led to opening Sunrise Mountain Sports in 1975. In the 90s Kim added sea kayaking to the list of adventure sports he participates in and caters to in his retail store in Livermore, California. His kayaking experience includes expeditions in Greenland, Alaska, Baja, Patagonia, French Polynesia, Bahamas and Wales. In the spring of 2016 Kim organized an expedition down the Grand Canyon where he and his friends ran 2026 miles of rapids in sea kayaks. He is a BCU Five Star Sea Leader and a ACA L5 Kayak Instructor. Kim coaches at the Golden Gate Sea Kayak Symposium in California, The Lumpy Water Symposium in Oregon and the Baja Kayak Festival every year. When not traveling, Kim paddles and coaches in the waters around San Francisco Bay.


Michael Callahan
Hailing from the cloudberry shores on the north shore of the gulf of St-Lawrence in Quebec, Michael is the owner, lead guide and head coach of Magtogoek Écotours, a paddling school and outfitter offering  sea kayak training in the Mingan Island National Park Preserve and beyond.  Having worked on the water guiding and coaching in British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Baja and Quebec for over 15 years, he has varied experience in multiple paddle sports and is certified as a Paddle Canada Level 2 Instructor with Level 4 skills.  A passionate educator who loves sharing his knowledge of the natural world, nothing makes him smile more than incoming swell and an offshore breeze!
Barry Walstead
Barry is an 8 year paddler that had a passion to be in a sea kayak since about age 12. But it as only later that he got on the water.For the first few years he did very mellow beginner paddling and only in the last 4 years has he become the paddler he is today. In no small part to mentors and friends pushing him to develop and learn, and now to teach and pass that knowledge on.He assists with Washington Kayak Club and is the Assistant Manager at Ship To Shore Marine & Kayak in Gig harbor.On the water he loves touring but also loves a good day spent surfing long boats and rock gardening.
Matthew Maddalena
Matt started as a 5-year old "water dog" on a boggie board at Avila Beach on the Central Coast of California.  He spent many years, and every summer, playing and recreating in the local and high Sierra lakes, and along the coast of the Pacific ocean.  Matt first experienced canoeing on Northern California's Russian River with his Scout troop.  He has always preferred wide open spaces and the great outdoors. During his senior year of high school, Matt started working for a local small business in Shell Beach, California called Central Coast Kayaks.  It was there that his love of the ocean blossomed and he found his "home".  Matt spent the next ten years as a guide, teacher and mentor for customers of all ages and skill levels, as well as fellow employees.  Matt was often requested as the lead guide for tours through the famous Dinosaur Caves along the Shell Beach coastline.
After graduating from Cal Poly with a degree in Graphic Communications, Matt started tending to Central Coast Kayak's website and became the "go to guy" for all things involving the shop activities.
Matt relocated to the Portland area with his fiance and found a home at Alder Creek Kayak and Canoe where he has taken to everything paddle sports.  Still the "water dog" at heart, Matt enjoys free diving, scuba diving and fishing.
Matt started as a 5-year old "water dog" on a boggie board at Avila Beach on the Central Coast of California.  He spent many years, and every summer, playing and recreating in the local and high Sierra lakes, and along the coast of the Pacific ocean.  Matt first experienced canoeing on Northern California's Russian River with his Scout troop.  He has always preferred wide open spaces and the great outdoors. During his senior year of high school, Matt started working for a local small business in Shell Beach, California called Central Coast Kayaks.  It was there that his love of the ocean blossomed and he found his "home".  Matt spent the next ten years as a guide, teacher and mentor for customers of all ages and skill levels, as well as fellow employees.  Matt was often requested as the lead guide for tours through the famous Dinosaur Caves along the Shell Beach coastline.
After graduating from Cal Poly with a degree in Graphic Communications, Matt started tending to Central Coast Kayak's website and became the "go to guy" for all things involving the shop activities.
Matt relocated to the Portland area with his fiance and found a home at Alder Creek Kayak and Canoe where he has taken to everything paddle sports.  Still the "water dog" at heart, Matt enjoys free diving, scuba diving and fishing.

Matt started as a 5-year old "water dog" on a boggie board at Avila Beach on the Central Coast of California.  He spent many years, and every summer, playing and recreating in the local and high Sierra lakes, and along the coast of the Pacific ocean.  Matt first experienced canoeing on Northern California's Russian River with his Scout troop.  He has always preferred wide open spaces and the great outdoors. During his senior year of high school, Matt started working for a local small business in Shell Beach, California called Central Coast Kayaks.  It was there that his love of the ocean blossomed and he found his "home".  Matt spent the next ten years as a guide, teacher and mentor for customers of all ages and skill levels, as well as fellow employees.  Matt was often requested as the lead guide for tours through the famous Dinosaur Caves along the Shell Beach coastline.
After graduating from Cal Poly with a degree in Graphic Communications, Matt started tending to Central Coast Kayak's website and became the "go to guy" for all things involving the shop activities.
Matt relocated to the Portland area with his fiance and found a home at Alder Creek Kayak and Canoe where he has taken to everything paddle sports.  Still the "water dog" at heart, Matt enjoys free diving, scuba diving and fishing.
Matt started as a 5-year old "water dog" on a boggie board at Avila Beach on the Central Coast of California.  He spent many years, and every summer, playing and recreating in the local and high Sierra lakes, and along the coast of the Pacific ocean.  Matt first experienced canoeing on Northern California's Russian River with his Scout troop.  He has always preferred wide open spaces and the great outdoors. During his senior year of high school, Matt started working for a local small business in Shell Beach, California called Central Coast Kayaks.  It was there that his love of the ocean blossomed and he found his "home".  Matt spent the next ten years as a guide, teacher and mentor for customers of all ages and skill levels, as well as fellow employees.  Matt was often requested as the lead guide for tours through the famous Dinosaur Caves along the Shell Beach coastline.
After graduating from Cal Poly with a degree in Graphic Communications, Matt started tending to Central Coast Kayak's website and became the "go to guy" for all things involving the shop activities.
Matt relocated to the Portland area with his fiance and found a home at Alder Creek Kayak and Canoe where he has taken to everything paddle sports.  Still the "water dog" at heart, Matt enjoys free diving, scuba diving and fishing.
Ethan Boswell
A new member of Team Alder Creek, Ethan hails from the desert valleys of Arizona and grew up in the outdoors. Unfortunately, water was sparse and so he was relegated to land-based sports. That all changed when he was 14, on a trip to Chile's mighty Rio Futaleufu where he enjoyed whitewater rafting and began to learn the art of whitewater kayaking.. 7 years of progression later and finally fed up with the slim pickings, Ethan decided to make a change; and so he moved port and came to rest in the lush forests, snowy peaks, and pristine rivers and lakes of the Pacific Northwest. And let us not forget the ocean! As Ethan is coming to learn, there is more to the world of paddling than whitewater. But his lack of experience isn't stopping him from sharing his enthusiasm for the water.
Megan Reising
Megan grew up a river rat fishing and paddling with her Dad on the Ohio River. However a longing for coastal waters and marine life sent her to South Florida where she paddled the Everglades, Florida Keys, and Mangrove forests. There she used kayaking as a means to research sea turtles, coral reefs, and seagrass beds. With an unquenchable thirst for the sea, she longs to be above and below the surface. Whether it be diving, swimming, or paddling, she’s always happy to be on the water.