The perfect team
IN ALPHABETIC ORDER by last name
David Burdick, Instructor
Dave is an avid water sports enthusiast. While growing up in Oregon his first experiences came from white water rafting at many of the best and biggest Rapids in the Pacific Northwest. Then upon moving to Maui the passion for the water led to scuba diving, spearfishing, surfing, jet skiing, ocean kayak fishing, and eventually SUP. Over the last 2 years Dave has dedicated most of his time on the water to SUP and recently became one of my ACA certified SUP instructors. You will now see him either working in the shop or instructing beginner classes out in the water. He is dedicated to making sure everyone in the classes, at what ever level, learns some of the basics and has a fun and safe time on the water. Certifications: American Canoe Association level 1 SUP Instructor, First Aid/CPR
Sari Gelzer, SUP yoga Manager
Sari Gelzer Stankowski, RYT-500 is a Sri Yoga certified yoga teacher in the San Francisco Bay Area who creates experiences that tap into the physical and energetic bodies. Sari offers hatha flow and vinyasa style yoga classes and workshops in studios, workplaces and High Schools in the Bay Area. With experience as an athlete and massage therapist, she uses her knowledge of the body to provide her students a practice that builds physical strength, mental clarity and overall vibrancy.She combines breathwork (pranayama), meditation and movement (asana) to assist students in being their most vibrant self. Sari has been practicing yoga since 2001 and has explored a wide range of styles during that time. Her continued practice led her to study Sri Yoga with Brenna Geehan and Jean Mazzei. She enjoys working with a wide range of ages and is a certified yoga for youth instructor. Learn more at www.YogaWithSari.com.
Nicole Kanour, Yoga Instructor
Nicole Kanour is a certified yoga instructor who offers Stand Up Paddle Board Yoga classes in Alameda, California.
Ryan Takemiya - shop manager
Ryan Takemiya is a fan of anything water-related. He loves surfing, windsurfing, white-water rafting, and has taught dinghy sailing for over 6 years. Born and raised in Berkeley, he has been playing in the bay his entire life, and is loving the opportunity to explore his home turf (or surf?) in a brand new sport - SUP!
Mike Wang - Owner
Hello from Alameda! In 2013 I decided to leave my professional career as a Finance and HR manager at UCSF and start my own business. Before then I had been working in offices since I graduated from college and doing a lot of paddling on the weekend (mainly kayaking and rafting). I had developed severe back pain from all of the sitting activities in my life: sitting in offices and meetings, sitting at home watching tv, sitting to drive to rivers and oceans, sitting paddling in kayaks and rafts... Just sitting all the time! I realized that I needed to make a change and hence STAND UP PADDLE!
SUP combines my passion of paddling and be healthy to heal my back by standing up. I am enthusiastic about teaching people how to paddle and how to stand up and love sharing my love for the sport. This sport is open to everyone!
Originally from China, I have travelled the world in search of water. I was first introduced in paddling on a frozen lake in Beijing when I was a child. I love all water-based activities: kayaking, rafting, stand up paddle and surfing. I have 16 years experience in kayaking, canoeing and stand up paddling. Destinations include many parts of the San Francisco Bay, California coast and rivers in the Sierra. Paddling has also taken me to many beautiful international locations: Brazil, Columbia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Costa Rica, Panama, Guatemala, Canada, Mongolia, Mexico, Hawaii, and China. However, my favorite paddle is right in my backyard: Ballena Bay of Alameda.
Certifications: PaddlFit Coach level 1 to level 3, American Canoe Association (ACA) SUP instructor level 1, 2, Level 3 Whitewater, First Aid and CPR.
Isabella Wilk, SUP Yoga Instructor
Isabella received her training with Katie Lewis and Ashley Sharp, two most respected and long standing teachers in the Bay Area with a strong focus in both the mind and body aspects of practice. She has also accomplished extended training in Yin Yoga with Cherie Carson, Forrest Yoga with Anna Forrest and Pre & Post Natal Yoga with Debra Saliby and TRE Trauma Release Exercise Workshops. Isabella developed a Dance Your Passion class offering dance as a way to embodiment. I create a dance space that invites the heart and chakras to open while the soul expresses itself and sets intentions. The authenticity of movement and divine play created in Dance Your Passion carries over into our everyday lives with the added benefit of a cardio workout at each individuals pace and using lively music. She's enthusiastic about studying how the body and mind works and heals. She has a spiritual practice developed from attending daylong retreats at Spiritrock Meditation Center. She also the teachings of mindfulness to inform my yoga practice and weaves them into her classes.
Certifications: Yoga Teacher Certification 200 hours, Mike's Paddle SUP Yoga Teacher Certification.