Meet The Staff
Ballard Kayak wouldn't have as many five-star reviews as we have if it wasn't for our rockstar staff. Here are the people behind the PFDs and on the water with you, ensuring that your experience is more than simply satisfactory.
Growing up nowhere near open water, Blaine eventually started moving closer and closer until he abruptly found himself in what he would call a big city. Before moving to Seattle in 2015, he accepted a management position at Ballard Kayak and Paddleboard, shortly before John and Becca (the previous owners) decided to sail around the world. Blaine then purchased the business and is now stuck in paradise for the foreseeable future. You can almost always find him lingering around somewhere nearby, brandishing Ballard Kayak's strict dress code of outdoor casual.
Tour guide by day, bartender by night, and professional petsitter by necessity, Jay is a Pacific Northwest native who will always call this area home despite the random six years she spent in New Jersey (not by choice) and her propensity to travel. Although this is her fourth summer with Ballard Kayak, she had only been on a kayak three times before getting the job (which just goes to show, it's not always about experience). Whether she's on the phone, answering emails, or on the water with you, Jay will always have a tendency to break out spontaneously into song and dance.
When this Scorpio isn't leading tours or wrangling our rental fleet, Ana is "hooping," one of her obsessions for the past 3 years. Although she works in Seattle, Ana lives in Peshastin, which is nestled within the North Cascades about 2.5 hours away. She'll listen to just about any type of music (yes, that includes country) and chose to get involved with water sports because, in her exact words, "It is closer to the trash." Ana took a white-water rafting course in Peshastin in 2017 with Chloe, but somehow ended up choosing saltwater over freshwater in the end, and we are ecstatic to have her back for her second summer at Ballard Kayak.
This Seattle native is our full-time guide this summer, and she is pumped! Despite her obsession with "hooping" and the color rainbow, Chloe finds herself at home when on the water. She takes nomadic living to heart as a pet-sitter and baby-sitter on her off hours, but don't let that discourage you. We are delighted to have her back for her second summer at Ballard Kayak, spreading her positive vibes through art, jewelry, and laughter.
Finn (Rental Staff)
This is Finn's first year with Ballard Kayak and we are happy to have his enthusiasm. As a recent graduate from Ballard High School, Finn's limited work experience has included working in construction and at a bike shop. His first time on a kayak was a decade ago on Orcas Island at Camp Orkila. Since then, he has dabbled in snowboarding and skiing in the winter, but found his way to Ballard Kayak because it seemed like an interesting job. He will tolerate all music except for pop, and his spirit animal is either a seagull or a lion (because they're truly that similar).