Meet The Staff
Ballard Kayak wouldn't have as many five-star reviews as we do 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. Stay tuned for our 2020 guides and rental staff!
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.
Jay! (Manager & Tour Guide)
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 fifth 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.