Britt- Founder, owner, began his love of windsurfing while competing on the windsurfing team at Eckerd College (in St Pete, FL). Competing during the school year and teaching windsurfing lessons in the summer, he even competed in the Olympic Trials for the 1996 Olympic Games. After college (and a stint working in the investment world) he decided to open a business that would allow him to indulge in the sport he loved, while teaching others how to windsurf as well. Over the years, he has continued to hone his teaching skills, earning his certification as a US Sailing Instructor / Trainer. Britt has coached several high level windsurfing competitors who have competed in the Olympic Trials and the Youth Olympic Games and helped hundreds of students reach their windsurfing goals.
Karen- Co-owner, When she started teaching windsurfing lessons on a lake in Denver, Colorado as a high school job she didn’t know windsurfing would take over her life! Who needs college when you can move to Maui and then Corpus Christi, Texas following the wind? She spent many years working with her brother John at Larson’s Ski & Sport growing windsurfing in Colorado and competed in the Olympic Trials for windsurfing for the 1996 and 2008 Olympic Games. It was easy for Britt to convince her to move to St Pete with the promise of year round windsurfing. If you need windsurfing technique advice or help with random old windsurfing parts - she’s your girl. That experience combined with her excellent communication skills make learning a breeze. She teaches all levels of windsurfing and foiling.
Jonathan- He has been windsurfing since he was 13 when he took lessons from Britt and his love of windsurfing (and now foiling and winging) has brought him back to the water after detours as an EMT and member of the US Marine Reserves. After a few years of working and playing in Hood River, OR, Jonathan came back home to his North Beach Windsurfing family here in St Pete. He has jumped into wingfoiling with both feet and built a top notch program for teaching winging and wingfoiling. Wing instructor and advanced windsurfing lessons (including new-school freestyle).
Richard- Instructor, RIchard started windsurfing in Ohio 2014 and joined the North Beach Windsurfing team in 2019. He specializes in teaching our beginner lessons and does an amazing job at getting people comfortable on the board and confidently sailing around. His enthusiasm and genuine joy at seeing his students succeed is contagious. Richard loves windsurfing “because it's satisfying for all skill levels and conditions.” Also, he is just starting to learn how to wing and foil. He is a life-long sailor (who literally learned to walk on a sailboat) and lover of the water who enjoys spear fishing and a good glass of scotch.
Marki- joined the North Beach Windsurfing team when she moved to St Pete with Jonathan. She used to say she was more comfortable behind the camera than on the water. But that was before she learned to wingfoil! When you see a particularly fantastic photo on our website, facebook page, or instagram - you can be sure Marki took it. Advanced winger, Jonathan’s girlfriend, and avid coffee drinker. Marki does all of the email newsletters, manages the social media accounts, and much more. She has a great set of knowledge on gear and will be a helpful guide for you. She loves assisting people and will be sure to answer all of your questions via phone, chat, etc. Californian born and raised and new Floridian, Marki has not escaped the warm states, however she did come from Portland and New York.
Cal - If it's windy, Cal is on the water. He started teaching with us in 2020 and embodies the stoke of windsurfing. You can find him on the water teaching all levels of windsurfing, or in his shed sanding foil wings. Cal comes from a lifelong background of sailing and mechanical engineering. He started windsurfing in Saint Martin in 2019.