Jay Crawford – Winthrop University, South Carolina
BS Physical Education/Leisure Services
(USCG Masters License 25-ton, sailing/towing endorsements)
Jay has been living, breathing and coaching kiteboarding on Hatteras Island since the early days. Flying Naish product since 1999, Jay has worked with and learned from the pioneers. He spends winters in “Shacks Beach”, Puerto Rico, or Heavenly Ski Resort, California, to further expand his teaching knowledge.
Licensed Captain (6-pack; OUPV) Wor-Wic Community College, Salisbury, MD Associate of Arts
Avid kiteboard coach in the Outer Banks and the Gorge. Chris brings countless hours of teaching in the mountains at Heavenly Ski Resort, CA, and enhances his teaching skills further on the waters of Oregon at the Columbia River Gorge. He has mastered the areas of efoiling, kite foiling, strapless surf in ocean, and of course freestyle frenzy in the flat waters. Hence his nickname on instagram “sendologist”! Welcome to the Outer Banks Kiting team!
James Blick – East Stroudsburg University, Recreation Management
IKO Kiteboarding, Level 2 Certification
Self-taught land/snowkiter. Moved to maui in spring 2015 and taught for 2 years with Action Sports Maui. James has been kiting for 10 years this summer and can’t wait to keep progressing. Education background in Recreation Management at East Stroudsburg University. James is also IKO Kiteboarding Level 2 Certified.Welcome to the Outer Banks Kiting team!
Licensed Captain (6-pack; OUPV) Board Certified Pedorthist, PSIA, Owner Ski Boot Fitting
Greg comes to the Outer Banks Kiting team from Beaver Creek, CO. His customer skills and communication with guests/clients, is contagious. He owns/operates Ski Boot Fitting and also runs fishing charters on his vessel Miss Phitty. Greg specializes getting customers to and from our kite destinations on the waters of the Pamlico Sound and teaching beginners kite camps, as well as upwind riding and transitions. Thanks for joining the team and come see Greg on the water and for some kiteboarding apres’.
Melissa began her sailing career when she was seven years old and has over a decade of coaching experience. She originally hails from Annapolis, Maryland but spends her winters in the mountains of Vermont. She is excited to get to know Avon! This will be her first summer in the Outer Banks and she can’t wait to get on the water with you!