About The Instructors
Mike is a driven passionate leader for stand up paddle boarding. He started Urban Kai with his wife, Aimee, from the ground up. By day, he’s a stand up paddling expert with emphasis on form and the fitness benefits that he carries into his athletic training background to broaden his client’s skills while having a good time. By night, he runs the company, making sure to always find the best products for stand up paddling while incorporating fitness benefits and he organizes client’s routines so everyone has fun along with experiencing a challenging innovative workout. His experience runs the gamut from training professional tennis and volleyball players to teaching young children and seniors the benefits of stand up paddling for their overall fitness. He has over 100 clients who have either increased their personal athletic goals with his training assistance and/ or lost weight to become healthier physically fit individuals who happily credit Mike with their success.
Mike has a background in Athletic Training he is N.A.S.M., Premier, A.C.E. Paddle Fit, CPR/AED & Wilderness First Aid Certified and has an extensive knowledge of the land and water having spent much of his life in Florida. He also has an extensive surfing & ocean background having spent his teen and college years in the state of California where he paddled on Santa Barbara Outrigger Canoe Club and spent much of his time in the surf.
You can find Mike at Urban Kai SUP Shop located at 13090 Gandy Blvd, St. Petersburg FL 33702 and, of course, out on the water!
Lyndsay Champion is a passionate paddler from North Carolina. Spending many years both kayaking and paddleboarding in the lakes, rivers and coastal regions of North and South Carolina, Lyndsay was drawn to Florida because of its easy access to beautiful settings and forgiving waters. This has made Saint Petersburg and the Tampa Bay area a perfect place for this passionate paddler to call home. She has a strong desire to share in the beauty of the sport as well as educating locals and visitors on the importance of the mangrove forests and the ecosystems that rely on the delicate balance of nature and people living together. Lyndsay is ready to greet you with a smile and an eagerness to answer your questions that help you become a more proficient and aware paddler!