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About The Instructors

Michael Conlee

Co-owner and & Co-Founder of Urban Kai Stand Up Paddle Boarding

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.

Report Card

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.

GPS Location

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

SUP Instructor

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!


Sam Keyes

SUP Instructor

Sam is a free spirit with a fire for fitness and outdoor adventures. She has coached youth soccer for the past 15 years while also taking the lead as a Director of various youth development programs at local nonprofits in South Tampa. Not only does she bring an intense edge to competitive athletes in the area, training H.S. players in speed & agility; Sam also brings a compassionate ray of sunshine to each day and will gladly pet any pup that walks by!


The Tampa Bay area water stole Sam’s heart when she moved to Tampa in 2014. A native of Lake Eustis in Central Florida, she received her scuba certification when she was 18 and has been in or on the water ever since. Sam was a part of the original team that opened the UK shop at Armature (Downtown Tampa) and has helped run our youth camps, private lessons/tours and Annual Races. When she’s not actively playing sports on the field or exploring the world, you can catch Sam locally in the area with her wife Jamie and newest family member, baby Indi.