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The Positive Vibe Tribe

KEVIN HAIGIS CFO / Environmental Steward & Leader of the Clean Water Initiative

Kevin

“Mr. Positive Vibes” was born in Baltimore and raised in Annapolis MD. As a summer job in 2008, he started working for a valet company downtown where he grew passionate about the history of Annapolis and its waterways. Kevin graduated from Virginia Tech in 2010 with a degree in Nutrition & Exercise and prior to starting Capital SUP in 2014, he had a 3.5 year run as a Master Trainer at 24 Hour Fitness in Annapolis.

In the autumn of 2015, Kevin organized the largest oyster garden in the Annapolis community, consisting of 50 oyster cages along the docks of the South Annapolis Yacht Centre. This kickstarted a passion for environmental stewardship leading to a partnership between Capital SUP and the Spa Creek Conservancy in 2016 when he conducted weekly water quality testing.

Entrepreneur, CFO of Capital SUP, and leader in the clean water movement. Kevin keeps his time busy but encourages the importance of a healthy work/life balance. He lives by a self-motto that keeps him driven for more realizing anything is possible.

CHRIS “GOOSE” NORMAN COO / Head Coach of Training

Goose

Coach Chris has devoted his life to fitness, sports and coaching other athletes. Everyone needs that extra motivation or coaching when trying to reach his or her goals. Coach Chris can push you to new limits and beyond. He doesn’t only work with paddlers. He spent 2 years coaching varsity athletes at Salisbury University while getting his Master’s degree in Applied Health Physiology.

Now, he coaches at Capital SUP and with the help of other coaches has developed quite the paddleboard race team. The team competes in local races around the Chesapeake and travels to Ocean City, California and Puerto Rico for competitions. If you are looking to take your paddling to the next level, Coach Chris will get you to where you want to go!

LINDSAY COOK Merchandise Manager / SUP Fitness Teacher & Dog Whisperer

Lindsay

Also known as “Z”, Lindsay grew up around Annapolis and has always had a love for the outdoors and being on the water. She graduated from Towson University with a degree in Electronic Media and Film and is now an aerial photojournalist for the DC news stations. After studying abroad in Australia and traveling, Lindsay moved back to Annapolis to be closer to the water.

Her first time on a Paddleboard she knew she was hooked. She started working at Capital SUP in 2015, and from there, her passion for the sport grew. WPA certified paddleboard instructor, Lindsay loves spreading the love of the sport giving paddleboard lessons. She also teaches SUP bootcamps and leads our “Yappy-Hour” SUP with your PUP tours! She also enjoys traveling, camping, red wine and going on adventures with her dog Huckleberry.

MARISSA WALCH Director of Fitness / SUP Yoga & SUP Fitness Teacher

Marissa

Marissa Walch is a fitness enthusiast who grew up on the water and loves to be outside, she not only works in the fitness industry full-time, but it’s her everyday passion. She hopes to inspire you in a creative manner where your body gives you the freedom to move, gain flexibility and strength. She is a certified personal trainer and group exercise instructor, also instructing Spin, TRX, and Boot Camp classes when she isn’t teaching yoga.

Over the summer, you can find Marissa on the water at Capital SUP Annapolis as their Stand-Up Paddleboarding (SUP) Fitness Director. She trained in North Carolina, in her hometown, for her 200-hour yoga teacher training in 2011 and completed Charm City Yoga’s 300-hour training in 2014 to deepen her practice of yoga, create workshops and to fine-tune her personal practice. She has worked in the fitness industry for over ten years and dedicates every minute of her day to share her love for keeping and creating a more healthy you! You will have fun, feel stronger and sweat with each practice, class, workshop or training session. To learn more about Marissa visit her website at www.marissawalch.com or follow her @MarissaWalch.

CHARLIE BAUER Water Ninja / SUP Yoga Teacher

Charlie

Charlie is a lifelong athlete. He competed in many sports during his high school and college career. With the encouragement of close friends, he came to yoga looking for an alternative way to stay healthy and not abusing his body on a daily basis. Once he discovered yoga in 2007 he immediately noticed the benefits in his other athletic activities as well as off the field of competition. Charlie became a dedicated practitioner in 2009 and in 2013 completed his teacher training with Kim Manfredi.

While his training is rooted in the Hatha tradition, his classes are influenced by a variety of different styles he has and continues to experience. His curiosity with the movement of the human body continues to drive him towards continued learning and sharing that with his students. His classes are energetic and light-hearted infused with upbeat music while including lots of twists, inversions, and different balancing poses. Students are encouraged to take the competition out of their practice and focus on their journey as a yogi. Charlie hopes to help share the many benefits he has experienced from practicing yoga and have his students leaving class feeling stronger, more energized, and more balanced.

MACKENZIE RAWLS Professional Dancer / SUP Dance & SUP Yoga Teacher, Paddle Instructor

Mackenzie

Mackenzie Rawls is a Maryland native who has been a part of the CapitalSUP community for two years.   Mackenzie caught the paddle bug after her first day on a stand-up paddleboard, joined race training shortly after her first race in Rincon PR in 2016 and has been on many CapitalSUP adventures since.  Knowing she had many passions to share, Mackenzie got certified to give lessons, work in the stop, and teach yoga but had something else in mind with those certifications –  a SUP Dance class.   A huge success in its inaugural year, Mackenzie is very excited to be bringing her passions back to the water.  Mackenzie dances professionally with Bowen McCauley Dance and freelancers all over the DMV as a dancer and choreographer.

She has taken her passion for dance and teaching to studios all over the DMV instructing all ages in varying styles of dance (ballet, modern, jazz and hip-hop) over the last ten years and has loved all of the new inspirations her students bring to her career and life, hence bringing the passion, party and dance floor to the water last summer!  Mackenzie is also a 200 Hr Hatha Raja yoga instructor who is thrilled to be returning to share time on the boards with you meditating, practicing, and embracing all that this beautiful water has to offer.  She can usually be found by the speakers or on the water and she can’t wait to party with you this summer!

PAMELA HERNICK SUP Yoga Teacher

Pamela

Pamela Hernick has been practicing yoga for over a decade and embraces the outdoor lifestyle of Annapolis with open arms. She’s an experienced teacher and avid learner of new techniques and understanding the many branches of yoga and fitness. She provides a welcoming environment for both experienced and beginner practitioners alike. For her, yoga and fitness are about creating a space where recreation can be both enjoyable and sustainable.

She finds it most rewarding when her students walk out of her class feeling better than when they walked in. She teaches private and group classes in the Annapolis area. Pamela had the privilege of training at Evolutions under the instruction of Tina Lanzoni in both Yin and Vinyasa. She is registered through Yoga Alliance at the RYT-200 hour level. Pamela lives in Eastport with her two daughters, husband, and two bulldogs.

RENEE FARNIE SUP Pilates Teacher

Renee

Renee Farnie is a third-generation Pilates teacher and a 2017 graduate of the Excel Pilates Teacher Training Program. Renée was certified by Peak Pilates in September 2009 and has been teaching Pilates in Annapolis since 2005. To further her Pilates education, Renee completed the Excel Pilates Mentor Program which leads to her interest in enrolling in the Excel Pilates Teacher Training Program as a bridge student. She grew up in Colorado and got her BA in Graphic Design at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.

Working as a graphic designer in Texas, she met her husband and shortly after they were married moved to Annapolis in 1998. She grew up playing soccer and after graduating pursued any athletic activity she could enjoy, she discovered a love for windsurfing which led her and her husband to Annapolis. She discovered Pilates after her second child was born. Chronic back pain and the desire to continue to lead an active, athletic lifestyle led her to Pilates, after the first session she was hooked. Renee is passionate about Pilates and the benefits it brings to so many people of different fitness levels. Her passions also extend to Stand Up Paddleboarding, an active ministry with high school kids and enjoying family and friends.

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Alien

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