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Our Team

The Positive Vibe Tribe

KEVIN HAIGIS CEO

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“Mr. Positive Vibes” was born in Baltimore and raised in Annapolis MD. 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 5 year run as a Master Trainer at 24 Hour Fitness in Annapolis. In the off-season months he is a licensed Medicare, Health and Life Insurance agent. 

In the autumn of 2015, Kevin organized the largest oyster garden in the Annapolis community, consisting of 50 oyster cages along the docks of Spa Creek. This kickstarted a passion for environmental stewardship leading to a partnership between Capital SUP and the Spa Creek Conservancy and the co-founding of the Live Water Foundation in 2017. 

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

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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!

LEAH JAICKS Brand Manager & SUP Instructor

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Leah was born and raised in Annapolis, just minutes from where Capital SUP is now located. She is passionate about showing people the wonders of Annapolis on the water, and graduated from Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, California with a B.S. in Recreation, Parks, & Tourism Administration.

She’s been with Capital SUP since 2018, and started paddling as a hobby when she was in high school. Leah is our first full-time employee and newest Brand Manager, but has also worked as a Co-Director of Grom Camp and a SUP instructor. Working towards a cleaner Chesapeake Bay is super important to her. Leah also enjoys traveling, connecting with the outdoors, photography, and being a creator!

BAYLEE BRUSO Assistant Brand Manager

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Baylee was raised in Georgia before moving to Annapolis at the age of 13, where she attended high school. Attending Salisbury University, she graduated with a bachelors degree in fine arts with a track in graphic design.

Baylee was first introduced to paddle boarding as hobby in her early teens, renting from Capital SUP on occasion. During Covid quarantine, she developed a deeper interest in paddle boarding after purchasing her own. This grew into an interest in working for Capital SUP. Joining the team in 2022, Baylee is passionate about growing the paddling boarding and Capital SUP community.

Outside of paddle boarding, Baylee enjoys drawing, photography, graphic design, and anything outdoors.

RACHEL BESSMAN Blog Writer

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Rachel is a writer who has lived in Annapolis for ten years. Growing up, her dad had her on a surfboard as soon as she could swim, and she’s been addicted to the ocean ever since. So when Stand Up Paddle boarding became popularized in the United States, it was only natural for her to give it a shot. Her love of the ocean is supplemented by her love of the Chesapeake Bay, and its undeniable beauty that has captured the hearts of its admirers for centuries (if not millennia!). 

As a writer, she is passionate about exploring topics that people can resonate with on a personal level, and feels strongly that everyone has a story to tell. Her goal as a blogger for Capital SUP is to help paddlers and fans enrich their relationship with the Chesapeake watershed by furthering their knowledge of it’s unique ecosystem, our impact on it, and it’s many gifts to us. 

JACK BALLARD Shop Manager

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Jack has grown up at Capital SUP, entering his first SUP race in the summer of 2015, and has been competing in races up & down the East Coast ever since! A regular at race training, he enjoys the competition and the camaraderie among all the local paddlers. This is Jack’s fourth summer as an official team member where he loves being on the water and sharing his knowledge with new and seasoned paddlers alike.

Off the water, you’ll find Jack running, mountain biking or pretty much anything that keeps him outside. Outside of the summer, Jack is pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering at University of Maryland.

MARISSA WALCH SUP Yoga & Fitness Director

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Marissa Walch is a full-time, certified fitness professional and fitness enthusiast based in the Maryland area. She has worked in the fitness industry for more than a decade, and she loves to share her knowledge and passion for living a healthier life with her clients. Marissa was the recipient of the Best of Baltimore, Fitness Trainer award for the Baltimore Sun and was runner-up for the Best of Baltimore, Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer award for Baltimore Magazine. Marissa is a 500-hour registered yoga instructor, certified personal trainer, and certified group exercise instructor. She teaches a variety of classes and provides personal training to clients both in person and virtually. She enjoys leading classes such as yoga, spinning, boot camp, TRX, treadmill, hot vinyasa, detox and twist, yoga for athletes, and other specialty yoga classes. She teaches for YogaWorks at HOME; the University of Maryland, Baltimore; and the Under Armour Performance Center, powered by FX Fitness.
During the summer, Marissa can be found on the water at Capital SUP Annapolis as their stand-up paddleboarding fitness director or teaching yoga during the four-day Wanderlust Festivals, an annual yoga and music summer festival. She’s also proud to partner with Pure Raw Juice as their leading Fueled Athlete in the Baltimore area. Her popular three-day group cleanses and bowl events are available at all Pure Raw Juice locations. Marissa fell in love with fitness while at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. She completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training in 2011 and her 300-hour training in 2014. She also holds the following certifications: Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) Fitness Instructor, AFAA Personal Fitness Trainer, Stand-Up Paddleboard Yoga Instructor, Madd Dog Spinning Instructor, TRX Training and CPR/AED and First Aid Professional Rescuer. She hopes to inspire everyone she meets with her passion for fitness, whether it’s in a group fitness class or private event. Her clients have fun, feel stronger, and sweat!
To learn more about Marissa, to take one of her classes, or to schedule a personal training session, private event, speaking engagement, workshop, or retreat, visit her website at www.marissawalch.com and subscribe to her YouTube at www.YouTube.com/MarissaWalch. IG – @marissawalch
ALLIE CUSHLEY SUP Yoga Instructor

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Allie was born and raised in Annapolis with a passion for staying active and being outdoors. She grew up playing many different sports and spends her free time either hiking, doing yoga, or out on the water kayaking, and paddleboarding! After dropping out of college, Allie found yoga as a tool to use for easing stress and anxiety and went on to complete her 200hr yoga certification in 2019. In addition to her 200hr YTT, Allie is certified in LIIT Yoga, Aerial Yoga, and has her Reiki Level 1&2 certifications. As her passion for yoga and holistic healing grew, she wanted to share the benefits of fitness with the community through unique yoga events and offerings. She now offers in-studio group classes, private lessons, wellness coaching, and yoga events in the Annapolis area.
Allie started offering SUP Yoga classes with Capital SUP in the summer of 2021. She loves the different challenges that SUP Yoga offers like testing your balance, building strength, and exploring yoga movement in a different way than we normally would. She believes the best yoga practice is one you can take with you anywhere, so why not bring it to the board and enjoy the beauty, peace, and serenity the water has to offer. To learn more about Allie, you can visit her website at www.yogiallie.com or follow her on social media @YogiAllie.
BECKY COWARD Fitness Instructor

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Becky has been a fitness professional since 2002. She went to The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) and earned her B.S. in Exercise Sports Science in 2003. She has been a Personal Trainer, Spin instructor, and group fitness instructor since then. She has worked in several clubs and studios in her career and has many long term clients (15 years!) Becky has worked with all sorts of special populations , such as clients with: Crohn’s disease, fibromyalgia, pregnancy, post partum, torn meniscus, back issues, shoulder issues, arthritis, PTSD, depression, etc. She has won Best Spin instructor for 3 years in a row, and best personal trainer in her area. She is passionate about training and wellness.

She also co-runs an online fitness platform called FOMO-Fitness Online Makes Opportunity. Becky meets people where they are and teaches her clients daily habits that lead to overall better health. She knows that movement, eating well, and mindset are key pieces to a healthy and fulfilling life. She coaches her clients to set goals, eat well, and guides them toward a balanced outlook on all things.

MADELINE GOLDBERG, PT, DPT SUP Pilates Instructor

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Madeline Goldberg is a doctor of physical therapy and certified Pilates instructor from Rockville, MD. She grew up doing gymnastics, where she began her curiosity for movement sciences and body mechanics. She went on to receive a B.S. in exercise science and a doctorate of physical therapy from University of Maryland. Madeline has now been a certified Pilates instructor for 9 years and incorporates it into her physical therapy practice.

 

After living in Denver, CO for 3 years, she has now returned to her home state of Maryland! Madeline owns her own physical therapy business called, AT THE CORE in Annapolis. She is excited to be closer to family, spend time on the water, and get married to her fiancé in October!

TRACY DEVINE SUP Yoga Instructor

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Tracy Devine’s (RYT200, RPYT) love of the water was born on the crystal-clear lakes of Maine and nurtured over time off the beaches of Montauk, NY and here on the Chesapeake Bay.  

Tracy offers alignment-based SUP yoga and meditation and approaches her classes with a focus on inclusion and light-hearted play. Teaching since 2013, she’s a firm believer that we all need time to get outside, slow down, breathe, and sometimes just laugh a bit! 

Tracy holds a WPA Level 1 certificate and additional certifications in Aerial, SUP Yoga, Pregnancy, Baby & Me, Children’s Yoga, and TRX Suspension Training. She has participated in a few SUP races, but her true love is a good, long recreational paddle with her family or friends.

When she is not teaching, she works as an independent events consultant, helping conservation- and community-based non-profit organizations enhance their relationships through strategic planning, communications, and the design and execution of high-end events. Tracy lives in Catonsville, MD with her husband, two children- Maya and Keller, and one very lazy yellow lab named Gentle Ben. 

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JACK TURNER Tour Guide & Wildlife Photographer

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Jack hails from Annapolis where he has established himself as an enthusiastic nature photographer and environmental restoration practitioner. Jack brings a keen understanding of the environment and aquatic ecosystems to our team, and uses photography as a tool to drive conversations on how we relate to our natural world. 

Jack joined the Capital SUP family in 2021 after being friends with the shop for a few years. A graduate of the University of Maryland’s Environmental Science program, he will apply his education and experience to lead Eco Tours for Capital SUP, taking participants into the natural world around us to explore for wildlife and provide information on the Chesapeake Bay. You can be sure that you will come away with interesting new facts on wildlife and plants from one of our Eco Tours led by Jack!

ANNA YOUNGK Tour Guide & Camp Counselor

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Anna is a Maryland native and grew up on the Magothy River, spending most of her summers on the water. Her love for the Chesapeake Bay led her to pursue a degree in Environmental Studies from Washington College where she concentrated in Chesapeake Regional Studies.

She has spent 6 years teaching environmental education while sharing her love for canoeing, kayaking, and hiking with Maryland students and has loved every minute of it! As a certified kayak instructor, she hopes to encourage more visitors to be comfortable on the water so they can enjoy our Chesapeake Bay ecosystems first hand.

BRYAN GOMES Tour Guide

Bryan Gomes Tour Guide

Bryan has almost two decades of environmental education, water sports pursuits, public outreach and team building experience to his credit. He has a B.A. in Marketing/Psychology and a MEd. in Post-Secondary Education from Salisbury University.

Bryan is passionate about the outdoors and has thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail, from Georgia to Maine; kayaked the length of the Chesapeake Bay from Havre de Grace, MD to the Atlantic Ocean, and as a lifeguard, lived in a tent on the beach at Assateague State Park. He holds current certifications as a Wilderness First Responder, Maryland Master Naturalist, AA County Watershed Steward and an ACA level 2 instructor/guide.  Bryan lives in Annapolis near the shores of the Severn River and enjoys swimming, fishing, paddling, cooking, birding, beekeeping and moonlights as a DJ.

PADDLE AMBASSADORS Dock Staff

Capital SUP Paddle Ambassadors

Our Seasonal Dock Staff keep our shop up and running smoothly in-season here at Capital SUP! They are stoked to set you up with your rental gear & safely launch you on to the water. We are so appreciative of our awesome team!

JOIN OUR TEAM! “Teamwork makes the dream work.”

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Love being outdoors and on the water!?

Join our team and be apart of the east coast leader in paddling experiences & services that bring together communities through paddling and passion, that’s spawned from an internal culture of Positive Vibes! Through our growth, we will nurture you to become a leader on the water and in life. Contact Us – Tell us about yourself and why you want to be a part of the Team!

Email us at [email protected] for an application.