Greg began guiding sea kayak tours in ’99 in the San Juan Islands with Sea Quest Expeditions and Zoetic Research, while spending the winters up in the mountains. Greg has sat as the tourism representative for the Washington State Oil Spill Advisory Council and was involved in the Citizens Advisory Committee for the City of Seattle’s Shoreline Master Program Update.
Most recently, Greg began a new outdoor store in West Seattle, Mountain to Sound Outfitters
. Providing top notch gear and advice for people is a passion that continues as he develops additional sustainable tourism opportunities.
Greg also operates the Seattle Ski Shuttle
. Fewer cars…more fun is our motto! Join us in the winter for some NW Pow!
Kara has also been sea kayaking since 1999 and is the first to point out any bird sightings on the water (she earned her PhD in urban bird ecology)! She is the Staff Scientist and Policy Analyst at the Washington Forest Law Center and volunteers to help monitor and promote the conservation of local Purple Martin populations.
Kara is also a part of the Alki Wildlife Habitat Project and has recently completed a native garden on the shores by the kayak shop. Check it out when you are visiting!
Adam “Sandy” Price
A transplant to the great Northwest, Adam hails from Pennsylvania. He graduated from Penn State University in 2005 with a BS in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Management. He has spent time at Crystal Mountain as a snowshoe tour guide. He now spends his days selling at Mountain to Sound Outfitters, running the rental shack, giving demos of our newest kayaks, and paddling tours on the sound. When Adam isn’t on the water or holding down the kayak shack, you can find him rehearsing/performing with his band, Bits of Knowledge.
Fourth season as a kayak guide/naturalist in the Puget Sound area. Graduated with BS from Penn State Uni in 1999. From there moved west working as a naturalist for North Cascades Institute and then numerous years lving and working in the North Cascades and San Juan islands. Most recently working as a project manager on coastal and riverine restoration projects in Puget Sound area and spending as much time on the water as possible kayaking, surfing and/or sailing.
Freddy is a Seattle local who has been kayaking for 10 years in various parts of Alaska, Baja, and the Pacific Northwest. In the spring of 2010 he embarked on a 400+ mile paddle in Alaska’s Inside Passage. Freddy also recently graduated from Western Washington University with a BA in Creative Expression in Ecological Education, and hopes to continue working and playing with students of all ages. This is Freddy’s sixth year guiding with Alki Kayak Tours.
Occupation: Kayaker, NW Coastal Art Carver, Home Remodeler
Hobbies: Olympus Press Inc – Solution Provider(Pays the bills)
Kayaker since: 1980
Kayak: Current Designs – Gulfstream
Favorite place to kayak: San Juan Islands in February – Too cold for everyone else, so Seattle/South Sound any other time of the year. This area has a lot to offer without having to travel too far(Time better spent in a kayak than in a car).
Favorite time of day to kayak: Sunrise and Sunset – No one ever wants to get up early, so come out on a Sunset Tour with me.
Greg “Kona” Haapla
It was just a matter of time before I ended up here. Some of my first aquatic memories are of my Father and I swimming in Echo Lake I would ride on his back holding onto his shoulders and we would dive underwater together. When I was running out of air I was instructed to tap on his back and we would ascend. It was a lot of fun. That is where I learned to swim. Since that time I have always lived on or near the water. And I am constantly on it or in it. We moved to Lake Sammamish when I was 8 and I soon learned how to water-ski and snorkel. Later in life I moved to Kona Hawaii where I enjoyed body surfing and snorkeling. I’ve had some interesting experiences night diving for lobster on the Kona coast. When I returned to the mainland I moved to Alki beach and enhanced my scuba diving certification to Rescue diver then Dive master. I love it here in West Seattle. I am an avid diver, snorkeler, windsurfer and Kayaker. Alki beach pretty much has it all. This is my second year of kayaking with Kayak Alki tours. They are a wonderful group of people who are very safety conscience and professional. Don’t miss the boat! Come out and join us for a tour TODAY.
25 year vetern of the outdoor industry, working with a variety of magazines including Outside, Paddler, Sierra, Rock and Ice, SNEWS and others. Scott has been teaching and guiding new and old kayakers since 1993 and with Alki Kayak Tours since 2008. Favorite paddles include whitewater in Idaho and California and seakayaking in Alaska and the San Juans. Scott is a proud father of fellow kayakers and SUPr’s, Devin and Ben, middle school Ultimate Frisbee coach, and ad guy at PubliCola and can be followed on twitter @kayakscottnw.