Our Staff

Greg Whittaker

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
Greg also began an 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 Whittaker

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.

 

Freddy Carley

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.

 

 Greg “Kona” Haapla

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 Alki Kayak Tours. They are a wonderful group of people who are very safety conscience and professional.

shoshJonathan Streeter

John was born in Spokane, Washington, but calls West Seattle home for now. He is a SUP instructor, SUP guide, and a Kayak guide for Alki Kayak Tours.  John grew up in the outdoors and has it in his blood. His dad facilitated the love for nature by exposing him to the outdoors. He spends most of his free time kayaking around the PNW waters, but his season is winter, making his favorite outdoor activity skiing.

 

 

 

 

 

marshall_picKelsey Marshall

Kelsey was born and raised in Bellingham, WA where she grew up riding horses and spent the majority of her childhood traveling around the Pacific Northwest to rodeos and horse shows. There she also gained an appreciation for all things art and nature.  My time was spent outside, from snowboarding and hiking at Mt. Baker to being on the water in Bellingham Bay and camping on the San Juan Islands. Her early twenties has been a blur of traveling and working seasonal jobs in places like California, Montana, Colorado, Maui and Alaska where she spent one summer at a kayak outfitter and another as a deckhand on a wildlife tour boat. Kelsey is currently residing in Seattle and going to school for graphic design. Depending on the season, she likes to spend most of my time snowboarding, backpacking, hiking, kayaking, fly-fishing, horseback riding, and my most recent hobby, mountain biking. Her greatest loves in life are mountains, water, Jameson and her dog, Tucker.

 

Amanda LeeAmanda Lee

Amanda lee was born in Honolulu, HI spending her youth in and on the water fishing, surfing, kayaking, canoeing and much more!  At age 13 she was a youth sailing instructor in the Ala Y just west of Waikiki.  Amanda has lived in the PNW for close to 10 years on and off.  She is a certified instructor for the American Red Cross.  She enjoys kayaking in the greater Seattle area, paddle boarding, sailing and just being by the water!

 

 

 

Amy Young_7Amy Young

Born in Minnesota, Amy Young grew up sailing and paddling fresh water lakes and has spent significant time in the Boundary Waters that divides Canada and Minnesota. After graduating from the University of Minnesota, she enrolled in outdoor leadership training and became a certified guide.  Amy’s life-long love of open water and the outdoors lead her to Alaska in 1991, where she has guided adventure and mindfulness retreats. Her favorite trips are those that explore remote and beautiful wilderness areas such as the Arctic Natural Wildlife Reserve and Prince William Sound.  Amy now calls Seattle home and is excited to share her love of paddling the open water with friends and visitors of Alki Kayak Tours.

 

 

Kevin O'MalleyKevin O’Malley

As a child Kevin spent countless hours exploring, observing, swimming and fishing on the lands and waters of Lake Erie. Curious and thankful for the generations that came before us Kevin received a degree in Cultural Anthropology. Noticing a connection with his childhood and the next generation of kids, Kevin became a Resident Naturalist for the Juneau School District and the Marin County Outdoor School. Playing with the ideas of awareness and inquiry based learning Kevin continued his schooling at the Wilderness Awareness School. He  received a certification having completed Kamana Four a three year nature study, which included Anake the 9 month residential naturalist training program.
Due to his experience kayaking in Alaska and the Baja, Kevin has extensive experience on expedition adventures. He enjoys spending time on the water with people new to kayaking. Kevin is always up for a chat about human or natural history of the area.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWendy Atkinson

A native of New Brunswick, Canada, Wendy has paddled in Atlantic Canada, Maine, other east coast destinations, the Great Lakes, Chile, New Zealand and a 1100 mile paddle in the Canadian Arctic. She recently moved to Washington and is eager to explore the abundant waterways of the Pacific Northwest.  In addition to paddling, she is an ER/ICU nurse, former flight nurse, hiker, climber and a motorcycle enthusiast.  Wendy loves to teach and introduce others to the joy of being on the water and hold an ACA Level 4 Coastal Kayak Instructor’s Certificate.

HayleeHaylee Millikan

Haylee is new to the team this summer, having moved to Seattle from the east side of Washington to attend the University of Washington. She is working on a BA in both Creative Writing and Philosophy, and is planning on continuing on to graduate school to pursue an MFA in Poetry. She has loved being in the water since she was young, it is where she feels most comfortable and most free. The ocean is a new and wonderful addition to her environment, having lived inland most of her life. You’ll find her doing yoga, often on a SUP board, or reading, in her spare time.