Paddle Sports Center's Family

We are a tight knit group of watermen & mermaids, that love the ocean. 

Garrett Kababik   |   Co-Founder I have always found incredible joy and serenity in the water. My first job at the age of 13 was a river guide in Pennsylvania on the Delaware Water Gap. Since then I have enjoyed canoeing, river kayaking, sea kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, surfing, prone paddling, and swimming. In 2004 I graduated from The University of New Hampshire with a degree in Recreational Management - Business Administration. I began working for Paddle Sports of Santa Barbara that next summer as the Program Director. After 5 years of managing Channel Islands kayaking trips I left the Pacific Ocean and went on a 2,183 mile backpacking journey from Georgia to Maine on the Appalachian Trail. After 6 months of walking along the Eastern Seaboard, I returned to California and soon after joined up with co-founders Fraser and JD to embark on a business journey in Channel Islands Outfitters. 

Garrett Kababik   |   Co-Founder

I have always found incredible joy and serenity in the water. My first job at the age of 13 was a river guide in Pennsylvania on the Delaware Water Gap. Since then I have enjoyed canoeing, river kayaking, sea kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, surfing, prone paddling, and swimming. In 2004 I graduated from The University of New Hampshire with a degree in Recreational Management - Business Administration. I began working for Paddle Sports of Santa Barbara that next summer as the Program Director. After 5 years of managing Channel Islands kayaking trips I left the Pacific Ocean and went on a 2,183 mile backpacking journey from Georgia to Maine on the Appalachian Trail. After 6 months of walking along the Eastern Seaboard, I returned to California and soon after joined up with co-founders Fraser and JD to embark on a business journey in Channel Islands Outfitters. 

Fraser Kersey   |   Co-Founder With a career centered around inspiring appreciation of the environment through developing and supporting innovative businesses that build a better world, Fraser’s love of nature has been woven through all facets of his life. Fraser grew up in and on vastly different waters around the country. Summers spent on the Gulf of Mexico and winters in the North Atlantic. Fraser worked as a lifeguard for 5 seasons. He coached swimming, lacrosse, and CPR/First-Aid courses throughout that time as well. He landed in Santa Barbara mid-way through college, and working as a kayak guide seemed to be the next logical fit. After 4 seasons guiding in the Channel Islands National Park, Fraser explored the idea of making a large-scale positive environmental impact by taking a position with ECOBAGS as the VP of Business Development, started his own consulting business focusing on sustainable development. When preparing to begin graduate school, Fraser received a message to journey to Peru, living in and exploring the Amazon. In 2010, The Channel Islands called Fraser to return and reconnect, since then he has been happy to lead people through one of the most remarkable places on Earth. Fraser co-founded Channel Islands Outfitters with Garrett Kababik. In 2014 Fraser was certified by the Academy of Surfing Instructors to train stand-up paddle board instructors. During this time he worked to certify Channel Islands Outfitters as an accredited Academy of Surfing Instructors and Stand-Up Paddle board (SUP) school. Channel Islands Outfitters is a guide-owned and operated company dedicated to saving the oceans and natural places by fostering an understanding of them through education, adventures and outdoor experiences.

Fraser Kersey   |   Co-Founder

With a career centered around inspiring appreciation of the environment through developing and supporting innovative businesses that build a better world, Fraser’s love of nature has been woven through all facets of his life. Fraser grew up in and on vastly different waters around the country. Summers spent on the Gulf of Mexico and winters in the North Atlantic. Fraser worked as a lifeguard for 5 seasons. He coached swimming, lacrosse, and CPR/First-Aid courses throughout that time as well. He landed in Santa Barbara mid-way through college, and working as a kayak guide seemed to be the next logical fit. After 4 seasons guiding in the Channel Islands National Park, Fraser explored the idea of making a large-scale positive environmental impact by taking a position with ECOBAGS as the VP of Business Development, started his own consulting business focusing on sustainable development. When preparing to begin graduate school, Fraser received a message to journey to Peru, living in and exploring the Amazon.

In 2010, The Channel Islands called Fraser to return and reconnect, since then he has been happy to lead people through one of the most remarkable places on Earth. Fraser co-founded Channel Islands Outfitters with Garrett Kababik. In 2014 Fraser was certified by the Academy of Surfing Instructors to train stand-up paddle board instructors. During this time he worked to certify Channel Islands Outfitters as an accredited Academy of Surfing Instructors and Stand-Up Paddle board (SUP) school. Channel Islands Outfitters is a guide-owned and operated company dedicated to saving the oceans and natural places by fostering an understanding of them through education, adventures and outdoor experiences.

 
Stephanie Scarminach  

Stephanie Scarminach

 

Jordan Lavorin

Jordan Lavorin

Steve Laffie  

Steve Laffie

 

Sofia DQ

Sofia DQ

Kalai Santos

Kalai Santos

Kaia Kababik |  Ocean Explorers Camp Counselor & SUP instructor

Kaia Kababik |  Ocean Explorers Camp Counselor & SUP instructor

 

Interested in joining our team?  please email your resume to us and tell us what you love about the ocean.