The Paddle Guy
Jeff Guy- Lake Michigan and Lake Huron Paddler
He is both a financial advisor with Merrill Lynch in Traverse City, Michigan and owner of Paddle Guys, a SUP/Kayak rental business on Torch Lake.
An avid stand up paddle-boarder for several years, Jeff also enjoys golf, hockey, and fishing. He lives in downtown Traverse City where you’ll find him spending as much time on the water as possible. Jeff was on the first Lake Michigan crossing and is excited to take on this new amazing challenge with friends.
The SUP Pup
Kwin- Lake Michigan and Lake Huron Paddler
Born and raised in northern Michigan, Kwin is a keen waterman, traveler, and adventurer. He is a teacher in the Elk Rapids School District and is also a SUP/Yoga instructor for Paddle Guys.
A lover of all water sports, Kwin is an expert paddler and is frequently joined by his two yellow labs. He looks forward to attempting the Great Paddle not only for the challenge it represents, but for the opportunity to help protect the lakes he loves so much.
Being one of the original planners and paddlers of the first mission, Kwin is looking forward to increasing the challenge, raising more money/ awareness for the lakes he loves and staying warmer than the last paddle.
Joe - Lake Michigan and Lake Huron Paddler
He was born and raised in Metro Detroit and has lived in Traverse city for over 10 years. With a never-say-no attitude, he enjoys everything northern Michigan has to offer, and is proud to be standing up for the great lakes.
Joe is the Personal Training Manager for the Anytime Fitness locations in Traverse. When he’s not helping people achieve their fitness goals, he’s up for almost anything involving water, travel, adventure, fitness, or beer.
Joe was also an original member of the first expedition crossing Lake Michigan. When asked what he thought of crossing the second biggest Great Lake and increasing the miles from 60 to 80 he said, ” Sounds like more paddling”.
The Mac Guy
J - Lake Michigan Paddler 2015
Paddling for the past fourteen four years, J still falls off his board on most paddles. One time he fell asleep in a truck that was off-roading through the outback of the Upper Peninsula. His goal will be to keep everyone else awake during the trip – especially Joe if he ends up wearing his auto-inflatable life vest.
J will also not be joining the team on the next voyage. He was in a serious mountain bike injury and has shoulder surgery scheduled for spring, leaving him unable to train or paddle. We are looking forward to J joining us on the support boat with his award winning personality.
The New Guy
Lake Michigan Paddler- 2015
Joining the team early in 2015, Nick is the newest member of the Stand Up for Great Lakes crew.
Nick is a keen stand up paddle boarder, surfer, and lover of the water. He lives in Traverse City where you’ll find him spending as much time on the water as possible. He is looking forward to taking on the challenge of paddling 60 miles with his good friends.
Regrettably, Nick will not be joining the team on this second journey as a paddler. He is currently expecting a future paddler during the time of the next voyage. He will be missed especially for his hat, wisdom and thermos of warm tea.
Andrew was one of the original trip planners. He designed our website, social media and was a big part in finding safety gear for the journey. Four months before the Lake Michigan paddle, he relocated to California and was unable to make it back in time for the trip. Still a proud supporter and friend, we thank Andrew for all the work he has and currently still does for the Great Lakes.
We met this guy at the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Corey is passionate about protecting the lakes and promoting Northern Michigan. He spends hours of his own time and has a true gift for storytelling. We could not have the impact we do without our film director Corey!
Corey is Director of Photojournalism for TV 9 and 10 News based in Cadillac, Michigan, a job he has held for many years. He is an award-winning documentary producer, creating a commemorative Edmund Fitzgerald production in 2015, reflecting the 40th anniversary of the loss. More recently, Corey has been instrumental in connecting the Stand Up for Great Lakes Team with the Shipwreck Society, which ultimately will see this team crossing Lake Superior in 2018.