Meet Our Team


Vadim is the founder of Green Hat Kiteboarding. He learned to kiteboard in 2002 and was one of the first kiteboarders in the area. An avid kite hydrofoil racer, he is obsessed with testing gear and tuning it for maximum performance. He is an IKO Certified Level 2 Instructor, PASA Level 2 Instructor, and he has a US Coast Guard Master Captain license.

Brian - IKO Instructor


Brian learned to kiteboard on a Cabrinha Prodigy and an Epic kite back in 2008.  He grew up wakeboarding, water skiing, and sailing, but it was kiteboarding that changed his life. The sport has taken him to places he never imagined and introduced him to some amazing people, and his passion for the sport  drew him to instructing.

Brian is an IKO Certified Instructor and has a Captain license. He is also an EMT for a local volunteer first aid squad, and when he is not saving lives, he is out racing (and winning) foil regattas, throwing tricks on a twintip, or playing hockey.


Christine’s watersport experience includes wakeboarding, sailing , boating and kiteboarding. She grew up on Barnegat Bay in New Jersey where she more than held her own among the boys!

In her own words, “When I kitesurf, I can go anywhere on the water and not need a boat, and I love the kiting community. You can post you're in an area looking to kite and you'll always be able to make a new kiting friend.”


Kristin has been kiteboarding for two, travel adventure filled years, and her love of the sport increases every day. She learned to windsurf in the Columbia Gorge, but after her friend convinced her to take a kiting lesson in Dakhla, she’s never looked back.

Kiting is not just a sport for Kristin, it’s a community of amazing people who support each other’s pursuit of fun.  


Eric - IKO Instructor


Eric grew up on Barnegat Bay and has been wakeboarding and water skiing since he was eight years old. After suffering from kiteboarding FOMO, he finally joined the sport, and he was a natural! In the winter he switches between ice hockey and kiteboarding, hockey when the water is frozen, kiting when it’s not.  Eric is an assistant instructor and helps manage the Green Hat website.

Sara on Kite Island


Sarah supports Green Hat operations and customer services. She wants to study nursing in college, which will make her one of the most desirable kite buddies in the NE! We’re trying to get her up to speed on a kiteboard, so she can be our official emergency responder on company downwinders.