When asked when he started on the water Jon says, “My parents used to tie my crib off to the handrails on the inside of their boat so I was suspended. That way I wouldn’t roll out when the boat heeled over.” Jon grew up in Darien, CT and has spent his lifetime on the water. He has raced dinghies and big boats across the country, was captain of his high school and college sailing teams, and has coached juniors and adults in dinghies, big boats, and kiteboarding at premier locations from Puerto Rico to Boston. He is a Certified Public Accountant who, after working in professional services in Boston for four years, decided to marry his passion for the water with his career. Next Level Watersports is a dream come true for Jon and he’s excited to teach you the same sports that make him smile every day!
Jake is a thoroughbred D1 athlete turned avid kiteboarder and coach from Hampstead, NH. Jake tells the story of his first time kiteboarding with his dad when he was just twelve years old down on the Outer Banks. Cautiously launching the kiteboard he would get pulled downwind on his board and his dad would grab him by the back of his harness and pull him upwind to restart. He kept at it until it clicked. With the gear being much safer and user friendly these days it is much easier to teach. Jake is an incredible communicator who can break down the concepts behind kiteboarding into simple steps. After playing hockey for, and graduating from, Northeastern University he moved to the Outer Banks in North Carolina to pursue his passion. With thousands of hours on the water coaching Jake cannot wait to get you riding!
Emily Reich grew up on Martha's Vineyard where most of her time was spent racing dinghies through high school and college sailing. She left Old Dominion University with honors as a 2x Collegiate All-American Crew and applied her experience on the water towards learning to kite. With her time spent coaching youth racing, making a transition as a kite coach was an easy and obvious progression for her. Since she learned to kite 6 years ago, she can now confidently kite, surf, SUP surf, and otherwise hang on to a board. Her favorite kiting conditions are in the waves and each fall she travels to Cape Hatteras where she places in a well known wave riding event. Emily is fortunate enough to call Jupiter, FL and Martha's Vineyard, MA home as she moves north to south with the seasons. The ocean loving community has many strong, talented women and Emily is a huge advocate of that community connectedness. She currently rides for a sustainable swimwear company from Jupiter called MG Surfline and is always encouraging more girls to get on the water and have some fun!
Growing up in Burlington, VT, Nick has grown accustomed to leading a life of adventure on the water and in the mountains. After graduating from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in 2011 with a degree in Navigation, Nick began to lead the tough life of spending summers in Nantucket, winters in Jackson Hole, and a few months here and there guiding ships on the high seas. Nick was first introduced to kiteboarding while working for Nantucket Community Sailing in 2011. As a sailor, surfer, and snowboarder, he quickly fell in love with the freedom, speed, and big airs of kiteboarding. With his experience as a lifelong sailing instructor, teaching kiteboarding was inevitable. A testament to his skill and patience as an instructor, last summer, Nick taught his girlfriend to kite, and they're still together! His kiting fire is always stoked, and he can't wait to teach you this summer.
Mark grew up in New York and moved to the Turks and Caicos Islands at age 13 where he found kiteboarding. He hasn’t looked back since, now riding and working for brands such as Slingshot Sports, Ride Engine and Raw Elements. This experience and insight into product development has left Mark with an outstanding knowledge of the gear and how the sport works. Having taught since his time in Turks and Caicos, Mark cannot wait to get you up and shredding! If you are looking to start throwing tricks or take things to the next level, ask Mark, he has an extensive trick list!
Emma is 19 years old and grew up in Berwyn, Pennsylvania. She currently attends Colorado College and is a rising sophomore. After taking a few kiting lessons when she was 14, she was immediately hooked. Emma has spent the last six summers kiting on Nantucket with her family. After teaching her first lesson, she realized how much she loved sharing the sport with others. Whether it is a windy day to take advantage of the harbor’s flat water, a light wind day for foiling or a no wind day for wakeboarding Emma will always be spending it on the water!
Richard has spent the past 28 years on Wall Street but would rather be kiteboarding. He took up the sport in 2014 taking lessons from both Jon and Jake and qualified as an IKO level 1 instructor in 2016. Richard helped Jon and Jake start Next Level Watersports and enjoys advising the team on business matters over a couple of Whale’s Tale Pale Ales.