Meet the Team

Oakland Team


JT Whittaker

Store Manager – Oakland


JT began kayaking in 1988 when he bought his first kayak so he could use it for camping in the Sierras. Never 

did he know that original purchase would turn into a career and lifestyle. He started working for California Canoe & Kayak in 1995. With two brief departures to other venues JT always seemed to find his way back to CCK. He can easily remember his first experience on the water and enjoys watching others start and grow with the sport. Nothing brings him more pleasure than passing on what he has learned over the years to others. JT raced citizen class for numerous years and enjoys the fitness aspect of kayaking. He likes long distance paddling but is content with a short paddle with anyone who is starting out and just wants to get on the water. These days, he paddles mostly for fitness and peace of mind the water brings him. Outside of work, he volunteers his time with the US Olympic Committee in Puerto Rico, and the United States. He has also volunteered with USA Canoe & Kayak working on the Sprint Nationals in 1993 and volunteered with the Lanier Canoe & Kayak club hosting the 2004 World Sprint Championships with 74 countries participating. JT hopes to see you in our store someday or on the water.




Sou Saephan

Retail Sales Specialist, Kayak Instructor

Sou has been kayaking for 11 years. He started his kayaking career with CCK working on the dock and in retail. He has followed the natural progression toward becoming an instructor and has now been teaching for 6 years. Some of the classes he teaches at CCK are Kayaking Basics, Beginning Sea Kayak, and Sea Kayaking II. Sou’s longest trip was a 300 mile paddle from Redding to Oakland, down the Sacramento River, although his favorite place to kayak is the Elkhorn Slough at Monterey Bay. Out of all the paddling gear, his favorite is his Carbon Paddle!








GregGreg Maclver

Retail Sales Specialist


Greg’s passion for water sports began with sailing and surfing on Cape Cod and throughout New England. From a young age his parents taught him how to read currents, wind, waves, and how to stay safe when caught in rough water. All these skills come in handy when he’s paddling in the Bay or on the open coast. Greg started whitewater kayaking after being hired at a local adventure center. In 2012 he became a Registered Maine Sea Kayaking Guide and spent the summer guiding tours in Bar Harbor, Me and throughout Mount Desert Island. Greg caught the sea kayaking bug that summer, and has continuously worked in the paddling industry both on and off the water ever since. After college he worked with the Boston Harbor Island Alliance and the Boston Harbor National Recreation Area to develop a paddling guide for the Boston Harbor Islands. Greg now works in the Oakland location helping people find the right gear, repairing kayaks, and occasionally leading tours. On his off days, he can be found paddling in the Bay or learning to surf kayak on the coast. When he’s not paddling, Greg likes to hike, climb, and explore California (usually sleeping in the back of his car).



NickNick Kessler

Retail Sales Specialist


Nick joined the CCK Oakland sales team and paddling is something he has enjoyed doing more of now that he gets to be immersed in the lifestyle. In the past paddling was more recreational and river rafting with guides. Nowadays, Nick has been participating in all of our paddlesport programs and paddling on a more routine basis. His favorite things to do are hiking, camping, cooking food and brewing beer which he has been doing for 7 years! Nick brings a great deal of talent to the CCK crew and we are super stoked to have him on board!









Rancho Cordova Team

JeffJeff Martineau

Store Manager

Certifications: PADI Certified Open Water Diver ASA Bareboat Charter Captain ARC Wilderness First Responder ARC Swiftwater Rescue

Jeff has been paddling since he was 9 years old and spent his early years paddling open canoes and sailing Lasers with the Boy Scouts all over Northern California. After high school he joined the U.S. Air Force and while serving at Vandenberg AFB (located on the beautiful Central Coast near Santa Barbara) Jeff helped develop and start a White Water Rafting Team for the base recreation program. He became the lead guide and program manager for the new Whitewater Rafting Program at Vandenberg AFB and subsequently spent summers teaching week-long guide schools and running trips on the Class IV and V sections of the Kern River in Souther California. He was also instrumental in bringing other paddler sports to the base program as well by procuring boats to leading sea kayak excursions on San Luis and Morro Bays. After 10 years in the USAF, Jeff left the military and came to work for CCK. Jeff’s dream is to one day sail around the world and kayak in as many places as possible. When not helping customers, he enjoys paddling the local waters on the American River and San Francisco Bay as well as diving in Monterey or Skiing in Tahoe. Jeff ‘s favorite part of his job is seeing people’s eyes light up when they discover the pure joy of kayaking for the first time and he loves helping people invest in themselves!


ChrisChris Fjelstrom

Retail Sales Specialist

Chris is the hardest working person at CCK. He runs the long haul transfers from Rancho Cordova to Oakland every week, does repairs, and knows all there is to know about life.  He enjoys kayak fishing and touring, and you'll often find him at our Willow Creek rental location if he's not in the shop.








CullenCullen Bonaventure

Whitewater Program Manager, Website Manager

Cullen began kayaking at the age of six. He learned to kayak surf under the tutelage of his father by the age of sixteen, and worked at Central Coast Kayaks in Shell Beach as a kayak guide. He spent time working at Aquan Sports in San Carlos before it became our San Carlos location, and he became its manager. Two years later, he moved to Sacramento and became our website manager and white water program manager.







BrianBrian Weber

Retail Sales Specialist

Brian likes paddling for fitness, as well as free diving and ocean kayaking.  You'll usually find him on a SUP or in his Scupper Pro, when he's not working the shop.






Administrative Team

KellyKelly Marie Henry

Head Accessory Buyer, Kayak Instructor, SUP Instructor

Kelly is an ACA Level 4 Open Water Coastal Kayak Instructor, Level 3 Surf Kayak Instructor, and a Level 2 SUP Instructor, and trained in Wilderness First Aid.

Kelly first paddled a sea kayak in her hometown waters of Narragansett Bay and immediately fell in love with the freedom kayaking provides to explore coastal regions seldom traveled by others. After completing a Master’s and Doctorate in oceanography, she realized the best way to share her passion for the water was through paddlesports. In 2013, Kelly left a promising career in science behind to work full-time in paddlesports. She instructs introductory and intermediate level courses through California Canoe & Kayak and offers advanced level instruction and long-term paddler development programs through River & Ocean. Kelly is a dynamic paddler committed to pushing her limits and improving her technique. As a coach, she strives to help paddlers of all abilities find joy on the water.

Be sure to look for Kelly as she continues to compete in west coast surf kayak events in pursuit of a spot on the 2017 U.S. West Surf Kayak Team.  And check out her upcoming sea kayak adventure, Fearless Formosa, a 6-week sea kayak expedition in Taiwan.


 TammyTammy Borichevsky

Operations Manager

Tammy is at the heart and soul of the business. As a local business owner, Tammy is dedicated to our mission as a paddlesports company, connected to our community and environmental efforts and works tirelessly to ensure everything runs as smooth as possible behind the scenes! Her paddling endeavors started in white water rafting before her adventures led her to sea kayaking and now when she can break away for a paddle, she hops on her SUP and takes it out for a quick trip in the Oakland Estuary. Tammy also has a flare for cooking and enjoys cooking and baking.








KeithKeith Miller


Certifications: Red Cross CPR & firts aid, former ACA multicraft trainer

Keith is CCK’s fearless leader and at the helm of the operations team. He is an avid paddler and devoted instructor. On a typical day, you can find Keith in the Oakland store always willing and ready to help answer questions about paddling and selecting the right gear for your favorite paddling sport. Thursday night, he enjoys teaching kayak students how to roll and guiding others as they master these important safety skills.