About Sea Trek
Connecting people to the water since 1982
Bob Licht founded Sea Trek in 1982. It was the first commercial sea kayaking business in California. The company is now run by Bob’s son, Galen, who continues the commitment to service and safety that has made Sea Trek such a success. By hiring friendly, professional guides and working to develop relationships with our clients, Sea Trek maintains the personal touch of a family business even as its services and options continue to expand. We now offer classes, trips, and rentals for both ocean kayaks and stand-up paddleboards. Whatever your skill level and experience, you will find the Sea Trek staff ready to help make your adventure safe and enjoyable.
Of course, the service and personal care we offer on wilderness adventures would be nothing without the wilderness. Whether you are kayaking through the vibrant protected waters of Richardson Bay, taking a weeklong excursion on the Sea of Cortez, or paddling underneath the Golden Gate Bridge, you will find yourself surrounded by breathtaking sights. Sea Trek is committed to preserving these areas’ natural beauty and employs environmentally conscious practices to ensure that our impact on these ecosystems is minimal.
Bob Licht founded Sea Trek in 1982. He has been in the Bay Area since 1969 when he graduated from UC Berkeley. He taught in inner city schools in New York and returned to the Bay Area to teach in the alternative outdoor adventure programs at Tamalpais High School from 1971-1978. In 1973 he started a commercial whitewater rafting company on the South Fork American. In 1975 he began exploring the waters of Baja California, Mexico and started one of the first commercial sea kayaking companies from the town of Loreto, Baja Sur.
Having gotten excited about the potential of exploring the Baja coast and seeing the potential of the kayak as another conveyance for adventure, he began paddling in San Francisco Bay. The possibilities for experiencing adventure were endless. The ever changing wind and current conditions were as much a challenge as any whitewater river and he didn’t need to drive hours on congested highways to get to the put-in. He sold his river company in 1982 and immediately opened Sea Trek at Schoonmaker Point in Sausalito. As they say, the rest is history. Sea kayaking grew from an unknown adventure activity where Bob knew every person that paddled on the Bay to a mainstream sport with thousands of people enjoying the fruits of kayaking and paddleboarding on saltwater.
Galen Licht has been paddling since about the time he could walk. His love for kayaking has taken him to rivers all over the US, Chile and Canada. He won the 2010 Santa Cruz Surf Kayak Contest and has been in the top three in World Championships in Spain, Costa Rica and Ireland. Galen graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a degree in Environmental Studies. His studies took him to Peru to study climate change and the impact it is having on the livelihoods of rural Andean populations. After completing his studies, he continued to work in the outdoor education and leadership industry. As Director of the UCSC Wilderness Orientation Program he introduced a sea kayaking program that has continued to attract students of diverse backgrounds. Prior to Sea Trek, Galen worked with NOLS leading 30-day expeditions in Alaska. He has taught leadership skills to US Naval cadets, college students, corporate executives, teens, and a variety of inner-city groups. He now lives on a 36 ft motorboat in one of the Sausalito marinas with his wife and son.
Director of Baja
Steve has been guiding, developing programs, and managing for Sea Trek for over 28 years. He has enjoyed paddling in Chile, Alaska, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Ireland, Wales, BC, and Baja. Steve has been our Baja Program director for 15 years now. With the advent of SUP, Steve has been focused on developing exciting inter-island adventures via paddle boards on our traditional kayaking routes down in Baja. Steve is also the manager of our Sausalito-based outdoor fitness program.
Staffing and Programs Manager
Mitch has fulfilled numerous roles over his 26 years at Sea Trek. He’s been a lead guide and instructor in Sausalito and a head guide on our Baja trips. While he’s currently our staffing and programs manager, you’ll also see Mitch guiding and teaching local trips. Besides having a passion for the outdoor lifestyle, Mitch is an author of 11 books. Topics include instructional stand-up paddling and kayaking guides, historical fiction, children’s stories, and more. If you’re curious: Mitchpowersbooks.com
RENTALS & MEMBERSHIP MANAGER
Born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Jules grew up sculling and kayaking from a young age. Her passion for the water and this lifestyle came to her when she moved to New York City in early 2005. It was in the Big Apple where Jules dove headfirst into the watersports industry by becoming a certified guide and instructor at Manhattan Kayak Company at age 19. A decade later, she ventured into her first solo, unsupported expedition when she paddle-boarded around Long Island. Six months later with LouAnne Harris, Jules paddled 1500 miles from NYC to Miami on an unsupported expedition by SUP, becoming the Atlantic SUPergirls.
Lover of all human-powered watercrafts, Jules kayaks, surfskis, paddles prone, SUPs, paddles outrigger canoes, and still sculls occasionally. Windsurfing is her next big challenge!
Laura’s first foray into kayaking was a month-long sea kayaking trip through southeast Alaska in high school. She left Alaska with an awkward PFD tan, hundreds of bug bites, and an insatiable addiction to paddling. Now with over 15 years of coaching experience, Laura is an ACA-certified Level 5 Advanced Open Water Coastal Kayaking Instructor – the youngest woman to earn this level of certification – and an L4 Whitewater Kayaking Instructor.
BAJA GUIDE/INSTRUCTOR/HANDY MAN
Art is an avid cyclist, mad mechanic, world traveler and attempted poet. Art spends his free time free diving, tinkering or dreaming up his next big trip, be it bicycle touring, hiking in the Sierra Nevada, or threading a roadster through mountain passes in New Zealand. His favorite paddling experiences include Baja, Thailand, the mighty Mississippi, and backwater bayous of SW Florida. Art defines a good day as one in which he spends more time in the water than on land.
SEAL LIAISON/NIGHT SECURITY
This big guy is arguably Sea Treks laziest staff member. You can find him sleeping on the dock, taking dips to cool off, and sleeping some more. Oreo is also our seal liaison. He says “do as I say not as I do, please stay 100 ft from all my seal friends on the water.”
Peter Donohue has been paddling seriously since 2003, and guiding and instructing since 2009. He is certified by the ACA as a level 4 Open Water Sea Kayak instructor. He loves paddling in the rock gardens of the exposed coast, and is a member of the Neptune’s Rangers Ocean Whitewater Team (http://neptunesrangers.com/). He was the founder and editor of California Kayaker Magazine (calkayakermag.com). Originally from New York, he has an MBA and used to work in corporate international marketing, including having lived in Korea and Japan, but has since chosen the quieter life of a kayak professional.
Leigh founded OnBoardSUP Yoga in 2009. She has been teaching here in Richardson Bay since then. She is a founding member, instructor trainer, and advisor for The Professional Stand Up Paddle Association (PSUPA) and has stand up Paddle Master Certificates with the PSUPA, US Coast Guard, and World Stand Up Paddle Association (WSUPA). In addition to teaching yoga, Pilates, and fitness classes on the boards, Leigh guides for Sea Trek, and teaches SUP certifications, lessons, clinics, and leads at least two Sea Trek Baja retreats annually. For information on her yoga classes: OnBoardSUP.com
Sarah has been a core instructor for Sea Trek for over 20 years. Before arriving to guide trips, Sarah swims a couple of miles in the bay or pool at sunrise with U.S. Masters Swimming teammates. The love of the water is a family affair as her twin daughters and husband occasionally work at Sea Trek as well. In addition to guiding kayakers, Sarah spends three days a week training 90+ year-olds at a senior community and coaches a couple of swim clinics in the evenings. “The scheduling can get crazy, but I love working with people, so it is worth all the effort”. Any free time is spent going to Bolinas with the family for sunset surf sessions. Sarah has led trips and travelled to over 65 countries in the past. No doubt in the future, traveling will be added to the calendar as well.
RENTAL SUPERVISOR/GUIDE/EQUIPMENT CZAR
Kenny was looking for a big lifestyle change after a decade serving in the Army. Following a year of vagabonding across the country he found a new passion and career on the water. Kenny enjoys the different facets paddling has to offer and the technical challenge of learning new skills. Here at Sea Trek you’ll find him supervising rentals, guiding trips, repairing boats, and talking to the seals.
Born and raised along the rugged coast of south-central Alaska, Shannon has pursued a career as a diversified movement, fitness, and outdoor industry professional. With a BFA in dance from Rutgers University, she danced professionally in New York City with Amy Marshall Dance Company, David Grenke Projects, and Gabrielle Lamb Dance. As a personal trainer and group fitness instructor, she worked for Elysium Fitness, Uplift Studios and Discover Outdoors. She was an ambassador for Vrou nutrition and Starboard SUP. ACA L3 Coastal SUP certified, Shannon has guided and instructed sea kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding for the Manhattan Kayak Company, Discover Outdoors and Mike’s Paddle. She is co-founder of Bluemonic and previously of Suplogix pioneers of the SUP EMG study with Travis Grant.
Over the past two decades, Carey has established a career as a diversified fitness and outdoor industry professional. As a host, producer, and developer, his television and radio credits include “Targeted Sports” on the Health Network, “Adventure Center” on the Outdoor Life Network and Sirius Satellite Radio, and “Adventure Racing 101” on the Sportskool Network. Carey was a master instructor in the international launch of the Spinning indoor cycling program and co-lead educator in Equinox Fitness Club’s Fitness Training Institute. His video credits include “Plyosport” and Body Bar “Sports Zone.” ACA L3 Coastal SUP certified, Carey is a career paddle sports and adventure racing instructor and has worked for the Manhattan Kayak Company, Genesis Adventures, Discover Outdoors and Mike’s Paddle. With a graduate degree in industrial design and certificate degree in apparel design, Carey additionally has an extensive professional background in product design and development for outdoor and paddle sports. He is co-founder of Bluemonic and previously of Suplogix pioneers of the SUP EMG study with Travis Grant.
A French American world traveler and avid adventurer, Cyril has lived in France, Spain, England, Italy, Argentina, Brazil, and the US and speaks five languages fluently. And adventure seeker since childhood, Cyril backpacked around the world for a full year at the age of 25. As an ultra-endurance athlete, Cyril has a long list of expeditions under his belt, including the Catalina Crossing Challenge (x4), the California 100, the Moloka’i Hoe (x4), the Yukon River Quest (x3), and the Great Pacific Race. He mostly paddles surfski, outrigger canoes, and sea kayaks. In his last adventure in the summer of 2016, he successfully rowed across the Pacific Ocean from California to Hawaii in an expedition of just under 40 days, earning him and his teammates a Guinness World Record for the fastest crossing. He is now preparing to launch from California in May 2022, for a solo unsupported kayak expedition across the mid-Pacific, with the intention to reach Hawaii in approximately 70 days. Cyril is a natural extrovert and loves to interact and learn from people. As a passionate paddler, he loves to share his knowledge and experience with fellow water lovers of all levels.
PADDLING INSTRUCTOR/STUNT COORDINATOR
Lucinda is all about one thing. SPEED. She has a serious case of the zoomies and loves to jump and play on the water. So don’t be alarmed if she galumphs onto your board, she’s just looking for a friend to paddle with.
Darrow has been guiding people on outdoor adventures since 2008. He gets a lot of joy and energy from those special moments of feeling fully alive and connected to beautiful places with great people. He believes there is amazing transformative potential when people allow themselves the time and space to be present, let go, and have fun. You can probably find him laughing and singing on Tomales Bay with young paddlers or showering Sea Trek clients with fun bird facts and a providing a curious and welcoming listening ear.
Avalon loves the ocean because of the fear and power it can invoke within all of us, because it is endlessly and fiercely full of love. She loves getting people on the water because the vulnerability felt in the ocean can allow for the opportunity to honestly confront ourselves.
Hanneke is our graphic designer, painter, and seamstress. She enjoys the challenge of making our yard and dock look better and function smoothly through signage and bold color use.
LouAnne’s love of the water began early on in Alaska where she spent much of her time growing up boating, fishing, and kayaking with her family. After moving to New York for school, she began working at Manhattan Kayak Company in 2010 teaching and guiding the kayak and SUP programs. In 2015, LouAnne and Jules Gismondi became the first two women to SUP the East Coast unsupported from NYC to Miami. In 2019, she completed her first solo expedition as the first woman to paddle the entire length of the Mississippi River on a SUP, again unsupported. LouAnne moved to Sausalito and joined the Sea Trek team in July 2020 as a guide, instructor, and fitness coach.
Aka Stoke Lord. Born and raised in San Francisco, Kiley’s had the Pacific Ocean sloshing around in her brain since before she learned the alphabet. After moving to the East Coast for college, she specialized in whitewater kayaking and spent her four years of school instructing, guiding, and fervently checking river levels while occasionally hopping in a sea kayak to teach and lead multi-day trips on Adirondack lakes. Back in the Bay, Kiley has found a home at Sea Trek, where she’s been guiding, instructing, and playing since 2019. Now an ACA-certified L3 Coastal Kayaking Instructor, she’s usually grinning in conditions, attempting to surf anything that floats, exploring the coast, playing keys in Guide or Die (the kayaking industry’s hottest new band), tossing up her ultimate stoke sign, or hopping around, trying to drain the salt water from her brain.