At Ecobay Kayak & SUP, it’s all about you!
Ecobay Kayak was born out of the genuine love of nature and all her beauty. Long ago, perhaps 18 years, I worked aboard a whale watching vessel in Hawaii. My job was to take people snorkeling and bridge the gap between the safety and security of the vessel to the vast unknown natural world beneath them, that which some traveled more than 6000 miles to see. The breaching whales, 300 ft waterfalls, beautiful Hawaiian people and sunsets were cool (insert laugh) but I genuinely fell in love with helping people experience nature.
Fast forward a few years to my hometown in Delaware, I found myself craving the physical activity and desire to show newcomers the beauty that surrounds us here in Sussex County. I began a partnership with the Center for the Inland Bays borrowing six of their kayaks my first few years. Over the past 15 years we have grown to a fleet of 30 kayaks and have since added Stand Up Paddle boards to the fun.
It is Ecobay Kayak & SUP’s mission to provide a safe, educational and fun environment to explore, experience, and be in this beautiful setting myself and our guides call home. We welcome you to join us in our daily discovery of the bays and all their natural treasures.
I always take time to mention Mary Lighthype from which this generous piece of land was donated. Mary had the vision to keep this very special place on the water safe from development. She wanted it used for educational and recreational purposes and that is exactly what it is. Thank you to the Center for the Inland Bays for maintaining and loving this land as much as she did. We hope you will join us on the water!
Meet the Ecobay Kayak & SUP Team!
Grew up in Ocean View,DE and have spent most all of my 37 years on the water. Traveled the world, obtained my 100GT captains license, worked aboard many vessels and landed right back here at home. Opened Ecobay Kayak & SUP eleven years ago for the love of the water and all her natural surroundings. I am now a mom of two beautiful boys and am married to their wonderful father. I hope that you and your family choose to come with us and enjoy this beautiful preserve as much as we do.
Born and grew up in Northern DE. Attended CIA & worked as chef at Hotel Dupont, retired, opened Kingstons Grill with Mitzi Rhyne for 15 years. Now enjoying another chapter guiding kayaks and paddle boards with Ecobay. I love the outdoors and working out at the James Farm Ecological Preserve.
If you call Ecobay you’re talking to me! Mom of 3 fabulous boys, In the Fenwick Island Area over 35 Years, Love the Beach and spending time on the water 💦. Have been with Eco Bay and Juicebox for 5 years. Love helping visitors and locals enjoy their time down time either kayaking, Paddling, or enjoying a Organic Juice while in town.
Born and raised here at the beach. I went to University of Delaware and I’m now a Physical Education teacher at a local middle school. I love being on the water and being active. I grew up boating, clamming, and surfing around the Delaware beaches, and have also traveled to different parts of the world. Looking forward to spending this summer and future summers doing what I love at James Farm.
John is originally from Pennsylvania but a life changing event moved his family to Ocean View in the fall of 2011. Back in PA, he was an advanced open water scuba diving instructor for 10 years and a corporate banker. After moving to Delaware, John decided to change his career and received his masters degree in teaching. He has been looking for a way to expand his teaching outside the classroom. His love for spending time on the water and enjoying our natural habitat has brought him to join the Eco Bay team.