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OUR TEAM

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ERIN QUIGLEY

Erin, Portland Paddle co-founder and guide, grew up exploring New Hampshire’s waterways by canoe and kayak. After recently spending five years as Membership Director for the Maine Island Trail Association, Erin is happy to be back on Casco Bay guiding trips and at home taking care of her two young boys. Learn more about Erin’s conservation work at kingfisherconservation.com. Erin is a Wilderness First Responder, a Registered Maine Guide, and an ACA-certified instructor.

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SUZANNE BLACKBURN

Suzanne fell hopelessly in love with kayaking in 1980. In 2017 she discovered stand up paddle boards and now has two favorite ways to play on the water. Suzanne has been guiding and teaching since 1996 and is a Master Maine Guide with ACA Coastal kayak Level 4 and SUP Level 2 Instructor certifications. “Helping someone master skills and gain a sense of comfort and connection with the ocean brings me tremendous joy!” she says. Suzanne has paddled the entire length of the coast of Maine three times. She says, “I really hope to paddle the whole coast again. It’s endlessly challenging and inspiring but this summer I’m going to change it up and hop in a canoe to paddle the Allagash Wilderness Waterway!”

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JOE GUGLIELMETTI

Joe is a Master Maine Sea Kayak Guide, an open-water sea kayak instructor with the American Canoe Association, and a wilderness first responder. He is also a licensed clinical social worker, and a returned Peace Corps volunteer (Zambia 07-09). Joe has paddled expeditions as far away as Fiji and Zambia, has through-paddled the coast of Maine, and section-paddled from New Hampshire to Nova Scotia. Joe enjoys bringing people of all walks and strokes of life into the marine environment, and he often leads paddlers to his favorite place in the world; the Cushing Island Cliffs, a mere three miles from Portland, where guillemots nest above the wild open sea.

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ASHLEY FLOWERS

Ashley is a Yoga Instructor, Environmental Educator, Entrepreneur and life-long lover of the water! She is a licensed Maine Guide and an ACA-certified SUP instructor. Ashley has been helping people connect with nature and with themselves for over a decade and looks forward to sharing her love of yoga, SUP, and Casco Bay with you! If you can’t pack in enough paddleboading this summer check out Ashley’s winter indoor paddleboard yoga classes at ashleyfloweryoga.com

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ABBY KING

Abby first came to Maine in 2011 on the final leg of her thru-hike of the 2,100 mile Appalachian Trail, and she hasn’t left (for too long) ever since. In addition to her wilderness guiding and backcountry guest service experience, she worked for many years in the environmental policy field. Abby recently returned from a thru-hike of the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail. She is a Wilderness First Responder and AIARE Level 1 ski guide.

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ASHLEY HIGGINS

Ash became a Maine sea-kayaking guide – trading the land for the sea – after 10+ years of backcountry guiding in Utah, New Hampshire and Vermont while working in the Wilderness Therapy industry. When not at Portland Paddle, she is found surfing, exploring Maine’s wild terrain, or working as a therapist.

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KYLE MARTIN

A native of Mid-coast Maine, Kyle moved to Portland in 2014. He grew up around the water and as a youth was active in Bantry Bay gig crewing, which allowed him to compete as a rower as far away as Brittany France. Kyle’s introduction to kayaking came at a very young age as an overnight tour participant on expeditions in both Mid-Coast and Downeast Maine. Registered Maine Guide since 2013, he has lead tours all over Maine’s rugged coast.

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ZACK ANCHORS

Zack, owner and co-founder of Portland Paddle, is a Maine native who lives on Munjoy Hill a few blocks from the East End Beach. He’s been paddling on whitewater and the ocean since he was 11. During his 17 years as a guide, Zack has led countless kayaking and canoeing trips throughout the coast of Maine, and in Mexico, British Columbia, Ontario and Alaska. He is a master Maine Guide, an ACA Level 4 kayaking instructor and a Wilderness First Responder. When Zack isn’t running Portland Paddle, he’s a journalist, writer and teacher.

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JANET ROBINSON

Janet bought her first sea kayak in 1993 after a few years of whitewater paddling and many years of hiking, backpacking, and long-distance bike touring, including a solo cross-country trip. The grand-daughter of a sea captain, she loves the wild beauty and challenge of the open ocean and is thrilled to be able to share her knowledge and enthusiasm for sea kayaking with paddlers of all ages and skill levels. She kayaked the entire Maine coast in 2020 and is a licensed Maine Guide and an ACA-certified Level 3 Instructor. In addition, Janet is president of the Southern Maine Sea Kayaking Network and serves as a Trustee for the Maine Island Trail Association.

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EMILY MOONEY

Emily is a Portland native who joined the shore staff team in 2016. She is currently studying physical education at the University of Maine with a minor in outdoor recreation.

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ASHLEY “TALL” LEEDBERG

If Tall’s not on the water, you can find her in the mountains! Tall is a Registered Maine Guide with Sea Kayak, Recreation, and Whitewater licenses and a Level 2 ACA SUP and Kayak Instructor. Born and raised in Maine, when she’s not on the coast, you can find her on a river expedition or exploring in the North Maine Woods.

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ERIC NATHANSON

Eric is a Maine native who grew up in the Portland area. During college, he traveled out West to explore, which led to many adventures across the U.S., Canada and three other continents. One of these adventures included living on a boat for four months while rowing the entire length of the Mississippi river. Eric led wilderness trips and ecology lessons for youth programs in the midcoast before joining the Portland Paddle Team. When not guiding, you can find him on a whitewater kayak, canoe, mountain bike, or snowboard. That is if he isn’t reading, writing, chasing the dogs, or spending time with family. Eric’s favorite trips to lead are relaxed, seal filled sunset tours, and skills clinics that build independence in burgeoning sea kayakers.

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FINN O’NEIL

Finn is a Maine Sea Kayak Guide, artist, musician, and general outdoors enthusiast. He was born and raised in the 207, and can be found on mountains, chair lifts, trails and coastal waters all across the state. He has a love for seals and sturgeon. Originally from Portland, he finds particular enjoyment in showing folks the beauty of Casco Bay that can be found offshore.

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JOEL DALEY

Joel is a Registered Maine Guide, ACA Essentials of Kayak Touring Instructor, and a Wilderness First Responder. Joel lives in Portland, ME and enjoys getting salty in Casco Bay and kayak camping along the Maine coast. In the winter, Joel is an avid downhill skier and has coached youth freestyle ski programs for a decade in both Maine and Colorado.

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HENRY AUSTIN

Henry is a licensed Maine sea kayak guide and artist from Wyoming. He started out as guide after he graduated from Bowdoin College in Brunswick. During his first year as a guide he led trips on Frenchman Bay and Blue Hill Bay based out of Mount Desert Island. In 2016 he moved to Southern Maine to join Portland Paddle.

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SAM ANDREWS

Sam is a Wilderness First Responder, registered Maine sea kayak guide & pursuing her ACA level 2 Instructor Certification. She fell in love with sea kayaking after her many paddles on the Great Bay in New Hampshire. Sharing her passion for the outdoors is what brought her into the outdoor industry. When she is not paddling or working for Portland Paddle, she is off hiking in the White Mountains, backcountry skiing or road biking the coast.

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MAGGIE CUMMINGS

Maggie is what Mainers call a boomerang, meaning she was born and raised in Maine, left for a while, and eventually came back. A choice she tends to regret every winter. She comes from a long line of ocean lovers and her grandfather was a harbor master, wooden boat builder, and lobsterman in midcoast Maine where she spent most of her childhood. As a rower in high school and college, paddling forward still feels uncomfortable to her despite making the switch to kayaking three years ago when she first began her guiding escapades in Bar Harbor. When she’s not on the water you can find her working as a project manager at a local non-profit and teaching preschoolers ecological literacy. She looks forward to foggy day paddles and lots of seal sightings this summer!

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CAITLIN MORRISROE

Caitlin is a Registered Maine Guide and ACA certified Stand Up Paddleboard instructor. She loves to explore Casco Bay and other surrounding areas while meeting beginner and experienced SUP and kayakers from all over on the tours. In her downtime, Caitlin also enjoys skiing, hiking, and hanging out with her dogs.

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MADDY GUILD

A lifelong Mainer, Maddy grew up in Cumberland, spending her summers canoeing in Rangeley. She soon discovered her passion for kayaking, spending week-long canoeing and kayaking trips in Michican, Utah, and Vermont. She has been working for Portland Paddle since 2017 and is a Registered Maine Guide, a 200 hr Yoga Instructor, a Certified SUP Yoga Instructor, and a Wilderness First Responder. Her favorite after work activity is taking her dog Moby on the SUP.

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PETER ECKEL

A resident on Peaks Island, Peter enjoys great access to paddling along the Maine Coast. A registered Maine Recreation and Sea Kayak guide, he is on the water most days – guiding for Portland Paddle, or on his paddleboard or kayak with other Peaks paddlers. Peter is an ACA Level 2 Coastal Sea Kayak instructor. In the winter he works as a ski instructor.

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BRIAN DETERMAN

Brian is a licensed Maine Guide who moved to South Portland several years ago from San Diego. When he’s not paddling you can find him on the local bike and hiking trails.

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SARAH GRAHAM

Sarah is paddleboard instructor, licensed Maine Sea Kayak Guide, Yoga teacher and Yoga practitioner of 20 years. She started off canoeing at age 6 and picked up other water sports in her adult years, including paddleboarding, kayaking, and surfing. She is Wilderness First Responder, an E-RYT 500 through Yoga Alliance, and an ASI Level 1 SUP Instructor. When not on the water, Sarah is a horticultural technician specializing in corporate indoor plant installations.

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MELANIE COLLINS

Melanie started kayaking many years ago in the shadow of pine trees in cool New England waterways. But it wasn’t until moving to a desert island off the coast of Los Angeles that she began paddling on the sea. She learned to love exploring by water while paddling around this island, camping on deserted beaches and surfing through sea caves. She became a Registered Maine Sea Kayak Guide in 2018 when she spent her first summer in Maine. Melanie is also an ACA Level 2 Coastal Kayak instructor.

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DAN COX

Dan hails from North Carolina and got stoked on paddling after watching the 1996 Olympics (he had never seen whitewater kayaking before). His favorite places to paddle are Wilson Creek and Shackleford Banks in North Carolina. Currently Dan is an ACA Level 4 Open Water Sea Kayak Instructor, Level 2 SUP Instructor (former L4 Whitewater Kayak Instructor and L5 Swiftwater Rescue Instructor), and Maine Sea Kayak Guide. Dan sea kayaked the length of the east coast of the United States in 2009 with his wife and in 2018 was the first person to SUP the coast of Maine. He also really enjoys surfing and canoeing as much as possible.

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SCOTT ANCHORS

Scott is a Master Maine Guide and is certified by the ACA as a Level 3 SUP instructor. Scott has been passionate about watersports his entire life. He loves sharing his enthusiasm with Portland Paddle customers, and he particularly enjoys seeing them develop confidence and have fun as they push their limits and discover the wonders of Casco Bay. Among his favorite paddling adventures are his circumnavigation of Manhatten Island in New York and his experience SUP-surfing head-high waves in Costa Rica. When not working at Portland Paddle, he can be found surfing at Higgins Beach.

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WHITNEY MATASSA

Whitney is a native of southern Maine, who grew up in the woods, out on the lake and exploring the coast. In the past decade she has explored an eclectic range of new activities: starting with yoga teacher trainings, becoming a wilderness first responder, paddling a large portion of the allagash wilderness water way, the then moving out west to teach primitive skills and facilitate therapy to adolescents in the Utah desert. Now as a Registered Maine sea kayak Guide living back in Maine, Whitney is stoked to share her passion for having a blast outdoors with as many people as possible!

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NOAH HAGAR

Noah is a Portland native and has been kayaking since he was in high school. He is a Registered Maine Guide and has his Wilderness First Aid Certification. His favorite places to paddle are Cow Island and Long Island right here in Casco Bay. Noah loves learning new skills and doing Greenland rolls in his kayak. When he is not sea kayaking, you can find Noah running, biking, or surfing.