The team at Body Boat Blade International are some of the most qualified, dedicated, and passionate coaches in the Pacific Northwest. Body Boat Blade was voted the best kayak school in the west two times by Sea kayaker Magazines readers choice award.  All Coaches at Body Boat Blade are certified by the American Canoe Association and British Canoeing, the internationally recognized Gold Standard of coaching and skills awards. At Body Boat Blade we guaranty Professional Quality Coaching and Leadership to every student every time!

Alex LaLonde

Alex LaLonde, kayak coach, Body Boat Blade
Coach, Owner - Alex LaLonde

Coach, Principle

Happiest in the seat of a kayak, Alex is passionate and enthusiastic about all forms of adventure sport. He can most commonly be found floating down his local rivers, coastlines, or exploring waterways across the globe. Check out some of the most notable places he’s paddled.


Ryan Hayes

Kayak coach Ryan Hayes. Anacortes
Coach Ryan Hayes


Hailing from upstate New York, Ryan Hayes is a talented coach in many disciplines. In the summer he guides and coaches whitewater and sea kayaking, and in the winter he heads back east to teach snowboarding on the slopes of Vermont. Paired with a background in business administration, we’re happy to have Ryan on the Body Boat Blade team!