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2015 AWSI Board of Director New Seat Nominations and Profiles. 




Sales Representative, West Coast and Canada

Northsports, Inc.

I bring a good deal of experience to the board from a diverse background both within and outside of the wind/watersports industry.  I was raised on the east coast where I spent summers teaching sailing and windsurfing as a teenager.  Obviously, the natural progression was from there to landscape architecture and on to finance in New York City, where I spent 7 years working as an options specialist.  Throughout my time on Wall Street I was always drawn to the water, using most vacation days in Hatteras or the Caribbean.  I wisely invested the money I saved working finance in an old sailboat, on which I sailed to California to work with my brother and his business partner when they opened a kiteboarding shop in San Diego.  Once there I helped as a shop manager, a kite instructor, and I oversaw the development of a sail repair loft.  It was also my project to branch the shop into SUP, for which I managed both sales and a school/rental program.  

After several years in SoCal I was offered a position as a sales rep/account manager at North Sports, where I continue to work today.  I started as a windsurf, SUP, and kite rep for North Sports' various brands.  My current position has me working primarily in kite and SUP interacting with shops all over Canada and the US.  I help manage North Kiteboarding's North American team riders, North American print ads, and assist in various logistics involved in purchasing/distributing North Kiteboarding gear and developing Amundson SUP.  I'm also active in contributing material to The Kiteboarder and SBC Kiteboard magazines, as well as being the voice for North Kiteboarding on various local, national, and international internet forums.  
As a member of the kiteboarding community and industry I have always worked toward increasing public understanding of our sport while pushing the progression of the sport through sponsorship of riders, events, and communities.  I look forward to the opportunity to continue to push the progression of our industry as a whole as a member of the board of directors of the AWSI.  




Sales Manager for North America-Trident and Field Event Manager for North America-Trident. Dream Team International team member with Signature Board for Starboard.  

I have spent most of my life as professional athlete in kayaking, kiteboarding, and stand up paddling. Here are some of my career highlights: 
  • Co-Founder and CEO of Board of Missoula, Montana’s first snowboard shop 1989-1996
  • Designed and field tested several paddle shapes from the popular Adventure Technology bent shaft paddle which still sells today to a good majority of the shapes in Werner Paddles Sup lineup.
  • 8 Years Sales Representative experience.  Best achievement was taking my territory of 350K to 1.4 Mil in 4 years.
  • Dozens of top finishes in snowboarding, kayaking, kiteboarding, and sup though out my career. 
  • 4 Time National Whitewater Stand Up Paddle Champ (Colorado 2008-2012)
  • 4 Time GoPro Mtn Games SUP Sprint Champion
  • Professional Announce and emcee at paddling events and live webcast hosting
  • Professional Photographer with images published in catalogs and magazines in the paddling industry
  • Professional Videographer Produced and edited The Ultimate Guide to Stand Up Paddling
  • US Distributor for SUPSKIN drysuits with signature model for 2015
  • Signature Board with Starboard Standup Paddleboard’s 2014, 2015, 2016 (2 more boards and a whitewater paddle)
  • World known as a pioneer for whitewater freestyle kayaking and whitewater sup
  • Participated in over 150 SUP competitions 
  • ACA Level 1-2 SUP Instructor Certified
  • ACA Level 3 SUP Whietwater SUP Instructor Certified
  • WSUPA Instructor Trainer
  • 19 years of attendance to Outdoor Retailer (multiple kayak brands, paddle brands, starboard)
  • 7 years attending Surf Expo                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                View photo in message                                                                                                                                  

Mike Duhaime

Kite Sales & Service

Pacific Boardsports, LLC

My name is Mike Duhaime and I am 29 years old. I grew up and spent most of my life in Orlando, FL.  In Florida I really got into wakeboarding, skateboarding and surfing until I learned how to kite in 2007.  I was a kite instructor for about a year and eventually it lead me to the Gorge to work at a ski resort and attempt to break in to the kiteboarding industry.  I was able to get a position with Naish Kiteboarding packing boxes and helping out with anything possible kite related.  Almost 4 years later I am now the kiteboarding sales manager for North America and I love my job.  I really enjoy the Hood River, and the people and activities that come along with it.  I participate on the board of directors for the Columbia Gorge Kiteboarding Association and have a passion for Kiteboarding, SUP, and all other boardsports.  I think being involved with the ASWI would be a great chance to create more relationships in the industry while supporting a great organization that advocates the advancement of the sports I love. 


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