Cody Cornett - Executive Director
After graduating from University of Oregon and a brief stint in Alaska my wife and I moved to Hood River, OR in 2012. It was here that I was introduced to the world of wind and water sports and it has been incredible. My involvement in AWSI allows me to make further steps beyond the daily shred into an industry that has indeed changed my life. It is my goal to ensure that the sports represented by AWSI can continue to stake a strong claim in the outdoor sports industry and in the public eye.
Matt Aiken - President
In his mid teens Matt Aiken enjoyed an early start in the windsurf industry working working at his local windsurf shop. Post university employment found him at Windsport Magazine (RIP) and co-founding and managing advertising sales for SBC Kiteboard Magazine (RIP). In 2015 Matt founded the Waterman Manufacturing Company, purveyor of the fine WMFG kiteboard and SUP pumps and kiteboard deck pads. Matt is the North American general manager for Mystic and has served as a board member of the AWSI for the past 8 years and is serving his second term as president.
Mike Duhaime - Vice President, Secretary
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 now I am the Kiteboarding Sales Manager for North America and I love my job! I also am on the Board of Directors for the Columbia Gorge Kiteboarding Association and have a passion for Kiteboarding, SUP, and all other boardsports. Being involved with the ASWI is a great chance to create more relationships in the industry while supporting a great organization that advocates the advancement of the sports I love.
Andre Niemeyer is CEO of i9media, a digital marketing agency that specializes on the merge of WEB/I.T./Marketing, with clients in industries like surfing, snowboarding, mountain biking, auto, and more. He is the publisher of supconnect.com, a leading publication for stand up paddle boarding and founding president of the Standup Paddle Industry Association (SUPIA). Other roles include chairing an action sports research committee and organizing industry Trade Show Awards and fundraisers. His background centers around 3 main areas (media, research, and action sports), with experiences like a Ph.D. program at USC, public speaking, panel hosting, consulting, and beyond.
Dan Schwarz - Treasurer
I've been involved in the SUP/windsport world for over 10 glorious years now. Currently working as a sales rep for Boards & More (North Kiteboarding, Ion, Fanatic, North Sails) I came to this industry through the normal route: starting as a camp counselor before becoming a bouncer then landscape architect, moving on to Wall St as an options specialist, naturally progressing to kiteboarding instructor and shop manager before settling down with a family in Hood River and finally achieving my dream of becoming a member of the AWSI BOD. Highlights of this meteoric rise include sailing from New York to San Diego, marrying my roommate, creating three small humans, and meeting just about every kiter on the West Coast. I look forward to using my experience as a board member to expand the scope of what the AWSI can do for members and wind/water sports enthusiasts throughout North America.
I've been Kiteboarding since early 1999 and attended every Surf Expo since 2000. My hometown is Ft Lauderdale, FL with Tiki Beach being my favorite riding spot.
I also work for Slingshot Sports and Ride Engine as the sales manager for the East Coast, Caribbean, South and Central America.
I am fortunate enough to say that the direction of my career was changed by the sport of kiteboarding. During a wonderful experience in the Florida Keys with the Otherside, I was introduced to a lifestyle that allowed me to truly enjoy my work. Throughout my life, I've taken a few different directions - from a brief stint in the recording industry, to litigation support in Chicago and New York, to Pryde Group in Miami. I found my current position to be a supercharged version of my childhood job - retail in the outdoor industry.
As AWSI-related sports continue to expand, I hope to be able to continue to shape the direction to allow for many more to experience the same opportunity that I was able, and have their lives changed by things they love.
Pete DeKay is the publisher/editor of Windsurfing Now Magazine, which is entering it’s third year of being the voice of windsurfing for North America. Prior to this he was the editor of Windsport Magazine for eight years. Over 20-years ago he got his start working in the windsurfing industry as an instructor for ABK Boardsports, touring the US and Caribbean teaching thousands of students over a nine-year span. Pete is now living in the Great Lakes region and is looking forward to learning the ropes of wind foiling.