Kelly Marie Henry

Kelly is a surf obsessed, rough water loving, paddling fanatic. Her positive energy and enthusiasm for kayaking encourages and inspires both elite and novice paddlers alike. As a coach, she strives to help paddlers of all levels set goals, push boundaries, and find joy on the water. Kelly works full time in the paddlesports industry and currently coaches through several outlets including California Canoe & Kayak and River and Ocean. She is passionate in her pursuit to get more women on the water and offers women’s specific sea and surf kayak programs in collaboration with the California Women’s Watersport Collective.

In 2017, Kelly began to broaden her paddling horizons and embarked on a 6-week coaching and sea kayaking adventure in Taiwan and now regularly coaches at symposiums throughout North America. Kelly recently assumed the role of event director for Paddle Golden Gate, the West Coast’s premier paddlesports symposium, and enjoys the opportunity it provides to bring paddlers from across the United States and abroad together to share her home waters. Kelly is a regular in the surf kayak competition scene and was honored to represented the United States in the 2017 World Surf Kayak Championships. She is supported by P&H Custom Sea Kayaks and holds the following certifications: ACA Level 5 Advanced Open Water Coastal Kayak Instructor, Level 3 Surf Kayak Instructor, and a Level 2 SUP Instructor, and is trained in wilderness first aid.

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