Hello! I’m Kristy Gutierrez and I have been paddling for about 10 years. I’ve always loved the water from a young age and was fortunate to stumble into kayaking while I was in college at Wake Forest University. My kayaking roots and inspiration come from the rivers and whitewater kayaking community in Appalachia. However, my passion for sea kayaking was realized about 6 years ago when I moved to San Diego. It’s a whole new world with a lot of really interesting challenges from surf to conditions! I like dreaming up new paddling adventures and exploring my new home in the PNW. Surfing, rock gardening, and multi-day tours are what I’m interested in most, but introducing my whitewater friends to the sea is always top of mind.