GUIDES

CAPTAIN SCOTT SUNDBY

Captain Scott is both the owner and founder of Shaka Kayaks.  Captain Scott first visited Oahu when he was 8 years old and it changed his life.  He did his first open water scuba dive here at age 9 and became a certified diver at age 10.  Continuing his love of the ocean, he vowed never to live more than walking distance to the ocean and 30 years later he has kept this promise. After countless certifications, explorations, and research stints around the world, he found his home on the fabled north shore at Sunset Beach. Captain Scott started Shaka Kayaks with the interest of protecting one of Oahu’s last untouched areas of True Hawai’i by offering environmentally friendly eco-tours that “take only pictures and leave only footprints in the sand.”

Kayak guide Scott Sundby

MIKE the HONU EXPERT

Mike loves all things water and animal related, making our turtle tours the perfect fit for him.  He prides himself on educating and entertaining guests about the honu and our environment. Growing up Mike was fascinated with nature, spending summers swimming, sailing, wind surfing and attending oceanography and marine biology camps.  This inevitably led to scuba and a life of underwater adventures all over the globe.  Mike has enjoyed being a scuba guide in Southeast Asia and whitewater kayak guide in California.  Now he is here on the North Shore living the Aloha life and looking forward to sharing his knowledge with guests from around the world.

 

a group of people in a boat on a body of water

JOHN the TURTLE WHISPERER

John is a water enthusiast.  John moved here nearly a decade ago to study marine biology at Hawaii Pacific University, while playing on the university’s men soccer team as well.  Known as the “turtle whisperer,” there has not been a single tour in which John has not found turtles.   During his free time you can find him doing water activities around the island, whether it be diving or surfing.  He is also a professional surf photographer and is very at home on the North Shore during the winter months.

a man riding on the back of a boat in a body of water

JOSH the STANDUP GUIDE

Josh grew up in Utah/Colorado but traded in those beautiful Rocky Mountains for this island paradise after he fell in love with the ocean about seven years ago.  Josh always loved the outdoors and everything with the word board in it, snowboarding, wakeboarding, skateboarding and of course surfing (surf boarding) haha. When Josh is not standing up in his kayak looking for honu you can find him on a beach somewhere loving life and spending time with his beautiful daughter!

a man riding on the back of a boat in the water

TOMMY the TURTLE MAN

Tommy was born and raised all the way on the East Coast of the mainland, in the Jersey Shore. Many summer days spent on the water with family and friends built a love for the ocean at a young age. He also discovered an interest for marine biology volunteering at Cattus Island, an Environmental Center, for several years. After graduating college he packed his bags in search of clear waters, tall mountains, and beautiful wildlife. When he is not spotting Honu in Kawela Bay you can find him hiking, fishing, surfing, or somewhere near the water.  Like all our guides Tommy is First Aid/CPR and Lifesaving certified and he has worked previously as a Jet Ski guide back in Ocean City, Maryland.

 

a person swimming in a body of water

SEAN REILLY

Sean is an all around waterman from San Francisco, California.  A true water baby, Sean’s parents had him catching waves by the age of 5.  Before he finished high school, he was an All American swimmer and had established roots at famous breaks like Mavericks and Steamer Lane. In 2008 he moved to Hawaii to pursue his swimming career.  Sean received a full scholarship to swim at the University of Hawaii.  He quickly fell in love with the friendly people, warm water and laid back lifestyle the islands had to offer.  Sean received a bachelors of arts in Journalism and finished off his swimming career at the 2012 Olympic Trials.  Now Sean resides on the fabled North Shore across from Sunset Beach.  When he’s not guiding kayak tours through the majestic Kawela Bay he is frolicking in the playground of the Pacific.  Sean also works as a journalist for Freesurf Magazine and couldn’t be more at home on the North Shore.  With a genuine love for life, Sean is an ambassador of the Aloha Spirit!

Kayak guide Sean Reilly

DREW WILKINSON

Drew is an experienced waterman in activities such as surfing, kayaking and swimming through underwater caves. He grew up in Florida where he attended Florida State University and received a degree in environmental education. After 2 years of teaching high school environmental science, Drew decided it was time to follow his dreams and moved out to Hawaii. On the Big Island he volunteered for the Hawksbill Sea Turtle Recovery Project before moving to the North Shore of Oahu. He enjoys eating breakfast foods late into the night and getting barreled at the crack of dawn. Furthermore, he is an adamant reduce, reuse, recycler and can often be seen picking up trash in random places. Drew is also a scuba diver and Red Cross certified lifeguard instructor with a passion for eating mangoes and salsa dancing. Drew also writes for several online magazines and you can check out his latest article.

Kayak Guide Drew Wilkinson