Tonia Farman


Seattle / Hood RiverTonia started Cascade in 2007 after conducting kite nights for girls around the Gorge to get her girlfriends to kite. Once certified, she bought a jet ski to teach with and the rest is history. She continues to lead CKB built on safety, progression and fun through personal instruction. Tonia also runs Kiteboard 4 Cancer, inspiring people to find empowerment & life-renewal through kiteboarding.

Blaine Baker

Park City, UT - Blaine is like your first cup of great coffee in the morning - invigorating! Having started with Cascade in 2011 after taking the IKO Instructor Course with Tonia and her team, he continues to charm and has been back every summer since. Blaine is a lead instructor / teacher with World Class Academy in the winters.

Ben Woodcock

Mountain Green, UT - Ben was Cascade's very first coach with Tonia, shuffling jet skis & running lessons at our old teaching spot at Stevenson, WA. Quiet and humble, Ben is a man of many skills and talents. He leads trips into some gnarly backcountry and big mountains when he's not making sure our students are safe kiteboarding in the summer. 


Alex Thon

Bellingham, WAOutside of kiteboard instruction, Alex is a knowledge-seeking enthusiast who has found the importance of being as multi-dimensional as possible. He carries out his passion through international travel and interacting with different perspectives. Alex is one of the lead instructors / teachers for World Class Academy where he coaches high school kids to be pro kiteboarders and good humans.


Katie Noblett

Newport Beach, CA Don't let her roots fool you; Katie is a go-getter who loves the Pacific Northwest adventures in the mountains and the water. When she's not teaching kiting, you can find her hiking, snowboarding, running or sharing the stoke on the water.  Look for the crazy curly hair and a big smile and you'll find her!

Nick Ruchti

St. Cloud, MN- Nick’s roots lie in wakeboarding and barefoot waterskiing on the lakes of Minnesota. After getting addicted to kiteboarding he now spends his time chasing the wind and sharing his passion of the sport with others. He lives out of his camper truck and moves to the best wind wherever it is! Nick is a junior studying Mechanical Engineering at the University of Minnesota where he, you guessed it, started a Kiteboarding Club.

Liam Geraghty

Long Beach, CA - When Liam is not teaching he is spending his time trying to kite and send it. This is one stop along his way for teaching all around the world. When not kiting you can often find him hanging with goats (?). He is very passionate and driven to the sport of kitesurfing. This guy pretty much lives and breathes kiting when he's not playing with goats. 

Melany Johnson

Berwyn, Pennsylvania - Melany is a competitive sailor who was drawn to kiteboarding -- the best kind! If you book a lesson with us, you most likely get to talk to Melany on the phone. She plays the kiteboarding Tetris game of shuffling lessons, checking the wind, and getting you on the books! Treat her well!