Meet the LKNBoard Team

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Mary Beth Burgess - Owner

A longtime 24/7 " workaholic" Owner Mary found that out on the paddleboard on Lake Norman was the one place where she could truly relax.  No email, no texts, no calls, no worries.  Her first venture on a Paddleboard was an attempt to conquer a fear of the water.  But standing tall and strong and balanced on that board, not only did she overcome that fear, but found a place on the Lake where ALL your stressors can be conquered.  Mary is thrilled to share with the Charlotte community this fitness experience for both the body AND mind.  She loves to see parents out paddling with their kids, couples out sunbathing on their boards, and friends out racing or relaxing - all unplugged and truly enjoying each other in the Carolina sunshine.  Work Hard -  then come out to PLAY and UNPLUG with us!


Barry Burgess - Owner, Instructor

Barry's first experience on a paddleboard was in a charity race here on Lake Norman.  He was absolutely hooked the moment he stood up!  Paddleboarding for Barry started as a sport, but has become a lifestyle.  In it he has found a safe, healthy, affordable outdoor activity that the whole family can participate in.  He loves introducing people to this new way to enjoy Lake Norman.  Whether it's an early morning coffee cruise, a sunset paddle, or racing - paddleboarding has something for everyone.   Barry's Paddle Fit Level 1 Certification provides him with the ability to share safe, proper techniques to maximize your paddle experience.  Let's all unplug for a while and come out and try it; we will get you up and smiling in no time!


Matt Burgess - Retailer, Instructor

Matt picked up paddleboarding as a young teen and has been racing boards the past two seasons.  His joy for the sport is fueled by a competitive spirit, desire to stay in shape, and his love of all things Lake Norman. While attending ECU full time, Matt spends his summers working in the paddleboard industry.  Matt brings experience in introducing newcomers to this fast growing sport as well as helping all riders maximize their rental and purchase experience. Come out and see Matt and let him help you find the perfect paddleboard to ride.  You will definitely enjoy his laid back personality, hard work ethic, and sense of humor.  


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Nikita Wilson- Instructor, Retailer

 

 

Jessica Burgess - Instructor, Retailer

 

 

Chelsea Ellwood - Instructor, Retailer