Brian Blankinship is an ACA L4 Open Water Coastal Kayaking Instructor and BCU 4 Star paddler who lives in northern Virginia and owns Bay Kayaking. Bay Kayaking, a sea kayak and surf ski lesson and Tour Company. In addition to 19 years of teaching, he is an Epic Expert (rep for Epic Kayaks). Brian is a previous Coordinator of the 750 member Chesapeake Paddlers Association (CPA). He founded and continues to help run SK 102, an annual weekend-long skills clinic for over 100 participants. As a kayak racer, Brian came in fourth at both the Mayor’s Cup, an internationally-classed race around Manhattan Island and the Blackburn Challenge. He has many local and regional racing victories under his belt.