Get to Know the Crew

MACkite's Get to Know the Crew

We get it. You've got limited time, and need answers. When you call us at the shop, you'll get them. You'll be greeted by one of our kite experts that will be thrilled that you called - just like the first time you rode upwind! Here at MACkite, we understand the overwhelming sensation when you're purchasing your equipment, regardless if it's your first setup or your latest specialty kite. The massive amount of information readily available to any Customer we talk to is dizzying. We can help you dig through the nonsense and sort out the best possible solution for you!

Our team of kiteboarding experts' depth of knowledge is nothing less than impressive. With a variety of backgrounds themselves, coupled with the extensive information gained from relationships with kiteboarders just like you, we'll be able to make sure you're on the best kiteboarding equipment possible!

Our Team:

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Steve Negen

Steve has a more extensive history with the sport than most people you'll ever meet, regardless of the aspect. Steve is possibly the most efficient kite flier on the team; even weighing in around 200 lbs, he can make the most out of any kite and board package we throw at him. Read more...

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Aaron Johnson

He may be old, but dang does this old cat have some spunk. Read more...

Jake VanderZee MACkite Bio

Jake VanderZee

The original "Jake", V has done it all at the shop. If you catch him on the phone nowadays, consider it a rare treat, as he's normally buried away in the back office working on the latest marketing piece. A tip to anyone making an incoming marketing call? Email He's never in the office ;-). Read more...

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Tucker Vantol

Tucker has been into boardsports since he was 4. With those 23 years of experience in surfing, snowboarding, skateboarding, wakeboarding, and skimboarding the transition to kiteboarding was only a matter of time.After a few months of practice he was keeping up on the water. Read more...

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Jake Mitchell

If you want something done right, Jake M is the guy to talk to. Knowledgeable, well-spoken, and affable, he's sure to not only get you on the right gear, but make you feel good about your purchase. With humble origins, Jake M is not only a man of the people, but for the people. Read more...

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Lucas Negen

Althought Lucas is the boss's son, you'd never guess it. Laid back, humble, and well-spoken, when you're in Lucas's hands, you're in good hands. He spends most of his time in the warehouse, but occasionally surfaces for a quick SUP session, to play his guitar, or answer the phone. Read more...

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Pat Taylor

Part-time instructor, full time drinking... I mean kiting buddy. Read more...

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Logan Armstrong

Lead instructor,as well as being warhouse & shipping guru, Logan wears many different hats here at MACkite. And yes as the youngest member of the team he has been know to take the brunt of a few jokes around the shop. But don't let that fool you, he has been kiting since the tender age of 12 and can throw down with the best of the locals. Read more...


Team Riders

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Blake Olsen

The Man. The Myth. The Legend...

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Kristen Cooper

Don't let her small size fool you, Kristen can stand on her own when it comes to unhooked kiting, hucking off a kicker at the cable park, accounting and social posts of all the local kiters. Read more...

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Marc Hoeskema

Marc is the "OG" West michigan kiter.

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Ryan Goloversic

Rygo will always be an honorary team rider at mackite. Thanks for all the years of great work and congrats on your newest adventures. Read more...