We are Delmarva's original paddle boarding and windsurfing adventure company. Our credentials and certifications outshine all other local competitors. We have consistently been voted "Best Place to Stand Up Paddle" by the Beachcomber Magazine and awarded the Circle of Excellence by Trip Advisor. Collectively, Delmarva Board Sports has the highest level of credentials in the Delmarva region. Our guides are certified by the World Paddle Association, US Windsurfing, the American Canoe Association, the Academy of Surf Instructors, ABK Boardsports and Paddle Fit. Our goal is to give you and your group a great time on the water, keep you safe and share the stoke of water sports with you. Be sure to give your guide a shout when you leave that 5 star Trip Advisor or Google review. If you need to reach us, please call 302-260-9008 to book an excursion, or Book Online.
George Markopoulos, Co-Owner and Guide
George Markopoulos has been a Waterman for almost 30 years on the Delmarva, Hatteras, Florida, Kauai and on Maui. He is a sponsored team rider, an ACA (American Canoe Assocation) certified SUP Instructor, WPA Certified SUP Instructor, PaddleFit Level 2 Instructor, ASI Level 3 Certified SUP Instructor and a US Sailing Certified Windsurf Instructor. He is an avid lover of the wind, water and waves. All who know him know that "if it's blowin', he's goin'"...windsurfing that is.
In his prior life, George was an accountant and CPA. He earned his masters degree in International Management from the University of Maryland, but you would never know. He is definitely not the stereotypical accountant. His accounting skills sure do come in handy as he manages finance/accounting and H/R for DBSA in his spare time. George has a daughter, Kristin, who is currently going to college in Texas to become a teacher.
Janis Markopoulos, Co-Owner
Janis Markopoulos is the visionary of the business. She manages the reservations desk, the beach concession, all marketing, purchasing, merchandising and special events. She is known for providing unparalleled customer service. She also provides most of the photography for George's Blog and for special events such as the Hatteras Wave Jam. Some of her best work is featured in Windsurfing International, Windsport, Windsurfing Magazine and The New England Windsurfing Journal. Janis has 25+ years of retail I.T. experience implementing retail point of sale systems, CRM systems, inventory control systems, reservation systems, social media systems and eMarketing systems such as Constant Contact eMarketing. Janis is often called a Marketing dynamo.
On cold, rainy days, you'll find Janis scrapbooking or creating newsletters for Delmarva Board Sports. She's super proud of her daughter, Lauren, who has a degree in Psychology from St. Mary's College of Maryland and is now employed with the college as their Assistant Director of Alumni Relations. Janis is an alumni of ABK Boardsports Windsurfing camp. She also serves on the board for Southern Delaware Tourism in an advisory role.
Meet Our Awesome Team!
Tom Lepak - Windsurfing Instructor
Tom Lepak has been sailing and windsurfing for over 30 years. He particularly loves flat water sailing, especially 'old school' planning freestyle, long board racing, and is now learning to use a slalom board. He also really enjoys light wind freestyle.
In (approximately) 1997 Tom began teaching windsurfing for ABKBoardSports on the US East Coast and in Texas. He has spent the last two years teaching in Bonaire during the winter with ABK. Tom worked as an equipment technician and instructor for Vela Resorts in Aruba for five years. Tom and his wife moved from central NY to Delaware in 2011 and love it here. Tom started working for Delmarva in 2012.
Steve McAllister - Rescue Boat
Carla Keister - Guide
Carla is an ACA certified kayak instructor with 20 years of experience. She is a proud graduate of the University of Alabama... Roll Tide! She has been kayaking the Rehoboth Bay for 10 years and enjoys taking her boat out with her family and three dogs. Carla is a photographer by trade and travels frequently along the Mid-Atlantic to do so. This is Carla's first summer with DBSA- welcome to the team, Carla!
Keith Hines - Guide
Merritt Burke - Kayak Guide
Merritt was born in Milford and raised on Lewes Beach graduating from Cape Henlopen High School followed by Washington College and the University of Delaware. He spent his childhood boating, fishing, surfing and sailing on the Delaware Bay and Atlantic Ocean. Merritt is an accomplished waterman who loves to paddleboard, kayak, sail and surf in his free time. His favorite paddling trips are the Broadkill River near Milton and Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes. When the surf is up, you can find him in the early morning hours at Assateague or Northside at Indian River Inlet. No matter where Merritt is enjoying the ocean, safety is always the first priority.
Merritt has a background in municipal management and land use consulting, and has managed the Towns of Bridgeville and Fenwick Island. He most recently was the CEO of the Sussex County Association of REALTORS. He resides in Milton with his wife and four children all of which are on the Lewes Yacht Club swim team and involved with Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. He believes that Sussex County, and specifically, Lewes is one of the best locations in America to expose children to a variety of water sports. He looks forward to sharing his love of the water as a tour guide this summer!
Carole Seibel - SUP Yoga Instructor
Brian Roberts - SUP Fishing Guide
Brian Roberts specializes in Saltwater Fly Fishing on his BOTE HD. Brian is one of the Most Successful Fishermen in the World as he has won several fishing tournaments including the 2010 White Marlin Open with his giant 97.5lb White Marlin worth $857,000! He owns and operates White Marlin Outfitters and is a trout unlimited endorsed fishing guide who specializes in saltwater fly fishing excursions.
Brian has teamed up with DELMARVA BOARD SPORTS to offer a SUP Intro to Fishing Camp each week. You will learn how to fish off your paddleboard. Take your SUP to the next level by learning to fishing off your Paddleboard!