Your Hosts: Kitty and Captain Kirk Robinson
A combination of both the original Captain Kirk and Jon-Luc Picard
(in his dreams). Kirk has been windsurfing since 1976, kiting since
1999, and is now also an avid Stand Up Paddlesurfer. When he's not
in the shop, Kirk is still likely to be on the water - either Kiting,
SUP surfing, or windsurfing. A graduate of the University of Vermont,
he went directly into the corporate world and at just 25 years old
fast-tracked his way up to the title of Branch Manager, at the Denver
office of Pitney Bowes Corporation. He was recognized as one of
the top managers in the fax machine division, but his claim to fame
from those days actually was, "Kirk does an excellent job when
he comes indoors to do business." A few years after having
read 2 great books, "The Road Less Traveled" and "Do
What You Love, the Money Will Follow," Kirk founded Captain
Kirk's Inc. in 1992 and also founded La Ventana Baja's first windsport
resort in 1993.
Jim is originally from Windsor, Ontario and started windsurfing
on The Great Lakes in 1978. After graduating from Medical School
at University of Western Ontario, he moved to the West Coast
of Canada for an internship in ER and Sports Medicine. Jim works
(occasionally!) and lives in Whistler but spends most of the
time pursuing his wind and wave passion in places like La Ventana,
The Gorge, Oregon Coast and Maui.
He started kiteboarding in 2002 and discovered La Ventana in 2005
- and after an amazing session on the water, while sipping one of
Kirk's famous margaritas, was convinced to become a partner in this
special place...construction of Casa Palmas started shortly after.
With the addition of Casita Las Palmas and a studio suite, Jim can
be frequently found enjoying the resort with family, friends and
Roger is a registered professional engineer and also earned
a degree at Northwestern School of Law, and currently works
at two different careers - the first as an independent environmental
engineering consultant, and the second as the owner/operator
of West Coast Fleet Wash, Inc,, providing cleaning services
to large truck fleets in Oregon and Washington.
An avid kiteboarder since 1999, Roger first came to Captain Kirks
in 2001 and knew immediately this was the place for him. A few trips
later he signed on as a partner and has been enjoying his time at
La Ventana even more, since building a beautiful rental casita and
house at the resort. He also loves sportfishing at La Ventana and
has caught a wide variety of species including sierra, roosterfish,
dorado, tuna, sailfish, and marlin.
Roger started teaching his daughter Makena to kiteboard when she
was 12 years old. They both love Baja and the Gorge and together
they plan on spending many more years enjoying the life that wind
and wave sports have to offer. He is also an avid river angler and
spends spare time in the summer fishing on the Deshcutes River,
and kiting near his home at the Columbia Gorge, in Stevenson, WA.
For more information on stand up paddleboards,
kiteboards and windsurfing, contact Captain
The Captain's mission is to provide his customers the best service,
lowest prices, convenience, and the most honest advice available
anywhere on this planet. Mr. Spock (damn your Vulcan Logic!) has
advised the Captain to keep his shop's overhead low, his staff's
expertise high, and to always keep his own skills improving.
||• Low Overhead = Low Prices
• Staff Expertise = Educated Helpful Advice
• Great Service = Happy Customers
• Improving Skills = Always Getting Better and Loving
Kitty and her family moved to the San Francisco Bay Area from Holland
when she was 10 years old and she's been a surfer girl ever since.
A windsurfer since 1987, kiteboarder since 2006, and avid SUPer
for the past few years as well, Kitty and Kirk first met on the
beach at La Ventana, Baja, Mexico. Kitty teaches beginner windsurfing
and SUP lessons, manages our La Ventana staff, and also sells real
estate in La Ventana. Check out www.kittysellslaventana.com for more info.
|Doug and Zandra Frank
Doug signed on as the first partner at the
La Ventana resort, joining Kirk in his vision in 1995.
A native Californian, he has always loved the water and has
been surfing since his early twenties and windsurfing since
1985 - La Ventana and the Gorge in Hood River are
his favorite playgrounds. Doug earned his MA in psychology
at Integral Studies Institute in San Francisco, and also has
a background in the natural foods business.
Currently, he is retired from counseling (for the most part), enjoys
organic farming in Southern Oregon, and is spending more time in
Baja each year.
Zandra spent 20 years as an early childhood professional and is
beginning a new career in holistic nutrition consulting. Although
not active in water sports, she enjoys La Ventana’s sunrises
and sunsets and the mystery of the Sea of Cortez.
The Franks are a close combined family and spend as much time
as they can together. Their son Ry has been windsurfing since age
twelve, and Captain Kirk’s is one of his favorite spots for
water sports, photography, and socializing. Daughters Nerissa, Lila
and Prema have learned to SUP and even three year old granddaughter,
Iyanna, has been on a board. Son-in-law Kojo has enjoyed snorkeling
and trying fresh caught squid. Lila, a pilates and personal trainer
from the Bay Area, has taught pilates classes at the resort. (Look
for her upcoming pilates retreats in the near future.)
|Carla de Cervantes
Carla is the founder of Personal Passages (www.personalpassages.com).
She has an MBA from Stanford University and Masters in Education
from UCLA, and is an executive coach and life coach, a professional
speaker and a writer. She works with corporations and with individuals
to help them clarify their priorities, set and attain professional
and personal goals, and develop leadership and communication
Carla is a California native who currently lives in Corona Del
Mar, and loves being warm and spending time in the sun. She has
always been ready and willing to try any new sport, so it didn't
take long for her friends from San Francisco to twist her arm into
joining them on a trip to La Ventana to learn to kite in 2006.
She fell in love with Captain Kirk's the moment she set foot on
our sandy beach. She is half-Mexican, and definitely feels at home
with the amazingly friendly locals in La Ventana. She has kited
in Maui, the Gorge, and Southern CA, but is quick to tell anyone
she meets that she believes La Ventana is the best place in the
world to learn to kite! Stay tuned for coaching retreats that she
is busy organizing and plans to hold right here at Captain Kirk's!