David Santaniello


After relocating to Santa Cruz, David was immediately drawn to the sea.  He decided kayaking would be the best way to explore the rocky and dynamic California Coast, and it quickly became one of his passions.  The majority of his time paddling is spent in the rock gardens and surf between San Francisco and Big Sur.


Since completing his Masters in Earth Science, David has pursued a career in paddlesports and is an ACA Level 5 Instructor and British Canoeing Sea Kayak Leader.  He is fortunate to be able to share his passion full time and is a lead coach and manager at Kayak Connection. From teaching introductory lessons to coaching advanced long boat surfing and rock gardening sessions, David loves sharing his excitement for paddling and helping others become more comfortable and confident on the water!