Meet the Team

Introducing the staff for 2018. These are the Candlewood Lake experts and experienced watersports enthusiasts that will show you an amazing time out on the water when you book your appointments.

 
 MIKE   HOMETOWN:   Newtown, CT   SCHOOL:    University of Connecticut, '09 & '10   AREA OF STUDY:   Education, Curriculum & Instruction   FAVORITE WATERSPORT:    Wakeboarding and Wakesurfing   LEARNED TO RIDE ON:    Candlewood Lake   HOBBIES:   Filming & editing videos, snowboarding, and rocking that Dad life.   TOP 3 SONGS:     Paranoid   by Black Sabbath    Feels Like Summer   by Weezer    The Half   by DJ Snake   QUICK BIO:  Having grown up on Candlewood Lake, I became obsessed with watersports at a young age. Spending every summer out on the lake with friends and family are some of my greatest memories. After working for multiple watersports locations around the country, I turned to Chris and we started Lakeside Watersports back in 2010.  Since I am a high school teacher, I am available to teach watersports and share the lake life with you all summer long.

MIKE

HOMETOWN:

Newtown, CT

SCHOOL: 

University of Connecticut, '09 & '10

AREA OF STUDY:

Education, Curriculum & Instruction

FAVORITE WATERSPORT: 

Wakeboarding and Wakesurfing

LEARNED TO RIDE ON: 

Candlewood Lake

HOBBIES:

Filming & editing videos, snowboarding, and rocking that Dad life.

TOP 3 SONGS:

Paranoid by Black Sabbath

Feels Like Summer by Weezer

The Half by DJ Snake

QUICK BIO: Having grown up on Candlewood Lake, I became obsessed with watersports at a young age. Spending every summer out on the lake with friends and family are some of my greatest memories. After working for multiple watersports locations around the country, I turned to Chris and we started Lakeside Watersports back in 2010.  Since I am a high school teacher, I am available to teach watersports and share the lake life with you all summer long.

 CHRIS   HOMETOWN:   Sandy Hook, CT   SCHOOL:    University of Connecticut, '11   AREA OF STUDY:   Business Management: Entrepreneurship   FAVORITE WATERSPORT:    Wakeboarding    LEARNED TO RIDE ON:    Candlewood Lake   HOBBIES:   Running, traveling, and snowboarding.   TOP 3 SONGS:     Keep Going   by The Revivalists    Say Something   by Justin Timberlake and Chris Stapleton    Human   by Rag'n'Bone Man   QUICK BIO:  I grew up as an athlete and still live that life in my full-time job at Nike in NYC. Mike and I started Lakeside together with a fateful conversation back in 2010. The experiences we have shared together and with all of you over the last seven years, is why I love what we do at Lakeside. I am looking forward to meeting you and spending some time showing you around Candlewood this year.

CHRIS

HOMETOWN:

Sandy Hook, CT

SCHOOL: 

University of Connecticut, '11

AREA OF STUDY:

Business Management: Entrepreneurship

FAVORITE WATERSPORT: 

Wakeboarding 

LEARNED TO RIDE ON: 

Candlewood Lake

HOBBIES:

Running, traveling, and snowboarding.

TOP 3 SONGS:

Keep Going by The Revivalists

Say Something by Justin Timberlake and Chris Stapleton

Human by Rag'n'Bone Man

QUICK BIO: I grew up as an athlete and still live that life in my full-time job at Nike in NYC. Mike and I started Lakeside together with a fateful conversation back in 2010. The experiences we have shared together and with all of you over the last seven years, is why I love what we do at Lakeside. I am looking forward to meeting you and spending some time showing you around Candlewood this year.

 
 
 RYAN   HOMETOWN:   Ridgefield, CT   SCHOOL:    Rollins College   AREA OF STUDY:   Business Management/ Marketing   FAVORITE WATERSPORT:    Wakeboarding    LEARNED TO RIDE ON:    Candlewood Lake   HOBBIES:   Sports on and off the water like wakeboarding and lacrosse.   TOP 3 SONGS:   If I’m in Orlando, either rap or a wide variety of the boys Aus house music. When Im at home, whatever my buddy Mase has on his playlist that day.   QUICK BIO:  I grew up in Ridgefield, CT, but would spend just about every day of the summers at my family's house on Candlewood Lake. I chose to go to school down in Orlando, FL to pursue my passion for wakeboarding. I am one of the co-founders of Candlewood Cup, a wakeboard and wakesurf contest on Candlewood Lake that has been held the last two years. I am looking forward to working with each of you this year to help improve your riding.

RYAN

HOMETOWN:

Ridgefield, CT

SCHOOL: 

Rollins College

AREA OF STUDY:

Business Management/ Marketing

FAVORITE WATERSPORT: 

Wakeboarding 

LEARNED TO RIDE ON: 

Candlewood Lake

HOBBIES:

Sports on and off the water like wakeboarding and lacrosse.

TOP 3 SONGS:

If I’m in Orlando, either rap or a wide variety of the boys Aus house music. When Im at home, whatever my buddy Mase has on his playlist that day.

QUICK BIO: I grew up in Ridgefield, CT, but would spend just about every day of the summers at my family's house on Candlewood Lake. I chose to go to school down in Orlando, FL to pursue my passion for wakeboarding. I am one of the co-founders of Candlewood Cup, a wakeboard and wakesurf contest on Candlewood Lake that has been held the last two years. I am looking forward to working with each of you this year to help improve your riding.

 LAURA   HOMETOWN:   Danbury, CT   SCHOOL   DeSales University   AREA OF STUDY:   Physician Assistant   FAVORITE WATERSPORTS:   Wakeboarding and Wakesurfing   LEARNED TO RIDE ON:   Candlewood Lake   HOBBIES:   Field Hockey, spinning, and going to concerts   TOP 3 SONGS:     Somethin’ I’m Good  At  by Brett Eldredge    Over Now   by Post Malone    Otherside   by Post Malone   QUICK BIO:  This is my second summer working at Lakeside. I’m entering my sophomore year at DeSales as a PA major. I spend most of my summer on the lake or at the beach, but my favorite place to be is at MSG for a Rangers hockey game!

LAURA

HOMETOWN:

Danbury, CT

SCHOOL

DeSales University

AREA OF STUDY:

Physician Assistant

FAVORITE WATERSPORTS:

Wakeboarding and Wakesurfing

LEARNED TO RIDE ON:

Candlewood Lake

HOBBIES:

Field Hockey, spinning, and going to concerts

TOP 3 SONGS:

Somethin’ I’m Good At by Brett Eldredge

Over Now by Post Malone

Otherside by Post Malone

QUICK BIO: This is my second summer working at Lakeside. I’m entering my sophomore year at DeSales as a PA major. I spend most of my summer on the lake or at the beach, but my favorite place to be is at MSG for a Rangers hockey game!

 JACK   HOMETOWN:    Brookfield, CT   SCHOOL:    Syracuse University   AREA OF STUDY:    Finance and Management   FAVORITE WATERSPORT:    Wakeboarding   LEARNED TO RIDE ON:   Candlewood Lake   HOBBIES:   Football, basketball, and lacrosse   TOP 3 SONGS:     Pursuit of Happiness   by Kid Cudi     Flare Guns   by Quinn XCII    KOD   by J. Cole   QUICK BIO:  Growing up on Candlewood lake, I have been boating with my family for almost 15 years. I have also had my boating license for almost 7 years. I currently attend Syracuse University and am returning to Lakeside this summer for the second year. 

JACK

HOMETOWN:

Brookfield, CT

SCHOOL:

Syracuse University

AREA OF STUDY:

Finance and Management

FAVORITE WATERSPORT:

Wakeboarding

LEARNED TO RIDE ON:

Candlewood Lake

HOBBIES:

Football, basketball, and lacrosse

TOP 3 SONGS:

Pursuit of Happiness by Kid Cudi 

Flare Guns by Quinn XCII

KOD by J. Cole

QUICK BIO: Growing up on Candlewood lake, I have been boating with my family for almost 15 years. I have also had my boating license for almost 7 years. I currently attend Syracuse University and am returning to Lakeside this summer for the second year. 

 
 
 SOPHIA   HOMETOWN:   Waccabuc, NY   SCHOOL:    Cornell University   AREA OF STUDY:   Biomedical Engineering   FAVORITE WATERSPORT:    Wakeboarding   LEARNED TO RIDE AT:    Camp Taconic   HOBBIES:   Watching Netflix, reading, playing sports, community service, spending time with friends   TOP 3 SONGS:     Genius   by Labrinth, Sia, and Diplo    Saturday Night   by Panic! at the Disco    Thought Contagion   by Muse   QUICK BIO:  Hi! My name is Sophia Peris. I am a graduate of John Jay High School, where I was a varsity swimmer, skier, and softball player. I will be attending Cornell University in the fall. I have nine years of watersports experience. I am looking forward to passing on to you some of my “tricks”!

SOPHIA

HOMETOWN:

Waccabuc, NY

SCHOOL: 

Cornell University

AREA OF STUDY:

Biomedical Engineering

FAVORITE WATERSPORT: 

Wakeboarding

LEARNED TO RIDE AT: 

Camp Taconic

HOBBIES:

Watching Netflix, reading, playing sports, community service, spending time with friends

TOP 3 SONGS:

Genius by Labrinth, Sia, and Diplo

Saturday Night by Panic! at the Disco

Thought Contagion by Muse

QUICK BIO: Hi! My name is Sophia Peris. I am a graduate of John Jay High School, where I was a varsity swimmer, skier, and softball player. I will be attending Cornell University in the fall. I have nine years of watersports experience. I am looking forward to passing on to you some of my “tricks”!

 JAKE   HOMETOWN:   Middlebury, CT   SCHOOL:    University of Southern California   AREA OF STUDY:   Political Economy   FAVORITE WATERSPORT:    Wakesurfing   LEARNED TO RIDE AT:    Lakeside Watersports   HOBBIES:   Reading, Skiing, Biking   TOP 3 SONGS:     Roses   by SAINt JHN    Line of Sight   by ODESZA    Malibu  1992  by Coin   QUICK BIO:  I am an easygoing, friendly guy.  I love the outdoors and admittedly I am a bit of an adrenaline junkie.  From snow skiing to wake boarding, I love the thrill of going fast. I'll be headed to USC this fall for my first semester. Looking forward to some California sun.

JAKE

HOMETOWN:

Middlebury, CT

SCHOOL: 

University of Southern California

AREA OF STUDY:

Political Economy

FAVORITE WATERSPORT: 

Wakesurfing

LEARNED TO RIDE AT: 

Lakeside Watersports

HOBBIES:

Reading, Skiing, Biking

TOP 3 SONGS:

Roses by SAINt JHN

Line of Sight by ODESZA

Malibu 1992 by Coin

QUICK BIO: I am an easygoing, friendly guy.  I love the outdoors and admittedly I am a bit of an adrenaline junkie.  From snow skiing to wake boarding, I love the thrill of going fast. I'll be headed to USC this fall for my first semester. Looking forward to some California sun.