Austen Verdugo

Professional River Guide
Where did you grow up?

Aptos, CA

Where do you call home now?

Tahoe, CA

Year started at OARS?


What’s the best part of your job?

Getting to share the amazing experience of whitewater with new people every day.

Tell us about your favorite rapid, hike or camp and what makes it special.

Tunnel Chute, because my twin brother flipped me for the first time there.

What can you not live without on a trip?

Dry bag snacks

Fun fact, special talent or favorite guiding memory.

My twin brother and I both guide for OARS and none of the guests ever believe we’re twins.

About me…

During the off season I love to snowboard and work at a resort in Tahoe with a couple of other OARS guides and my brother.