Ben Kardas

Professional River Guide
Where did you grow up?


Where do you call home now?

Murphys, California

Year started at OARS?


What’s the best part of your job?

Having as much fun as our guests are having on vacation.

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

Dropping into Sunderlands Shoot…it’s like riding a pillow line on my snowboard.

Do you have a lucky charm or special river tradition?

Placing my hands just on the waters surface and feeling the current of the river before each trip.

What can you not live without on a trip?


Fun fact, special talent or favorite guiding memory

Running the giant wave train on the Merced back in 2011.