Connor Roberts

Where did you grow up?

Phoenix, Arizona

Where do you call home now?

Lotus, California

Year started at OARS?


What’s the best part of your job?

Connecting folks with a part of nature that is not only beautiful but powerful and yet delicate- the goal being to instill a love for the outdoors that will result in a spreading of awareness in and effort towards solving environmental issues. Plus, who doesn’t love crushing waves?

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

When I was 12, I swam Tunnel Chute on the Middle Fork of the American River and was petrified on whitewater for an entire year until my family planned the same trip for the next year and I was forced to go again. We didn’t flip the second time and I conquered my fear of rivers and Tunnel Chute has held a special place in my relationship with nature ever since.

Do you have a lucky charm or special river tradition?

My friend Megan gave me a friendship rock that lives permanently in my PFD

What can you not live without on a trip?

Air, that’s why I like to stay on top of the boat as much as possible.

Fun fact, special talent or favorite guiding memory

I can make a face that looks like a baboon.