Where did you grow up?
Treasure Island, Florida
Where do you call home now?
Tahoe City, California
Year started at O.A.R.S.?
What’s the best part of your job?
Being from a place where there is NO whitewater at all, I completely understand how anxious a person can be before and during a whitewater rafting trip. My goal is to put someone on the edge of their seat where they can feel that electric burn of excitement deep down in their gut and inevitably force the question, can I really do this?? Then crush em with whitewater and as all that cool river water recedes from their faces they see that it’s all good.. We’ll all then get lost in the laughter, excitement, and sense of accomplishment you get for putting yourself outside your comfort zone and coming out victorious. That’s my favorite part, showing people that they can do it!
Tell us about your favorite rapid, hike or camp and what makes it special
I have so many rapids that come to mind when I think of my all time favorites, but the rowdiest rapid I can think of is on the Middle Fork of the American River. This one’s a real gem because it’s not just 1 rapid but 2 mac daddy’s packed into 1. This is at a place in the river called Tunnel Chute, you’ll arrive here just 15 minutes into your trip! So if you’re not feeling 100% yet, too bad! The other thing that adds some spice to this section is that guarding Tunnel Chute is a huge class III ledge hole called Last Chance. With anticipation running high early into your trip you’ll paddle hard and together right into the meat of Last Chance. After crashing down the ledge and through the surf-sucking hole you’ll have a brief moment to wipe the water from your face and will now find yourself staring down the heart of Tunnel Chute, which is a class IV 100 yard long dynamite-blasted chute that cruises you into a 10-foot waterfall that hurls you into a pool which then floats you through yet another dynamite-blasted feature, (These gold miners were nuts!!) a 30 yard long tunnel in the mountain. To give you some perspective the tunnel through the mountain seems big enough to fit 6 school busses..CRAZY!
Do you have a lucky charm or special river tradition?
I always splash a little water on my face as I’m approaching Ruck a Chucky falls to remind myself to focus and go with the flow.
What can you not live without on a trip?
Bacon and Surfing!
Fun fact, special talent or favorite guiding memory
Well I’m an accomplished mouth trumpeter and renowned for my love of cheese. I love surfing it up all over the river and my favorite memory is when we took an employee rafting trip on the Rogue River a couple seasons ago. Intergalactic super crunchy fish tacos and glow in the dark bocce ball were a couple of the highlights!