December 5, 2016 by Ben May · Comments Off on Meet the team of 2016
It’s been a great winter for our very international team this year, who have been working and paddling all over the world. All team members are now all in Pucón, getting stuck into what’s turning out to be a very busy season. We thought we’d take this opportunity to introduce you all to the Kayak Chile team 2016!
Owner and trip leader.
Owner of Kayak Chile, trip leader, guide, co-author of “Whitewater Chile” and general badass, Ben has been paddling for 23 years and guiding for 15. Practising his skills on the tight ditches of Devon, England he soon moved on to the considerably larger rivers of Nepal and Chile. Ben lives full time in Chile although still has time for paddling trips back home in England, Norway and the East and West coast of the States in the last few years. He also spends some of the year in Uganda, managing Kayak the Nile, taking full advantage of paddling seasons worldwide.
For the past few years Daniel has been teaching kayaking and guiding on the rivers of Colorado in the United States. After graduating from college this past year Daniel decided to travel to Chile to explore the rivers and steeper terrain of Pucón. Daniel is an extreme sports enthusiast loving anything that provides a new perspective such as rock climbing, skiing, mountain biking, highlining, rafting and of course, kayaking.
Starting paddling at the age of 10 in the UK, Shahid has had to opportunity to paddle and guide all over the UK and in various countries in Europe. Having honed his skills on the other side of the world, he came to Chile to explore the rivers and waterfalls that Chile is so famous for. He spent the winter running rescue workshops and safety kayaking in the Bio-bio region and now he’s spending the summer in Pucón as one of our guides to help you explore some of the gems that Chile has to offer.
Sales and Operations Manager
A passionate traveller, originally from Belgium, Valerie decided to settle in Pucón after falling in love with its surroundings. From teaching Spanish to skydiving, she learned to connect with people from all over the world, in the three languages she speaks: French, English and Spanish. She will do her best to make your experience in Kayak Chile as awesome as possible.
Sales and Operations Manager
Originally from Germany, Nick is a cosmopolitan individual who speaks four languages (German, Spanish, English and Portuguese) fluently. Having studied Geography he has worked in many positions related to sustainability and nature preservation. His love for nature and outdoor sports has finally brought him to Pucón, the Chilean capital of adventure sports. Even though his abilities in kayaking are still limited he hopes to get on the river once in a while and will meanwhile take care of the operational management of Kayak Chile.
Graham Derby from the United States has just finished his first ski season coaching at Villarrica Volcano and officially started work for Kayak Chile on the first of October. He is looking forward to his first double kayak experience this week.
I will be spending a week in Santiago organising our new buggy tours.
When I get back to Pucon the ski centre should be open and I will being looking forward to a few good days of sking in the morning and paddling in the afternnon.
A few first descents are also on the cards with good friends Kurt Casey and Ian Garcia.
After a week or so getting familiar with Pucon and making a start on keeping the website and social media accounts current and relevant I’m heading up to Santiago with Ben to look into buggy routes and pick up some much needed supplies for the Chiléan winter, I underestimated the severity of the weather.
Hey this is Batman just arrived in Pucon been kayaking testing the new kayak chile dynamic duo
Looking forward to seeing lots of new and old friends in town
Adam Goodenough, expert english guide, is currently in a plane heading for Chile for his fourth season.