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Guides


Ben May

Owner and trip leader.
Paddling for 20 years and guiding for 12, Ben practised his skills on the tight ditches of Devon, England before moving on to the considerably larger rivers of Nepal and Chile. Ben has worked for Kayak Chile for 10 years and has been the owner for the last 8. Ben now lives full time in Chile although still has time for paddling trips back home in England, Norway and the East coast of the States this year alone.
Rio coilaico

Graham Derby

Operations and Marketing Manager
Of the United States, graduated this past May from the University of New Hampshire and two weeks later was in Chile preparing to coach for Chile Freeski at Villarrica Volcano. Although he has no experience kayaking, he is an extreme sports enthusiast with a background in video, photo, and social media. He will be working closely with owner Ben May behind the scenes to make sure the shop runs smoothly, the videos and photos are taken care of, and managing Kayak Chile’s internet promotions. Look out for Graham on the river this season during his days off, learning how to kayak with the guides from Kayak Chile.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adam Goodenough

Guide
Having learnt to kayak in the ditches of England from the age of 14. Adam came to chile to work with Ben 8 years ago and has been with the company as it has grown into a full time business with many local and foreign guide working within it. During his time here Ben has taught him the local knowledge of Chile. Adam is now a competent trip leader and runs local trips in town with duckys, rafts and kayaks as well as traveling around Chile sharing his knowledge with the kayakers of the world.
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Nathan Sullivan

Trip leader, Founder
Paddling for 19 years learning his trade on the rivers of Colorado after three years he decided to explore Chile. After a few years of exploration he started the company Kayak Chile. After five years running the company, Nathan decided to spend more time with his wife Marta, and on his land at the Liucura play spot. Releasing control to Ben. Luckily, he still enjoys running trips and can be found most years still running excellent quality trips for our customers.
Rio Desahue

Tzak Garnett

Guide and saftey kayaker
Originally hailing from Western Australia, Tzak decided to leave the dry continent in search of wetter countries with more rivers. Firstly arriving in New Zealand he made his way to the small town of Murchison to learn to paddle creekboats and guide rafts. His part time job in the local pub lead him to an invitation to work as a raft guide and safety kayaker in Canada. Arriving in British Columbia to work on the Chilliwack and Thompson Rivers he used his spare time to explore and paddle the local creeks and rivers. Traveling to Cusco, Peru in April of 2010 he worked on the Rios Apurimac and Urubamba. Moving further south he arrived in Pucon where he has been exploring the beautiful Chilean rivers and waterfalls.

 

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