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SteveFisher

Voted the "Worlds Best All-Round Kayaker" three times by his peers, Steve is aruguably one the best boaters on the planet. Steve began paddling at the age of 6 on the Bushmans River, near his hometown of Estcourt, South Africa. 11 years as a Red Bull athlete, numerous first descents, inventor of many of today's freestyle moves, TED conference speaker, adventurer, filmmaker...his paddling resume is endless. Today, Steve focuses on expeditions and filmmaking. Most recently, Steve led the first expedition to successfully navigate the Inga rapids (the largest on the planet, running at nearly 1.6 million CFS.. about 100 times the volume of the Colorado River), and was named National Geographic's 2013 Adventurer of the Year. A long time Stohlquist team member, Steve is a go to for testing and helping evaluate new gear. - Inga Project | Twitter | Red Bull Bio

 

 


ChrisBensch

Chris has a strong passion for the outdoors and helping people access our beautiful world. As a member of Out of Sight, Out of Mind (OSOM), he plays a strong role in conservation and preservation of the world's water ways. For the past 6 years he has been a coach, and guide at Alder Creek Kayak & Canoe, in Portland, Oregon. He is a BCU Coach and an ACA Whitewater Instructor, as well as holding a host of Outdoor Certifications. His main focus is Surf Kayaking; in 2011, he organized Oregon's first surf paddling competition in almost a decade, the Pacific City Surf Off. Chris also attended the 2011 World Championships of Surf Kayaking as a member of the U.S. West Surf Team, helping them clinch a bronze medal. Whether it be flat water, a raging river of whitewater, or a clean glassy wave on the coast, he is more than happy to share his passion and love for the outdoors. - OSOM | Alder Creek

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MichaelRischer

Michael enjoys kayak fishing in the Pacific Northwest targeting Salmon, Steelhead, Sturgeon, Lingcod, Halibut, Bass, and Trout just to name a few. You can catch him monthly in the Northwest in the Comcast SportsNet studio doing the "Hobie Report" on Outdoor GPS. Michael is owner/operator of Kayak Fishing Oregon, a kayak fishing instruction and guide service targeting the many species of the Pacific Northwest. Michael can also be found promoting kayak fishing, kayak fishing tournaments, competing in tournaments, providing seminars and clinics, as well as promoting kayak angling on TV and in print media. Michael is a regional team member, west coast, of the Hobie Fishing Team and sponsored by Daiwa, Lowrance, Bending Branches, Korkers, and Lamiglas. Kayak Fishing Oregon | YouTube

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BoydRuppelt

Besides his carreer as a teacher, Boyd is a skydiver and professional whitewater kayaker, sponsored by Keen, Gaia Paddlesports, Jackson Kayak, Zeal Optics, Stohlquist WaterWare, Snap Dragon Designs, Werner Paddles and Freestyle Watches.

 


SamanthaRuppelt

Adventurous paddler, skydiver, and traveler; Sammie well represents the ladies side of today's contemporary kayaking scene. Willing to leap tall waterfalls at a single bound, super-paddler Sammie charges whitewater as well as brings us incredible action photography/video-graphy from wherever she and husband Boyd roam.