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KAYAK ADVENTURES - GUIDES FOR KAUAI'S WAILUA RIVER AND WATERFALL TOUR

 

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Thomas Fleming, Guide

Thomas Fleming - Kayak Adventures Guide
Hometown: Far Rockaway, New York
Hobbies: Outrigger Canoe Racing. Golfing with Hawaiians, Mountain Climbing, Macrame
Professional Membership: American Red Cross Lifeguard/Professional Rescuer CPR/First Aid, AASI- Level II. Garden Island Canoe Racing Association, AASFA-Actor, Bachelor of Arts -Tulane University
Ask me about: Religion and Politics, Fauna and Flora, Hawaiian History. English Romantic Poetry
Started Guiding: December 2004
Favorite Place on Kauai: NaPali Coast Anytime
Biggest Accomplishment as a guide / naturalist: sharing abundance
Biography: After a brilliant career in the Swedish film industry, Thomas returned to America to resume his education, only to graduate with honors from Tulane University. But soon again he succumbed to the vagabond yearnings of his regrettably insatiable wanderlust, traveling throughout the Rocky Mountains, down through Mexico and Central America, over to Africa and finally settling on a resplendently remote archipelago in the Northern Pacific Ocean, where he guides unsuspecting innocents through the sublimity of the Wailua River Valley.

David Youngman, Guide

Davey Youngman, Kayak Adventures Guide
Home Town: Raised in Amherst, NH. High school in Hudson, NH.
Hobbies: Gardening, fixing surfboard dings, hiking, surfing, fishing, ocean kayaking, & building things that come to mind.
Ask me about: Hawaiian language , swimming spots, How to make your vacation more exciting. I also really like Orchids, fruit, plants & animals, hiking, surfing / boogie boarding.
Favorite thing about being a guide: I love being outdoors. The reason I came to Kauai was to be in the beauty of the island. I like getting people out there in nature &showing them a good time.
Started Guiding: April 2008
Favorite place on Kauai: Hiking or kayaking The Napali Coast.
 

Matt Sommer, Guide

Home Town: Ottawa, Illinois
Hobbies: Relaxing, Hiking, Kayaking, Traveling, Playing music, Disc/Ball golf, any competitive/non competitive sport, Camping... Etc. I'll do anything once.
Ask me about: Anything that comes to mind. I am an open book and love to listen, learn, and talk. You just might be surprised that I already know so much about where you live and what you love to do.
Favorite thing about being a guide: I started guiding in 2005 on the Cashe river in southern Illinois. My passion is being outdoors everyday in any condition. Talking with people from around the world and learning about and from them. If you're lucky I might just teach you something along the way.
Biography: This place here known as Kauai is a very special place to me, and I love sharing it with others. I have been a kayak, hiking, zip line, and winery/brewery guide. Played professional Disc golf in the PNW for 4 years while also setting up before and after school sports programs for YMCA's around Oregon. Have lived in Illinois, all over Oregon, Northern California, Big Island, and now Kauai. I love each of those places just as much as the next and take a little piece with me from wherever I go.

Ryan Smith, Guide

Home Town: Eugene, OR
Hobbies: Hiking, running, biking, rock-climbing and woodworking
Professional Memberships: PADI: Rescue diver, WMI: Wilderness First Aid, Hawaii State: northwest waters blue card holder
Ask me about: Jesus, Hawaiian history/culture, and how to have joy wherever you happen to be
Favorite thing about being a guide: Getting to meet amazing people from all over the world
Started Guiding: 2016
Favorite place on Kauai: Kalepa Ridge in Koke'e
Biggest Accomplishment as a guide / naturalist: keeping people safe and helping them to have fun
Biography: Ryan and his wife Hayley have five children and have lived in Hawaii for the past 11 years.  Prior to that, Ryan has worked in pizza parlors, a landscaping company, and taught everything from kindergarten through high school.
Our God is in the heavens; He does all that He pleases. Psalm 115:3

Nathan Cotter, Guide

Home Town: Phoenix, AZ
Hobbies: Surfing, paddle boarding, hiking, camping, playing music, creating music, and creating things/art.
Ask me about: Kaua’i plants and fruits, Hawaiian ethno-botany, favorite beaches and places to see, ocean conditions and surfing, and how much Jesus loves us!
Favorite thing about being a guide: I love being able to guide people through adventurous life experiences together. I love that I have the pleasure of being a big part of making people’s vacations memorable and enjoyable. The outdoors is my element, and I want to share it with everyone!
Biggest Accomplisment as a guide / naturalist: Loving people
Favorite Place on Kauai: Kitchens beach for surfing and spending the day with family and friends. Koke’e or Polihale for camping. Tunnels beach for snorkeling or hammocking.
Biography: I grew up in Phoenix, and moved to Kaua’i with my brother right after I graduated High School. This life change matured me quickly and allowed me to realize my sense of adventure. I began guiding on a river, then as a zipline guide. I worked landscaping and construction for a year until I quickly realized I wanted to be around people more, so I got back into kayak guiding. I married my best friend in June of 2015, and my life has been so richly blessed. My wife and I are Christians who value the importance of others. She is a nanny and a graphic designer. I am also studying to become an Elementary School Teacher and am very excited for all that God has planned for our lives!