Bruce Clevenger (aka The Ancient Mariner) has probably taught more beginners to kayak than any other instructor in the upper Midwest. Bruce started paddling back when the earth was first cooling and appreciates all aspects of paddling from lazy hours noodling around the shoreline with a fishing rod in hand to getting out on the big waters of the Great Lakes. He was the founder of Quiet World Sports Paddling Center and remains active teaching at Hurricane dealer events throughout the upper Midwest every summer. One of his most requested symposium topics has been “30 tips in 30 minutes” which has never yet fit inside the 30 minute window but darned close! Bruce has enjoyed an active lifestyle backpacking, cycling and paddling all over North America and finds kayaking to be his main source of rejuvenation. MIDWEST: Michigan, Indiana, Ohio
Craig Richter’s obsession with rivers and non-motorized watercraft was born on a Boy Scout canoe trip down the Missouri River. Something about floating on crystal clear waters through the Ozark wilderness struck a deep chord in Craig that resonates still. After many years of running whitewater throughout the Pacific Northwest, as both an enthusiast and professional guide (rafts, kayaks, drift boats), along with stints in Costa Rica (raft and kayak guide) and a gig in India where he trained local Ganges River guides, Craig founded DownStream Distribution as an excuse to spend more time on the water. Craig’s ideal vacation still revolves around a river trip, kayak tour, or some other outdoor adventure. WEST COAST: Washington, Oregon, Northern California
Like many youth from Minnesota, Kelly Fischer was introduced to paddling on family adventures in the Boundary Waters, and those trips made a lasting impression that still resonate to this day. Later in life, while attending Northland College, Kelly experienced whitewater kayaking as a physical education elective, and the sport became an obsession that led to a career paddlesports. Kelly is a sales representative for several paddle industry brands (including Hurricane Kayaks) and lives on a small farm on the coast of Maine with his wife Christine and their three children. MID-ATLANTIC: New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, DC
“Paddling has been a huge part of Nikki’s life starting with the high school canoe club at age 15 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada and now working in the paddlesports industry since 1994. You will not see Nikki paddling over waterfalls or riding the wave at the local “park and play,”but paddling adventures have taken her by canoe and kayak from her home in beautiful British Columbia to Angelsey in Northern Wales, to the meandering rivers of Southern Utah, northern Canada and the icy waters of Antarctica.” WEST CANADA
Chuck Joy grew up working and playing on everything from sailboats and homemade canoes to lobster boats and commuter boats on the waters of Boston Harbor. An avid outdoorsman he discovered whitewater in his mid-twenties and has been working in the outdoor industry since 1994. In his free time, you will find him somewhere on the water or in the woods of New England.
NORTHEAST: Maine, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, Massachusetts
SOUTHEAST: Florida, Alabama, Georgia
Greg is an active duty Army Officer and AH-64D Apache Pilot. He started kayak fishing in the summer of 2011 with his father at his home away from home in Destin, Florida as a cheap way to get on the bay and out into the gulf of mexico. Greg loved kayak fishing so much that he soon forgot about buying a boat and has since owned numerous kayaks. Whenever he is not out fishing at his current duty station you can catch him working on his cars or enjoying the outdoors with his wife, daughter and two dogs.