Hailing from the mountains of northern New York, Sean grew up ski racing, and about 12 years ago his mom signed him up for whitewater kayaking through a local outing club thinking it was a flat water kayaking program. It was all down river from there! He loves northern New York, however, the short whitewater kayaking season in New York wasn’t enough to satisfy his thirst for whitewater. So, his last two years of high school he attended World Class Academy, a private traveling high school that travels the world introducing students to international kayaking, kiteboarding, climbing, travel, and cultural immersion. World Class Academy kayaking students paddle daily, while also working on a rigorous classroom curriculum. This program enabled Sean to travel all over the world to kayak; Nepal, Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Quebec, British Columbia, and all over the Pacific Northwest. After graduating, he knew that the PNW was where he wanted to call home, so he decided to begin his career as a guide on the Wenatchee River in Leavenworth, Washington. After a couple of seasons, he moved to White Salmon for better access to more varied and consistent whitewater.
A few years ago, Sean took a short hiatus from guiding and kayaking to try doing some “real work”, but found he was missing his time on the river. These days, he couldn’t be happier than he is while teaching kayaking and guiding on the White Salmon River. There’s nothing better to Sean than instructing and guiding all summer and traveling to Ecuador to kayak and explore new rivers all winter. If he’s not in Ecuador, chances are he’s in the mountains skiing.
Sean is a guide and trip leader on the White Salmon, Klickitat, and Tieton rivers, as well as an ACA certified whitewater kayak instructor for all Wet Planet courses, although his favorites to teach are boofing and creeking clinics and our overnight/multi-day Main Salmon River raft-supported kayaking adventure.
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