Sharon grew up in the big bad city of Los Angeles, California, but the outdoors called her at a young age and was always a formative force in her life. She first fell in love with whitewater taking day trips on the Snake River in Jackson Hole with her family, which inspired her to move to Jackson for the summer at age 17. She lived in Jackson seasonally for a few summers before moving to Colorado to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies at the University of Denver.
Sharon first started whitewater kayaking on a trip with First Descents on the Clark Fork River in the summer of 2015. Enamored with the sport and drawn to the community, she continued to pursue kayaking back in Denver. After graduating, she wanted to live the river life full time and finally became a raft guide on the Rogue River of Southern Oregon. Eventually, the draw of year-round kayaking brought her to the Gorge in October of 2018. After her first season at Wet Planet, she is incredibly stoked to be taking over the role of Reservations & Communications Manager and share her love of whitewater with you from the office and on the river!