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 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, where she worked as a ski instructor for the winter at Mt. Hood. She is looking forward to pursuing both kayaking and climbing goals during her first summer in the Gorge. She is incredibly stoked for her first season at Wet Planet and making the most of all that the PNW has to offer!