Joseph (Joe) Gudger

Joe GudgerKayaking and the lifestyle that accompanies it have led me to see some of the most inspirational places and to meet some of the most inspirational people. It is hard to express in words exactly what has drawn me to the rivers so strongly, but I am thankful for that draw and I consider myself most lucky to be able to pursue my passion. I first found whitewater kayaking when I was 11 years old and I have been undoubtedly hooked since my first trip down the Cartecay River. At the age of 16 I discovered the realms of creek boating and squirt boating and my mind became fascinated with the new dimensions that were opened to explore. It was at this point that I began to understand the greater picture, and I became more aware of the importance of what I saw in the river’s currents. It became clear that the river had desire to flow and that I could do the same. Then during the spring of 2010 I met Jeff West and my paddling career took a new turn. That summer I began instructing at Ace kayaking School and discovered that not only do I love kayaking, but I also love sharing it with others. That is not all I learned in the summers and winters to come with Ace, but it is a good place to start sharing with the world. There is nothing that makes me feel better than running a big rapid, or watching someone smile as they discover new possibilities and potentials within themselves out on the river.

Accomplishments/Certifications:

  • Appalachian Trail through hiker, Eagle Scout, LVL 4 ACA Kayaking Instructor, Certification in Wilderness Advanced First Aid/CPR
  • 2nd place in Squirt Boat Mystery Worlds 2011, 5th place in Squirt Boat Mystery Worlds 2012
  • 1st descents On several Creeks and Drops in Tennessee and North Georgia

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