Brandon didn’t start kayaking until his late 20’s. He spent his first year of kayaking mostly swimming his way down the Hiwassee River before deciding that he needed some help. That help came from Jeff West at Ace Kayaking. Once he learned to roll, the sky was the limit. He went off on his own for a couple of years, after those lessons with Jeff//After those lessons with Jeff, Brandon went off on his own but their paths continued to cross on the Ocoee River. While sitting together in an eddy one day, Jeff invited Brandon to join his group for a late Sunday fun lap. After their lap, Jeff asked a couple of them if they wanted to make a trip over to the Green River in North Carolina. That day at the Green River was another turning point in Brandon’s kayaking career. Brandon had hiked in to watch the Green Race before and thought that there was no possible way he would ever have the skillset to safely paddle the Green River Narrows. He loves being able to share with others what Jeff has shared with him.

Brandon teaches kayaking for his love of the sport and to give back what was given to him. As long as the Ocoee River flows, Ace will be there teaching people how to enjoy it. He would have never dreamed that one day he would have the pleasure of being able to teach kayaking for Ace. He gets asked a lot why enjoys teaching and this is the best answer he can put into words, “I want everyone to have the same life changing experience that kayaking has given to me.”