We started the Gorge Paddling Center so we could share our love of river recreation with others. Our staff has dedicated countless hours of their lives pursuing their passions in water sports. Our team consists of the most experienced and safe guides, rentals staff, and instructors.
Lead Guide & SUP Instructor
A true Hood River local, Todd graduated from Hood River Valley High School in 2003. Following High School Todd completed his bachelor’s degree at University of Oregon. For years he competed around the country as a professional whitewater kayaker placing on the podium in many international events. With so much local knowledge and a love for the Columbia Gorge he is a great guide to show you the area. Join Todd on his favorite tour the Sunset Kayak Tour!
Rental Site Manager
This is Wyatt’s first summer working with the Gorge Paddling Center. He grew up in Hood River and has a strong connection with the watersports of the Columbia River Gorge. Wyatt trained for several years on Hood River’s Junior Elite Paddleboard squad, he is happy to share his knowledge and give you pointers as he launches you off our dock. Wyatt’s favorite activity is kiteboarding and he routinely gets out for a session after a day of rentals. Whether kayak or SUP rental, Wyatt will ensure you are geared up for a fun day on the water.
Kayak Guide and Rentals Coordinator
Lindsay was drawn to the Northwest right out of High School, she moved to Portland from the San Jose area in order to be out in nature and get her bachelor’s degree from Portland State University. She found a love for the river right away which lead her to train and become a raft guide. She has lived in the Hood River area going on 8 years now and enjoys sharing her love for the river and nature with guests on our kayak tours. She also helps us keep it all together at our Kayak and Paddleboard Rental Site in Hood River. Lindsay always has a friendly smile and a kind word regardless of how busy and wild the rental site is.
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