galen_headshot2Galen Licht, Headwaters Ambassador:  Galen Licht has been kayaking since he was three years old. He is the founder of the UCSC Kayak Club, a Kokatat kayaking ambassador, and a strongly respected member of the paddling community. He recently placed 7th in the Men’s HP World Surf Kayak Championships (2011), and placed 1st in the Men’s HP at the Santa Cruz Surf Festival in 2009 and 2010. He helps lead the Rivers for Change Headwater’s Team through the Class IV and V+ sections of the watershed.

 

 

Kenny Howell BioKenny Howell: Ambassador: Kenny’s journey into the universe of paddling began in 1978 on San Francisco Bay. From Costa Rica to Alaska, from the Hawaiian Islands to Florida’s Gulf coast, he keeps searching for the “perfect paddle day”! For over 10 years, Kenny wandered the wilderness of the American West and Baja California guiding sea kayak and whitewater raft trips. Kenny now works for Epic Kayaks Inc. as a regional marketing and sales representative. In addition to teaching surfski paddling and forward stroke technique, he is an ACA Level 5 Advanced Open Water Sea Kayak Instructor, and Level 2 SUP Instructor.

 

 

Jan 2009 Feather RiverTom Biglione, Ambassador: lives in Sacramento.  He loves rivers, canoes, and California native plants. He has paddled canoes for over 25 years, beginning in the Yukon Territory, and raced them for the last ten. He is past board and life member of the California Native Grasslands Association, and collects seed of local perennial bunch grasses to increase their number on his property in eastern Fresno County.  Most recently, his focus has centered on native forbs as pollinator food sources and milkweed for Monarch butterfly habitat improvement. He grew up within a short walk of the San Joaquin River and has hiked and camped along its headwaters since childhood. It is still his favorite river.

 

 

Colby Elliot, Ambassador:  Colby grew up in the shadow of Lassen National Park. He owns and operates Pup N Suds Productions, a full production house specializing in adventure sports. Living in Quincy CA, Colby spends most of his free time skiing, mt. biking and kayaking. He has let his adventure leak into the passion behind the lens, bringing beautiful images from hard to reach places into the public eye.