Hayley Stuart: Hayley is a whitewater kayaker, filmmaker, and environmentalist passionate about protecting our earth’s rivers. Hayley first dove into environmental documentary filmmaking while studying abroad in Bolivia and Chile through DU, and making two short documentaries about the impacts hydroelectric development in the two countries. Since then she has spoken about the impacts of mega hydro at the Sun Valley TEDx conference in 2017, and her documentary “Hunger For Tomorrow” is used in university Hydrology curriculums at DU. She has worked with indigenous communities around Latin America including Pehuenche Mapuches, Incas, Aymaras, Uchupiamonas, Tacana, Moseten and Chimane, and Maya on the topic of hydroelectric development. Her current documentary project “Still River, Silent Jungle” focuses on protecting the headwaters of the Amazon in the Bolivian jungles from industrial project proposals. When she is not filming, Hayley teaches Spanish and whitewater kayaking at World Class Kayaking Academy: a traveling boarding high school for young adventurers.
Galen Licht: Galen Licht has been kayaking since he was three years old. His love for kayaking has taken him to rivers all over the US, Chile and Canada. He won the 2010 Santa Cruz Surf Kayak Contest and has been in the top three in World Championships in Spain, Costa Rica and Ireland. Galen graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a degree in Environmental Studies where he also founded the UCSC Kayak Club. After completing his studies he continued to work in the outdoor education and leadership industry with the UCSC Wilderness Orientation Program and NOLS. He currently runs Sea Trek, the area’s leading Kayak and SUP Center based out of Sausalito, CA. He has been an Ambassador for Rivers for Change since its inception when he led the Headwater’s Team through the Class IV and V+ sections of the watershed for the 12 Rivers in 2012 campaign.
Kenny Howell: 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.
Tom Biglione: 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: 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.