David Hughes – Owner Pucon Kayak Retreat
David spent his childhood on a farm in rural Tennessee where his parents still live today. He comes from a family of preternaturally gifted athletes who instilled grit and work ethic.
Jessi Watson – Kitchen & Beverage
Jessi was recommended via our affiliate Colorado Mountain College Culinary Arts department. Jessi took the kitchen bull by the horns and raised the bar on our appetizers and meals menu. Keeping guests and staff well fed translates to a happy retreat experience.
Kesha’s father Don introduced her to whitewater on the banks of the Nantahala at the early age of five. From there she was hooked and would later become a kayak instructor for NOC and go onto win the coveted Green Race Champion title. An avid creeker Kesha loves paddling.
Meet Javier Alonso Contreras Jimenez
Any trip featuring Javi’s presence is gainful with safety, Chilean culture and history, personal experience within hydropower opposition, translation, and remarkable whitewater instruction.
Meet Randy Sparrow
Randy is the bull-riding, cancer-surviving, kayaker. He signed up for a dreamy Chile kayak trip, but sadly, had to cancel due to a skin cancer diagnosis. Over a year later we reached out to let him know his Chile kayak trip deposit was transferrable as trip credits.