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Austy – Guide & Instructor

Originating from the Southeast of The States, Austin called the Carolina’s home for most of his childhood. Starting as a competitive swimmer, moving into canoeing and kayaking then pursued a major in Outdoor Leadership and Experiential Education. After climbing throughout Southeast Asia and Nepal he knew his traveling could not end there. New Zealand was never really on his radar but coincidentally has turned into the best accident of his life. He stumbled upon Wanaka which grabbed his attention quickly with its epic scenery and a plethora of outdoor pursuits. Calling Wanaka home (mostly because its where all his toys are now) he is ready to share his passion of paddle sports and nature with everyone he can. Easy to spot, with his Lorax style mustache, he can be found high up on the rocks or kicking up dust on the local mountain bike tracks when not in his kayak enjoying the lakes and rivers of the area.