Roaring 40°s Kayaking has a dedicated team of professional staff and guides whom return each summer to share their passion for Tasmania. You can expect highly skilled and knowledgable guides that are also, of course, friendly and approachable.
Owner | Kayak instructor and assessor
A born and bred Taswegian, Reg is literally mad about kayaking! Together with his wife Jenny, they own and run Roaring 40ºs Kayaking. He is a seasoned kayaking guide and instructor, holding assessor qualifications with Paddle Australia. Some have discovered the diesel mechanic/engineer lurking beneath the outdoors gear and he specialises in being our lateral thinking ‘fixer’. Normally a man of many words, he described crossing Bass Strait a few years ago simply as ‘hard’. He and Jenny have cycled and kayak toured all over the world, most recently cycling through the remote Indian Himalayas.
Owner | Business manager
An environmental manager and ecologist by degree, Jenny translates much of her experience and scientific intellect to the management of Roaring 40°s Kayaking. She and Reg have created an award-wining tourism operation. A Queensland emigrant, she too is an accomplished and passionate sea kayaker who loves the Tassie lifestyle, the changing seasons and the snow! She shares the love of cycle and kayak touring with Reg. Her competitive streak breaks out on a badminton court having represented Australia and she continues to win gold at National Masters competitions.
Expedition Guide | Surf Ski Paddling Coach
Tory has guided with us each year since our first season in 2013 and contributes superb skills to our team. The wild south of Tasmania beckons each season, ‘It gets under your skin! It’s so beautiful…if I had to choose a second home this would be it’. Tory grew up in a hospitality environment, guests experience restaurant level expedition dining when she is driving the stove. She’s a magician when making ‘something from nothing’ if weather keeps a group in the SW for longer than expected. Not one to take things slowly, she also juggles a teaching degree plus coaching surf ski paddlers.
Expedition Guide | TasTAFE Outdoor Instructor
Growing up, Tom’s family holidayed on the spectacular east coast of Tasmania and these early beachside adventures helped Tom to develop a definitive love of the ocean. Tom is always up for a sea kayaking adventure and has explored some far flung reaches of Tasmania’s dramatic Southern Ocean coastline. Tom has several years of sea kayak guiding and instructional experience and Port Davey and Bathurst Harbour rank as his all time favourite sea kayaking destinations. Between guiding and teaching TAFE Adventure Guiding students, Tom loves mountain bike riding and bushwalking.
Katharine (Kat) Byrne
Guide | Studying Marine Biology at UTAS
An explorer as soon as she was walking, the Tasmanian wilderness proved an inspirational playground for Kat. She is in her element whether kayaking or bushwalk guiding and her study of Tasmanian history translates into knowledgeable and thoughtful interpretation. Exploration recently took Kat to Norway where she kayaked, raft guided, hiked and camped for four months. A self-confessed yogi, Kat might lead you in some gentle pre-paddling stretches. In addition to her innate knowledge and skills, Kat is studying Marine Biology at UTAS and loves a chat about what is going on above and below the surface.
Damian (Damo) Cruise
Guide | Mountain Bike Guru
Damo is a Tassie local who's into pretty much anything that involves being outside - climbing, hiking, riding, rafting and kayaking. He is an experienced kayaker and has paddled in many areas around Australia and overseas. He has just finished a kayaking expedition in Patagonia paddling on frozen water. His comment - it was amazing. His favourite place to go kayaking is the Tasman Peninsula. "There is so much to see. Heaps of wildlife, deep and dark sea caves and huge cliffs!". Recently he built a pumptrack in his backyard for riding his bike around.
Demleza (Melzie) Wall
Guide | U23 World Championship C1 Slalom Semi-Finalist 2018
Don’t underestimate this pint-sized paddler, she is a current member of the Australian U23 Slalom team and her power to weight ratio is seriously impressive. If you want to talk technique and tips, she is innately knowledgeable about water skills (we’ve never seen her ‘swim’). A wild child, she grew up in WA in an adventurous family who climbed, mountain biked, kayaked and walked. It might sound like Wall Family Boot Camp to some, but we benefit from having an experienced outdoor athlete and total nature geek in the team. Occasionally Melzie is confined to indoors while she studies Marine & Antarctic Science at UTAS.
Expedition Guide | Surfer
Always keen to be on the water, Pip loves nothing better than paddling or surfing the stunning local coastlines and is always keen to share the experience with others. She loves the feeling of total immersion on trips, the outside world blurs and time seems irrelevant. There’s a real connection to the environment and the people you are with. An experienced bushwalking and kayaking guide, she is constantly curious about the natural world. ‘We know so much about life above the water, yet we are only scratching the surface on what lies below. What better way to spark an interest in this underwater world than to spend some time paddling on it’.
Expedition Guide | Expedition cyclist
Another of our ‘born and bred’ guides, Will has been a constant adventurer. He finds it hard not to compare Tasmania with many of his travel destinations, and still rates it as the most beautiful place in the world. Will has spent the last few years in our off-season, travelling and working as an expedition cycling guide on epic trips across Canada and following the Old Silk Route. After a number of Northern summers he is looking forward to being on home waters and things being a little more temperate.
Expedition Guide| All-round Adventurer
Perhaps the most enthusiastic person on the planet, Hannah’s absolute passion and care for the environment are completely infectious. She will coax you up mountains and over waves without you batting eyelid, and then magically produce a delicious lunch. You’ll find yourself having an early morning dip in places you never imagined, or in temperatures you never thought possible. Another of our guides who grew up in an adventurous Tasmanian family, she confesses to prefer being immersed in the great outdoors. Her personal CV is enviable and contains many to-do list adventures others are still thinking about. This season she returns from cycle-touring the length of Japan.
Guide | Barista
Mischa grew up exploring Tasmania’s wilderness and likes nothing better than getting out on the water or wandering the rain forests and mountains. He’s always had a passion for sharing these places and experiences with others. We’re fortunate to have a Mandarin speaker on the team courtesy of his time studying and living in China. He will also make you an excellent coffee, he works as a barista in a local café.
Expedition Guide | Kayak Instructor
Josh is a semi-converted Kiwi who is currently calling Tasmania home. Kayaking, bushwalking and biking have always been high on his agenda, leading to a career in outdoor guiding, instruction and education. A deep appreciation for the natural environment developed with professional and personal immersion into wild places. He confesses he is rapidly falling in love with 'the adventure playground that is Tasmania’. Josh holds a degree in outdoor education and is working towards a post-grad qualification in conservation land management.
Jen (JC) Cooper
Guide | Circus Performer
JC came to Tasmania to start a PhD, but she literally ran away to the circus … she subsequently bounced off the highwire and into the TAFE guiding course. Originally from the UK, she is now a permanent Tassie resident and stoked to be sharing her first season with us. In her academic life, JC was a marine biologist and dive master. She is deeply passionate about all things ocean and enthuses about experiences on, in and around the water. Another of our guide nature geeks, she believes experiencing the outdoors is so positive and transformative. When we appreciate and connect to special places, it fosters an understanding about the importance of conservation.
DAN (Patmandu) PATMAN
Guide | New Dad
Daniel has been in Tassie for a decade and when he's not out exploring the waterways and rivers of the south you'll find him walking or running in the mountains. He's an avid gardener creating home in an old apple orchard in the Huon Valley. This is Daniel's first season with Roaring 40s Kayaking after spending many years working in Tasmania's conservation movement. There are a few past/present engineers in the team and this is also another of his skills. Daniel’s journey just got more adventurous with the birth of his first child!
Guide | U23 National Slalom Champion
Rumour has it Tim is able to snap paddles in a single stroke. If you need a tow, he’s the man to hail. A recent WA emigrant, Tim is studying engineering at UTAS, but paddles more like a forestry student. He comes to the team with high level National slalom competition and coaching experience and is another paddle technician to hit up for tips and tricks. He is a total asset on trips and also reduces the amount of food waste that needs to be carried out!
Operational Assistant | Bushwalk Leader
Born and raised in Hobart, Isabel grew up in and around boats. She is an avid bushwalker and President of the Tasmanian University Bushwalking Club. She enjoys any outdoor activity in the Tasmanian wilderness, on or off the water. She completed a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Law at the University of Tasmania in November 2018 escaping outdoors at every opportunity. She is passionate about Tasmania’s wilderness and plans to undertake post-graduate study in environmental management in 2019.