Simon Coward's love of water sports comes from his childhood growing up on the coast. Since then he has been lucky enough to spend many of his days on the water in one way or another. Simon began Kayaking in New Zealand in 1997, and now has qualifications in both Raft Guiding and Kayak Instruction from Britain, New Zealand and Canada. He's travelled widely through Africa, South America, Europe and South East Asia, sometimes working as an outdoor guide, sometimes submitting his writing and photos to magazines.
Inspired by his own travelling experiences to build up an adventure travel company offering specialist local knowledge and contacts, Simon founded Adventure Trippin', which takes adventure minded people to off the beaten track destinations the world over.
One of Simon's most exciting kayaking moments was his first descent of the Rio Quita Calzon in Bolivia. "It was a total misadventure on a very hair raising wilderness Class V+ run. In a nutshell we thought we could hike in and paddle out in a day. Turns out after eight hours of hiking, two rappels and one rapid later we were wrong as we dropped into another Class V rapid in the dark. We'd remembered cooking stuff but no food, so after a night of no sleep we proceeded to paddle and portage about eight kilometres of very steep, committing waterfalls and rapids. We finally made it to the takeout just before dark so we'd paddled some of the most difficult water we had seen with no food for over 24 hours."
Simon also skis, snowboards and climbs and has some serious adventures planned for the future, including a return trip to Bolivia, a skiing trip to Antarctica and some first descents in Kenya and Tanzania.