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Sam Drevo W

Level 4 Kayak IT

hen he is not out traveling the world in pursuit of first or last descents and documenting them on film, you can find Sam

Drevo in the Northwest teaching kayaking. As owner and operator of eNRG Kayaking, Sam builds his

curriculum off of twenty years of paddling experience. He brings with him a rich foundation based on years of training on the Potomac River in Washington D.C. under the tutelage of the U.S. Canoe & Kayak Team coaches. He soon earned spots on the US team in every discipline of whitewater kayaking (slalom, wildwater, freestyle, and ocean surfing) and excelled in freestyle ranking second overall in the U.S. in 1997, and sixth in the world in 1998. His experiences have afforded him opportunities to teach and guide across the country and abroad in Canada, Norway, Costa Rica, New Zealand, Africa, Central and Southeast Asia, and throughout Europe. He is an American Canoe Association Instructor Trainer, a

Rescue III Swiftwater Rescue Instructor, and has been trained as a Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor and a Wilderness First Responder. Sam Drevo also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon.

How long have you been in paddlesports? 27 years ago I first got into a canoe at Valley Mill Camp. I got into kayaking when I was 12 and the rest is history.

What is your favorite paddlesport? I’ve kayaked a lot, but standup paddling and rafting have dominated the last few years.

Tell me a little about one of your favorite places to paddle? I’d have to say my favorite place to paddle right now is on the Willamette River in Oregon City just below Willamette Falls and above the Clackamas River confluence. The river is like a movie set up there, and is right below the second largest waterfall by volume in the U.S.

What drew you to become an ACA Instructor? I started teaching kayaking when before I could drive, right at the beginning of the industry on the Potomac River. My alternative was mowing lawns to earn money, but teaching kayaking was more fun. I really like working with people, and I have met some of the most amazing people through instruction.

What do you consider your hometown paddle/run? The Willamette River, the Little White Salmon in the Columbia River Gorge for a class V run, or the Clackamas and Sandy for easier play and whitewater.

What is one place you still aspire to paddle? Futaleufu, Patagonia Chile/Argentina. I am going there in January. I love dreaming, and then achieving my dreams. Where there is the will, there is a way.

Charleston, SC Nov. 2–4, 2012


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