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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 knowledgeable guides that are also, of course, friendly and approachable.

 

Reg (Mark) Grundy Kayak Instructor with Roaring 40s Kayaking TamaniaTORY STEWART
Owner | Operations Manager

Tory has been a lead expedition sea kayak guide for almost a decade. Her passion for sharing Tasmania’s wild places, facilitating experiences, her knowledge of place, its’ weather, and her ability to deal with complex outdoor adventure logistics is exceptional.
As a Paddle Australia Sea Kayaking Instructor, Tory has been involved for many years in Outdoor Education programs around Australia, as well as international guiding, including sea kayak guiding in Antarctica. Tory is thrilled to be continuing this journey as a Tourism Operator alongside her partner Luuk, and maintaining the company’s exceptional reputation as an Australian multi award-winning, sustainable adventure tourism business.

 

Jenny Grundy Business Manager with Roaring 40s Kayaking Tasmania Australia

LUUK VELTKAMP
Owner | Business Manager

Luuk has made a career as a pilot in Tasmania, most recently as Chief Pilot for Par Avion Wilderness Tours. Luuk has been flying Roaring 40s guests in and out of Tasmania’s Southwest for over a decade. He has a great knowledge of tourism and business management, Tasmania’s wild places and weather extremes!
Luuk is also a passionate bushwalker and paddler, having completed many challenging walking and pack rafting routes in Tassie. He is a strong advocate for the conservation of Tasmanian Wilderness and is excited to operate this sustainable tourism business with his partner Tory.

 

Tom Keith Kayaking Instruction with Roaring 40s Kayaking, Hobart, Tasmania, AustraliaTom Keith
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.

 

Damian Cruise - Kayak Guide with Roaring 40s Kayaking, Hobart, Tasmania, AustraliaDamian (Damo) Cruise
Guide | Mountain Bike Guru

Damo is a Tassie local who finds it difficult to be contained indoors. This coming season will be Damo's 6th guiding for Roaring 40s; he reckons his office is hard to beat! He also works as an Outdoor Education Instructor for local schools. He loves teaching skills but more importantly sharing his froth for the amazing places Tassie has. His favourite kayaking destination is the Tasman Peninsula. "It's world class paddling and it's pretty close to home. There's heaps of amazing wildlife, massive sea caves and huge cliffs! We are very lucky." Damo also recently became a first time dad. Congratulations Damo. 

 

Demelza Wall -  Kayak Guide with Roaring 40s Kayaking, Hobart, Tasmania, AustraliaDemleza (Melzie) Wall
Guide | U23 World Championship C1 Slalom Team Bronze Medalist 2019 

Don’t underestimate this pint-sized paddler, she is a member of the bronze medal winning 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.

 

Pip Layton -  Kayak Guide with Roaring 40s Kayaking, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Pip Layton
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’.

 

 

Hayley Kingsley -  Kayak Guide with Roaring 40s Kayaking, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Hayley Kingsley
Expedition Guide | All-round Adventurer

Hayley is a environmental science student with a keen interest in anything wild!! Whether its wild flowers or white water it all puts a smile on her dial. Growing up on the edge of the Dandenong Ranges she developed a love of the outdoors with the forest at her back door step. After graduating with a diploma of Outdoor Recreation Hayley spent 7 years guiding hiking trips in the Northern Territory and New Zealand. Now a permanent resident in Tasmania she spends as much time as she can kayaking, hiking or with her head amongst the flowers.. and some books.

 

Mischa Cushing -  Kayak Guide with Roaring 40s Kayaking, Hobart, Tasmania, AustraliaMischa Cushing
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. As well as kayaking with us, he is currently expanding his outdoor skill-set, studying a bachelor in outdoor education and environmental science.

 

 

 

Josh Moreton -  Kayak Guide with Roaring 40s Kayaking, Hobart, Tasmania, AustraliaJosh Moreton
Expedition
Guide | Kayak Instructor
Josh is a semi-converted Kiwi who is now calls 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.

 

Daniel Patman -  Kayak Guide with Roaring 40s Kayaking, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Dan (Patmandu) Patman
Expedition 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. Daniel is in his second season guiding 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 recently got more adventurous with the birth of his first child!

 

Jai McKay
Kayak Guide | Sydney to Hobart yacht racer 

Jai is another Tassie water baby and grew up in Huon Channel area. He has been guiding in Tasmania for over 5 years and is a keen kayaker, bushwalker, skier and sailor. Recent achievements include completing the Sydney to Hobart yacht race and skiing down Mt Ossa (Tassie’s highest mountain). In his spare time he is studying Marine and Antarctic Science at UTAS.

 

 

Sam Cottrell-Davies Kayak Guide and Outdoor AdventurerSam Cottrell-Davies
Kayak Guide | Outdoor Educator | Chef

Sam jumped the ditch when the trans-tas bubble opened up. He comes eager for new adventures, and keen to learn and engage in the unique Tasmanian flora, fauna and geology. Sam has degree in Outdoor Education, and a rich history leading 30-day expeditions around the globe. And just to round out the skill set, is a trained and passionate chef!

 

 

Jon Langford Sea Kayak Guide and Bushwalking GuideJon Langford
Kayak Guide | Bushwalking Guide

Jon grew up in London’s suburbia dreaming of a life on the water and exotic lands far, far away. Never one to rush a decision, it was 30 years, a young family and a career in design management later, before he finally emigrated to Tasmania. A chance meeting with Reg led to the TasTAFE Guiding course where he was taught by Roaring 40s own Reg, Tom, Pip and Josh in what he now describes as 'the longest job interview ever’!  Jon is a passionate advocate for Tasmania’s wild places and is living the dream in his first season as a qualified Tasmanian bush walking and sea kayak guide. 

 

Jonah Wiltshire Kayak guide and Maatsuyker volunteerJonah Wiltshire
Kayak Guide | Maatsyker Island Volunteer | Author

Growing up in Tassie Jonah has spent his time bushwalking and mountain biking and has recently discovered life on the water. As a 7 year old he had an amazing adventure living on remote Maatsuyker Island! Together with his sister and mum he published a book called "The lighthouse kids of Maatsuker Island : a true Tasmanian Adventure". He still loves spending time on Maatsuker and is involved in the weed eradication program on the island. From his time on Maatsuyker and other remote locations around lutruwita (Tasmania), Jonah’s built an appreciation and amazement for the natural environment. With his creative and physical thinking, Jonah likes to make and fix a few things in his spare time too - and is the one to call for any kayak repairs. After completing the TasTAFE Guiding course and meeting Reg and Tom in early 2021 he’s keen to get paddling!

 

Catherine Chung -  Operational Assistant Roaring 40s Kayaking, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Catherine (Caf) Chung
Operational Assistant | Kayak Guide

Caf has loved the water since she was young, whether it be racing in the pool or to the bathtub. At school she particiapted on a kayaking trip guided by Reg himself, and that’s where her passion for paddling began. Since then she has completed the TasTAFE guiding course and is now studying nursing at UTAS. On her days off you’ll find her tinkering on the piano, holding child’s pose, or somewhere amongst the cushion plants and misty mountains.