Steve Brooks lives, sleeps & eats kayaking. From breaking the ice on the side of the river, in an eddy, in winter in Great Britain at the beginning of his career to running some of the deepest gorges, dense jungle, huge volume & high altitude rivers in the world. In fact Steve has paddled in over 15 different countries and on 5 continents along the way kayaking several first descents!
It is this sense of adventure and facing the unknown that drives his passion for expedition kayaking. Steve's love for adventure combined with his drive and passion has made his expeditions hugely successful. In 2013 Steve was awarded Canoe and Kayak UK magazine Adventurer of the Year!
Steve has also been coaching and instructing for over 20 years now. Throughout this time he has continually strived to develop and update his coaching style and qualifications. In 2015 he completed his Advanced Whitewater Endorsement course with British Canoeing. Being able to coach as such a high level will only help you develop as a whitewater kayaker and can open a new chapter in your kayaking career!!
Steve also speaks fluent German, Spanish and is slowly getting to grips with Hindi!
Ute Heppke hails from one of Europe’s top kayaking destinations. Since learning to kayak on the rivers here in Austria, Ute has spent the past 10 years kayaking on 5 continents including some of the most famous rivers in the world such as the Grand Canyon of Colorado, USA and the Urubamba in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, Peru. However, it is in the Indian Himalayas, kayaking the Zanskar Gorge in Ladakh, the Ganges and its tributaries in Uttarakhand and a "First Descent" down the River Uhl in Himachal Pradesh that has become her greatest personal achievements so far!
Ute not only holds the ISIA ski and snowboard instructor award but she has also gained her Ski Guide qualification from the Austrian Mountain Guide Association. In the Winter Ute spends her day in the mountains teaching skiing and off-piste guiding in Zuers am Arlberg - Austria's most prestigious ski school!
Her laid back style, charm and endless patience are complemented by holding one of the best kayak coaching qualifications in the industry. Her English and knowledge of the English language and humour is fantastic!