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Meet Our 2014 Guiding Team Part 3: William “Rey” Marino

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

Rey's BioSeasons on the Exploits River: 1

Age: 34

Hometown/Country: Baños de Agua Santa, Ecuador

Years Rafting Experience: 11 years

Favourite River: Pastaza River (tributary of the Amazon River)

Favourite Quote: "EL PERSEVERA ….ALCANZA” (Can anyone read Spanish?)

Favourite Music: Salsa and Merengue

Favourite Movie: "Instructions Not Included"

Top Item on Bucket List: To attend the Wimbledon Tennis Cup Final

Status: Single

Hobbies: To play soccer, go fishing, to dance (especially salsa), running, working out, watching tennis

Meet Our 2014 Guiding Team Part 2: Heidar Heidari

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Badger Chute Rafting - August 2, 2013 119_thumb[1]Seasons on the Exploits River: 1

Age: 30

Hometown/Country: Esfahan,Iran

Years Rafting Experience: 14 years whitewater kayaking and 6 years rafting

Favourite River: Zambezi River in Zambia.

Favourite Quote: "In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: It Goes On." – Robert Frost

Favourite Music: Pharrell Williams – Happy

Favourite Movie: "The Notebook" and "A Separation"

Top Item on Bucket List: Travel all over the world

Status: Single

Hobbies: Tennis, playing harmonica and guitar

Meet Our 2014 Guiding Team Part 1: Geoff Orendorff

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014


Seasons on the Exploits River: 3

Age: 31

Hometown/Country: London, Ontario, Canada

Years Rafting Experience: 5

Favourite River: French River in Northern Ontario

Favourite Quote: "It is far better to grasp the universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring" – Carl Sagan

Favourite Music: Anything and everything!

Favourite Movie: I have two young kids, so… the Lego Movie? (I forget what grown-up movies are like!)

Top Item on Bucket List: Travel Europe

Status: Married

Hobbies: Rock climbing, biking, camping

Meet Our 2012 Raft Guides – Part 4: Chris

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

chris1“My name Chris Constantine and I am from Cardiff, Wales in the United Kingdom.

I have been kayaking and canoeing extensively for 20 years (since I was 8 years old). I have paddled throughout the UK, Europe and more recently returned from a winter season rafting in Nepal.

I just love to be afloat on the water in a boat or on a board, from coaching trips or just a day out creeking with friends.

I have competed in freestyle, surf kayaking and raft racing, and I enjoy paddling class 4-5 rivers.

Off the water I like to climb, mountain bike and play guitar. I also enjoy a game of pool or going out socialising with friends down at the pub watching Rugby”

You can read more about Chris on his website:


Meet Our 2012 Raft Guides – Part 3: Darin

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012


“My name is Darin Moore from Windsor Ontario, Canada. For those of you unfamiliar with Windsor, it’s a flat industrial part of Canada with very little to offer in regards to outdoor adventure.

10+ years ago I left home in search of nature’s many pleasures. The search found me in Banff, Alberta where I learned to ski and later become Ski Patrol at Sunshine Ski Resort.  This is also where I learned to raft. 

Since then rafting has become my favourite profession (6-7 years) and has even granted me work/play in Costa Rica!darin2

  I was lucky enough to win a ‘launch lottery’ for the Colorado River a few years back and was privileged to be able to ask 17 of my best friends to join me on a 25 day rafting expedition of the Grand Canyon (life-changing experience!!).

I can’t wait to add a Newfoundland adventure to that list.

I look forward to meeting you all soon!”

(The arrow in the 2nd picture points to Darin before attempting a wild ski run in the Rockies)

Meet Our 2012 Raft Guides – Part 2: Geoff

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

Geoff 4

“Hello again,

This will be my third season with Rafting Newfoundland and each year seems to be better than the last. I’m looking forward to meeting all the awesome people who come to enjoy the river. I’m particularly excited about the expansion plans of our operations.

I have a beautiful baby girl at home who’s a little more than 1½ years old. She’s starting to talk more and get into more trouble.

I have an adventurous nature, and enjoy rock climbing, mountain biking, canoe trips, and of course white water rafting.  There’s more to me than a brief article can do justice to, but regardless I’m more than happy to be on the river again this year.”

Meet Our 2012 Raft Guides – Part 1: Piers

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

11-IMGP0158"Hello all, my name is Piers Evans and I am back for round two! This will be my second year on the Exploits River with Paul at Rafting Newfoundland and I’m very excited to be back on the water.

For those who weren’t in my raft last summer, here’s my story in a couple of sentences. I was born and raised in Southern Ontario, but since the age of 17 I have been travelling and living all over the country and the world.

Two years ago I finished a diploma in outdoor adventure tourism at Algonquin College and Piers 2have spent the last three summers guiding on the water. It seems that I enjoy school, however, so my current situation has me living in St John’s studying at Memorial University in the off-season.

The season of 2012 is shaping up to be a great time to be a raft guide on the Exploits. There are some big plans in the works and some big fun to be had out there, I look forward to seeing you all out on the river this summer!"

You can get to know Piers a bit better and follow his pre-season adventures by visiting his blog:

Meet Our 2011 Raft Guides – Part 3: Gyula

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

The third guide in our series is Gyula. Although this will be Gyula’s first season on the Exploits River, Gyula has been running his own whitewater rafting company in Slovenia for over ten years! Gyula is also one of the few active certified instructors for the International Rafting Federation, and will hopefully be running Atlantic Canada’s first ever I.R.F. certified "Raft Guide School" here at Rafting Newfoundland this July! Gyula is currently in India teaching raft guiding skills, and will be running a course in Slovenia before he makes his way to join us in Canada. After the season with Rafting Newfoundland, Gyula is off to teach rafting in Iran!

Here’s what Gyula had to say:

"My name is Gyula Takács (36), I grew up in a canoe on the Danube River. In the same year I started to study mechanical engineering at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics my friend invited me to be a guide in his company.

From that first moment I spent all my weekends and holidays on white water and not much later it become my life.

Since 1996 I have been rafting worldwide (Ecuador, Europa, Marocco, India, China, South Korea). I was two times member and captain of the Hungarian Rafting Team in the world championships. I founded a travel agency in Hungary and a rafting company in Slovenia more than 10 years ago. Since I have obtained my instructor certification at the International Rafting Federation, my new hobby is to teach potential guides for rafting."

Meet Our 2011 Raft Guides – Part 2: Piers

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

The next guide in our series is Piers. Piers will be joining us for his first season rafting on the Exploits River. Piers comes with a great deal of whitewater experience, and although he’s a mainlander, he has already had some unique adventures in our great province that I’m sure he’d love to tell you all about!

"This is my first season out on the Exploits River and I’m very excited for it. This will be my second season rafting as what some might call a ‘professional’, but I have taken many boats of various shapes and sizes down many rivers because really, it’s hard to get enough!

Thankfully I am able to use rafting to support my other bad habit: travel, as well as my somewhat better habit: school.

Well, I am another export of Ontario, however over the past few years I have been living and working all over this huge country. It’s been an amazing experience getting to know new parts of the country, new people and new and exciting rivers. So I am looking forward to this season with much anticipation, a new adventure awaits us all!

See you on the river!"

Meet Our 2011 Raft Guides – Part 1: Geoff

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

As we start to make our summer preparations, we wanted to get in the spirit of things by running a short feature on each of our 2011 raft guides. We always manage to find some pretty interesting characters around here, and we would like you all to get to know them better before we kick off the season.

We’ll start off with Geoff, who is a returning guide from our 2010 season…

"I’m an adventure loving new daddy from Ontario. I moved to Newfoundland to work doing a job I love and raise my daughter where the air is clean and the people are wonderful. I enjoy adventure activities of all sorts, from rollercoasters to rock climbing. I love to take flat water canoe trips to go camping once in a while too, but I have the most fun when the water is a bit rougher.

This is my second year running rafting trips down the Exploits River and it never gets old! I’ve taken kayaks, rafts, and a rubber dingy down the rapids and I have plenty of stories about the fun times that I’ve been a part of on this river. I am looking forward to making new memories and new stories with the guests on the river this year."