Koby Trinker, 26
Homeland: Revelstoke, BC
Years Paddling: 8
Current Boat: CROSS
Christian Rolston, 20
Years Paddling: 6
Homeland: Ottawa, Ontario
Current boat: CROSS C1 (previously the Director C1)
About me: I was raised in the Ottawa valley, but didn’t know about the whitewater potential around me until I was probably 14. I grew up canoe tripping, and got introduced to easy whitewater through that, but it wasn’t until a friend and I got solo canoes that I really got hooked. Since then I’ve mainly progressed to C1, but occasionally teach some open boating at the Madawaska Kanu Centre to switch it up. These days I paddle as much as I can. I work for OWL on the Ottawa in the summers, raft guiding and video boating. In the winter I chase the water in its various forms, heading for warmer rivers, and doing some frozen water activities as well. Right now I’m working for a ski resort on Vancouver Island, as the only ski patroller on a snowboard. I’m stoked that in a few short weeks I’ll get back on the liquid water and try out the CROSS!
Favorite Rivers: I really appreciate any river I get on, they are all so different and can teach so much. But the Ottawa is a summer paradise, and living in my little hut by the river is the best part of my year. The Ottawa has so much character to it, if you look you can find everything a person could want; from creek lines to huge water, with great friends and legendary surfing. In the winter I have to travel to find water, and rivers from the famous Green all the way to the
wonderful Chilliwack are close to my heart as well.
Paddling Ambitions: I want to improve in as many aspects of boating as possible. This summer I hope to do more slalom and playboating. There are many rivers that I dream of boating, from Chile to Mexico, Washington and Quebec. I’m planning a road trip from BC back to Ontario, and I’m excited to head to Washington for a short time as there are a few rivers I need to check off while down there. There will always be more rivers to explore, and I look forward to enjoying and learning from as many as possible.