Danny has lived in Steamboat since 1997. Like most everyone, he moved here to be a ski bum – later becoming a snowboard bum. Danny found and married his wife here in Steamboat. They have 3 wonderful kids and are proud to be local. Danny loves board sports and has taught them for 12 years, giving lessons in paddleboarding, snowboarding, wakeboarding, snowkiting, riverboarding, wakesurfing, and much more.
On top of that, Danny has been involved in coaching soccer at the high school and local club. He loves to teach and enjoys seeing people pick up on new things and get a sense of accomplishment. Danny takes pride in teaching, making it fun and safe. Being certified as a Level 3 Stand Up Paddleboard instructor through the ACA, Danny has learned from some of the best. Come on out and let’s have some fun!
Braden calls the mountain town of Steamboat Springs home. His love for rivers and all things water were cultivated as a child on river trips on the Rio Grande through the Taos Box in northern New Mexico. Braden went on to become a rafting guide and kayak safety boater working in New Mexico, Colorado and Costa Rica. Standup paddleboarding has reignited his love for being on the water and he is passionate about sharing this love with others, especially his daughter, Isabel. When not on local waterways, Braden teaches Spanish at Steamboat Springs Middle School and leads student groups to Central America and the Caribbean to work on community development projects in underserved communities.
Caleb Ferganchick is a Western Slope native and lifelong river rat. Caleb grew up on the Gunnison River on a family orchard homesteaded by his great-great-grandfather in Delta County. He’s been running the Colorado River in the Grand Valley for the past decade. He loves bringing his passion for ecology and conservation with him during lessons and guides.
Off the river, he dedicates much of his time to the community coaching a high school speech and debate team, serving on the Western Colorado Writer’s Forum board, and volunteering for various charitable organizations. Caleb is also an award-winning and published slam poet and he hosts the Western Slope’s largest annual slam poetry competition in conjunction with Colorado West Pride.
Megan Leinard is from a small town in Ohio who ventured to Denver, Colorado to finish her education in Social Work. Along the way she met a strapping young fellow whose family has a love for water and water sports. Megan grew up loving water sports and spent her summers wakeboarding, water skiing and tubing in Hamilton, Indiana. She even tried stunt skiing for a short time, climbing three-man pyramids and trying rapid fire crisscross. Since meeting other water sport lovers, she decided to take a break from Social Work to join the gang in Palisade, teaching others how rad it is to try paddleboarding!