Water is life, conservation is the future. Live by example and be the change you want to see no matter how insignificant it may seem.
Born and raised in a small village near Girona, where the nearest whitewater is about 3 hours away, Gerd Serrasolses began kayaking by chance. At age 13, during a bike ride with friends, he saw some people paddling on his home river, the Ter. He was immediately intrigued and curious to try, however it wasn’t until a few months later on his first trip to Sort where he truly became hooked while paddling one of the easier sections of the Noguera at high water wearing only an old diving wetsuit, four cotton t-shirts and a rain jacket with rolled up sleeves.
Gerd quickly got into freestyle kayaking, as this aspect of the sport looked very cool to the young paddler. So after watching thousands of hours of the same VHS kayaking tapes he finally started to figure out some tricks. Although he didn’t have any play spots to paddle close by, he often biked to the river pulling his purple Pyranha S6 with a little trailer to practice in flatwater. Training eventually paid off and after making the Spanish freestyle kayak team, he went on to compete all around Europe.
But Gerd was looking for more than just freestyle kayaking. In 2006, he embarked on a life changing adventure as he traveled for six months around South America. In Chile he discovered creek boating and his passion for running rivers and waterfalls. From that point on he hasn’t looked back, traveling to over twenty plus countries, searching for the hardest whitewater, accomplishing many first descents and expeditions around the globe.
Over the past few years Gerd has spent his time following the international extreme racing circuit around the world, gaining the prestigious titles of World Champion and North Fork Champion among many others. Besides racing, Gerd loves to paddle hard whitewater and has been part of many expeditions around the world, including the first descent of the Scimitar Canyon in Canada’s NWT, the Saryjaz in Kyrgyzstan, the Altai in Russia, many seasons on the Stikine in British Columbia, and exploring the rivers of Peru and Chile.
Gerd also loves instructing and introducing people to the sport of kayaking. Gerd and his brother, Aniol Serrasolses, have recently launched the SB Program, a kayak school that aims to bring whitewater kayaking to children with talent and motivation that live by the river but have few resources to paddle. The initiative is born out of their desire to give back through an educational program that focuses on sport and community values, river conservation and environmentalism. The first edition of the SB Program took place in February 2018 on the banks of the Futaleufú river in beautiful Patagonia, Chile, and the second edition was in Kodenchery, a small village in Kerala, India. The energy, passion and motivation the kids have for kayaking during these programs is contagious and this is the most important and rewarding part of this project, to learn and live through kayaking.
Gerd is also working on one of his dream projects together with his life partner Ali. They are building their second home on the banks of the mighty Futaleufú river in Chile where they usually spend half the year.
Besides kayaking and exploring new rivers, Gerd’s goals for the future are focused in making the SB Program bigger reaching more countries and benefiting as many kids as possible as well as starting his own kayaking business together with his brother Aniol.