KOKATAT Pro TEAM MEMBER | Expedition Sea Kayaking

Jaime Sharp

Age: 38 years old website
HOMETOWN: New Zealand

"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments and places that take our breath away!"

Jaime is an adventurer at heart and indulges in all forms of adventure. He is a professional photographer and short film maker, and leads group adventure trips all over the world.

Jaime started white water kayaking at the age of 12, after going on 7 day family canoe trip on the Whanganui River in New Zealand. “I loved the river but wanted my independence and longed to kayak. His uncle brought him to some pool sessions with the local whitewater club where he learnt to roll a kayak and from that point he was hooked. He was soon was paddling technical rivers on weekends and playing competitive Kayak Polo at school. He also dabbled in surf ski racing, though it was the fun of running rivers and surfing waves that had him hooked.

Jaime trained as an outdoor instructor and guide in University, and was soon teaching whitewater skills and guiding rafts in the summers. In his early 20’s, a complicated shoulder injury lead him to sea kayaking as a form of rehabilitation. This opened his eyes to a new form of paddling and lead to a change in profession.

Jaime has worked as a sea kayak guide and instructor all over the world for more than 12 years, having also lead personal sea kayak expeditions in remote locations - most notably the first
Circumnavigation of Svalbard Archipelago Norway by Sea kayak in 2015 with Tara Mulvany and PG Porsanger.

“I love the feel and challenge of dynamic water; it’s what got me hooked on whitewater kayaking originally and why I still paddle on rivers today. However in the ocean you can find features that
rival any class 5 rapid, and the surf…well who doesn’t like to surf? I am a big believer that whitewater makes you a strong paddler, and paddling long boats makes you think more. If you combine them and strive to master both, you open a huge world of possibilities in all realms of paddling.”