Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Our Crew

As an adventure travel company, we could not exist without our team of experienced guides. Their attitudes, expertise and love for their work ensures that you'll be well cared for, and that your safety and comfort are top priority.

Baja Guides

Cesareo "Charo" Castro

Charo grew up fishing and whale watching in Magdalena Bay. He has been kayak guiding since 1997 and enjoys sharing his vast knowledge of whales, birds and flora of Baja. He guides our sea kayaking expeditions in the Sea of Cortez and is also our camp manager/naturalist in our Mag Bay Whale Watching Camp. Charo is a graduate of the RARE program which is an eco-tourism and guide training program for Mexicans. He also works for Grupo Tortuguero with sea turtle conservation.

Alex Alex Magana Ruiz

Alex, a native of Guadalajara, Mexico, now lives in Loreto where he has been a whale watching and sea kayak guide and logistics coordinator for SKA. He personifies guest service and adds panache to our tours.  He also runs his own business selling day tours in Loreto and is a wonderful artist and photographer. Go visit Alex at the Loreto marina snack shop for his vast knowledge of day tours in the area.

Vladimir de la Toba Valladolid

Vlady is our most promising up-and-coming young Mexican guide, who already has his 3 Star British Canoe Union kayak rating. He grew up fishing, boating and body surfing on Baja's Pacific coast, and knows the ocean and the Sea of Cortez (Gulf of California) intimately. In summers, he works for Grupo Tortuguero, educating fishermen about not killing sea turtles and other important species in their fishing bycatch. He is eager to practice his English and show visitors the natural wildlife he loves.

Ramon Ramon Murillo

Ramon can trace his roots to generations of fishermen in the Loreto area, and his knowledge of the Sea of Cortez and its weather is boundless. We are truly honored to have him provide motorboat support on some of our Sea of Cortez tours in Baja (called pangas in Baja California). He is a master panga captain, with many amazing stories of the high seas to relate.

Edgar Edgar Escobar

is a marine biologist, NOLS graduate (USA-based National Outdoor Leadership School) and sea kayak guide who has many kayak tours under his belt. We love his enthusiasm, passion for teaching and deep love of music from around the world.

Axel Herrara Axel Herrara

Originally from Mexico City, Axel is a world traveler and international guide. He recently spent a year guiding in New Zealand. Axel is also a marine biologist from the University of Baja California Sur La Paz, specializing in dolphin vocalizations. He is quite professional as a guide and very knowledgeable on marine natural history. Axel has many stories from his travels to share with guests, including snorkeling with whale sharks.

Tuku Erick Gonzalez (Tuku)

Erick Gonzalez, fondly known to guests and guides as "Tuku", is a graduate of University of Guadalajara in EcoTourism and Adventure Tourism, and a graduate of NOLS with a Mexican Educator's certificate. He is highly dedicated, hard working, and anticipates needs of others before they even realize it. Amazingly knowledgeable about a wide range of things, he can solve a Rubix cube in minutes flat. He loves to share his wealth of knowledge with guests.


Valente is one of our pangeros (panga drivers) from Loreto where he is a fisherman when not operating the support boat for our kayak tours.  He is a very good cook, has a great smile below his Pancho Villa mustache and loves to share his knowledge of the sea with our guests.


Maria Aguilar Murillo

Maria is another true Baja Californian, raised in a seaside fishing village on San Ignacio Lagoon where she has seen gray whales since a child.  Maria graduated from the University of Loreto alternative Tourism program and she worked as a naturalist at a whale watching camp in San Ignacio Lagoon.


Monica Sanchez

Monica's passion is the water. She's an animal lover, but her favorites are marine mamals. For that she became a dolphin trainer in the Caribbean for 2 years, working with both dolphins and sea lions. Monica has a bachelor degree in science and technology information with emphasis in visual comunication, and also works as a reporter and host for a TV and radio shows.


Daniel Zamora Rangel

Daniel is another true Baja Californian, raised in Loreto, where his parents run a family-owned grocery store.  Daniel is a graduate of the University of Loreto alternative tourism program.  He competed in Track Bicycle racing Nationals and he is an avid kayaker (2* BCU). 

Mario Gomez

Mario Alberto Escalera Gómez

Native of Mexico City, when he was 6 years old he saw his first whale and after that, he decided he wanted to be a marine biologist. Now he is a graduate of the University of Baja California Sur. He works in environmental education and sustainable development workshops with a group of young teenagers he cofounded in La Paz. He believes that the proper education is the keystone for our societies to do the first step to sustainable societies and thus responsible use of our resources.

Alba Gutierrez

Alba Gutierrez

Alba is native of la paz with strong passion for the beautiful outdoors that surround her hometown and other places. Her passion for the outdoors lead her to study development turism in 2003 and alternative tourism in 2005 in La Paz. Since then she has completed two NOLS sea kayaking courses and become certified as a trainee coach . Alba Loves to travel and has spent the last years travelling. She Loves to see the world and all the beauty around it. A certificated WFR Alba’s skills, talents and knowledge of her backyard combined with her friendly, enthusiastic personality make her a pleasant asset to any trip.

Jeb Rabadan

Jeb Art Rabadan Sotelo

Jeb was born in Morelos, but has lived for 12 years in La Paz. He is a marine biologist with a specialty in fish taxonomy, and is working on his PhD in deep ocean fish. Jeb's passion for the ocean extends to his personal life, as he is a PADI divemaster and enjoys sailboats. He is an avid climber and photographer, and loves ROVs, robots, submarines, cars, motorbikes, and CNC machines. Jeb built his own 3d printer! He loves to travel, try delicious food, watch art movies, and invent. He is a music lover and book lover, and is currently learning French. His dream is to build his own sailboat to explore the world.

Damian Murillo

Damian Murillo

Damian Murillo was born in Puerto San Carlos in Magdalena Bay.  Damian is a graduate of the Alternative Tourism Program at the University of Baja California Sur in Loreto.  His passion is Environmental Education for children.  Damian likes the outdoors, caring for his puppy and playing soccer.

José Sergio Navarro

Sergio grow up in Puerto San Carlos. He did some fishing with my father as a kid.  In middle school and high school, Sergio attended San Carlos and completed a degree as a technical on procedures of sea food. He also worked as a manager in a hotel for 3 years. Sergio started guiding at age 16, and graduated from RARE, an organization for tropical conservations. He has been a sea kayak guide for over 16 years and enjoys being outdoors and sharing his knowledge of natural history, sea life, and birds.

Canada Guides

Claire Prosser Sarah Hauser

Sarah Hauser has been an integral part of Sea Kayak Adventures in Baja and BC for years.  She is a trip leader extraordinaire, calm and competent, and always has a smile.  She has seen it all and handled it all in her years guiding and paddling all over Vancouver Island and the BC coast.  She is one of the best teachers we've ever had on staff, encouraging novice kayakers to grow in their comfort zone. 

Leah Blok Leah Blok

Leah Blok has been guiding for Sea Kayak Adventures in BC and in Baja for years.  She has more energy and passion for people, wildlife and life than anyone we have ever had the good fortune of knowing!    She has paddled solo from Alaska to British Columbia and all over Europe.  She adores sharing her passion for paddling and whales with paddlers of all skill levels.  Paddlers of all ages enjoy her boundless energy and knowledge and are inspired by Leah.

Julia Leibold

Guide since 2010: BC, Canada. Joined ROW Sea Kayak Adventures in 2014.
Born and raised in Germany, Julia first came to Canada in 2010. She quickly fell in love with British Columbia and has been there ever since. Some of her favorite memories in BC include witnessing a pack of wolves take down a deer right in front of her eyes while on a trip in the Nootka Sound, and spending time with friends on Burwood Beach sitting around the campfire, watching for humpbacks, and listening to the wolves howling.

Julia has a Bachelor's Degree in Educational Science and Social Psychology, along with a Master's Degree in Adventure and Experiential Education. When she's not guiding for ROW Sea Kayak Adventures, she works as an outdoor educator at Strathcona Park Lodge in BC. She also loves climbing, mountaineering, and gardening.

Office Staff


Gabriela Cortés
Loreto Office Manager

Baby ElenaThe office manager for our Loreto operations, Gaby was born in Colima (near Guadalajara) and has lived in Loreto since 2009. She has a BA Degree in Tourism Management and would like to continue her studies to get her Masters degree in finance. Gaby recently welcomed her daughter, Elena, into the world, and spends most of her off time taking care of her baby.

Amy Croson

Amy Croson
Adventure Consultant

Born in Seattle, Amy has lived in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho for over 13 years. After spending a short time pursuing her singing career in Nashville, Tennessee, Amy moved home to complete her Associates Degree in Communications. She now continues to pursue her passions by singing locally, checking items off of her bucket list and writing for her inspirational website. Amy spends a great deal of her extra time running, loves traveling more than anything, and became a member of the SKA office staff in June of 2013.

Kayla Lloyd

Kayla Lloyd
Adventure Consultant

Kayla is a Gonzaga University graduate (2011) with a biology degree who grew up in the small, outdoorsy town of Hood River, OR. She recently returned to Spokane from Salt Lake City, UT where she took a winter off to ski and explore the majestic Wasatch Mountain range. Kayla has always been an athlete, running track and cross country for Gonzaga University. She has since gotten involved in the triathlon and endurance circuit by qualifying for Nationals in the Olympic distance triathlon! "I believe that adventure runs in our blood, as I grew up with parents who started taking my younger sister and I on their adventures at a young age," Kayla said. Growing up, she went on backpacking trips, ski trips, cycle adventures, and month-long excursions into Mexico, where her father could windsurf. Most of Kayla's spare time is spent running, cycling, swimming, and doing whatever she can to be outdoors and active.

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"All three guides were exceptional. They did a great job of keeping the group informed, were very sensitive to individual needs and abilities, very conscientious about safety, enthusiastic, great cooks..."
Jeri Kyner
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