Fishing on the Clackamas as a teen sparked Geoff Frank’s interest in moving water. Watching boaters in Bob’s Hole eventually led to white water kayaking and then in 1995, to a job at Alder Creek. Geoff is the owner and general manager of Tumalo Creek as well as a 2-star award BCU and ACA certified Advanced Whitewater, Swiftwater Rescue and Open Water Costal instructor.
Geoff has lived in Bend for fourteen years, originally moving here to open Alder Creek’s Bend store in 2000. He has 21 years of kayaking, rafting and canoeing experience – 19 of those as an instructor or guide. His experience includes many multi-day self contained tours including a 28-day trip through the Desolation Sound; a multi-week tour through Broughton Archipelago & the Gulf Islands in British Columbia; and a 2-month trip from Santa Rosalia to La Paz, Mexico.
When Geoff is not managing the store he spends time rafting with his two daughters Ella and Ruby.
During the 70’s the South saw a newfound interest in whitewater paddling and John Hise, a Georgia native, hopped on that wave and never got off. He started in his 20’s paddling a 17 1/2′, 85lb Old Town Tripper canoe but was hooked once he was formally introduced to solo open boating. He expanded his knowledge and experience through paddling all over south with friends from the Georgia Canoeing Association.
In 1995, John moved to Bend to relieve himself of the Big City ways and immerse himself in the clear, cold, lava rock-filled waters of the Pacific Northwest. John is considered Tumalo Creek’s resident expert on canoes and has been working the retail floor at Tumalo Creek, Bend since it opened in 2000. He teaches canoeing and guided trips and owns four open canoes. John’s greatest love is multi day canoe-camping trips and although he has too many favorite spots to list, some of his favorites includes the Metolius, McKenzie, North Umpqua and John Day rivers.
Keoni has lived in Bend since 1991 and was initially drawn to the area for it’s skiing and rock climbing. Growing up surfing the beaches of Ventura and Santa Barbara counties in the Golden State, and spending summer months on Hawaii also gave him a great love for all things water. This love of water eventually lead him to whitewater kayaking and rafting.
Drew is our in-house whitewater expert and has been kayaking since the age of 14; he knows whitewater boats, and will find you the perfect kayak for your adventure level and size. Meadow camp is his favorite run and he thinks Central Oregon is the most beautiful place in the world and thus does not plan on leaving it any time soon.
Topher first found his interest in outdoor education while attending Southern Utah University. He has since work for the National Park Service and Bureau of Land Management as a backcountry ranger and search and rescue.
After leaving Utah in 2010 Topher found an interest in whitewater sports and began a profession in raft guiding and kayak instruction. Chris is now Tumalo Creek Kayak and Canoes lead whitewater instructor recognized as an ACA level IIII whitewater instructor and Rescue 3 River Rescue Technician.
Sue Fox, a native Oregonian, fell in love with central Oregon and its waterways in the 90’s when she worked at one of Bend’s premier destination resorts, Inn of the Seventh Mountain. She worked in the recreation office there for 6 years creating, organizing and leading countless activities for the hundreds of guests who played there every year.
Seeking new sights, Sue moved to Missoula, Montana for nearly a decade where she continued to recreate on the waterways and on the trails. When she found time in between outdoor recreation and traveling, she earned her Masters in Business Administration at the University of Montana and later, returned to her home in the hospitality industry managing a Holiday Inn Express next to the beautiful Clark Fork river.
Always seeking new adventures, Sue moved to Maui, Hawaii where she found a new love, stand up paddle board surfing. However, after 3 years and missing her Oregon roots, she moved back to the mainland and her favorite town of Bend. Missing time on her paddle board she found her way to Tumalo Creek Kayak and Canoe where she leads the SUP program, group sales, events and assists with programs.
You can also find Sue as a team leader for TCKC’s international tours and vacuuming floors, when needed.
Hank has been working at Tumalo Creek since 2009. He grew up in South Carolina where he developed a strong sea kayaking background and a natural love for mountains and rivers, exploring the trails and rivers of the Southern Appalachians. Hank has been paddling for 15 years and has explored many parts of the world.
He received his Coastal Open Water ACA certification in 2003 and loves to teach people new skills and cook delicious meals for clients on trips. Hank moved to Bend for the great community and outdoor splendor Central Oregon has to offer. He currently teaches our Entry-Level Flat-water Classes, Intermediate Ocean Specific Skills Classes, Sailing Classes and is one of our trip leaders for our San Juans and Panama trips.
Some of Hank’s favorite paddling spots have been the San Juan Islands, the coast of Croatia and the Salmon River, Idaho.
When not paddling, Hank enjoys woodworking, snowboarding and heading to the coast to catch a few waves.