Matt Wilson

El Jefe

Matt Wilson

Matt, originally from Park City, Utah began his professional guiding career at the ripe age of 17 on the classic alpine rivers of central Idaho. There, Matt honed his paddling skills before landing himself a job as an athlete representative for Dagger Kayaks. While attending Montana State University Matt worked with Teton Gravity Research as an athlete in their kayak film trilogy. After spending three seasons as a kayak/raft guide on the Rio Futaluefu in the Patagonia region of Chile, Matt returned to college, graduating with a B.A. in Modern Languages. Since then Matt has pursued the career of a professional kayak instructor, river guide, and ski patrol. As owner of TKS, he feels the canyon’s of the San Juan Mountains are the ideal place to share his love for rivers.Aside from teaching whitewater kayaking and swiftwater rescue, Matt’s passion is expedition paddling which has lead him around the world in search of first descents from Russia to Madagascar. Recently Matt was named as one of Outside Magazines New Kings of Adventure. Matt also enjoys skiing, mountain biking, and coffee.