Your Asheville ambassador : Daniel Morris

I started my paddling career at an early age while a camper at Camp Rockmont for Boys in Black Mountain North Carolina ( It was in my early years that I had my first experience in the sport that would later be a driving force in my life.  Mentored by ACA instructor Chip Rouse, I had my first experiences paddling Whitewater Rivers such as the Tuckasegee, French Broad, and Green River then later moved on more challenging south east adventures.

Living in Jacksonville Florida in the earlier years of my life I utilized the ocean’s surf in a Perception 3D.  After high school graduation I moved to Banner Elk North Carolina to attend Lees- McRae College.  While there I spent weekends paddling local rivers such as the Nolichucky, Watauga, Wilsons Creek, The New, and Gauley River.  During much of this time I paddled exclusively a Wavesport Ace 5.1.  To this day I still own an ACE and try to paddle it a few times a year on warm weather days.

In 2009 I accepted a position at Mars Hill University as the Director of Campus Recreation, under this position I have focused the school’s Outdoor Programs on whitewater experiences and leadership opportunities.  Our program is blessed to be located between both the Nolichucky and French Broad River providing ample year round boating opportunities for virtually any level of boater.

In 2010 I began working seasonally for Camp Rockmont’s whitewater kayak program as a river guide and later to a Co-Director position which manages all instruction, and river guides.   It has been a fun transition from being a camper in the 90s to later having the privilege to run my own program and give back to the sport which has given me so much.

In addition to other roles I am also the State Director of North Carolina for the American Canoe Association.  I really enjoy teaching kayaking as well as helping the whitewater community as a whole grow.  Hopefully through World Kayak the Asheville boating community will continue to grow and become a healthy supportive group of kayaking enthusiasts.


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