Born and raised in Byron Bay, Kurt is the owner/operator of Go Sea Kayak. Well known as the town’s champion surf lifesaver, a qualified P.E teacher and kayak guide – Kurt probably spends more time on water than land.
This man runs a tight ship and as the area’s emergency Jetski responder, you couldnʼt be in safer hands. Kurt has completed two World Title 52km Ocean Kayak races in Hawaii in 2011 and 2012 finishing in the top ten both times.
Originally from the central coast of NSW, Doug brings a wealth of experience on the water and a healthy obsession with dolphins to the table. A consistent volunteer with the dolphin research program – Doug has a special knack for spotting dolphins and has been lucky enough to name a few of the locals.
On his days off Doug can be found …kayaking. His favourite quote: “Look after nature, cos nature looks after you”.
Local paddler Emma joined Go Sea Kayak in 2011 whilst completing her Tourism Degree at SCU. She grew up whitewater paddling on the beautiful upper Clarence and Nymboida rivers and is also a qualified Whitewater river guide and ocean lifeguard.
Emma’s love for being with Mother Nature shines through her infectious smile which is permanently glued to her face, even on the rainest, coldest of days. She is passionate about wildlife and volunteers for WIRES (Wildlife Information Rescue and Education Service).
Emma is one of our ocean guides and business Managers.
Go Sea Kayak’s first ever staff member, Erin joined us in 2008.
A whitewater paddler from Canada, Erin is now a teacher at a local Primary school but makes the occasional VIP appearance on our tours.
Erin is at the head of our staff training program and all of our guides need her tick of approval before heading out on the water to lead tours.
Originally from the beautiful Dolomite mountains of Italy, Filippo or ‘Flip Flop’ is an ex professional road cyclist and mountaineer.
Also a qualified surf coach and lifeguard, Filippo is one of our most valued team members.
When not at work you may find him indulging in Italian cuisine!
Originally from Western Australia, Colin ‘the guru’ is a Byron Bay local of 12 years and a World and Australian champion open water swimmer and surf life saver.
Col is not often lost for words (or jokes) and there isn’t much he doesn’t know about how the ocean works.
Col loves meeting new people.
Our team comedian and Dave Rastovich look a like, Pete is a devoted surfer with a background in Whitewater rafting and kayaking as well as Bush regeneration.
Pete is also one of our qualified lifeguards and has been working as one of our most experienced guides at Go Sea Kayak since 2014.
Another of our Young guns, Jeremy grew up in the small local town of Lennox head.
Jeremy joined us in 2019 while completing his Osteopathy degree at SCU.
Jez is a qualified lifeguard and is extremely competent in the water.
Hailing from Ontario, Canada. Chris has worked with us here at Go Sea Kayak since 2008.
Chris has a wealth of natural knowledge and a lifetime of experience as a sea kayak and whitewater guide.
As a very talented musician, Chris can often be heard singing to the dolphins or to the lucky customers who get to paddle with him.
Our soon-to-be team Marine Biologist, Louisa joined us at Go Sea Kayak in 2016 while studying her Marine and Environmental Science degree.
Louisa is a regular volunteer for the Ballina/Byron Sea Turtle Hospital, Positive Change for Marine Life and WIRES (Wildlife Information Rescue and Education Service) and has just spent the last 3 months participating in a dive internship in Indonesia.
She’s the next Steve Irwin…watch this space!
Known as ‘Dave- the passion- Berbotto’ avid surfer, David migrated to Australia after retiring from his professional swimming career in Italy and joined the Go Sea Kayak team in 2014.
Dave is extremely passionate about the environment and beauty of our planet.
As David Attenborough’s number one fan, there is no nature documentary in existence that Dave hasn’t seen. Dave is also a local swim coach and lifeguard.
Born and Bred in the Byron Bay region, Luke started working with us in 2017 while studying for his teaching degree at Southern Cross University.
At the ripe old age of 20, Luke is one of the most competent watermen you are likely to come across.
When not at work you will find Luke surfing or kite surfing.
Matt moved to Byron Bay from Melbourne and joined the Go Sea Kayak team in 2016 after completing his scuba dive certificate with the local dive centre.
Better known as ‘Brooksy’, Matt is one of our qualified lifeguards and also works as a carpenter.
Brooksy’s favourite quote: “It’s turtley awesome”
Byron Bay local, Josh joined the team in 2019.
Josh is an experienced surfer and slackline instructor and also one of our qualified lifeguards.
Josh is our team handyman and regardless of whether he has a paddle in his hands or a drill, he always has a smile on his face!
Sean grew up in Byron Bay and has been involved in the local surf life saving club for most of his life regularly competing in contests and events.
Sean joined the Go Sea Kayak team in 2018 while also completing his electrical apprenticeship.
Sean is a super strong paddler and knows the Bay like the back of his hand!
Scout grew up in Byron Bay and starting working with us in 2019 as a guide on our Sydney Harbour kayak tours. She recently returned home and is now part of our Byron Bay team.
Scout has been involved in the local surf life saving club since she was a kid and as one of our qualified lifeguards, you will still regularly find her patrolling the local beaches.
Scout loves running and swimming and spending time at the beach 🙂
Mel joined us in 2017 and is Go Sea Kayak’s Operation Manager.
A keen open water swimmer and lover of the ocean, Mel quit her corporate desk job to travel around Europe & Morocco before arriving in Byron Bay after spending more than a year backpacking around Australia.
Mel is the happy face you’ll see when meeting at our base and the helpful voice over the phone.
Coedie Ochre Warrah Mccarthy is a Bar Barrum Yidinji man of North Queensland born in Bundjalung country.
Coedie grew up learning aboriginal culture from a young age and has since been incorporating his skills and knowledge into various forms of modern media and performance.
In his time off from travelling you will find Coedie working on the water as one of our guides spinning yarns about the land, animals, plants and people of the Bundjalung nation.
Sam has been adventure guiding in a range of different sports around the world from rock climbing in Tasmania to ocean kayaking here in Byron Bay.
His love of kayaking developed in South Australia while guiding expeditions to far away places.
Sam is one of our ocean guides as well as our team managers. You may find him smiling in the office or out on the water paddling away.