During the week, Ryan Heck is a Social Worker at his local VA hospital, helping post 9/11 Veterans find housing, jobs, and mental health & medical care. When he's not at work though, he's on the road with his wife, Heather, exploring the world around them. In the summer of 2016 they moved from Indiana to Oregon in order to have more access to mountains, trails, and the coast. Ryan has had exposure to the great outdoors since childhood, traveling throughout the US with his family. It wasn't until 2012, when he journeyed to Iceland with his cousin, did he find his love for adventure photography. Since then, Ryan and Heather have taken advantage of every opportunity to explore nature, whether it be overseas, across state lines, or just down the road. Ryan captures the world with his camera lens to inspire others to get more active and share the outdoors with everyone.
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You’re more likely to run into Jay at the airport than in his neighborhood in Brooklyn. As a full-time adventure photographer, he’s constantly on the move seeking the unexpected in far off places. He feels most at peace exhausted, dirty and far from home. Jay has helped lead a number of adventures throughout his career, including a 2,500 mile paddle across the Yukon River along with fellow Rheos Ambassador Martin Trahan. You can see more of his photography and adventures on his website at www.jaykolsch.com.
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Seb is living the life we all dream about as a captain and fishing guide in the Grenadine Islands. A native of the island Martinique, Seb grew up fishing with his father and uncle. He knows all the secret spots for fish finding. If you’re ever in paradise, you’ll want to head out with Captain Seb for sport fishing and saltwater fly fishing. When he’s not reeling them in, you’ll find him pursuing his other passion for kitesurfing.
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Corey is a cinematographer, producer and editor for some minor brands you may have heard of… like National Geographic, Patagonia and the Travel Channel. We’re particularly pumped to partner with Corey because he shares our passion for the water. In fact, his project “Water is for Fighting” documents the stories of people around the U.S. fighting to protect their waterways. Whatever his subject, Corey draws on his backcountry skills to access hard to reach places and bring untold stories to life.
Kirsten is the founder of This Adventure Life. Her thirst for adventure takes her all around the world, where she satisfies her adrenaline habit with activities like skydiving and snowboarding. A friend of land and sea, Kirsten loves to get on the water by paddleboard. She’s also driven by the desire to inspire others, and she frequently shares stories of like-minded souls who like to push themselves to the limit.
Martin is an adventurer from Canada who took part in a historic expedition in 2015, “Les chemins de l’or bleu – The blue gold paths.” He paddled across Canada by canoe with five other paddlers. His expedition started on April 25, 2015 in the icy waters of Montreal and ended 7,000 kilometers away on October 16th 2015. The crew completed their journey along the coast of the Mackenzie River in Inuvik in the Polar circle. Martin continues to push boundaries and explore the world by canoe. Photos by Jillian A. Brown Photography
If you’ve ever considered the #vanlife or dreamt of finding an equally adventurous soulmate, Emma & Daniel are couple goals. These two quit their jobs, listed their house on Airbnb and set off to see the world on four wheels. What’s next after their epic road trip? They plan to sail around the world.
Daniel – Sapelos | Gunmetal | Purple
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