The Team

Tom Thorpe

Role: Director and Guide.

British Canoeing Advanced Leader. International Sea Kayak Guide

Tom is a passionate paddler and outdoorsman. An avid expeditionist and explorer- Tom often paddles to the Scillies, the Eddystone and Lundy Island, often there and back in a day and sometimes at night! In 2018 Tom paddled 620 miles around Scotland and in 2019 he paddled over 800 miles around Ireland- counter clockwise- starting and finishing in Scotland- completed in 26 days. He is at home on the ocean and he specialises in FSK and Sea Kayak- it’s pretty likely you’ll see him paddling on a surfski in the sound if you’re walking along the Hoe. Tom is qualified in kayak guiding, coasteering guiding, mountain bike guiding, Mountain Leadership and rock climbing. Tom’s first full time job was kayak instructing in the Lakes District in 2004 and he has been involved with the outdoor industry ever since. Tom is proud to be sponsored by NRS.

Ralph Baker

Role: Coach and Team Paddler

Ralph began racing in Nottingham and has raced all over the country and paddled all over the world. Ralph loves K1 and Surfski and he is one of the fastest paddlers in the south west- regularly winning haslers and surfski competitions. He has been involved with the GB training squad and coached people to compete on the GB team. An engineer by day; Ralph brings his super logical mind into the paddling world by helping people to be better within their technique and tactics. He helps with the training squad and delivers sessions for OC. Catching boat wakes and downwind paddling is where Ralph will be- if you need to find him.