Kyle Thomas

Kyle is best described as an explorer.  His exploratory nature led him to move to the Asheville, North Carolina area, where he can be found in/on a variety of human-powered watercrafts on one of the many waterways in the area.  A user experience designer by trade, Kyle spends a lot of time thinking about usability, the customer experience, and product design.  These skills shape his instructional style and involvement in the paddling community.
 
After work and on days off, Kyle seeks to paddle in as many destinations as possible, leading him to have paddled in over 100 different locations in six different countries/territories.
 
Highlights:
– Surfing the Grey Dogs Tidal Race in Scotland
– Navigating the tricky rock gardens in Baja
– Exploring sea caves via sea kayak at the Isle of Skye
– Paddling the clean cascades of the beautiful Rio Claro in Chile
 
Kyle has donated a lot of his time to furthering the mission of the ACA, volunteering as the ACA State Director of South Carolina and of North Carolina.  He is an ACA Level 5 Advanced Whitewater Kayak Instructor and serves as a Senior Trip Leader and Instructor for Outdoor Recreation Georgia Tech’s whitewater and sea paddling instructional programs.