Welcome to the RVA World Kayak page! My name is Todd Anderson and I am the World Kayak Ambassador for Richmond, Virginia. I feel honored to have the opportunity to serve in this volunteer position.
I’ve been around water my entire life; and it’s around water where I feel that I am truly within my element. Being part of the paddling community at large, in addition to all the local communities, has been a profoundly positive experience.
I first became involved in whitewater kayaking in 2011. In the summer of 2012, I was spending all my spare time at the Ouachita Whitewater Center near Malvern, Arkansas. I became a familiar face on the river and was invited by a group of experience paddlers to join them on a trip out East (specifically Tennessee and North Carolina). On that trip I successfully navigated the Nantahala River (upright) and made multiple runs on the Ocoee River (just not always upright).
I’m a solid Class III/IV boater; always looking for the opportunity to try a new river and hone my skills. In addition to paddling as much as possible in my spare time, I am also employed as a NOC River Guide on the Nantahala River (currently, I can only manage this on a part-time basis). I have also guided on the Ocoee and French Broad Rivers.
Besides the James River, some of my favorite runs include:
Cossatot River (Arkansas)
Ocoee River (Tennessee)
Tellico River (Tennessee)
Nantahala River (North Carolina)
Cheat Canyon (West Virginia)
Maury River (Virginia)
I’m hopeful that through my involvement in World Kayak I can encourage others to get involved in the sport and serve as a resource to all area paddlers. For me it’s a chance to give back to the sport that has given so much to me.
I hope to see you on the river!
Todd Anderson, World Kayak Ambassador (Richmond, VA)