Richmond Ambassador – Todd Anderson

James River


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)