Phil Boyer is a native Californian and grew up exploring the rivers and forests of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. While rafting the Grand Canyon at age 13, Phil knew that whitewater would be his life’s passion. Twenty plus years and two whitewater world championships later, running hard whitewater is Phil’s niche.
Phil became a river guide at the age of 18 starting on the South Fork of the American in the California Gold Country. From there he built his skills as both a raft guide and whitewater kayaker and was soon guiding and kayaking Class 5 rivers all over the state. He was invited to become a founding member of Team California – the US Men’s Whitewater Rafting Team. Team California (that also counted Bio Bio Expeditions founders Marc and Laurence as teammates) traveled the world winning international whitewater competitions in Costa Rica and Turkey. Phil’s passion for guiding people down the best whitewater on earth led him back to where it all began: on the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon where he has been a guide for many years.
In the winter Phil joins us in Chile to guide the Futaleufu River – one of his favorites. In the off seasons Phil travels the world running hard and remote rivers in his kayak. He is a member of Team Jackson, an elite group of paddlers that represent Jackson Kayaks, created by reigning kayaking World Champion Eric Jackson. Traveling to such wild, remote places (such as Pakistan from which he recently returned after completing a first descent) requires incredible amounts of skill, wilderness survival and medical techniques, a calm, cool demeanor, and lots of energy. Phil has all this and more! We are proud to have Phil on the team – and know you will enjoy paddling with him!