Aaron Pruzan is a lifelong paddler and owner of Rendezvous River Sports and Jackson Hole Kayak School. As an instructor and coach he has introduced thousands of people of all ages to the sport of kayaking since 1993. In 1996 Aaron founded the Jackson Hole Kayak Club to promote youth kayaking in the Jackson Hole area. He also donates instruction to Teton Adaptive Sports to provide adaptive paddling opportunities and Honoring Our Veterans to provide free outdoor experiences for returning veterans.
Over the past three decades Aaron has been involved with many whitewater expeditions, exploratory descents and kayaking competitions. This includes exploratory descents in Wyoming, British Columbia, Chile, Argentina & Siberia and numerous podium finishes at regional kayaking races.
In addition to his activities on the water Aaron has worked tirelessly for river stewardship as a founding board member of the Snake River Fund and a board member of American Whitewater. This includes being a leader of the Campaign for the Snake River Headwaters – one of the largest conservation measures in Wyoming, leading the effort to create a river management plan for Teton County and with the creation of Rendezvous Park on the Snake River in Jackson Hole. Most recently he collaborated to create, Our Local Epic, the history of the Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone. The film tells how the river was saved from a dam proposal and shows the power of recreation to achieve conservation. Aaron lives in Wilson, Wyoming with his wife Tamsen and their kids, Noah, Nate & Neve.
Aaron will speak on a panel discussion Wednesday, October 12 at 10:30 AM as part of the SHIFT Emerging Leaders Program.
Tickets for the 2016 SHIFT Festival can be found here.