ATHLETE / / FIRE FIGHTER / / CONSERVATIONIST
I’ve always had the mindset that this beautiful thing we call life is one big adventure, and it's here in front of our faces to be explored.
I’m Gabriel, my passion is the outdoors. Although I may not be a writer, or have an English degree, and even though some say I “talk funny,” I love to relay my experiences from my expeditions and adventures to those that don't get to experience the outdoors near enough, and hopefully in some small way, bring out more love and respect for nature in everyone that follows my journeys.
I grew up on a cattle farm in North Florida were I learned at a young age how to respect and live off the land. I began rodeoing at the age of 12 and spent the next 15 years of my life traveling from rodeo to rodeo exploring every inch of this country as best I could. After a life of guiding hunters in the wintery Sierra Nevada Mountains and rodeoing I decided to move back home to rediscover my roots along the Gulf Coast and inland waterways.
I became a Firefighter/EMT and USLA open water lifeguard. Living on the unique North Florida coast I got to experience paddleboarding in so many different aspects. As I grew in the sport, witnessing the many advantages of stand up paddle boarding (SUP), my wife and I decided to open a small ‘mom and pop’ SUP lesson and eco-tour business called Walkin’ on Water Paddleboards. Shortly after, wanting to better myself and my services, I became a World Paddle Association (WPA) level II instructor. Paddling the North Florida back country for years coupled with my love for nature and wish for bettering the waterways around me, I easily transitioned into expedition SUP paddling.
In 2013 I started a grass-roots project called Fight To Save Our American Rivers (SOAR). This project’s goal’s are to spread awareness for the waterways around us, get kids and adults involved in the outdoors again and emphasize importance of clean water on a national and eventually global scale.
PHOTOGRAPHER / / VIDEOGRAPHER / / DESIGNER
Jackson is a 25 year old designer & photographer . He has devoted his life to creating visuals that shine a positive light on our natural world. Jackson and Gabe have been working together for the past 5 years, exploring some of the most remote locations in America.
To see Jackson's body of work, check out: www.jaxberger.com