MEET THE FOUNDERS
The story of New Wave Adventures begins in a place far from whitewater thrills, far away from the peace and beauty of the wilderness, and farther away still from an extravagant adventure. It begins with two young men on the south side of Chicago.
Thomas and Mike who both grew up on the south side of Chicago were introduced to each other through a chance encounter with a mutual friend. The two became instant friends. Mike had just graduated high school and was working as a carpenter and at a car wash in the evenings. Thomas however had just returned from his first year rafting on the Chattooga River, in the Southeast USA. He was filled with the excitement and joy that only a few know and only white water rafting can bring. After seeing this it didn't take long for Thomas or “Chicago” the name some of his rafting buddies from the southeast have bestowed upon him, to convince Mike to head on down to the river. This opportunity forever changed their lives. Both of the boys were instantly hooked on whitewater and adventure.
These city boys have made a name for themselves in the whitewater industry and have created a company that incorporates the passion, energy, and edginess that these two have to offer.
After a couple of seasons on the Chattooga River, Thomas set out for Alaska and the Nenana River. There he would meet an adventurous young woman named Sheila. Sheila was an aspiring Photographer, who just finished her degree and was shooting photos for one of the local rafting companies. Long story short they have been together since the day they met, literally. With the love of travel, people, and photography, Sheila encouraged Thomas to explore the world with her. He wanted to pursue his passion for whitewater so each place they visited he found rafting companies to work for. They encountered bizarre experiences that made them learn and grow as one and ultimately opened their eyes to the opportunity of adventure tourism around the world. Never losing their passion for adventure, they raised a family in Alaska all while enjoying and working the summers in Denali.
Mike first worked his way up and down the east coast on a variety of rivers enjoying the culture of the whitewater rafting industry. He then got the opportunity to come to join Thomas in Alaska to raft on the Nenana River and Six Mile Creek. He quickly fell in love with the beauty and wilderness of the state and ended up spending several summers managing a rafting company in Denali.
This group of friends saw an inconsistency in adventure tourism in the state of Alaska and a void that they knew they could fill. They have a passion for sharing the true beauty of Alaska with others and saw that commercialization within the industry had taken away from the true meaning of the adventure. They dreamed of creating a product that would reach the heart and minds of all who visited, and that would instill the passion for the freedom of the wilderness and the responsibility we have to protect it for future generations. So, they decided to team up and make their dream a reality. Their passion for whitewater and their urge to share the world’s beauty was the baseline of how New Wave Adventures began, where the Best Trip is Every Trip.
A Message from the Owners
“We dreamed of running a river company for ourselves, so we have dedicated ourselves to perfecting our skills in customer service, river safety, and etiquette. We are very excited to share our passion with you. New Wave Adventures is the brainchild of Thomas “Chicago” Concannon, Michael “Peacock” Ferrero, and Sheila “She-Ra” White. We have immersed ourselves in outdoor adventure, health and wellness, and the ability to engage people in the natural beauty of the world. We have combined the best of everything we have learned to create a unique company that offers up original and exceptional trips. Each trip has to be better than the last one to create the "Best Trip Every Trip". This understanding is one of the driving forces of our culture at New Wave Adventures. Thank you, for riding the wave with us. ”
New Wave Adventures Management
Safety "is always in season."
Teamwork "makes the dream work."
Gratitude "is the attitude."
Health & Wellness "living your best life."
Environmental Stewardship "you are what you leave behind."
Excellence “Best Trip Every Trip”
Our company will provide opportunities to access remote areas in Alaska and around the world. Our goal is for people to have a fun, safe, and memorable experience outdoors. We will conduct all operations with safety and environmental stewardship at the forefront.
Our purpose is to share our passion for the outdoors, to show the beauty and excitement of a wilderness adventure and, and to share the exhilarating feeling of achievement it can bestow upon you.
Our vision is to create a timeless and trusted brand that is recognized as a safe and fun way to explore new adventures, one that can outstretch into affiliated industries, one that instills confidence and excitement. This Company will become the new trendsetting Adventure company by taking the lead in all aspects of outdoor recreation. As we become an icon in the industry, we will grow with the industry and influence generations with great memorable experiences.
New Wave Adventures LLC is an adventure company specializing in rafting trips in Denali National Park, Alaska. New Wave strives for the best trip every trip. Our core values are what drives a culture that displays our commitment to excellence. Our dedication to detail allows us to create the best customer experience.
The rafting industry has impacted our lives tremendously. We have built a company based on all the best practices we've seen throughout our professional careers and have the experience to guide you on amazing rafting adventures. You, the customer, and safety are always on our minds. New Wave offers raft trips daily in Denali National Park, Alaska, May through September, as well as guided adventures around the world year-round. With the support of affiliate operators and connections, we built a company that allows you to adventure around the world.
Our team collectively has over 100 years of rafting experience with over
50 years in Alaska! We are a new rafting company backed with professional expertise – our team members have guided on several rivers in Asia, South America, and the United States. Wherever we venture out, we aim to keep adventure rafting sustainable and locally-minded through our affiliate operator network. We have lived or worked in all the places we are sharing with our guests.
Safety is a top priority in any adventure with New Wave. We use only high-quality gear and outfitters that share our values. New Wave actively promotes conservation, environmental responsibility, and outdoor recreation with minimal impact. We want the opportunity for outdoor experiences to last for generations to come.
We can eat the best food, we can buy expensive materials, but, ultimately, experiences are priceless. New Wave is partnered with local businesses in Denali, Alaska, and adventure companies internationally. Our Network allows us to provide seamless itineraries that create connections with locals and the surrounding natural world.
New Wave Adventures LLC is fully licensed and insured.