MEET THE GUIDES
OPERATIONS MANAGER & TRIP LEADER
If New Wave Adventures were a human you would be looking at him. Peacock’s face and charm win the crowd over every time. Mike has rafted on several world-class rivers in the USA and has developed a passion for teaching river safety. Every year Peacock assists in teaching the proper techniques in river rescue and outdoor survival from River guides to first responders.
ASSISTANT OPERATIONS MANAGER & TRIP LEADER
This ball of energy has dedicated his life to getting people out and on the river. Chi Chi as his friends call him, rains in from Chicago…. the southside which he loves to mention. 20 years ago Tom Concannon found rafting in the southeast USA. Leaving the rough streets behind him he escaped to the raw beauty of the Blue Ridge mountains. Tom found the Chattooga River and his life has never been the same. Tom helps Mike run the day-to-day operations as well as, leads up the New Wave Media Team with his wife Sheila and their three kids.
LEAD ADMIN & TRIP LEADER
The glue that holds it all together! As a mom and a photojournalist, you will most like to see a camera and a baby in Sheila's arms. She is involved in all aspects of the rafting business. If she’s not helping generate leads she is out on the river, either on the bank, with a camera, or in a raft with guests. She grew up in Boulder Co and holds a degree in Photo Journalism.
NWA CORE VALUE AMBASSADOR & LEAD BOATMAN
If you get lucky enough you will get to experience life with Bobski. His whit is uncanny and his knowledge of the great outdoors is inspiring. Bobski will divulge awesome true stories ranging from mountain climbing expeditions to his early years as an Eagle scout. He is the backbone of New Wave’s Values and culture. Growing up in Pueblo, Co Bobski found the outdoors his niche quickly as a scout first rafting in 1976. Bobski has spent his summers in Alaska for the last 30 years.
ASSISTANT OPERATIONS MANAGER & TRIP LEADER
Laughter can be heard on the river banks from this river entertainer’s raft. Young, fresh, and full of life. Louie “The Wolf Sanchez” is our Allstar. This champion skier and class five kayaker looks fear in the eyes and then sips his tea. His professionalism is contagious and rare in a kid of his age. Spending his years growing up on the Nenana River he comes prepared with knowledge of the river industry that most veterans don’t have. He spends his winters in New Zealand with his parents. You will find Luie on the river in his Kayak running “safety” or rafting lucky people down the Nenana.
This little superstar runs the Morale Department. When you wander into our office, Tegan will surely put a smile on your face! If not, you will be escorted off the deck as she is the morale director! She brings joy to the office and the raft trip. Tegan had plans of becoming an astronaut but then she found rafting. You will find her helping out with all aspects of the operation from gearing up to swimming in the river (for fun that is!).
EQUIPMENT MANAGER & BOATMAN
Every successful team needs a Wookie. A “Mr. Fix It” a “can do” kinda guy. The Wook designed all of New Wave Adventures Gear from D ring placement on the rafts to the bandaids in the medkit. He helps keep us safe when we go out on our adventures. Wookie spends his winter’s in Salt Lake City sleeping on his brother’s couch. Every year, Wookie springs back to life like that perianal flower in your back yard by the dumpster.
SAFETY KAYAK & TRIP LEADER
Buckwheat is the previous owner of Denali Outdoor Center, an outfitter that specialized in whitewater rafting and whitewater kayaking instruction. After “retiring” we pounced on the opportunity to offer him the chance to get out on the river and just raft with guests. No behind-the-scenes paperwork work, just perfect rafting trips, which is what Bill does best. He spends his summers in Denali and his winters with his wife Louise and his son Louie the wolf.
Well, this gem came to us from the crazy world of the internet. We live in a small world of connections and sometimes all you do is reach out to them. Erica found New Wave and New Wave found Erica at the perfect times for each other. Her newly acquired knowledge in marketing and website design was yearning for attention. Combining our powers Erica has created a social media presence and website that fits our company personality perfectly. Two very important roles and to add to that she is the first person you will most likely meet as she runs the office as well!