TROPICAL SEA KAYAKING : THE TEAM

How an awe-inspiring location & the most talented team players blend into a pure & breathtaking travel product

The Business

Tropical Sea Kayaking is a grassroots company operating in Costa Rica and Panama. We are highly capable of listening to our travelers and taking their dreams of what they would like to see and experience on their trips and making them a reality. We provide a true sense of personalized service; which in return provides us with a sense of professional accomplishment.

We operate our trips with small groups, top notch equipment, highly experienced & knowledgeable guides, a constant focus on safety & health, comfort, delicious food; all while leaving the smallest environmental footprint possible.

The Team Players

Our cheerful and skillful team members are professional and experienced in the field of adventure & travel, no rookies here. All our trips have professionally trained fully bilingual guides, who always carry comprehensive medical kits and communication tools. With excellent on-water skills and experience, they will provide you with great confidence, and a handy range of tips, advice and encouragement to ensure you thoroughly enjoy your time paddling.

Their wealth is of limitless biological knowledge and understanding of our local culture & environment, beautiful and sensitive flora and fauna and ecology, including our spectacular marine wildlife.

VINCE LAMAIN

SEA KAYAKING GUIDE & PRODUCT MANAGER

Our Jack of all trades from Europe has been with us from the start as our product manager and sea kayaking guide. With a degree in Economics and Tourism & Leisure Management, Vince started guiding in 2004 and has not looked back ever since.

He comes from an adventure guiding background including mountain biking, ocean sailing, motorcycling, canyoning & rappelling, hot air ballooning, scuba diving, mountain trekking, and naturally sea kayaking. Whenever possible he will venture around the world (preferably by means of water) to learn about the different cultures & cuisines, meet interesting people along the way, and improve his languages.

MATÍAS FLORES

SEA KAYAKING GUIDE & TRAVEL CONSULTANT

Matías is an experienced adventure travel professional with expertise in expedition leadership, sea kayaking guidance/instruction, whitewater kayak instruction, whitewater rafting guidance/instruction, surfing instruction, sustainable tourism consulting and a strong background in Costa Rica travel consulting.

He has a strong interest in sustainable tourism, biology and loves adventure sports, especially those involving water, and holds a Master ́s degree in Environmental Management & Ecotourism. Matías is Peruvian-Costa Rica (dual citizenship), is perfectly fluent in English in both written and spoken form. Matias has paddled sea and whitewater kayaks for 17 years and has guiding experience in Costa Rica, Panama, United States and Canada.

ERIC GOMEZ

NATURALIST GUIDE (CORCOVADO NATIONAL PARK LICENSED)

Eric is a local of Golfo Dulce, and a Licensed Corcovado National Park Local Guide. From the moment you meet Eric you will note his sparky eyes and his exceptional dedication and commitment to his guest. Eric will always meet his guest on the night prior to the Corcovado Expedition to thoroughly prepare his party for the trip. Eric is fully bilingual and has an incredible eye to spot wildlife as well as sharing his infinite knowledge on the natural and human history of Corcovado National Park.

The quality of his work has respectfully resulted in a great reputation, which has turned him into one of the more coveted guides of Corcovado. That’s why we are grateful to have him on our side!

ANDREY GONZALEZ

NATURALIST GUIDE (CORCOVADO NATIONAL PARK LICENSED)

Andrey was born and raised in the Osa Peninsula, right on the banks of the Golfo Dulce. He’s a skilled naturalist with obviously the expertise of the Osa Peninsula/Golfo Dulce Region. Being an energetic guide with an amazing talent to detect wildlife, he has made Corcovado National Park his specialism.

Andrey is a fully bilingual Licensed Corcovado National Park Local Guide, and will marvel you with his command of English, knowledge of its natural history, local culture and intriguing stories. He has tons of trips and experience under his belt, regardless of his youthful appearance. Apart from his profession, he is a down to earth, smart human being that the world needs more of.

TITO TORTOS

ADVENTURE & NATURALIST GUIDE

Tito, father of two, is a native of Turrialba, Costa Rica’s white water rafting and adventure sports hub, and has two decades of experience guiding in the field of tourism. Aside from being an adventure guide at heart, Tito is a true scholar-athlete. His academic achievements include being a certified personal trainer, holding a degree in Physical Education & Recreation, and currently completing his master’s degree in Education Administration. Tito is also competitive triathlete, an accomplished whitewater and sea kayaker, first division handball player, and part of the national swimming team.

Being highly educated, well read, bilingual, and extremely personable, Tito is an excellent expedition leader and truly a walking encyclopedia on Costa Rica, its plants, animals (especially birds), and culture.

ADRIANA GARUOLIS

YOGA INSTRUCTOR & HOLISTIC MASSAGE THERAPIST

Born in Miami and raised in Costa Rica, Adriana has had a lifelong penchant for physical activity and the natural world, both of which she attests to be profoundly healing. After graduating from Duke University with a double major in biology and environmental science & policy in 2000, Adriana continued to pursue her passion in tennis and competed in the professional women’s circuit. She was forced to cut her tennis career short due to a chronic back injury, which she self-healed against all doctors’ prognosis via a disciplined yoga practice and increased body awareness.

Adriana has delivered the balanced, power-packed healing combo of mind-body consciousness fitness training and massage therapy to her clients from an approach of heightening awareness and intuitive communication with the body.  Her goal is to get clients in tune with their body, learn its language and experience it at its most potent vibrancy; achieving a balance and state of zen in all aspects of one’s life.

JANET LÓPEZ

OFFICE MANAGER & GUIDE SUPPORT

Janet is our office manager; she has been involved in the tourism industry for over 10 years, having worked as A travel agent, saleswoman, and itinerary designer. She handles all the communication with our local service providers and orchestrates all the pieces that compose your trip.  Janet loves yoga, her Yorkshire Terriers and is fluent in Spanish, English and German. Don’t let her petite appearance fool you; she is an avid and powerful paddler. 

Often she remains behind the scenes of our perfectly managed trips, but whenever possible she joins us on one of our adventures for she loves paddling, and being in the outdoors. We don’t blame her, in fact, we inspire her to come along as she’s a cheerful team player, keen in listening and learning about our clients!