We are a little spoiled in the Northwest, and sometimes it is easy to forget that whitewater and the paddling communities surrounding it exist outside of our corner of the country. For example, do you know very much about whitewater in the Midwest? Most people don’t, and maybe in an effort to change that, Minnesota has sent one of its friendliest ambassadors, Lori Turbes, into our midst to help spread news of the northern gnar.
Lori’s own introduction to whitewater had her hooked faster than a walleye in Lake Winnibigoshish. A year of exploring the rivers of Minnesota and Wisconsin eventually led her to the fabled waters of the Columbia River Gorge, and finally to us at Northwest Rafting Company in 2012. Since arriving on the Rogue, Lori’s love of whitewater has only continued to grow, as has her passion for sharing it with anyone she meets.
Nicknamed "Turbo", Lori has really thrown it into high gear lately. When she’s not guiding trips for Northwest Rafting Company, Lori stays busy as an Instructor and Co-Owner of Sundance Kayak School. Aside from being great news for all the future kayakers out there, here at Northwest we hope it means we’ll continue to see her on the water for a long time to come. Oh, and don’t worry...despite the hectic schedule Lori still has plenty of time to teach pinochle around the campfire at night.
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