Aaron Gershenzon


Aaron is an American Canoe Association (ACA) certified instructor and spends most of his time paddling the Chicago River and Lake Michigan. When Aaron is not kayaking he is playing fetch with his Chocolate Lab Joni.

Asher Gershenzon


Asher is an American Canoe Association (ACA) certified instructor. Asher worked closely with his brother in the industry for many years and is one of the most experienced and qualified instructors and guides on the Chicago River. Asher’s passion for kayaking is surpassed only by his Brazilian jujitsu skills. Come at him if you can.

James Morro


James is an American Canoe Association (ACA) certified instructor. With a lifetime of recreational kayaking experience from the coast of New Zealand to the raging rapids of Colorado his love for the sport and his adventurous spirit are contagious. James is the proud owner of Larry, one of the top AKC Entlebucher’s in his breed.

Melissa Anderson

Lead Tour Guide

PSIA Cert II Ski Instructor in Beaver Creek, CO for the last 6 years and 3 years leading tours at Urban Kayaks. In her free time Melissa enjoys cycling, bowling, and laser tag. 

Greg Burhop

Lead Instructor

Class 5 white water rafting guide for 6 years on the Chattooga, Gauley and Ocoee rivers in the Southeastern US. Native Chicagoan, Greg now works as a UK tour guide while also building and selling Knock Down Barns, a board game of his own invention.

Sam Spiwak

Assistant Manager

Sam has been engulfed by the kayak industry over the past few years, learning the ins and outs of the sport from his two cousins (Aaron and Asher). When not kayaking, Sam can be found along the beaches of Evanston or playing baseball across the North Shore.