Mark Hutson, one of New Zealand's most experienced guides and instructors, has been running guided sea kayak tours out of the Bay of Islands since 1986 - becoming expert with gourmet meals and luxury kayak camping
Having grown up in Hawaii, surfing and skin diving were among Mark's childhood activities, as well as surf life saving and sailing in his university years. Later on, alpine guiding and ski mountaineering in Washington State, commercial fishing in Alaska and designing and sewing mountaineering equipment in Seattle were other pursuits before "discovering" the magnificient Northeast coast of northern New Zealand and settling into the Bay of Islands.
During NZ's winters, Mark likes to get away for his own extended recreation. Usually he heads to Hawaii for kayaking and adventure swimming, and the Pacific North West's mountains or to the South Island of NZ, in search of the snow. Free diving, surfing and adventure swimming (while towing camping gear) are activities he has been pursuing in recent years.
Recently, in 2010, Mark was inducted into the famous and madcap, California based Tsunami Rangers. He has enjoyed paddling in their company along the California and Washington coasts and has reciprocated with Rangers joining him on his New Zealand trips.
Sasha Joura has accompanied him on all of his Tsunami Ranger trips and has for several years worked as an assistant guide in New Zealand. (Her idea to wear the seaweed in the picture!)