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2021 Bow South Expedition Team Members 

Arriving at Parker Dam at the bottom of Lake Havasu during the 2015 Bow South Expedition.


James Hermes- Indio, CA

  Expedition Team Leader

  James is an expedition kayaker, kayak racer, and founded the Bow South Expedition. He served as the team leader during the 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 expeditions.  He’s been kayaking for 10 years and his previous experiences include racing in the Cal 100, Hal Rossoff Classic, Newport Beach, Salton Sea NSX, and races in Big Bear Lake. He has been the featured guest speaker at several paddlefests and kayak club meetings. James has also been a guest instructor at several kayaking and canoeing workshops in Southern California. He also currently hosts a monthly paddlesports oriented podcast called “Wherever There’s Water”.

During the winter he likes to paddle sections of the Colorado River and kayak surf in the Pacific Ocean during the summer. Amongst his favorite past river trips was kayaking Labyrinth and Stillwater Canyons on the Green River and joining an all dory and cateract boat trip in the Grand Canyon.

As well as completing past Bow South Expeditions from start to finish, during the 2014 Bow South he solo paddled 280 miles of the Colorado River from Davis Dam to Morelos Dam and during the 2015 Bow South he soloed 300 miles of the Colorado River from Cottonwood Cove, NV, to Morelos Dam. For the 2016 Bow South he was joined by Terry Gerber for the entire trip down the lower Colorado River and Bob Manthey whom joined him for the section between Hoover Dam and Davis Dam and then from Parker Dam all the way south to Mexico. During the 2017 Bow South Expedition he was joined by Izzy Collett for the entire 340 miles down the lower Colorado River. For the 2018 expedition he was joined by Elizebeth Planteen from Hoover Dam to Morelos Dam. During the 2019 expedition he soloed the entire 500 miles of the expedition from South Cove to the Gulf of California. He’s currently self employed as a full time artist and owner of Elk Rack Traders.

James will be the solo team member completing this year’s expedition. He’ll be paddling to raise funds for Break The Silence Against Domestic Violence. He’s chosen this charity due to the outstanding service that they provided to a family member.