I will start by acknowledging the fact that at first Martín and I had some visionary ideas about kayaking as digital nomads.
After the first lockdown, we spent in Italy. We felt the urge to be adventurous as soon as we could leave the house. So three years ago we bought an inflatable “kayak” and head off to the Eolian islands with it. It was a fun toy to play with at that moment and it gave us the push to learn more about kayaking. But surely it wasn’t comfortable enough for a nomadic lifestyle and neither had the features that we were looking for in a kayak. It didn’t feel safe in certain weather conditions, you had almost no control, it was quite sluggish and very soon it ended being uncomfortable.
After selling our toy. We decided to take our kayaking experience (or at least that was what we thought) to a new standard by renting sit-on-top kayaks for a while. Until the day we were in Argentina and we met José. It was exactly what we needed to take our kayaking to the next level.
We went on a guided tour kayaking with him on two single sit-in boreal kayaks and it was amazing! From that moment on nothing was the same. As we truly understood and experienced what kayaking is about: Balance. Control. Direction. (and of course, having fun!)
After contacting many different places in Tigre, that we didn’t connect with, we finally found Kayakear.
As soon as José picked up the phone I understood he was the guy we were looking for! Friendly, kind, knowledgeable, and willing to help us in anything we needed. It didn’t take long before we became friends and nowadays I can say I am so happy our roads came across. Not only because he changed our view about kayaking, but also because we met a great human being!
The first time we met we asked him how and when he started kayaking. He explained to us that when he was a kid he was used to driving little boats to take people around to places in the Delta. Until one day, when he was very young, the local priest took him out kayaking. That was a breaking point for him, he understood straightforward what he wanted to do every single day of his life, and that was kayaking.
Some of the things we liked the most about Kayakear were its easy-going environment, the attention put into every detail, and the people that work there. As a matter of fact, later on, we had the chance to learn that every person that works in Kayakear was once a customer that started helping José in exchange for kayaking teachings, and that nowadays are part of the Kayakear team. Amazing, right?