With the 4th of July just behind us, we wanted to showcase a guide in this week’s staff spotlight that truly embodies what it means to be American. With his life mantra being Freedom and because he is follicly challenged and nicknamed one of the two bald eagles on staff, I can think of no better time than to introduce you to Andrew Smith!
Andrew joined Sunny Cove last year as a juvenile bald eagle, but quickly impressed the Sunny Cove team and his clients with his professionalism and paddling skills. Andrew loves to guide because it provides an opportunity to teach people about a natural world completely foreign to them. When he decided to come back for year two, he was quickly promoted to one of our Lead Guides and is now allowed to tell people he has matured into the beautiful adult eagles that grace our coastlines.
Originally from Flower Mound, Texas, Andrew spent much of his early winter trying to convince his fellow Texan friends and family that Alaska is indeed much bigger than Texas. Sadly, no one believed him. Not wanting to ruffle any more feathers, he migrated to Hawai’i and spent the rest of the winter guiding kayak trips during the humpback whale season. In addition to paddling in both Alaska and Hawai’i, Andrew has kayak experience in Washington State, Cambodia, Ireland, and the Texas Gulf Coast. He also hiked the 1st and 2nd tallest mountains in the UK last year and is already looking forward to next winter’s adventures where he plans on spending time with his little brother diving throughout Central America.
Andrew identifies with the Bull Orca as his spirit animal I’m assuming because of the lack of hair. While he is always optimistic that people will mistake him for Jason Statham one day, he often just gets confused with yours truly as the other bald guy on staff. But unlike Samson, Andrew doesn’t need hair to be the incredible guide and person that he is and we are super grateful to have him back for another season. Fly Eagles Fly Andrew…Freedom!