Chums celebrates the River Guides, the men and women dedicated their lives to chasing their dreams, doing what
they love and running rivers. These guides are larger than life characters that live a unique and super rad
lifestyle and we have set out to tell the world their stories.
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Would you live in a tent, wake up at 4:30 and clean dirty wet suits just to get to spend another day on the river? Jo-Beth did! One trip down the river had her hooked and she has found a way to spend most days since on the river and now calls the Gauley home. Jo-Beth is a total badass and paddles on an all-women’s raft racing team (Sweets of the East) who will be competing in the Nationals this fall. Registered Nurse, River Guide, Raft Racer and Wet Suit Washer are just some of her titles. Jo-Beth lives for the magic she finds on the river.
The legend goes that the phrase “all play and no work” was created to explain Seaver. There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that Seaver loves the river and that he loves guiding. Years ago he decided “to try out this thing called rafting” from the moment he hit the water he knew he was hooked. Legend also has is it that Alan Jackson wrote Chattahoochee after spend an evening with Seaver. If you ever find yourself way down yonder on the Chattahoochee make sure to look Seaver up.
Shane got his first shot on the river after a local radio station offered a $10 trip, he hasn’t looked back since. With over 29 years running the river he is a local legend on the Ocoee. The river has brought Shane a lot of happiness in life including introducing him to his wife Heather. On his off days you will find him running rivers all over the country, including “rowing a 14ft bucket down the Grand Canyon.” Shane is the type of guy you wanted taking you down the river and if you ever get that lucky ask him about the time he tied his raft back together using a pair of Chums.
Who can say they would like to spend their last day on earth at work? Tyler can. He grew up on the river with his parents, in fact his Mom likes to remind him he was conceived on a river. Never worried about making it to the bus on time, Tyler makes sure all of his customers get the ultimate river experience. He has 30 rivers, 13 summers and 3 countries under his guiding belt and in his own words, “I’m a raft guide and that all I’m ever gonna be.”