Evan Smith - World Class Academy

Evan Smith

Evan Smith Faculty Profile

Program: Kayak
Title: Program Director, Teacher
Courses Taught:


B.A. in Hydrological Sciences – UC Santa Barbara, M.S in Water Resources Engineering – Humboldt State University

Evan was raised in the small town of Coloma, California; home to one of America’s most popular rafting destinations. With his backyard in sight and sound of the South Fork of the American River, Evan was introduced to whitewater at a young age. Following in his father’s footsteps, he started raft guiding in the summers, and he took to kayaking with his dad and many of his local high school teachers.

His passion for free rivers and the sport of whitewater grew, and Evan chose to translate this into his academics, studying an undergraduate degree (Hydrological Sciences at UC Santa Barbara) and a Master’s Degree (Water Resources Engineering at Humboldt State University) based on his time and experiences on rivers. These degrees gave Evan a strong interest in hydro-projects and water infrastructure in the Western U.S. as well as the developing world.

While academics were the primary focus of Evan’s time in university, international travel and kayaking were always on his mind, and he was able to work his schedule and some school around traveling and kayaking in multiple countries during his college years. While traveling, Evan met up with WCA in Chile, Canada, and the U.S.A and saw how special and unique the program can be, and wanted to be a part of it.

Evan joined WCA as a Math and Economics teacher in 2015 and is now the Program Director. Combining his previous travel with his years now at WCA, Evan has now paddled in 15 countries and 6 continents and hopes to continue exploring all the world’s rivers have to offer.

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