RAPID BOARDERS CAIRNS | ABOUT US

Rapid Boarders Cairns is a locally owned and operated business. It’s also Australia’s ONLY white water river boarding tour company. Owners Leigh Newlan and Jada-Lee Moxham have both lived in Cairns for over 10 years and are passionate about sharing this natural paradise with their guests. They like living life to the max and look forward to taking you down the river, on an epic white water river boarding adventure.

Leigh Newlan

10 years white water experience. Kayaking, rafting and river boarding, mainly in the rivers around Far North Queensland including the Tully River, Russell River and Barron River.

Random Personal Fact
One day I hope to wake up as a chicken nugget.

10 years white water experience. Kayaking, rafting and river boarding, mainly in the rivers around Far North Queensland including the Tully River, Russell River and Barron River.

Random Personal Fact
One day I hope to wake up as a chicken nugget.

Rohan Laing

7 years as a rafting / adventure tour guide and 1 year as a river boarding guide. Has completed 1,500 (ish) white water trips, in multiple countries and across several dimensions!

Random Personal Fact
Once went a full year without using pronouns!

7 years as a rafting / adventure tour guide and 1 year as a river boarding guide. Has completed 1,500 (ish) white water trips, in multiple countries and across several dimensions!

Random Personal Fact
Once went a full year without using pronouns!

Shane Geary

Raft guide since 1990. Has been rafting in the Zambezi, North Johnston, Tully and Barron Rivers. River boarding guide with Rapid Boarders since 2014.

Random Personal Fact
I got it all going on. Just ask me …

Raft guide since 1990. Has been rafting in the Zambezi, North Johnston, Tully and Barron Rivers. River boarding guide with Rapid Boarders since 2014.

Random Personal Fact
I got it all going on. Just ask me …

Jada-Lee Moxham

Over 3 years driving buses and over 30 hours in driving simulator, AKA Grade Theft Auto 5. Always expanding my white water knowledge with training as I go. I’m also the lunch lady.

Random Personal Fact
I’m afraid of Wallabies, yet not Kangaroos.

Over 3 years driving buses and over 30 hours in driving simulator, AKA Grade Theft Auto 5. Always expanding my white water knowledge with training as I go. I’m also the lunch lady.

Random Personal Fact
I’m afraid of Wallabies, yet not Kangaroos.

IT ALL STARTED ON A NIGHT OUT

It all started with a night out on the town and a half-eaten cheeseburger. Now there’s a business start-up story, if you ever did hear one. Rapid Boarders Cairns is the brain-child of Leigh Newlan and Jada-Lee Moxham and it was initiated in Cairns, on the back of a big night out. They each bring different passions and experience to the venture, with a shared vision to provide people with awesome, white water river boarding tours in paradise.

THE OWNERS HAD A DREAM

Leigh, who is also Rapid Boarders head guide, resigned from the Australian Defense Force after 10 years, with the hope of finding a new career, while pursuing his passion for white water action.

That’s the dream behind Rapid Boarders Cairns, to turn his passion into a successful business venture.

Leigh has kayaked and rafted the rivers of Cairns for many years, then one day he found a more exciting way to get down the river, FACE FIRST, on a body board.

After two (2) years of research into the best crafts to use, and numerous emails to and from the US, we finally received the first shipment of Fluid Anvil’s (boards). Instantly we loved it and spent every possible weekend on the Tully River playing, training and dragging as many of our excited friends down the river as possible.

In November 2013, Leigh was the only Australian to compete in the First River Boarding World Championships on the Citirum River, Java Indonesia.

That year he also worked tirelessly out of the water, with Jada, completing all the necessary steps (accounts, permits and more) to get the business up and running.

In January 2014, they finally opened their bus doors to their first tour group and have been operating Rapid Boarders Cairns ever since.

AND WORK HARD TO MAKE IT HAPPEN

Being owner operators, it means some long days, which can be pretty full on. They generally start at around 4:30am, waking up and drinking lots of coffee to get going. “Then we head into town to pick up our customers, that’s when the fun begins.”

“We love meeting new people and are genuinely excited about the tours we provide.” Indeed, for Leigh, river boarding every day isn’t really working, it’s play. He loves it and you’ll see this while he is on the river with you.

“It’s my passion, it’s my hobby and it’s what I love to do. I enjoy showing and teaching everyone about it,” he says.

He loves it so much that in October 2015 he returned to competition at the second River Boarding World championships in Lanquin, Guatemala.

Jada is the back of house of Rapid Boarders. She enjoys the thrill of river boarding, although not quite as much as Leigh and definitely not as skillful, that’s why she stays on the bus or in the office.

After years of hospitality and retail, Jada provides an equal balance of customer service to Leigh’s white water knowledge.

Leigh and Jada bring their passion and their professionalism to Rapid Boarders Cairns and look forward to sharing Australia’s only white water river boarding tours with you.

All tours include River Boarding Lesson

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