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. Local owner Bazz G has been involved in the International Adventure Tour business for over 20 years all over the world. He is passionate about sharing this natural paradise with guests from all over the globe. He likes living life to the max and look forward to taking you down the river, on an epic white water adventure, river boarding.

Bazz G

The BOSS MAN. Rafting, Kayaking, RiverBoarding, Canyoning, Mountain Biking, Paragliding, Bungy Master – He’s the jack of all trades. Ask for a story or 2, he’ll tell you about the world

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Identical Twin

The BOSS MAN. Rafting, Kayaking, RiverBoarding, Canyoning, Mountain Biking, Paragliding, Bungy Master – He’s the jack of all trades. Ask for a story or 2, he’ll tell you about the world

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Identical Twin

Marcio Garbuio

This Brazilian Guru has got the heart of gold, and skills to match. His commitment, skills and passion to the outdoors is the best you will ever come across in his wide range knowledge of Adventure tourism. You share laughter together, even If you cant understand him

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Chiseled like a totem pole

This Brazilian Guru has got the heart of gold, and skills to match. His commitment, skills and passion to the outdoors is the best you will ever come across in his wide range knowledge of Adventure tourism. You share laughter together, even If you cant understand him

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Chiseled like a totem pole

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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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Once went a full year without using pronouns!

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. Now having passed on the reins, they have been guaranteed that the passion will be continued with its merge into Cairns Canyoning who have the same passion as themselves for the outdoors.

ORIGINS OF 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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