SUP Wilderness Adventures group leaders come from a range of backgrounds and countries. Some are past clients who understand how we operate and who embody what we stand for as a business. All are committed to the principles of meaningful travel and caring for country and culture when exploring the incredible destinations that we visit.

Chantal Clarke

Chantal Clarke

Chantal is a climate change scientist and Master Trainer in sustainable tourism. She’s also the founder of SUP Wilderness Adventures and sister entity Two Llamas.

Born in New Zealand but living in Australia, she’s a PADI scuba instructor with more than 30 years of tourism experience.

A published author and travel writer, with ten travel and reference books to her credit, Chantal shares with her groups a deep insight into how to care for people and places.

When she’s leading a group, you can be sure there’ll be an impromptu cos-play session, SUP & sips at sunset, and opportunities to get hands-on experience in environmental or social project work.

Countries travelled:

NZ, Australia, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, French Polynesia, Fiji, Indonesia, Laos, Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia, Viet Nam, Cambodia, Hong Kong, India, South Africa, the Sultanate of Oman, UAE, Egypt, Israel, Greece, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, the UK, USA, Mexico.

Languages spoken:

English (fluent), Bislama/ French/ Dutch (basic).

Brenda Adern

Brenda Adern

An award-winning hair stylist by day and adventure tour leader by night, Brenda’s a repeat customer of SUP Wilderness Adventures.

She’s a hard-core Kiwi girl through & through. Unafraid of the cold, she’s known to skinny dip in glacial melt waters and brave the frigid surf in her home town of New Plymouth (NZ).

Those in Brenda’s care are likely to end their journeys with sore facial muscles; either as a result of too much talking or too much laughter (or both).

Brenda’s a certified SUP instructor and another colourful social butterfly (as her body art attests) with a heart of gold and cheeky sense of adventure.

Countries travelled:

NZ, Vanuatu, Cook Islands, USA, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, Indonesia, French Polynesia, New Caledonia

Languages spoken:

English, Kiwi (fluent)

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Charmaine Wheatley

Charmaine has been on 5 SUP Wilderness Adventures (Bora Bora, Vanuatu, Komodo, Sri Lanka, New Zealand), and will soon be heading off to the Philippines.

South African-born, Charmaine is a colourful social butterfly who’s extremely active in paddle and peddle circles.

A dedicated Rotarian and philanthropist, Charmaine fund-raises tirelessly for her own causes (helping HIV orphans in South Africa) and the causes of others.

She brings a sense of fun and adventure to her trips; ensuring each journey is cause for celebration.

Countries travelled:

Australia, New Zealand, Vanuatu, French Polynesia, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia,China, South Africa, Mozambique, Botswana France, Italy, the UK, USA, Austria, Belgium, Japan, Germany, Iceland, Denmark, Finland, Lesotho, Lichtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, the Netherlands, Norway, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Zambia, Zimbabwe (Phew!)

Languages spoken:

English, Afrikaans (fluent),

Shark Girl Madison Stewart

Madison Stewart

Known globally as Shark Girl, Madison Stewart is a young Australian woman with a BIG story to share. Globally acknowledged as an educator and conservationist, Madison has dedicated herself to increasing people’s awareness of the plight of sharks and the urgent need for governments to protect them.

Project Hiu is an initiative founded by Madison , which looks at the shark fin fishing industry in Indonesia.

SUP Wilderness Adventures organises trips where groups of young people have the opportunity to join Madison in Lombok and deepen understanding threats to shark species.

Countries travelled:

Australia, USA, Mexico, Bahamas, French Polynesia, Costa Rica

Languages spoken:

English (fluent), Bahasa Indonesian (basic)