As owner/operator of Hidden Valleys New Zealand Limited, Southy’s been guiding for more years than he cares to mention, but we’ve been counting and it’s over twenty. In addition to New Zealand, he’s filled up his rafting resume in such far off locations as Nepal, Borneo, China, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Turkey, Australia and the United States. He’s even guided on the White Nile in Uganda! He was captain of the 2000 New Zealand men’s rafting team – these guys were the Australasian champs and came in third in the world championships held on the Zambesi River in Africa. He knows rafting is about having fun, but he takes the job and safety seriously – he’s a national assessor and one of only four registrars for the New Zealand Rafting industry. He was previously Chairperson of the New Zealand Rafting Association for ten years.