We are a bunch of passionate and crazy people from all sides and spheres that want to bring our knowledge and skills into the same pot and see what happens when we turn the heat on.
Swapped Olympic rowing for whitewater kayaking, biology and good times outdoors. After starting the NGO Leeway Collective in 2015 the rollercoaster ride began and rolled into Balkan Rivers Tour which is his way of linking padding, protesting and protecting rivers; doing cool stuff while protecting mama Earth.
A freelance writer for multiple outdoor adventure magazines Carmen combines a passion to outdoor sports, conservation and storytelling. From far away Canada she has come to the Balkans to enjoy the pristine rivers and make sure they stay like that. She is putting our adventures into words.
She is creative lover of the great outdoors. Big mountains, blue rivers and peaceful forests are places where her ideas are born. She loves road trips and sleeping under the stars. All her adventures and BRD work are powered by coffee, snacks and dark chocolate.
Living, working and playing on rivers her whole life, Elli joined BRD to use her big smile, big brain and big boof to defend the waterways that she feels at home on, in or around. Working with our River Intellectuals she ensures research and brainpower is funneled towards small fights for big rivers.
Searching for clean lines and clean rivers. Vera joined the first Balkan Rivers Tour for the kayaking action on Albanias’s Vjosa River. She jumped on board with the team in late 2017 using her fresh degree in hydraulic engineering to get universities from all over Europe involved research and fight for rivers.
Maja is a designer specializing in scientific illustration and Slovenian mythology - an unusual combination but a perfect fit for BRD. She was born by the river and, just the river, has been running ever since. She was a slalom kayaker in her youth, and was part of the first (and possibly only) Slovenian women’s rafting team.
Aleš transforms our messy notebook pages into tidy and functional webpages, giving BRD a small but loud spot on the world wide web. Through his travels he has witnessed the extent of human damage to the natural world, and his support of BRD is his way of fighting for the rivers and wilds.
Wise eyes creating sač and other culinary masterpieces over the fire or grill. Known by most as Čubej, he is the official BRT 3 chef as well as our electric mind and kayaking zen master.
Quick and compact, Katja captures the moments that others miss. She’s got a feel for the camera in cold and snowy climates as well as wet, whitewater ones where she gets all possible angles of events, action, wilderness and good times.
Looking down to capture the views from above, this drone pilot and filmer catches all the colours, cultures, personalities and perspectives along the tour. His moving images compliment the static ones of his partner in crime, business and life, Ms. Pokorn.