Rok Sribar

Name: Rok Sribar

Nickname: Rok

Hometown: Auburn, California, USA

Height: 5’ 10” (177 cm)

Weight: 178 lb (80 kg)

Day of birth: June 19, 1964

Member of the Prijon-Team since:1982 (yes, since the Taifun times :) )

 

About myself:

In 1972, my brother and I launched a homemade wooden raft onto the Savinja River, near our home in the small Slovenian village of Šempeter. We didn’t have paddles, just sticks. A few years later we traded a raft for a two seated WW canoe. Then one of our friends got a used glass-fiber Prijon slalom kayak from Germany. With friends, we created a mold using this kayak and then built our own kayaks. By the time I was 17, my brother (Luka) and I were regularly running Soča River Canyons and some of the hardest whitewater in Austria and Italy.

In 1989, I came to the U.S. to attend Cornel University, where I earned Ph.D. in Theoretical & Applied Mechanics. I spent six years paddling on the Eastern Seaboard and Quebec while writing my doctoral thesis. I landed the first “real” job at General Electric Corporate Research.

I married my wife, Sara Perkovic, in 1995. Not long after, Luka and I decided to travel across the country, paddling the best, and hardest whitewater we could find. On May 28, 1996, Luka perished after a swim on the “Golden Gate” section of the South Fork of the American River in California. I was devastated, yet somehow I went on to paddle even harder whitewater all over the world. Over the next decade, I have established myself as a successful Silicon Valley executive and a management consultant, and have started a family.

I still find the time to paddle between 100-130+ days a year, hucking 40+ foot waterfalls in South America, and doing my annual run of the Middle Fork of the Kings, my favorite multiday; all while teaching my two daughters, Lea, 8, and Ria, 12, how to slalom kayak.

Kayaking is the love of my life and I make the time for the things I care about.

 

Hobbies (besides Kayaking):

Alpine skiing, learning and reading (just about anything)

 

Favorite Rivers/Spots:

Too many to remember all: double pothole on the Upper Cherry Creek (California), Fantasy Falls (California), Dinky Creek (California), first 0.5 mile on the Yuba Gap (California), P-B on the SF Yuba (California), Rio Baker (Chile), V-drive on the Stikine (B.C.), beginning of the steep section of the Clendening Creek (B.C.), Soča Canyon (Slovenia), and many more.

 

Why do I Kayak?:

Kayaking is like a food to me. Without it, I simply don’t feel right.

 

Favorite-Prijon-Product: The Cali

 

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Statement:

It’s the boat that gives you the same confidence on high volume rivers like Stikine or Rio Baker, and on steep creeks like MF Kings or Upper Cherry Creek.

 

Website: www.rokwatersports.com & www.prijonusa.com