Santiago Berrueta is the newest BCU 5 star sea leader in North America and the only Mexican citizen to ever achieve this award. Congratulations!
Santi has been paddling seriously since 2006 and has been training for this achievement ever since, whether he knew it or not. He's had some excellent mentorship along the way and learned even more on his own, whether training his personal skills or expeditioning the Baja coast. He's one of the most organized paddlers I've ever spent time with and the most fun.
Santiago is a huge part of Sea Kayak Baja Mexico and leads expeditions from Loreto each season while coaching clients and training other guides. Growing up on the Mexican Pacific Coast, he has a deep connection to the land and the sea. A paddling trip with him on the Sea of Cortez will never be forgotten.
With his wife Patricia, Santiago owns and operates Kayak Latins Du Nord, based out of Quebec. They run a variety of trips in the Saguenay Fjord, the Mingan Archipelago and to other parts of the world. He's also involved with paddling events near and far, coaching at events like the Golden Gate Sea Kayak Symposium in San Francisco and the Bay of Fundy Sea Kayak Symposium in Nova Scotia.
For his recent 5 Star Assessment, he traveled to Pembrokeshire, Wales to paddle the cold, dynamic British Waters known as a proving ground for sea kayakers around the world. For a look into his experience, check out the photos below:
|Ramsey Island landing|
|paddling around St. David's head|
|Solva harbor at low tide|
|St. David's Cathedral|
|view from the top of South Bishop. photo by Kim Grandfield|
|photo by Kim Grandfield|
|Santiago Berrueta and Kim Grandfield|
|aerial view of 'The Bitches'|
|cooking dinner with Guinness. photo by Kim Grandfield|
|St. David's head. photo by Peggy O'Neal|