From the Austin Entrepreneur Program:
Jesse Coombs is one of today’s leading adventurers. With calm confidence and a friendly smile, Jesse explores the most intriguing and remote corners of the earth. Jesse redefines the limits of adventure travel and whitewater kayaking as he pioneers first descents on unthinkable and untamed creeks, rivers and waterfalls.
Jesse, a paddler on the Jackson Factory Team, is renowned among the extreme sports community for his achievements. He has been in magazines such as: Men’s Fitness, Kayak Magazine and National Geographic Adventure Magazine, and is a featured paddler on oregonkayaking.net and jacksonkayak.com.
Jesse graduated from Rutgers University in New Jersey and earned a Masterâ€™s in Business Administration at Oregon State University. After working in corporate America for ten years, Jesse decided to quit and focus full-time on real estate investing. Now, Jesse divides his time equally between his real estate investments and professional kayaking. It may come as a surprise that Coombs began kayaking only 10 years ago. But since then, he has made countless class V/VI first descents in his kayak over 80-foot-plus waterfalls, canyons, gorges and rivers.
Success as a kayaker, film producer, and investor were not enough for Coombs. He is making a social impact by starting a nonprofit corporation in his name to steer kids away from illegal drugs. The Jesse Coombs Foundation introduces children and teens to outdoor sports, showing them that “the greatest excitements in life are achieved without drugs.”
Author note: In an odd coincidence, I actually have kayaked with Jesse. We were surfing our kayaks out at Devil’s Punchbowl a few years back. He was only about a year or two into kayaking. Little did I know he’d go on to first descents.