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Zack Kruzins

Beaumaris, Victoria, Australia

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Overview

  • 166 Positive References
  • Fluent in English; learning French, Spanish
  • 31, Male
  • Member since 2008
  • Outdoor Educator, Expedition Leader,...
  • Honours Bachelor of Outdoor Recreati...
  • From Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

To share great experiences and network with people through this awesome community!

ABOUT ME

I am a person who is very easy to get along with, practical, open-minded, passionate and down to earth. I love to have fun, especially spending time outside adventuring with good people and discovering new and interesting places.

Now i am going to be traveling around Australia for the next few months with my Subaru enjoying the beauty, wilderness and culture this big island has to offer! so i am kee to meet great likeminded travellers to share a road trip and plan adventures with flexibility at its maximum! Also keen to meet some nice people through this network who can host me for a few days here to make some good connections.

I've been very fortunate to have done lots of traveling and working in some really unique and wild places around the world. Over the past 10 years I've had the pleasure to work contracting myself out in the world of outdoor education in Canada, USA, Mexico, Panama, Chile and now Australia.

From October 2012 to October 2013 I lived on a 53ft sailboat named Ketch Karaka (http://karaka.voila.net/). I bought some nice sea kayaks and we traveled from Baja California Sur, Mexico to Costa Rica via the remote island of Isla del Coco. Then left and worked in Panama on Isla Coiba Guiding Kayak trips for a few months before meeting the boat again in Panama City to set forth to the Pacific Islands of French Polynesia where we spent 3 months in the Marquesas, Tuamotus, and Society Islands absorbing the island culture and doing lots of kayaking. My visa expired mid October 2013 about two weeks before i could have left on a another boat to sail toward NZ/AUS.

Luckily i connected with an awesome paddling guru on the Island of Moorea in French Polynesia and sold him my kayaks for a good deal and he's starting a sea kayaking tour business called Kayak Nomad Polynesia www.kayaknomadpolynesia.com/en/

So i had a blast traveling around New Zealand for 2.5 months and since January 2014 I have been living it up working for different outdoor education companies in Australia. Now enjoying Some wild beautiful places in TAS! Just got to do it while you can!

I went back to Canada for July/August 2014 and did some nice kayak trips, visited friends and family and now i am set up with a nice folding expedition kayak thanks to TRAK kayaks www.rethinkkayak.com and i am keen to find other like-minded people interested in paddling expeditions around Australia and beyond

All in all...I love to learn as much as i can about where i travel, the people i meet, and i places i live. I think it is important to develop a connection to everything around you.

To find out more about me and some of my adventures please check out my blog at: http://zackkruzins.com/ It is now a year out of date... i am slacking on it yes...

I do manage to keep most of my photos up to date and you can check them out here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/zackkruzins/sets/.

PHILOSOPHY

I believe in Karma, be good to people and people will be good to you.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I have lived the lifestyle for years. I have hosted many people since May 2008 whenever I am living somewhere and have space to host and it has been excellent, meeting really great people and sharing great experiences. I have hosted so many people i can't list them on here unfortunately. I started off hosting in Thunder Bay, Ontario Canada for a number of years but also hosted quite a few people in Puerto Bertrand, Patagonia Aysen, Chile and in Santa Catalina Panama I have kept better track of everyone i have surfed with and i am forever grateful to you all:

I have now surfed with:

Bill in Duluth MN, USA Caitlyn in Montreal QC, Canada Malika in Saskatoon, SK, Canada Brenda in Jasper, AB, Canada Geneva in Campbell River, BC, Canada Deb and Dave on Guemes Island outside Anacortes WA, USA Dean and Vicki in Thunder Bay, ON, Canada Steph and Emma in Montreal, QC, Canada Kelie and James in Quebec City, QC, Canada Casey in Halifax, NS, Canada Jenna in St Johns, NL, Canada Annaliese in Boulder, CO, USA Josh in Moab, UT, USA Kaifu in Seattle WA, USA Katie in Thunder Bay, ON, Canada Kelsey in Thunder Bay, ON, Canada Josh in Winnipeg, MN, Canada Neil in Saskatoon, SK, Canada Anna in Cabo San Lucas, BCS, Mexico Ney in San Jose del Cabo, BCS, Mexico Bill in Mulege, BCS, Mexico Staci in Puerto San Carlos, BCS, Mexico Mabilia in La Paz, BCS, Mexico Carlos in San Jose, Costa Rica Natalia in Santiago, Chile Patricia in Vina del Mar, Chile Mathieu in Playa Rosado north of Valdivia, Chile Carla in Bariloche, Argentina Ricardo in Puerto Montt, Chile Sole in Ancud, Chile Leonar in Achao, Chile Matiss in Vancouver, BC Shaun in Campbell River, BC Leah on Cortes Island BC Caitlyn on Quadra Island, BC James in Nanaimo, BC Adam and Kim in Victoria, BC Lara, Toronto, ON Eduardo and Alex, La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico Cesar, La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico Carol, Coromandel, New Zealand Craig, Auckland, New Zealand Stu, Whangarei, New Zealand Denis, Ohakune, New Zealand Sam, Wellington, New Zealand Ernie, Anikiwa, New Zealand Sandy, Nelson, New Zealand Craig, Queenstown, New Zealand Santiago, Te Anau, New Zealand

Chris, queen charlotte city, Haida Gwaii, BC, Canada Julie, Morwell, Victoria, Australia Gina, Bridport, Tasmania, Australia Tim, Flinders Island, Tasmania, Australia

and look forward to when I can host again!

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

I have used this network extensively through hosting, surfing, ride shares, boat shares, organizing events etc.

I find it frustrating when i take the time to connect with someone and i get no response it seems to happen more and more unfortunately so successfully connecting with CS has not really worked until more recently i surfed a bunch in NZ and since being in aus it has been hard because i work alot but i have managed to attend a few events. Also surfed in canada when i went back july 2014 and now again in 2015 in Australia!

I last officially hosted a few people while i was living in santa catalina Panama and on Karaka may 2013 and we connected with some CS organizing some events and parties in Panama City. I have also used this network traveling in Chile and Argentina 2011/12 and it was absolutely fantastic. I even had the opportunity to give back and host people for a 3 month period that i lived in Puerto Bertrand in the Aysen region of Chilean Patagonia. I have travelled throughout Canada and the USA quite a bit as well as Baja California Sur, Mexico and Costa Rica, staying on folks couches that i have met along the way, met through other people but most of the time through this great network. I plan to use couch surfing when i travel to make my life a little bit easier, allow me to safe some money and get a true local perspective on the area. During my time at the Dreamhouse in Thunder Bay Ontario I hosted around 100 people both officially throught this network and through friends. All have worked out well. I always look forward to making new connections with CSers where ever i find myself.

Interests

Exploring, Learning, Adventure, Photography, Film, Music, Meeting new people, Hanging out with friends, Dinner Parties...

In terms of Outdoor Recreational activities I enjoy, sea kayaking, sailing, hiking, canoeing, mountaineering, rock climbing, biking, cross-country skiing, kite-skiing, snowshoeing and snowboarding.

I enjoy traveling and meeting new and interesting people and sharing experiences with others. I am excited to try to speak new languages in places i travel. I feel i have developed a solid conversational level of spanish and french so i am also excited to practice!

Music, Movies & Books

I enjoy films especially documentaries, the Planet Earth and Blue Planet series are probably my favorite but i have seem them all so many times, I find it difficult to find a good movie these days... but when i can i enjoy www.nfb.ca Its the national film board of canada's official website and you can stream excellent canadian documentaries off of there and they are fairly high quality and run smoothly.

I like attending outdoor film festivals and learning about wonderous adventures from around the world.

I also enjoy reading books about wonderous adventures.

I have a very extensive music collection from swapping music while traveling and with couch surfers.

I listen to all sorts of music for all different occasions.

One Amazing Thing I've Done

I've seen and done a lot of amazing things please check out my photo albums for some good pics: https://www.flickr.com/photos/zackkruzins/sets/

Teach, Learn, Share

I am very passionate about learning especially learning through experience.

I am also very passionate about teaching people new things

I have a lot of knowledge to share about many things and so do the people i meet.

I am open minded and very much enjoy learning about others passions, explorations, adventures, and interests.

What I Can Share With Hosts

i can offer hosts solid communication, easy going laid back times, sharing in cooking/cleaning etc lots of good stories and connections from my travels. I also have loads of connections in the outdoor industry around the world.

Countries I've Visited

Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Cayman Islands, Chile, Costa Rica, France, French Polynesia, Germany, Honduras, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States

Countries I've Lived In

Australia, Canada, Chile, French Polynesia, Mexico, Panama, United States

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