Kenan Dudley

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Appalachian State University
Surfing, Mountain Biking, Exploring The Woods
  • Kenan practically lives outside. For several years, he has worked as a raft guide, a surf coach, a camp host, and a dishwasher, all to strengthen his connection to nature.
  • He has used his years of experience sleeping under the stars to contribute to countless gear reviews and location deep-dives for international outdoor brands and mom-and-pop blogs alike.
  • Now, he largely roams from cabanas on the beach to cabins in the woods, surfing, skiing, stretching, and writing.


Kenan brought his climbing shoes with him when he moved to St. Kitts & Nevis after university to work as a journalist on an island full of slow news days. The volcanic rock made for tough climbing, so he eventually took off to New Zealand, where the cliffs met the sea, and he was introduced to surfing. He joined two friends in a van with busted old boards and never looked back, moving across the globe and staying outside while working on five continents. His experience taught him the importance of a good guide and good gear, and he has since dedicated himself to covering the equipment and mindset that leads to a great time outside.


Kenan graduated with a degree in public relations from Appalachian State University. He published guides to local ski mountains in the Avery Journal-Times and spent plenty of sunny high-country afternoons lounging on backcountry crash pads along the way.

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