Date of birth:
Portland Oregon
AIRE, Keen, Kai Kershaw, Next Adventure, Team Quest, Sawyer Paddles and Oars, Ninkasi, Whitewater Designs, Goodwater Boatworks, Sweet Protection,
Kickboxing, Skiing, Kayaking, Coaching football
Favourite athletes:
Matt Lindland, Roger Staubach, Mike Singletary, Steve Tasker, Pat Tillman


Tim grew up on the Rogue River near Grants Pass Oregon. The Rogue served as a welcome respite from chores on the dairy he and his father owned and operated. From a very early age the river served Tim a number of ways which included solitude and exploration.

After leaving the farm, Tim joined the United States Navy and served in the Persian Gulf. Following an honorable discharge Timber played football in college and continued his career as a river guide which spanned 18 seasons in 5 states. In nearly 700 commercial trips, most of which occurred on very difficult water, not one of Tim’s passengers ever suffered from a serious injury.

A school psychologist for 13 years, Tim also pursues a variety of interests to include; writing, photography, skiing, kickboxing, kayaking, rafting, and cat-boating. His intense yet animated nature is balanced with reading, prayer, and exploring the cultural diversity and arts of Portland.

ORT serves as a platform in which Tim can serve mankind in his own unique way.


  • 2010: Western Whitewater Series R2 and R4 Champion
  • 2011: Western Whitewater Series R2 and R4 Champion

INTERVIEW 2014.09.09

What are you looking for to accomplish?

My intent is to create a body of work that has never been accomplished in the sport of whitewater boating. This includes racing, exploratory descents, coordinating races, a race series, volunteer pursuits, and regional and national sport coordination. Essentially my goal is to leave a legacy and culture that will benefit rivers and their supporting communities.

"Tim Brink"

What would be your greatest achievement?

My career as a school psychologist.

What kind of difficulties does your sport’s performance involve?

Competition of resources. Our sport emulates that of the development of mankind itself.

"Tim Brink"

What makes you feel satisfied when performing your sport?

When all goals have been met and my best effort has been set forward. I commonly participate in the actual events I’m also competing in thus the variables which measure satisfaction can be profound.

"Tim Brink"

Where do you practice your techniques when being alone?

Team Quest Mixed Martial Arts and my church. The duality of body and spirit must be honed in concert.

What do you do during your training which is key to your success?

Mindfulness. Staying centered in a particular place, time, and energy.

"Tim Brink"

What are you most nervous about when competing?

Worry is derived from things outside of your control such as judging or the calculation and presentation of times and finishing order.

Who would you say is your biggest fan and why?

My mom. Because she’s my mom.

"Tim Brink"

What is the best piece of advice you have been ever given?

Hard work pays off.

What are your future plans?

To work on developing relationships especially with my new wife Caitlin Brink.

What are your tips for those who begin now?

Our journey towards self actualization is a life long process and we must always maintain a standard of vigilance.

"Tim Brink"