MEET NORTH STORM BRAND AMBASSADOR Kev Smith – Woolgoolgaoffroad
For the past 30 years Kev has been chasing his passion with the great outdoors. His achievements are pretty impressive, from working with TV crews on destination stories, top names in the 4wd industry creating off road DVD’s, submitting 4wd and camping destination stories for national magazines, hosting high profile groups on the Coffs Coast showing them stunning areas and that’s not the end of it!
A keen fisherman that still holds several sports fishing records! He chased big game fish around the Hawaiian Islands but now just enjoys flicking light gear around snags at home for a bit of fun.
But Kev’s achievements definitely don’t end there! … With an array of off-road competitions under his belt, photography awards, a mile of sporting awards PLUS 4wd industry achievements he just does not stop. Working for a national outdoors camping store he was pro-active winning multiple national camping awards, initiating a host of in-store magazine articles and climbing the corporate ladder.
After setting a high standard he then moved onto a national 4wd store where he published his own guide on 4wd and camping destinations along the north coast of NSW. It was about now that Kev was going to retire, but since pulling the pin on work, his passion for all things outdoors just hasn’t stopped with a truck load of new places to explore and report on he is travelling full-time around Australia. Did we mention that he writes for a local Coffs magazine aiming at the amazing history that once was around the Coffs Coast too!
But it hasn’t happened overnight. From a humble blog before social media started, sharing his passion of his adventures, and freely sharing to anyone that would listen, he has been lucky enough to have travelled extensively throughout Australia chasing new and exciting destinations. Included in the travels there has also been several outback trips where he has been the support vehicle for groups of off-road motorbikes traversing the outback desert dunes well off the beaten trails.
Always one to help others, he created his own website to share his travels and offers advice for anything off-road or for those little hidden camping spots or secret swimming holes. Kev is everything outdoors where he likes nothing better than hiking up a gorge or down into a rainforest pocket to shoot beautiful waterfalls or simply stunning rainforest pockets. In fact, he just spent time in Tasmania exploring the island and found so much beauty around and inside the island that he can’t wait to go back. Tackling some of the great walks of Tassie he is getting ramped up for some overnight hikes across the island.
It seems wherever he goes there’s always a lake to paddle across, swim in a cooling river, hike a mountain or simply tackle some of the hardest tracks that he can find, but aside from that he mentioned there’s nothing better than sitting around a campfire at night listening to the different sounds that come out at night. With one of the best 4wd and off-road camper setups you’ll ever see, it seems like there’s no place that he won’t seek out, tackle any obstacle thrown his way and then sit back to enjoy the serenity with a beer in his hand, watching the campfire crackle, and ponder what’s on tomorrows adventure list.
We are so stoked to have Kev on our team at North Storm!
More about Kev
Do you have any other interests outside of Exploring Australia?
Unfortunately not, all of my interests revolve around the outdoors, from hiking, fishing, kayaking, all adventure activities, big 4wder, camper, general explorer and blogger. Oh – but only if I’m close to the ground not 2000 feet high, that skydiving stuff does my head in and is for the birds!
Who is your idol, hero? Who inspires you the most?
My Dad (hard worker and never gave up) inspired me the most, but my exploring idols are still the Leyland Bros, Malcolm Douglas of course our early explorers. They faced so many challenges that we could never imagine today.
If you could travel anywhere in Australia where would you go? And why?
Oh gee, that is a bloody hard one. But I’m definitely busting my guts to get to the remote parts of Arnhem Land where the raw beauty and remoteness is calling me. Why? … I regard this part of Australia as part of our last frontier.
What motivates you each and every day?
Waking up and either learning or seeing something new every day makes me want to achieve more and more. Being fit to enjoy life and everything it throws at me motivates me to keep going.
What do you want to accomplish in your lifetime? Goals?
Realistically I want to explore until I can’t walk or talk anymore. There is so much to see and do in this awesome land of ours.
Goals? To share my experiences to anyone who wants to listen and to make others want to get back out there.
What do you use your North Storm gear for?
Being a bloody keen 4wder – getting off road to isolated and remote places, a hiker and photographer where I need to carry camera gear often into rugged terrain where it’s either dusty or wet, my North Storm backpack is a lifesaver! It is great not having to worry about rain, waterfall spray or dust getting on my gear. I’ve crossed a few creeks too (fallen into a couple just quietly) and I know the bag has saved my gear. As a 4wder the bag occasionally gets thrown on the roof of the car or camper when we’ve got extra gear and I’ve never worried about any dust or rain that we go through.