Jeff Laird

Jeff Laird

Jeff Laird – ‘Jerry’s Grandson’

Born: Bandon, Oregon
Raised: Gold Beach, Oregon
Off-Season occupation: The honey do’s that accumulate after being away from home for 4 months.
Pilot since: 1986
Hobbies: Being with my wife and kids primarily. Hunting, fishing and boat racing when I have time.
Funniest moment on the river: I caught a rattlesnake at Paradise lodge as it was swimming around the boats during lunch. I put it in a sealed container in the console of my boat and headed back down stream for Agness. While I was running a rapid I hit a wave that shook the boat and nearly spilled the rattlesnake into my lap.
Why you love your job: My grandfather started Jerry’s. It is in the blood, I guess I’m just a river rat at heart.
Favorite rapid to run: Devil’s Staircase Rapid