Cali Collective is an organization conceived by a few passionate female paddlers in Northern California and is dedicated to generating and fostering a community of people who share a love of the water. Our mission is to empower all persons to be confident both on and off the water. We are a diverse group of people, from river guides and ski bums to corporate CEOs, teens and retirees, therefore our events span a broad range of activities, including whitewater kayaking, standup paddleboarding, sea kayaking and the occasional tubing trip. Our main goal is to create a space for everyone to have fun, learn new skills and meet friends. This is an all-inclusive organization!


Womxn’s Program

It is true that womxn and men learn differently! It is immensely valuable to work with instructors and alongside other paddlers who are coming from the same place. Our goal is to provide a supportive and friendly environment where womxn can feel comfortable and have fun.


Holistic Approach

We recognize that all things on this planet are interconnected and most important is connection between mind, body and spirit. Therefore we integrate things like yoga, Pilates and nutrition into many of our trips and workshops to keep us balanced and aligned and to help prevent injury.


Community Building

Becoming a part of the watersport community is a beautiful thing. We truly believe that if you can inspire someone to be confident on the water, then that will translate into other areas of their lives. In turn, if they feel good about something they're doing, they'll want to pass it on to someone else.

Core Team

Melissa DeMarie //

Chief Instigator

(ACA L4 Whitewater Instructor)

Laura Zulliger //

Stoke Development

(ACA L4 Whitewater Instructor, ACA L5 Advanced Open Water Kayaking Instructor)

Kayla Lopez //

Art & Graphic Design

Sami Hawkins //

Lead Instructor

(ACA L4 Whitewater Instructor Trainer Candidate)

Sarah "Sarita" Kay //

Logistics & Operations

(ACA L3 Whitewater Instructor)


Krista Bulford //

Administrative Assistant

Ambassador & Jr Ambassador Team