Meet the Crew
Tim has been exploring the Baja Peninsula for more than 40 years. He has a deep passion for the local people of Baja’s backcountry and has a large network of friends throughout the Baja Peninsula. Tim has explored Baja in many different ways from motorcycle, truck, foot, ATV, UTV and the bus. “Driving the dirt roads of Baja’s backcountry is amazing and it’s always an adventure,” says the XploreBaja owner. “I love people and love to introduce Baja to new to Baja adventurers. Exploring the pristine beaches and the remote magical Baja backcountry never gets old.”
Rick has been exploring the Baja Peninsula for more than 35 years. He is an accomplished professional motorcycle racer starting his career in his 20’s as one of the first factory Honda riders. He is meticulous and has an extensive background of Baja experience. As a successful business owner, he is well aware of the safety concerns for all clients. Rick is the manager of the XploreBaja Moto Guides leading our moto groups through Baja’s most desolate and majestic single-track trails. Rick owns a residence in Baja and has raised his amazing family adventuring all over the Baja Peninsula.
LJ is a talented mechanic and metal fabricator and is the XploreBaja go to guy for all things “McGyver.” Since 1980 he has been exploring Baja with his dad, Big Jon, prerunning and racing in various competitive off road desert racing classes. LJ has raced in Class ½ 1600, Class 12, Class 10 and Trophy Trucks. He is always up for an adventure and has more than 100,000 miles of Baja Peninsula experience all over from coast-to-coast.
Brendan is a world-class adventurer and professional dirt bike rider. He raced in SCORE Class 1 for several years and has been traveling throughout the world adventuring for more than 20 years. 10 years ago he discovered Baja and he’s never looked back. He is an intregal part of XploreBaja and joins us on the most difficult trips.
As a world-class explorer he has tons of real-world experience and provides great problem solving in trying situations. Brendan is a professional athlete riding road bikes and mountain bikes at the highest level. He is a professional dirt bike motorcycle rider and has chased XploreBaja clients on his KTM 500 all over the Baja Peninsula. He’s an avid Baja surfer and SUP’er and spends nearly 3 months a year adventuring in Baja.
She first ventured into the land of Baja’s wild backcountry with her dad, Tim Sanchez, in 1988 at the age of 3 years old. She bounced along in the right seat of the old Chevy 4WD pickup as Tim charged down the beaches and through the sand washes, just the two of them wandering through the Baja backcountry. Brittany literally grew up in Baja. She’s been part of the XploreBaja program since she was a little tyke just along for the ride. Now she does it all as she keeps everyone laughing and in check.
Christine is one of Tim’s three daughters who have all grown up exploring many walks of the Baja lifestyle. Surfing, riding MTB and cruising an ATV’s on the beach are a few of the many things that Christine loves to do in Baja. Having traveled the peninsula on countless occasions and logging thousands of Baja backcountry miles she knows Baja in many ways. She handles much of the logistics and planning for many trips. Christine is one of the first ones out on the beach as the sun rises over of the Sea of Cortez. Smiling and leading adventures is in her blood.
For 35 years, Mike dedicated his life to saving others working as a fireman / paramedic for the Los Angeles County Fire Department. When you talk about someone who has seen it all, Mike is one of the rare people that has walked the walk. His getaway from the rigors of the real world is his Baja house on the Rio Hardy river located between Mexicali and San Felipe. A watersports destination that is relatively unknown to the general public. Mike has been involved in off road racing for the past 25 years chasing for some of the top trophy truck teams in the world. He has a vast experience that XploreBaja draws upon all the time. Mike is an experienced paramedic that has been involved in many rescues on both sides of the border.
Baja and racing are in this guy’s blood. Kelly won the 2007 SCORE Baja 1000 as the navigator in the Riviera Racing Trophy Truck. In 2007 the Baja 1000 was the longest nonstop point-to-point off road race in the world. For the past 15 years, Kelly has immersed himself into the world of Baja and has been a big part of the XploreBaja crew. He is a world-class McGyver and a comedian on the side. Kelly surfs, SUPS, drives, rides, mechanics along with everything else in the book.
Genaro is the Camp Jefe at Solosports Camp located in Punta San Carlos. He is a master chef the go to guy for everything utilitarian. If you need it, Genaro can make it happen. From April to November he’s working at Solosports Camp, but during the off-season XploreBaja is lucky to have him join our trips during the high season. Genaro is a Spanish speaker who completely understands English, but will keep you laughing all day long.
Having a professional mechanic on the XploreBaja crew is absolutely mandatory and Brian is one of the best mechanics XploreBaja has ever met. He has the keen ability to find the problem and create a solution when 550-miles south of the border. Brian has been adventuring and racing in Baja for the past 20 years. He has raced with the best Trophy Truck teams in the world in Baja and knows Baja’s backcountry. His day job is a master Mercedes-Benz mechanic tech and he’s full of knowledge.
The youngest daughter of the XploreBaja Jefe, she is a physical fitness buff and Baja adventure girl who loves to surf, MTB, SUP and travel throughout Baja. Megan plays college volleyball and has been playing club volleyball since she was in junior high school. A couple of her favorite places in Baja are Bahia de Los Angeles and SoloSports-Punta San Carlos. She has been on a handful of Baja Peninsula runs over the past 10 years and she’s a born adventurer.
Austin is an active fireman / paramedic working in Southern California. He is a near professional surfer and motorcycle racer as well coming from a family that has been adventuring in Baja for 40 years. He works many trips with XploreBaja as the key medical professional and helps us maintain the XploreBaja medical gear. He is a world traveler and just returned from Indonesia surfing and providing emergency medial support at Mentawai Isla, a remote famed surf location. He will keep you entertained to say the least.