About Mission Adventure Tours
Mission Adventure Tours is San Antonio and central Texas’ premier outdoor adventure company. Mission Adventure Tours consists of 3 different companies each specializing in their own unique outdoor adventure.
Mission Kayak is our flagship company and specializes in amazing guided and unguided kayak trips on the San Antonio River and though out central and west Texas. For more information on Mission Kayak and the kayak tours we offer click this link www.missionkayak.com
Mission Bike Tours is the best way to tour the San Antonio’s Missions! We specialize in small tour groups and pride ourselves on a more intimate bike tour. For more information on Mission Bike Tours and the bike tours we offer click this link www.missionbiketour.com
Mission Running Tours is the newest member to the company and prides it’s self on being San Antion’s only running tour company.For more information on Mission Running Tours click this link www.missionrunningtour.com
Meet our amazing team!
Sarah Neal – Owner, Mission Adventure Tours
Texas All-Water Paddle Guide, ACA Level 2 River Kayak Instructor, ACA Level 1 SUP Instructor with an Adaptive Paddling Endorsement.
Sarah was born here south Texas and grew up in Newport Beach, California where she fell in love with the outdoors, the ocean and wildlife. In 2000 Sarah joined the US Air Force and spent 10 years in the computer and communications career field and deployed during OIF/OEF. In 2006 Sarah and her family received orders to Lackland AFB, San Antonio,Tx. In 2010 Sarah left the Air Force and became a Network Security Engineer for General Dynamics here is San Antonio. While the pay was great she longed for the great outdoors. In 2012 Sarah was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect and had to have heart surgery to repair the defect. After her surgery Sarah sat back and took a hard look at her life and her career. She decided to make a drastic change. She quit her lucrative IT job and moved with her family to Albuquerque, New Mexico. Sarah spent 3 years in New Mexico where she completed a Bachelors Degree in Environmental Biology and fell in love with whitewater kayaking. Sarah started taking formal whitewater kayaking classes while in New Mexico and eventually became an American Canoe Association Level 2 River Kayak Instructor, Level 1 Stand Up Paddleboard Instructor and obtained her Adaptive Paddling Endorsement.
At the end of 2015 Sarah’s husband retired from the Air Force and the family moved back to to the one city they called home, San Antonio. Sarah was hired by Mission Kayak in 2016 as it’s manager, kayak guide and kayak instructor. After managing the company for 10 months Sarah saw the potential Mission Kayak had and offered to buy the company from the previous owner. On 1 January 2017 Sarah bought Mission kayak and its sister companies Mission Bike Tours and Mission Running Tours. Sarah spent the first 6 months of 2017 making numerous improvements to all three businesses, streamlining each business and pulled all three businesses into one all inclusive outdoor adventure company called MISSION ADVENTURE TOURS. Sarah is currently enjoying molding Mission Adventure Tours into San Antonio’s premier outdoor adventure company.
Jim Lawson – Shuttle Driver / Kayak Guide
ACA Level 2 River Kayak Instructor.
Jim also hails from Souther California and moved to San Antonio, Texas in 2014. Jim was hired on as Mission Kayak’s shuttle driver in 2015. When Mission Kayak changed ownership in 2017 Jim agreed to become a kayak guide for Mission Kayak and he obtained his ACA Level 2 Kayak Instructor certification in May 2017. Jim has experience fishing all over the US and South America, and will be applying for his Texas Fishing Guide License in 2018! Jim is our go to guy and a Jack of all trades. He can fix anything, and is an indispensable part of the Mission Kayak team!
Nixo Lanning – Kayak Guide/ Instructor & Receptionist
ACA Level 3 River Kayak Instructor, Receptionist
Nixo is originally from northern California and currently lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Nixo comes down to San Antonio 2-3 times a year to guide and teach kayaking for Mission Kayak. Nixo’s first language is American Sign Language and when she is in San Antonio Mission Adventure Tours offers classes special designed for the deaf and hard of hearing community.
Nixo, has a Master Degree in Outdoor Education and is a avid outdoors adventurer. She has competed internationally in numerous deaflympics in snowboarding, road bike and Mountian bike races. In 2016 she hiked to the base camp of Mount Everest. Her enthusiasm and love for the outdoors is contagious and Mission Adventure Tours awaits the day she can move to San Antonio and become a full-time member of our amazing team!
Karla Held – Kayak Guide/ Instructor
ACA Level 2 River Kayak Instructor, ACA Level 1 SUP Instructor
Texas for many years, she’s also worked as a kayak guide for LL Bean in Massachusetts, Zoar Outdoor on the Deerfield River of Massachusetts, the Nantahala River of North Carolina, the Tuckaseegee River of North Carolina and the Hiawasee River of Tennessee. She’s also worked as a raft guide on the Nantahala, Deerfield and Hiawasee Rivers.
Karla is also a professional photographer and has worked as a river photographer at An Rafting on the Ubaye River in France and for the Ocoee Adventure Center on the Ocoee River of Tennessee. She’s published numerous kayaking articles for the San Antonio Express-News, the Houston Chronicle, the Bulverde News, the Austin-American Statesman and Paddler Magazine. She’s always looking to paddle new sections of rivers with newer and older paddling friends and is eager to share her knowledge and passion for paddling.