Mick Hopkinson has been recognised as an international Explorer in the Class of 2008 honorees by the United States-based International Whitewater Hall of Fame. Mick Hopkinson was a slalom racer in Britain before putting his energy into exploration including first descents on the river Inn in Switzerland and Austria, the Blue Nile in Ethiopia, and the Dudh Kosi in Nepal. He was also a member of Nepal's Karnali expedition and the "Taming of the Lion" first descent team on the Indus River in Baltistan. More recently he has been knocking first descents in Wyoming's Wind River Range and on New Zealand's West Coast. Mick is a passionate exponent of the sport and of preserving whitewater for future generations. He operates the New Zealand Kayak School in Murchison.