Das Team

Our Team

The purelements team in Ticino consists of young, motivated, friendly and always in a good mood! A good relationship between employees and with our customers is essential! We consider ourselves a small family with the same passions and visions! We look forward to sharing our passions with you!

Florian SchauweckerCEO
SOA-Canyoning-Guide, SOA-Canoeing-Guide, Safety manager, logistic and office manager

Born: Bellinzona, Switzerland
Language: Italian, German, English, French and some Spanish.

Florian, born and raised in Ticino, is one of the few local canyoning guides who has turned his hobby into a profession!

Florian grew up in the mountains and developed a strong interest in nature and outdoor sports at a young age.

When he went canyoning for the first time, he knew immediately that he wanted to do this sport as often as possible. During his studies at the tourism school, he realised that his future would lie in managing an outdoor company.

His first job in this field was as a photographer in the canyons and very quickly, as he gained more and more experience, after training as a SOA guide and working as a guide for a few years, he had the opportunity to become the CEO of purelements CH Sagl.

Seeing the enthusiastic and satisfied customers gives him a lot of satisfaction and always motivates him to give 100% throughout the season.

Besides canyoning, Florian loves climbing, kayaking, mountain biking and turbo siesta!

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Thomas WaibelOwner, CEO
CIC Canyoning-Guide

Born: Sonthofen, Germany

Language: German, English

Thomas is the owner and creator of purelements! He has been in the industry for 24 years and carries on his philosophy with great enthusiasm and determination.

Thomas is a top canyoning expert with his experience and his position as director of the CIC. Although he lives in Germany, he has always seen Ticino as his second home and knows the canyons of Ticino by heart.

Whatever questions you have about canyoning, Thomas will be able to answer them ;D

Besides canyoning, Thomas is passionate about caving, geology and meteorology. When he is not in a canyon in Ticino or in a cave in Germany, he is probably travelling somewhere around the world to discover new adventurous places.

“Experience places you’ve always dreamed of.”

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Laso SchallerCanyoning-Guide Free Lance
Canyoning-Guide Free Lance

Born: Zürich, Switzerland

Language: German, English

Laso grew up in a super sporty family and started working for the sports office of the canton of Zurich at the age of 12!

You can definitely call him multi-talented, who loves to pass on his passions on his kids!

Apart from being a professional diver, Laso is very well known in the canyoning world thanks to his acrobatics!

We are happy to have him as a freelancer in our team to support us in very intense moments!

A guy who lives for extreme sports, with a huge heart, always ready to help!

Mario Ariza BlasCanyoning Guide, Canoeing Guide, Climbing instructor
Canyoning Guide, Canoeing Guide, Climbing instructor

Born: Madrid, Spain

Language: Spanish, English und some Italian

Mario was trained in Spain, where he has been working as a canyoning, climbing and via ferrata guide for several years. After working for many years in the Benasque Valley in the Pyrenees, he decided to broaden his experience and come to the canyoning Mecca of Ticino! His decision to come to Ticino was also influenced by love… love for his girlfriend, his friends and the nature of Ticino!

He has been with us since 2020 and we are very happy to have him in our team.

Our Super-Mario is always in a good mood and is appreciated by our guests for his sympathy and Spanish temperament and this is why he is our main guide!

Ivan de AbajoClimbing Mountain Guide
Climbing Guide and canyoning assistant

Born: Madrid Spain
Language: Spanish, English, French, Italian

Ivan was born and raised near Madrid. After working as a sports instructor, cook, bartender and a dozen other jobs, he decided to come to Switzerland and work as a climbing instructor.

Ivan quickly found a job as a coach at the sports centre in Tenero thanks to his friendliness and social skills.

Ivan is our climbing and via ferrata guide and because he is always motivated to learn and discover new activities, he decided to become a canyoning guide too! Good Job Ivan, welcome to our team!

Jasper Herman HoekstraCanyoning and Kayak Guide
SOA Canyoning-Guide, Kayak Instructor

Born: Netherlands
Language: Dutch, English, German, French

Jasper is the youngest member of our team, but no less experienced in the field!

After finishing his studies at the Outdoor School in the Netherlands, he immediately started working as a kayak and canyoning guide in France. After 7 years in France, he decided to come to Switzerland and work with us in the summer!

Jasper is full of energy and never stops between work and outdoor sports!

Like most Dutch people, Jasper is super nice and friendly!

Michael WeikFree Lance Canyoning Guide
Free Lance Canyoning Guide

Born: Germany

Language: German, English and some Spanish

Michael has been with us for many years and has contributed to the success of purelements! As a self-employed arborist, he only works as a canyoning guide a few days a year. He often comes to help us during our camps! Michi’s life is very simple. He lives in his van with very few possessions and is happy with a little food, nature, a good job and lots of adventure! His favourite sport is climbing!