TEAM Paddlers

Johann Swart

JOHANN Swart

Before Johann discovered his current love for kayaking, he was dividing his time between surfing, fishing, hiking, mountain biking or whatever little adventure he could conjure up. All of that however ended in 2012 when he decided to buy a second hand creekboat to use for fishing. Needless to say, he hasn’t been fishing since. Since 2012, Johann has paddled in Zambia, Uganda, Swaziland, Austria and all over South Africa.

Having worked as a photojournalist for several years, his trusty Pelican case and camera is always there to document the natural grandeur that makes all of us return to our rivers time after time.

Location: Upington, South Africa
Discipline: Creeking, riverrunning
Favourite runs: Batoko Gorge, Zambezi. Dante’s Inferno, Elands River, South Africa

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Sponsors: Fluid Kayaks

Shane Raw

SHANE Raw

Kayaking is more than a sport or a hobby for me – it is truly a way of life! It is a portal to deep happiness and provides me with much more than just physical challenge and a sense of accomplishment. It is also my spiritual happy place, a place of solitude and reflection, a place of learning, testing, sharpening. It is a reason to wake up every morning and push myself a little harder.

I get stoked on all forms of river kayaking from the mellow meanderings of swirling currents to the adrenaline energy of thundering waterfalls and I crave the challenge of running hard whitewater that leaves most people thinking… but WHY?!!

Kayaking has taken me to over 30 countries on 5 continents so far… and the to-do list just continues to grow!!

Location: Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa

Disciplines: Expeditions, creeking, river-running, playboating, slalom, canoe-polo, marathons

Favourite Runs: The mighty Zambezi, Skjorli River, Norway and almost every other river in Norway!!

Kris Collyer

KRIS Collyer

Kris has been a full time paddler and Coach for 20 years. Kris started out in the UK, before emigrating to Nairobi, Kenya in 2002. Kris Owns and operates a kayak school and Outdoor Education Company called Infinity Outdoors based in Nairobi.

Kris has run numerous first descents in Kenya, and did a short spell on the White Nile before the dam’s came, but his true passion is Coaching Whitewater kayaking. He works with a number of different local Kenyan providers, teaching their staff about kayaking, rafting and whitewater safety. He also helps out with the local clubs, organizing events to promote paddling in Kenya, and with School kids bringing on the next generation.  When he’s not working, Kris can be found on his home River Tana, or on the Indian Ocean Surf.

Location: Nairobi, Kenya

Discipline: Coaching, River running, Creeking, Surf kayaking

Favourite runs: Tana River, Kenya and Indian Ocean Surf

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Blogger: infinityoutdoors.blogspot.com
Sponsors: Fluid Kayaks

Hugh du Preez

HUGH du Preez

Hugh is the most experienced paddler on the team and has been with Fluid Kayaks from its beginning. Passionate about safety and growing the sport, Hugh runs Whitewater Training in Parys. Not limited to kayaking his courses include Swiftwater Rescue, First Aid and Guide courses for operators. Hugh would however rather be running first descents.

Hugh began paddling in his varsity days through WITS Explorers and has represented South Africa in Spain and Canada. He spent 4 seasons in Canada, running big water and sporting a Mohawk. Back home Hugh has a rapid on the Sabie River named after him “Hugh Twice” after running the first two runs on the section an being pulled from the siphon both times by Jaco Lubbe.

Location: Parys, South Africa
Discipline:  Creeking, freestyle, canoe polo, K1, C1, rafting
Favourite runs:  Any first descents

Tammy Muir

TAMMY Muir

I have been kayaking for about 3 and half years, primarily in South Africa but I have also paddled in Swaziland. I love kayaking and the feeling you get when you look back at a rapid you were nervous for and you know you had a good line. I get so much out of paddling, I get to see amazing places and meet awesome people. I compete in most of the competitions/festivals in South Africa. I enjoy competing even though there are normally not many females competing, I like to try my best and see where I fall in among the men. I am part of a female kayaking group called Fluid Females our objective is to get more women involved with the sport.

Location : Nomadic
Discipline : River Running , creeking, freestyle
Favourite Runs: Thrombi Section, Umzimkulu River, Deepdale gorge, Umkomaas River, U2 Sabie River, Inxu River. All of them are in South Africa

Sponsors: Fluid Kayaks

 

Nigel Louw

NIGEL Louw

I am based in East London South Africa and kayaking and fishing is what I enjoy. From river angling or bass angling on dams it is always exciting on a kayak. I run www.fishingec.com and also enjoy my kayak shop Wild Coast Kayaks and the rigging of kayaks.

Location: East London, South Africa
Discipline: Kayak angling
Favorite runs:      Fishing any river system in the EC is fun especially summer time when game fish are around.

Website: www.wildcoastkayaks.co.za &  www.fishingec.com

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Sponsors: Fluid Kayaks, Daiwa, McArthy Baits, Blue Marlin Fishing Rods, Mad Mullet.

Deon J Breytenbach

DEON J Breytenbach

Deon is the operations manager for the Blyde Adventure camp. He has been paddling for a long time and his work means he is 1 part river. Deon is a competitive paddler and when he can get away from the Canyon has often placed in the top 3 of freestyle and riverrunning events.

His work means interacting with large school groups as well as smaller groups of fun seekers. He is naturally likeable, instils confidence, and is all round a cool guy. Deon has taken his love for paddling one step further and has organised weekly kayak lessons at school in the area. We have seen competitors at the Blyde Fest as young as 10 years old. Deon understands what is needed for development and has a no fuss approach, it is all about time on the water and being given the opportunity.

Location: Blyde River, South Africa
Discipline(s): Handpaddling, Freestyle, Big Water, Creeking, Tubing
Favourite runs: Blyde River Canyon, Spekboom River

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Sponsors:  First Ascent, Vibram FiveFingers, Black Composites, Adidas Eyewear

 

Dewet Michau

DEWET Michau

I love the outdoors, meeting new peeps and experiencing the outdoors. Kayaking allows me to practice my video editing and photography skills. Travelling and kayaking allows you to see unique aspects that the normal tourist would not.

Location: nomadic
Discipline: creeking, playboating, expedition
Favourite runs: Gol-Gol in Chile, uMtumvuna and Inxu in South Africa

Sponsors: Fluid Kayaks