The Team

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Bertrand van der Berg

Experienced SUP paddler, intermediate whitewater kayaker
Career highlights First descent of the Ash River by SUP. First place finish at the 2016 Ash Fest SUP race. Silver medal at SA Champs for Canoe Polo. Second place finish for SUP at Hansa Fish River Canoe Marathon.

Personal sponsors Red Paddle Co, RAW Adrenaline


Shane Raw

Experienced whitewater kayaker, intermediate SUP paddler
Career highlights Kayaking!! Especially in Norway, Iceland, Austria, France, Italy, Switzerland, New Zealand and the mighty Zambezi! Attended 2 World Freestyle Championships. Filming the “Focused” project with Matchstick Productions in Norway. Starred in the movie Halo Effect by Steve Fisher / Flowstate Narratives. Filming the as-yet-unreleased sequel to Halo Effect.

Personal sponsors First Ascent, Fluid Kayaks, Pelican Products, RAW Adrenaline



Philip Claassens

Experienced whitewater kayaker, experienced SUP paddler
Career highlights Getting invited to the first ever African Freestyle Development Camp and representing South Africa, seeing and paddling with new kayakers, to introducing my kids to kayaking. Probably being part of the kayaking lifestyle.

Personal sponsors Black Composites, Canoe and Kayak, RAW Adrenaline

Instagram @kayaksa
Facebook philip.claassens

Nadia Almuti

Experienced SUP paddler
Career highlights First SUP Decent of the entire 112 miles of the Middle Fork of the Salmon in Idaho. FIlming “Can I Surf That” and searching for river waves with Brittany Parker, Claire Chappell, and Heather Jackson. Teaching with RVR 2 RVR. Paddling and exploring whitewater in Japan. Traveling, racing, and competing with my friends!

Personal sponsors Hala Gear, Werner Paddles, PrAna, Ice Mule, Astral Designs, Gnarly Nutrition, Honey Stinger, Watershed Drybags, Heidi Michele Designs, Local Honey, Huppy Bar, Colorado Kayak Supply

Facebook: NadiaAlmuti
Instagram: @gnardia
Twitter: @almuti_nadia

Brittany Parker

Professional whitewater SUP athlete and river surfer
Career highlights A female pioneer of the sport of whitewater SUP and SUP river surfing. Produced and starred in the film ‘Can I Surf That’. Wrote and published an article about my time paddling Japan’s famous rivers. The first woman to land a 360 surfing an SUP. Having a major role in the growth of the stand up paddling. 

Personal sponsors Badfish SUP, Ice Mule, Heidi Michele Designs, Werner Paddles, Healthy Skoop, Astral Designs, TP Therapy, And Shes Dope Too, and Watershed Drybags.

Instagram: @bp.surfs

Leon Pieters

Experienced whitewater kayaker, experienced SUP paddler, designer and builder
Career highlights experienced kayaker and ocean supper. Many years professional guiding nationally and internationally on wild rivers. Participating and guiding several expeditions on both wild and unexplored rivers ie Papua new Guinea, Peru, Congo, Mozambique, Japan, Turkey, Kenya ect. Many years involved in the design and manufacture of water sports equipment such as kayaks, paddles, helmets and SUPs.

Personal sponsors Black Composites, Black Diamond

Facebook leon.pieters.58

Paul Teasdale

Zambezi based kayaker and adventure sports guide
Career highlights Selected to attend African Freestyle Development Camp on the White Nile.

Personal sponsors RAW Adrenaline

Instagram @rawteasdale
Twitter @rawteasdale
Facebook rawteasdale

Andrew Kellett

Experienced whitewater kayaker, experienced whitewater SUP paddler
Career highlights Owner of Gravity Adventures, rafting outfitter for 20 years. IRF and APA Instructor and Assessor training raft guides around the world. Recently headed up the safety for the first Cliff Diving showcase presented by Red Bull below Victoria Falls.
Represented SA at two-world freestyle kayaking events and an experienced exploratory kayaker. First SUPed the Kunene River in 2102 on my 8’5 fish tail – not easy! Pioneering river SUP in South Africa since then.

Personal sponsors Adventure Inc – Sea to Summit, Buff and Mountain Equipment. Vibram fivefingers and Red Paddle

Instagram @ak47rivers
Facebook ak47rivers


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