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This is the Fluid Elite team, also known as the Cream of the Crop, the Dream Team, the Fatal Bazooka Squad, the Pro-Laser 2000 Unit, the Ultimates, the Supa Dupa Crew, and a few other nicknames. It's probably quite obvious at this point: we simply couldn't figure out a better name than "Elite" to identify our ambassadors, our special forces, our boof specialists, our stick experts, our... oh well, you get the point.


Andrew John Kellett - Elite Team
  • Location: Cape Town, Western Cape
  • Discipline: Freestyle, Creeking, Expedition
  • Occupation: Gravity Adventures
  • Boats paddled: Nemesis, Detox, Solo
  • Website: http://www.gravity.co.za

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Lachlan Carracher
  • Location: Albury, Australia
  • Discipline: Freestyle, Creeking, Expedition
  • Occupation: Logistics Manager
  • Boats paddled: Expedition Solo, Nemesis, Element
  • Website: www.lifebywater.com.au

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Leif Anderson
  • Age: 29, but only paddling since 1996
  • Location: Colorado, USA
  • Discipline: Creeking - Freestyle
  • Occupation: Graduate Student
  • Boats paddled: Element, Big Bang
  • Favorite runs: Slave River (sweet playboating), South Branch Middle Fork Feather
  • Website: http://www.leifandnatalie.blogspot.com
  • Best Accomplishment of 2011: Getting married on the bank of a river, to fellow team paddler Natalie Anderson
  • Goals for 2012: 1) Recover from this stupid broken leg 2) Run the s***, go big
  • Random Fact: I am a professional kayaker, but in my free time I am pursuing a PhD in theoretical physics.

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Adrian Kiernan

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Andrew Pollock
  • Location: South Africa
  • Discipline: Freestyle, Creeking, Surf Kayaking
  • Occupation: Student
  • Boats paddled: Nemesis, Element, Solo
  • Website: http://teamjeep.co.za/index.php?sectionID=59

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Seth Chapelle
  • Age: 23
  • Location: Sharpsburg, MD
  • Discipline: Creeking, Freestyle
  • Occupation: Registered Nurse (RN) in cardiac step-down, Certified watermelon eater
  • Boats paddled: Dope L, Bazooka M, Element
  • Favorite runs: Too many to count. Some of my favorite places I've paddled though are New Zealand, Canada, France, Germany, Africa (Zambezi), and countless amazing spots all over North America.
  • Website: http://www.youtube.com/user/Sethc188
  • Website: https://vimeo.com/allthingsbrowntv and http://www.facebook.com/atbTV
  • Website: http://sethc1.blogspot.com/
  • Best Accomplishment of 2011: 1) US Freestyle Kayak Team member 2) 4th place in the World Freestyle Kayak Champs in Plattling, Germany 3) Graduating nursing school.
  • Goals for 2012: 1) Represent Bob Norr's spirit on every paddling trip - miss you bro, RIP 2) Place in the 2012 World Cup Freestyle Series event in the held in the southeast US in August/September at Rock Island, the Pigeon River, and Nantahala River 3) Grow in my new career of nursing and paddle hard, film, and progress as much as possible in my awesome new boats from Fluid.
  • Random Fact: I love music and play drums in a band called The Odyssey with my friends Nick and Corey. Check us out (http://www.facebook.com/theodysseyband).

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Bobby Miller
  • Age: 34
  • Location: West Virginia, USA
  • Discipline: Creeking, Racing, and some Playboating
  • Occupation: Teacher, Fluid NA Team Manager, Basketball Referee
  • Boats paddled: Bazooka M, Dope L, Bazooka L, Donsa
  • Favorite runs: Manns Creek, Moore Run, Potomac River
  • Website: https://vimeo.com/allthingsbrowntv/
  • Website: http://www.youtube.com/user/BobbyMiller24?feature=mhee
  • Best Accomplishments of 2011: 1) Running all of the drops on the first complete descent of Moore Run 2) Running 80 foot Sahalie Falls in Oregon 3) Getting married to my wonderful wife, Melissa Miller
  • Goals for 2012: 1) Place in the top 3 in the Great Falls Race 2) Make several new All Things Brown videos with footage of lots of big drops 3) Compete in the Green Narrows Race
  • Random Fact: I took up playboating again this year after a 6 year hiatus.

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David Arnaud
  • Location:France
  • Discipline: Freestyle, Creeking, Expedition
  • Occupation: Filmmaker, Fluid Kayaks Team Manager
  • Boats paddled: Nemesis M, Solo L, Element
  • Website: http://www.thinkliquid.net

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Hendri Coetzee / Perpetual member
  • Location:South Africa
  • Discipline: Creeking, Expedition
  • Occupation: River Guide, Social worker
  • Boats paddled: Solo L, Solo S, Nemesis M

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Celliers Kruger

The Elite page wouldn't be complete without Fluid's fearless leader Celliers Kruger. He's a class V paddler as well as a class V entrepreneur. Five years ago, who would have bet on a Kayak manufacturer starting from scratch in South Africa? He's also the author of several books and guidebooks - and a quite busy guy most of the time.

  • Location: South Africa
  • Discipline: Creeking, Expedition, Freestyle
  • Occupation: The man with a plan - Fluid owner and designer!
  • Boats paddled: the guy owns a kayak factory, so...
  • Website: http://www.fluidkayaks.co.za

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