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Here are our representatives in the New World. From British Columbia to West Virginia, they're all over the place preaching the good word!

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Natalie Kramer Anderson
  • Age: 26
  • Location: Fort Collins, CO
  • Discipline: Creeking, Freestyle
  • Occupation: PhD candidate for Fluvial Geomorphology
  • Boats paddled: Bazooka M, Dope S
  • Favorite runs: Cal Salmon and its tributaries
  • Website: http://www.leifandnatalie.blogspot.com/
  • Best Accomplishments of 2011: 1) Got Married to Leif and had the best. wedding. ever 2) Burnt Ranch Gorge at 10,000cfs 3) Ran Metlako falls
  • Goals for 2012: 1) The clean blunt, 2) The McNasty, 3) Buying property near the Slave River in Fort Smith
  • Random Fact: Two different nicknames that I had in highschool were "The Animal" and "Spacey".

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Seth Chapelle - Elite Team
  • 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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Leif Anderson - Elite Team
  • Age: 29, but only paddling since 1996
  • Location: Colorado
  • 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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Steve Horvath
  • Location: Toronto, Canada
  • Discipline: Creeking - Freestyle
  • Occupation: CAD Design Consultant
  • Boats paddled: Nemesis, Solo, Element
  • Website: www.h2opaddles.com

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Bobby Miller - Elite Team
  • Age: 34
  • Location: Harpers Ferry, WV
  • 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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Dave Farkas
  • Age: Feeling like I'm 25
  • Location: Durango, CO
  • Discipline: Creeking
  • Occupation: Professional Athlete/Guide/Instructor, Physics and Math Teacher
  • Boats paddled: Bazooka M, Dope M
  • Favorite runs: Fantasy Falls (Mokolumne), Royal Gorge (NF American), Middle - Baker's Gorges (Animas)
  • Website: dropsandboofs.blogspot.com
  • Website: www.horizonlineadventures.com
  • Website: http://fiveten.com/athletes/athlete-detail/12029-dave-farkas
  • Best Accomplishments of 2011: 1) Solo run on Middle -Baker's Gorges 2) High Water South Branch Feather 3) High Water Crystal Gorge
  • Goals for 2012: 1) Middle Kings 2) Europe Trip 3) Chile
  • Random Fact: The best 2 days of my life were when my 2 boys, Harley and Liam, were born!

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Luke Spencer
  • Location: Portland, OR
  • Discipline: Exploratory Creeking, Freestyle, Surf
  • Boats paddled: Solo Exp., Lrg Nemesis, Med. Element
  • Website: www.pdxriverexplorers.blogspot.com
  • Website: www.northwestcreekcomp.org

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Kate Wagner
  • Age: 31
  • Location: Portland, OR
  • Discipline: Creeking, Multi-day trips
  • Occupation: Mental Health Therapist
  • Boats paddled: Solo M, Nemesis S
  • Website: www.northwestlivin.blogspot.com
  • Best Accomplishments of 2011: 1) Dialing in the art of self support trips 2) Creating some awesome videos with awesome people!! 3) Kicking ass for First Descents! (Girls of the Gorge sent 3 folks to camp and paddled 81,209 ft)
  • Goals for 2012: 1) Return to the Cendenning River, BC (see http://www.northwestlivin.blogspot.com/2009_09_01_archive.html) 2) Explore new wilderness self support runs
  • Random Fact: No giggles please....I was a high school cheerleader. Go Team!

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Scott Martin
  • Age: 28
  • Location: Northern PA
  • Occupation: Photographer
  • Boats paddled: Bazooka
  • Website: www.scottmartinimages.com
  • Favorite Runs: Sjoa River, Norway, Oswegatchie, New York, Witte River, Cape Town, ZAF
  • Best Accomplishments of 2011: 1) Experiencing the Ottawa River for the first time after hearing so much about it. 2) Helping American Whitewater document the Green River in Vermont
  • Goals for 2012: 1) Paddle hard 2) Share the stoke

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Danny Doran
  • Age: 19
  • Location: Rochester, NY
  • Occupation: Kayak Instructor, Film Student
  • Boats paddled: Bazooka
  • Favorite Runs: Little White Salmon, Oswegatchie, Lock 32 Whitewater Park
  • Website: http://www.dcdkayaking.com
  • Best Accomplishments for 2011: 1) Ran my highest waterfall- 70' Lower Letchworth Falls 2) Made my First Feature Length Film- Empire: The Whitewater Story
  • Goals for 2012: 1) Paddle more 2) Get on some new runs
  • Random Facts: I wanted to be a cowboy when I was a little kid. I go to Ithaca College for Cinema and Photography.

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Alan Panebaker
  • Age: 29
  • Location: Montpelier, VT
  • Occupation: Journalist, Attorney
  • Boats paddled: Bazooka
  • Favorite runs: Ingram Creek (AK), North Fork of the Payette, Little White Salmon
  • Website: http://appaddling.blogspot.com
  • Best Accomplishments of 2011: 1) Passing the bar exam; 2) Running the Magpie; 3) Vermont high water shenanigans
  • Goals for 2012: 1) Paddle more; 2) Work less; 3) Have the most fun
  • Random Fact: I like poutine.

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Mike Farrell
  • Age: 34
  • Location: Pasadena, CA
  • Occupation: Geography Professor
  • Boats paddled: Dope L, Bazooka M
  • Favorite runs: Brush Creek, Upper NF Kaweah, bigwater Merced
  • Website: http://boatertalk.com/user/arrmike/
  • Best Accomplishment of 2011: Remembering how to focus mentally while on the water
  • Goals for 2012: 1) 1st Descents of at least 1 of the big falls 2) 1 new stretch of river in the San Gabriels 3) paddling up to takeout with my wife and newborn daughter waiting
  • Random Fact: I've visited 49 states (sorry Hawaii), have size 14 feet, and I liked IPA long before you did ;)

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Mark Taylor
  • Age: 23
  • Location: Boone, NC
  • Occupation: Camp guide, video boater
  • Boats paddled: Bazooka M
  • Favorite Runs: Linville Gorge hands down. Coming in a close second is the Raven Fork in Cherokee, NC. Then theres the Green Narrows if the above two aren't running
  • Website: http://www.facebook.com/markjt
  • Website: http://vimeo.com/user5506962
  • Best Accomplishments for 2011: Sub 5 minute green race, 8th in longboat division and 4th in handpaddle division
  • Goals for 2012: 1) Fire up a first descent 2) Run the complete raven fork w/o portages 3) Sub 4:45 time at 2012 green race
  • Random Facts: I am ALWAYS hungry.

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Christine Boush
  • Age: 30
  • Location: Asheville, NC
  • Occupation: Marketing and Nursing Student and Whitewater Junkie
  • Boats paddled: Bazooka S
  • Favorite Runs: Anything in Mexico that involves green water and big drops, the Green, Horsepasture, Overflow, Virgin River, Brush Creek, Wilsons, Watauga
  • Website: www.boushkanaka.com
  • Best Accomplishments for 2011: 1) Taught 15 people how to roll and paddle 2) First descent on Horse Pasture 3) Paddling the Virgin River through Zion at flood stage
  • Goals for 2012: 1) Get more people paddling in Fluid Kayaks! 2) Compete as much as possible (won the Cheoah race) 3) Graduate nursing school so I can go international in December on an awesome trip.
  • Random Facts: I grew up in Papua New Guinea and one of my biggest aspirations is to return there for a paddling trip.

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Ocoee Chapelle
  • Age: 12
  • Location: Sharpsburg, MD
  • Occupation: Student
  • Boats paddled: Detox S, Dope S
  • Favorite Runs: Middle Fork of the Tygart River
  • Website: https://www.facebook.com/ocoee.chapelle
  • Best Accomplishments for 2011: 1) Running the lower big sandy 2) Getting on the fluid team 3) Having a swim free year
  • Goals for 2012: 1) Run the upper yough 2) Do a lot of new creeks and rivers 3) Learn how to loop
  • Random Facts: I ride a unicycle.