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Paul Villecourt / outdoor-reporter.com


even years ago we launched our Sseries; first kayaks, the Flirt playboat a humble beginning to a great

story of perseverance and success. Fluid Kayaks, the brainchild of Celliers Kruger, has grown from being the new kid on the block to a well respected member of the international kayaking community. Our reputation for high performance designs and solid quality is a testimony to the passion that fuels our development and manufacturing processes. Fluid is as grass-roots as you can get: kayakers building kayaks for kayakers. Our mission is to make kayaking more accessible, more fun, more safe, more rewarding. Our aim is to produce kayaks that you can be proud of. Our hope is that you will give our kayaks a try.

Action hero: Hendri Coetzee

Despite all our triumphs, 2010 was also a tragic year for us, with the death of close friend and great team paddler Hendri Coetzee on the Lukuga River in the DRC. Hendri was the ultimate paddler, doing the hardest runs imaginable in the most hostile environments, very often solo. Hendri was known for his personal motto which he lived by: “HAVE THE BEST DAY EVER!” We honour Hendri by adopting his personal motto as Fluid’s new slogan.


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luid Kayaks’ headquarters is on the F banks of South Africa’s second largest river, the Vaal. Our African roots are strong but we spread our branches wide. Fluid is well established in Europe with our distributor - RokxAT - based in Rotterdam and dealers in almost all countries. North America saw the formation of a new distribution company in 2010, Fluid Kayaks North America. We’ve walked a long road with our distributors in Australia, New Zealand and Japan, as well as some countries in Africa such as Uganda, Kenya and Zambia. What this means to you, the paddler, is that you have access to our amazing kayaks wherever you are. A phone call or email will put you in touch with your nearest dealer, where you can try out our different models and sizes. Our distributors keep stock at all times, so you can have peace of mind that customer service will be prompt and efficient. Our team paddlers can often be found in remote corners of the globe, searching for the best whitewater and having their best days ever. But they also spend time on the popular rivers, teaching other paddlers and spreading the good word. If you happen to meet one of them at your local run or playspot, make sure to say hi and get a few tips.

Photographer: Andrew Kellett


Photographer: Leif Anderson


FLUID KAYAKS - Catalogue 2011