Paddler Profiles


Frazer Pearce, 32, Durham

Frazer Pearce has partnered Adrian Healy throughout the past decade. In addition to many joint trips he has also spent time surfing in Ireland and open boating in one of Canada's great parks. Along with appearing in the `White Water Nepal' video, Frazer has also been featured in promotional videos for both Prijon and Eskimo and helped to make the video diary for the 1997 Tyne Tour, the largest paddling festival in the UK.  He also runs one of the most acclaimed (and visited) kayaking internet sites; http://star-www.dur.ac.uk/~frazerp/kayak/ , has spoken to the London River Rats and is a recognised contributor to the international paddling newsgroup rec.boats.paddle. In his spare time Frazer is a research astrophysicist working at Durham University.
 
Year Location Notable rivers
1988-1998 France, Italy, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Slovenia Ubaye Gorge, Dora Baltea, Pitzbach, Oetz, Biasse
1992 Norway Sjoa, Bua
1993 Nepal Tamba Kosi, Marsyandi
1994,1995 Ireland  
1994 Costa Rica Reventazon, Pacuare
1996 Chile Bio-Bio, Fuy
1996 Zimbabwe Zambezi
1997 California Cal. Salmon, Giant Gap, North Fork Yuba
1997 Canada  Algonquin park
1998 New Zealand Whitcombe, Hollyford
1999 Turkey Coruh, Barhal
2000 New Zealand Nevis Bluff, Perth
2000 Iceland Hvita i Arnessyslu, Jokulsa a Fjollum
2000 British Columbia Skookumchuk


Adrian Healy, 32, London

Adrian Healy has paddled many of the world's major rivers, including the Bio Bio (Chile); Zambezi (Zimbabwe/Zambia) and the Sun Kosi (Nepal).  With more than 10 years experience of white water kayaking Adrian has paddled Grade IV/V rivers in South America, Central America, North America, Africa, Europe, Australasia and South East Asia.  Many of these trips have been sponsored by a range of major companies and Adrian has featured in promotional videos for Prijon and Eskimo as well as appearing in posters and magazine adverts for Eskimo products.  Allegedly he also appears in the opening credits of the Sky Sports Channel in South Africa!  In his spare time Adrian is a Senior Consultant for a European Research and Consultancy company.
 
Year Location Notable rivers
1988-1997 France, Italy, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Slovenia Ubaye Gorge, Dora Baltea, Pitzbach, Oetz
1992,1993 Norway Sjoa, Bua
1993 Nepal Tamba Kosi, Marsyandi
1994 Costa Rica Reventazon, Pacuare
1995 Idaho North Fork Payette
1996 Chile Bio-Bio, Fuy
1997 California Cal. Salmon, Giant Gap, North Fork Yuba
1997 Zimbabwe, Zambia Pungwi, Zambezi
1998 New Zealand Whitcombe, Hollyford
1999 Turkey Coruh, Barhal
2000 Iceland Hvita i Arnessyslu, Jokulsa a Fjollum


Clive Williamson, 31, Cambridge

Clive Williamson was a member of a 6 man trip to Norway in 1992 which also included Frazer and Adrian. Rather than training to go to Nepal the following year he chose to buy a landrover and drive overland to the Cape of Good Hope. Along the way he visited Victoria Falls and never came back. After a season as a safety boater he worked his way up to become the rafting operations manager for Sobek Expeditions and then Raft Quest. He has also worked as a video boater and has advanced first aid qualifications leading to appointments as the Zambezi safety officer and river safety officer for the Camel Challenge in both 1996 and 1997. Two major trips to the eastern highlands of Zimbabwe provided wilderness multiday experience before spending six months living and working in New Zealand before finally returning to the UK in 1999, four years after leaving.
 
Year Location Notable rivers
1990-1997 France, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Slovenia Ubaye Gorge, Dora Baltea, Pitzbach, Oetz
1992,1994 Norway Sjoa, Bua
1995-1997 Zimbabwe, Zambia Zambezi
1996, 1997 Zimbabwe Eastern Highlands Pungwi, Upper Gairasi
1998 New Zealand Whitcombe
1999 Turkey Coruh, Barhal
2000 New Zealand Nevis Bluff, Perth
2000 Iceland Hvita i Arnessyslu, Jokulsa a Fjollum



Jim Ellis, 32, Ipswich

Jim has been an active paddler for 33 years which is some going given his 32 years of age.  This feat he owes to his parents being active paddlers whilst he was still in the womb!  Earlier this year Jim completed one of his major goals in life, to paddle on all six continents (not too bothered about Antarctica).  His main claim to fame is being one of the first 200 kayakers to have run the Batoka Gorge on the Zambezi, and has a first decent claim as being the first to run the Zambezi by raft at night - it was deliberate and there was no beer involved.  He is a BCU Level 4 Coach (Inland Kayak) which is sure to prove the source of several jibes on this coming trip! Jim is sponsored for these paddling trips by a very understanding large telecommunications firm who do, unfortunately, expect an appearance or two in the office for this.
 
Year Location Notable rivers
1998-onwards Scotland Upper Spean on 5 pipes and spilling - just bloody good fun.
1988-onwards Western europe Whole of the Ubaye inc. the Gorge in one day. Half the Venta Ache 
1994-95 Zimbabwe, Zambia Zambezi
1995 USA Nantahala, Ocoee
1996 Hong Kong Surf Ski
1996 Australia Tully
2000 Chile Bio Bio, Futaleufu
2000 Iceland Hvita i Arnessyslu, Jokulsa a Fjollum


Will Forester, 23, Abbots Bromley

Huge farmer who first went kayaking abroad when only 17, joining a trip to Norway with Clive Williamson. Massively strong he continued to improve and went to Idaho to help make the Eskimo diablo promotional video (together with Adrian Healy). Since then he has spent time in Africa and made two trips to California to round off an impressive CV. Founder and now only member of the ellusive Abbots Bromley Canoe Club.
 
Year Location Notable rivers
1994 Norway Sjoa, Driva
1995 Idaho North Fork Payette
1996 California North Fork Yuba
1997 Zimbabwe, Zambia Zambezi
1998 Austria, Switzerland Inn, Oetz
1999 California Stanislaus
2000 Iceland Hvita i Arnessyslu, Jokulsa a Fjollum


Martin Wightman, 26, Perth

Martin "Mighty White" Wightman completes the ex-Newcastle contingent on this trip. As the lead paddler on the 1996 BCU expedition to Alaska he has extensive wilderness experience, supplemented by his addiction to mountaineering and other winter sports. Working as a physics teacher in a Scottish public school has allowed him to spend time exploring local Scottish ditches and develop his leadership abilities further.
 
Year Location Notable rivers
1994-1999 France, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Germany Ubaye Gorge, Dora Baltea, First rapid on Venta Ache
1995 Corsica Vecchio, Taravo, Fium Orbo
1996 Alaska Willow, Tana, Tsania
2000 Iceland Hvita i Arnessyslu, Jokulsa a Fjollum