hendri

The Hendri Coetzee Memoir

08.08.2013

African river explorer Hendri Coetzee ’s posthumous memoir is now available for pre-order. “Living the Best Day Ever” is compiled from Coetzee’s extensive journals and blogs, written in the explorer’s distinctive, no-holds-barred style.

Rivers Win Big in Banff

11.07.2011

The prestigious Banff Mountain Film Festival wrapped Sunday Nov. 6, with movies by and about paddlers taking three of the highest honors. C&K is proud to say that our contributors had a hand in all three winning films.

Timeline – Remembering Hendri

06.14.2011

Hendri Coetzee meets Pete Meredith, who immediately hires him to guide rafts on the Zambezi, the world’s premier commercially guided big-water Class V run. Coetzee has never been in a raft or a kayak. Within three weeks Hendri runs Number 9-considered a mandatory portage-in a borrowed kayak.

Video: Ben Stookesberry talks ‘Kadoma’

06.14.2011

‘I would do anything in my power to change what happened… but I would never change that 7 weeks with Hendri’

Laughing In The Rain by Chris Korbulic

06.09.2011

People kept telling me that Hendri is the hardest, toughest, bravest guy anybody’s ever met—and here I am going on an expedition that Hendri is saying is going to be the hardest expedition he’s ever done. I wondered how I would measure up.

No Half Measures by Celliers Kruger

06.06.2011

Hendri walked into my office a couple of years ago, asking for sponsorship. By that time we knew about each other for a while already, but hadn’t met yet. My answer was an obvious yes—his reputation for running the hardest stuff was already growing. Since then a close relationship grew between two paddlers who discussed everything except paddling.

He Brought Perseverance by Ben Stookesberry

06.01.2011

Hendri was hard. It was tough to keep up with him. He would push for 12 hours of daylight, wake up first thing in the morning and keep going. He brought so much intelligence, maturity and strength. He brought perseverance.

Teaser: ‘Kadoma,’ a film chronicling Hendri’s final adventure

05.27.2011

In C&K’s latest issue, the 2011 Whitewater edition on newsstands now, we rolled out a number of remembrances and tributes to the late Hendri Coetzee. This post is one that does not appear in the magazine—as it’s a video teaser for the forthcoming film, “Kadoma,” chronicling Coetzee’s final adventure before he was pulled under by a crocodile on Africa’s Lukuga River, in December.

Hendri’s Way by Gustav Nel

05.26.2011

The river, according to the locals, was flooded. It was higher than it had ever been, and we reached the first rapids in about three hours. You could only scout from the top, so Hendri got on Joe Henry’s shoulders to try and pick a line.

Meeting Hendri by Joe Henry

05.24.2011

I can’t even roll a kayak, but that’s how we met. In 2006, I was on a truck tour through Africa and Hendri was working as a raft guide on the Nile in Jinja. I signed up for a kayak tour.

The Best Day Ever by Seth Warren

05.19.2011

The fall of 2004 at the Nile Rivers Explorers bar had a Never Never Land feel, and Hendri definitely had that Peter Pan demeanor. I don’t recall the moment we met, but I’ll never forget the first time we paddled together—straight off the ski jump from the bar, and through the center of the ‘Hump,’ a giant Class V rapid right in front of Speke Camp.

He Didn’t Like Baggage by Pete Meredith

05.16.2011

Hendri had never been rafting or kayaking before I hired him. The Zambezi is pretty full-on, especially in the beginning of the season when the water is high. We threw him right into the deep end. Within a month he was taking some poor unsuspecting customers down the river, and long before that he kept telling me, ‘I’m ready, I’m ready.’

Remembering Hendri

05.16.2011

In death, Hendri Coetzee reminded us how to live. You don’t judge a man like Hendri Coetzee, and you certainly don’t change him. You can only remember the good times you shared—as seven of his friends do in these pages—and carry on.

Buyer's Guide

Buyer's Guide