Dagger Phantom

The maximum length of boats for the short boat class in races such as the Green Narrows river race is now 9ft and earlier this month Pyranha unveiled the 9R at the summer OR show. In all likelihood this will be the length of the next crop of boats over the next few years (A totally Unsponsored prediction).

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Unsponsored Q&A Series 2014 – Ross Montandon

Ross Montandon is fortunate enough to spend most days on the water. He has paddled extensively around the world; competed in World Championships, become British Freestyle Champion, and is one of the youngest ever Level 5 coaches. He created New Wave Kayaking which offers extensive whitewater kayak coaching, to help paddlers really enjoy their paddling! After an initial contact a couple of months back Ross kindly agreed to take part in the Unsponsored 2014 Q&A series. I am so pleased that Ross has taken the time out of his busy schedule to take part in the Q&A. Hope you enjoy the read, I certainly did.

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Molly’s Nipple: First Known Canoe Descent

Another great edit from friend of Unsponsored Leif Anderson.

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Pete Starr attempted Molly’s Nipple on the Slave River in an open canoe. The much-anticipated event was documented to the point of absurdity,and this is the result. Enjoy! Continue reading

The Tyne Tour – Becomes The Tyne Tour Festival 2014

The organisers of the Tyne Tour are ramping things up a bit for this years event. For 2014 the Tyne Tour will become the Tyne Tour Festival with a greater number of attractions/events based at Tyne Green in addition to the Tour and world famous Ceilidh.

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Sweet Intergalactic – Review

Sweet Protection showcased the new Intergalactic at this years (2014) OR show. Last year Unsponsored tried out a final pre-production model.

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Sweet have been in the whitewater game for years but the Intergalactic marks their first and long awaited move into the dry suit arena. The Intergalactic is built from Gore-Tex Pro material and is backed onto a fabric that is both supple and tough. The Gore-Tex used is the 3 – layer Performance variety that is designed for extreme and extended use. I have a number of bits of kit, including a Sweet Shadrach made out of the same material and although it feels quite soft I know that it will take a beating and come back for more.

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