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Unsponsored Q&A Series – David Turnbull

Over the last few years we have ran many Q&As with some of worlds top paddlers and manufacturers. This Q&A is a little bit different. David Turnbull isn’t a kayaker or canoeist. However David has been drawn towards whitewater like so many us and now spends a great deal of his time capturing the skill and beauty of whitewater kayaking and canoeing via the camera lens.

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David’s photography has certainly inspire me to try a bit harder and I am very grateful that David has agreed to take part in the Unsponsored Q&A Series.

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Self Supported Inflatable Kayak Expedition

John Nestler has recently released a film about a self-supported IK (inflatable kayak) expedition down the Tatshenshini & Alsek Rivers, which flow through the Yukon, BC, and Alaska.

Self Supported Inflatable Kayak Expedition

John has kindly submitted his edit for all readers of Unsponsored to see. Enjoy!

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Movie Monday – August 31 2015

Helping to get the new working week off to a flying start here is a selection of ‘edits’ carefully chosen for your consideration by the Unsponsored team.

Movie Monday - August 31 2015

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Steep Artificial Whitewater

Here in the North East of England we like our whitewater courses steep. The Tees Barrage has two sections the Long course and the Short course.

Steep Artificial Whitewater

The Short course is often used for ww rescue training with a low flow, but when on full release it creates a superb, but short piece of ww. Conveyer belt access to the top of the course means that multiple runs can be made easily.

Steep Artificial Whitewater

The following photographs were taken today (mainly from the far bank) using a Nikon D7100 and Nikkor 70-200mm VRII lens.

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GoPro Hero 4 Session – Iceland Kayak Expedition

A very nicely put together edit by Ben Brown using the new GoPro Hero 4 Session.

GoPro Hero 4 Session - Iceland Kayak Expedition

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Casio Gulfmaster Ocean Concept G-Shock – Review

The Casio Gulfmaster Ocean Concept G-Shock (there’s a title) has been at Unsponsored HQ for the last few months. Since its arrival it has never left my wrist. The version seen here is the GWN1000B-1B which has a distinct blue bezel that appears much brighter in the Casio stock photos than it does in real life. The Gulfmaster is also available in a number of different colours although not all colours are available in all countries.

Casio G-Shock Gulfmaster - Review

The Casio Gulfmaster Ocean Concept G-Shock is part of the Master of G Series from Casio, and is build as the ultimate maritime G-Shock.

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Reedy Falls

Some serious stout running in an OC1.

Reedy Falls

Downtown Gnar, in the heart of Greenville, SC.

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Rat Race 2015 Stockton On Tees

Today was the 2015 Rat Race right here in Stockton On Tees. Once again the Tees Barrage International Whitewater Centre hosted part of the race. Here are a few photographs of the event.

Rat Race Photo Stockton 2015

A few of the local boaters were on hand providing safety cover.

Rat Race Photo Stockton 2015

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NRS Crux Drysuit – Review

The Crux drysuit by Idaho based NRS is a front entry drysuit meaning that using the zip is far easier to do by yourself compared to a zip positioned on the rear of a suit.

NRS Crux Dry Suit Review

This review looks at the new Mens NRS Crux. Thankfully for the female paddling population NRS also have a womens version with a drop seat for comfort breaks.

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Boulder Creek Boogie

Josh Pecaric takes a run down down Boulder Creek. This stretch of class 3/4 water looks really nice.

Boulder Creek Boogie

Out for a rip down the old stomping grounds in Boulder Creek. We were heading back East and couldn’t resist a quick run down with some pretty good flow. Hope you enjoy some continuous Colorado class 3/4 whitewater.

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Bombing Down Suck Crick

Another great edit from OGP Productions.

Bombing Down Suck Crick

Located roughly 10 miles from Chattanooga are some of the best quality rapids on Walden’s Ridge. Suck Creek has been a local favorite for decades and offers some classes class IV-V southeastern creek boating. This lap was around 1 foot, a rare occurrence in August.

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Safety Advisory – Palm FXr And Extrem PFDs

Some of Palm Equipment’s whitewater PFDs have shipped with an incorrect sized chest harness attached.

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This potentially affects:

FXr PFDs
Extrem men’s PFDs purchased from 2014 onwards.

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