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Month: August 2012 (page 1 of 3)

Unsponsored Q&A Series – Adriene Levknecht

Adriene Levknecht is one of the most if not the most talented female white water boaters in the world – World Class Kayak Academy graduate, 2012 Canoe & Kayak Female paddler of the year, Teva Steep Creek Champion 2011, multiple times Green Narrows race winner….the list goes on.

I have found that following Adriene’s rise in the kayak world to be be truly inspirational and I am stoked that Adriene agreed to take part in the Unsponsored 2012 Q&A series. Enjoy!

Unsponsored Q&A Series - Adriene Levknecht
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Over 400 published posts now on the site! The new site has been up and running for under a year. Many thanks to all of our visitors for all of the support and encouragement offered over the last few months.

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An Interesting Craft

Spotted on Saturday at the TBIWWC (UK).

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2012 European Freestyle Championships

A great video from Jack Gunter

Kayak Repair – A Few Observations

Over the past few months I have repaired splits in the following boats:

Liquid Logic Stomper 90
Bliss Stick Huka x 2
Pyranha Karnali
Pyranha Burn L
Dagger Nomad 8.5
Bliss Stick Huka
Zet Raptor
Liquid Logic Jefe

It has been really interesting to see how the plastic responds to heat and the repair process I use. Out of all of them the Dagger and Liquid Logic have been the nicest plastic to work with. In addition the outfitting is easy to remove so access was super easy. Continue reading

Unsponsored Q&A Series – Kenny Mutton

I’m a big fan of Kenny Mutton’s kayak designs. For a number of years I paddled Prijon kayaks. Kenny is the man behind some of my favourites – the Delirious, Delirium and the Release. Kenny has a wealth of experience paddling, coaching, competing and designing kayaks. It’s fantastic that Kenny has kindly agreed to take part in the Unsponsored 2012 Q&A series.

Tell us a little a bit about you accomplishments in the kayaking world…

I used to be into freestyle paddling and way back in 1997 I placed 3rd at the Worlds. I also won the European Cup in 2000. Since 2005, freestyle in NZ has died away and now I’m into creek boats and extreme races. Sometimes I can still win the local NZ races and I’m keen to make it to some international races in the future. I’ve always been into designing kayaks. I designed a few freestyle boats for Prijon & Bliss-Stick, but in the last few years I’ve put a few freestyle ideas into creek boats/extreme racing boats. One of my latest designs has been the Bliss-stick Tuna, which in its first outing was paddled by Sam Sutton taking out first place at the Sickline World Champs. I have just finished shaping a smaller one, also for Bliss-Stick, which will be out before Christmas in New Zealand.

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Astral Brewer – First Look

My Astral Brewer shoes finally arrived today. Delays due to the Olympics meant they had been in the country for over 10 days waiting for customs to release them. Thankfully they (along with a few other goodies) have arrived in one piece.

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New GoPro Mount System

I have been thinking about this system for a while and decided this PM to put it together. The clamp is a Quick-Grip Irwin Mini Bar Clamp. I chose this one as it has a nice flat surface near the grip. I removed the sticker and cleaned the flat section with degreaser before attaching the GoPro Flat Adhesive Mount. Continue reading

Latest Additions To The Kit Store

A few bits and bobs of kit have landed over the last few days.

Ortlieb Rackpack
Spyderco Spydersaw
Spyderco Salt
SanDisk Ultra 16GB Class 10 SDHC Memory Card – less than £8 from Amazon!
Nikon D5100

Still waiting on the Astal Brewer shoes which have been with Customs for well over a week.

Unsponsored Q&A Series – Bren Orton

Bren Orton has broken into the world freestyle scene over the last couple of years with some superb moves and cracking scores. From conversations I have had with mutual friends it is clear that Bren is fully committed to his paddling and being the best he can possibly be. I reckon that Bren is well on his way to being one of the best freestyle paddlers in the world. It is therefore a great honour to have Bren take part in the Unsponsored 2012 Q&A series.

Bren Orton

Tell us a little a bit about you accomplishments in the kayaking world.

I’m still young and relatively new to the kayaking world with much still to learn. My accomplishments that mean something to me are being ranked 3rd in the world, becoming Junior European champion and running Hypoxia.

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Norway Trip Log

Mark Mulrain along with a few friends spent a couple of weeks out paddling in the Norway during the summer of 2011. Mark has kindly agreed to his Norway trip log being published on Unsponsored.

The log details the runs and overall costs incurred during the trip. This should prove to be a useful guide for anyone thinking about paddling out in Norway. Prices are correct for July/August 2011 and exchange rates are based upon the published rates on the 07/08/11.

Norway Summer 2011 – Part 1 from Mark Mulrain on Vimeo.

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