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Month: June 2015 (page 2 of 3)

GoPro Lens Caps

Replacement parts are available for all of the GoPro range but I prefer to try and prevent any damage particularly when the camera and case are in my bag. One of easiest parts to damage is the lens of both the camera itself and the lens area on waterproof case. Damage to either of these will ruin footage.

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What’s On The End Of The Stick, Vic?

A couple of weeks ago I got in touch with Stu Morris from Vertical Element (VE) paddles as I wanted some custom carbon work done for an upcoming project.

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I have been using a set of VE paddles for years and love the design, feel and robustness of the setup. So Stu seemed to be the ideal man to contact. After a few emails and quick telephone conversation Stu confirmed that he was able to come up with a solution pretty quickly.

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Brokeback Gorge

Brokeback Gorge

Knowing that much of the NY’s First D potential has yet to be tapped, Eric Adsit has been feverishly studying his local topography looking for the next best thing. He began his research in his own back yard, the foothills of the Adirondacks and came up huge with this beauty. With only a handful of descents, chances are, you’ve already driven past the take out without even noticing.

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Grand Canyon Of The Elwha

A great edit showing the Grand Canyon of the Elwha. The Elwha had been dammed for the best part of 100 years and was not in great condition. Since the demolition of the dam late in 2014 the river has a new lease of life.

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May 21-22, ~750 CFS

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Liquidlogic Braaap – Review

By now you may have read a handful of Braaap first impressions penned by uber-paddlers. If you’re like me, and I know I am, you’re also interested in what your average paddle flogger thinks.

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However, I’ve owned old school boats, yaks designed for the Green River race and a slalom kayak, so the traits of the Braaap aren’t entirely new to me. Nonetheless, I’m an “average” paddler and any foibles mentioned in the following may be due to the shortcomings of the paddler. It’s a slippery, watermelon seed of a boat. If you’re willing to develop the right technique, the return on investment will be substantial.

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Choosing The Right Helmet

Choosing the right helmet is extremely important part of getting your safety gear correct. A poorly fitting helmet may be as effective as not wearing one at all.

For any helmet it always comes down to the fit, coverage, protection offered, intended use and paddler ability.

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These factors change for each person and the best way to judge these factors is with comparisons to known entities:

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Badfish SUP GoPro Mountain Games

We have a Badfish SUP lined up for review at Unsponsored HQ, we’ll be hitting some of the UK’s whitewater hotspots during the monsoon season this summer. In the meantime here is a great edit – Badfish SUP GoPro Mountain Games.

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GoPro Hero+ Launch

GoPro are launching a new camera this week. Namely the GoPro Hero+, in simple terms it is a GoPro Hero with the addition of a LCD touch screen, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and a few performance tweaks.

GoPro Hero+ Launch

The GoPro Hero+ LCD will officially go on sale this Sunday (Sunday 7th June 2015) at $299 (US) and £249 in the UK. That’s double the cost of the Hero.

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Last Exit

Last Exit

This is a nice edit from Sam Grafton showing the Last Exit rapid in the Tumwater canyon.

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Afternoon Lap

Afternoon Lap

A summer afternoon lap on the narrows.

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Fall Line Canoes – Welding Magic

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Take a Dagger Nomad hull, a Pyranha Burn’s side walls and a Zet Director deck and mix in some welding magic and you get something like this.

Fall Line Canoes have created this superb OC1 using a Nomad, Burn and Director. Simply awesome.

If you haven’t heard of Fall Line Canoes please check them out, they make the best canoe airbags available.

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What Would You Do?

The following images are shared on Unsponsored with the permission of Tomass Marnics over at Two Blades.

What Would You Do

The images show the unfolding of a series of swims following being caught up in a hydraulic.

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