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Month: November 2016

Movie Monday 28 November 2016

Movie Monday 28 November 2016 is right here, right now, heralding the start of the working week. Where did the water go? We have a carefully selected batch of whitewater edits to distract you away from whatever task you would prefer not to be doing.

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SAS Hurley Classic

The SAS Hurley Classic is one of the oldest kayak freestyle kayak competitions in the world. The 2016 event was held over the weekend of the 19th and 20th of November 2016.

SAS Hurley Classic In Photos

SAS Hurley Classic In Photos

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Wavesport Whitewater Kayak Prototype

It seems that Wavesport have a new whitewater kayak in development and is actually at the point of being seen out in the wild.

Wavesport Whitewater Kayak Prototype

These shots from the Hurley Classic last weekend by Jack Gunter show the new boat in action.

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Movie Monday 21 November 2016

Movie Monday 21 November 2016 is right here, right now, heralding the start of the working week. Where did the weekend go? We have a carefully selected batch of whitewater edits to distract you away from whatever task you would prefer not to be doing.

Movie Monday 20 November 2016

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Whetman Equipment Python And Ring Pull Prussiks

In the many years that I’ve been dabbling in whitewater kayaking technical rope work has always been the hardest thing for me to grasp – I’ve got it nailed now but not after constant repetition of reading the amazing Ww safety books and practice, practice, practice. I’m all for making things easy and I just wish all those decades ago the whetman equipment system was available. It take the mystique out of the black art of ropes and knots. Takes the worry away from do I have the correct kit and skills.

Whetman Equipment Anaconda And Ring Pull Prussiks

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Movie Monday 14 November 2016

Movie Monday 14 November 2016 at Unsponsored HQ has landed. We have a carefully selected batch of whitewater edits to distract you away from whatever task you would prefer not to be doing.

Movie Monday 14 November 2016

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Pyranha Machno Pyranha 9r And Dagger Mamba 8.6

Side by side comparison of a Pyranha Machno, Pyranha 9r and Dagger Mamba 8.6. This is a great way to show off the size of the new Machno!

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Thanks to the guys from Kayak Shed for letting us share this image.

2016 Green Race Winners Reel

2016 Green Race Winners Reel from the Amongst It team is a must watch.

2016 Green Race Winners Reel

‘Under The Influence’ did not disappoint! We love all the racers, spectators and volunteers who make this the greatest show in all of sports.

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Tyne Tour 2016 – Part II

After a few days rest I have downloaded and have began to sort another 1000 or so images from this years Tyne Tour. I’m calling this Tyne Tour 2016 – Part II but it is still from the Saturday of the tour and all images are taken from Rescue Rock on the North Tyne.

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Shoe and neoprene sock washed away.

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Movie Monday 7 November 2016

Movie Monday 7 November 2016 at Unsponsored HQ has landed with a bang. We have a carefully selected batch of whitewater edits to distract you away from whatever task you would prefer not to be doing.

Movie Monday 7 November 2016

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The vast majority of the edits within Movie Monday 31 October 2016 have been filmed using the GoPro range of cameras.

What gear do you use? Have you got an edit you want to share with the rest of the world? Contact us via the comment section below.

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Tyne Tour 2016

A cold and wet day was had sitting on rescue rock yesterday. Water levels on the North Tyne were not bad and were on the rise for the whole day. It was great to see so many new paddlers take to the water and take on the challenge of Wardens Gorge.

Tyne Tour 2016

There didn’t seem to be as many capsizes at the bottom of the gorge as usual but quite a few at the very top with a number of paddles ending up swimming the entire gorge.

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The Tyne Tour – A Brief Water Guide

The Tyne Tour is one of the best kayak/canoe events in the UK. Since its origins as the Mike Jones Rally the Tyne tour has become a firm favourite of mine. Most paddlers will stick to the area around Hexham and Tyne Green but there are several other stretches of water in the local area that are worth looking at. This post is not designed to be a definitive guide in any way but is intend to offer a few ideas so you can maximise your paddle time and choice if attending the tour. So here we have it The Tyne Tour – A Brief Water Guide.

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Camping, food and retailers are all based at Tyne Green right on the river bank in Hexham. Hexham is large market town so there are plenty of shops, pubs and takeaways if required.

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The main river for the tour is the North Tyne. Local canoe/kayak clubs provide safety cover on the largest whitewater section of the North Tyne at Rescue Rock. Each Saturday of the Tyne Tour you will find me sat on Rescue Rock taking thousands of still images.

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River Levels: Rain Chasers

The North Tyne

The North Tyne has to be one of the classic ww runs in the North East of England. The water is clean, access is pretty good and you can get down in all but the very lowest of levels. The normal get in is at the small village of Chollerford just a few miles North of Hexham itself. However for the Tyne Tour the get in is a few miles upstream at Barrasford. A shuttle bus runs the route and the parking at Barrasford is ample. The run down to Chollerford offers a few good rapids and is the perfect warm up.

The Tyne Tour - A Brief Water Guide

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