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Month: May 2018 (page 1 of 3)

Shuck Helmet From Palm Equipment

The Shuck helmet from Palm Equipment is now available. I got to try on a 3d printed prototype a few years ago and am looking forward to trying the real thing.

Shuck helmet from Palm Equipment

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Big Wave Kayaking – 2018 Stakeout Moments

Big Wave Kayaking – 2018 Stakeout Moments

2018 Stakeout Moments

Check out some raw GoPro moments from the 2018 high water spring melt stakeout season with Nick Troutman and crew.

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Dagger Kayaks – Adjusting Seat Outfitting for Smaller Paddlers

Outfitting for Smaller Paddlers

Team Dagger Athlete Adriene Levknecht walks you through how she, as a 5’2″ paddler, adjusts her Dagger Contour Seat Outfitting for a comfortable safe fit even in a big high volume whitewater kayak like the Phantom or Greenboat.

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Paddlesports Retailer Announces 2018 Paddlesports Industry Dinner

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma — May 31, 2018 — Paddlesports Retailer, the official North American tradeshow of the paddlesports industry, has selected the Renaissance Oklahoma City Convention Center Hotel as the venue for the 2018 Paddlesports Industry Dinner, featuring the first ever Paddling Magazine Product & Industry Awards. The inaugural event will take place Wednesday, August 29 and will honor the innovative products, important people and best practices making vital contributions to the paddlesports industry.

The Paddling Magazine Product & Industry Awards is presented by Rapid Media and will be emceed by Founder and Publisher Scott MacGregor and Director of Marketing Cristin Plaice. “Paddlesports Retailer is more than a sales event and so our Paddling Magazine Product & Industry Awards will recognize outstanding work and will applaud excellence in the innovation and design driving today’s paddlesports industry,” says MacGregor. “We are putting the very best of paddlesports on stage at the Renaissance in Oklahoma City so that we can showcase it around the world.”

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River Mint – Cumbria

The rain has hit many parts of the UK and the rivers in some areas have been huge, just not anywhere near Unsponsored HQ. This reminded me of one of my last flood level trips early last year. On the 25th February 2017 Team Unsponsored ran the Mint in Cumbria (UK). The end of that week had seen storm Dorris hit the UK with high winds and significant amounts of rain for majority of the North. This resulted in high water levels for the few hours we were on the river.

River Mint

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Buyers Guide – 2nd Hand Kayaks And Canoes

With the RRP of most whitewater kayaks hitting the dizzy heights of £900-£1000 buying second hand has a great deal of appeal. There are hundreds of unsused boats out there lurking at the bottom of gardens or getting in the way in garages.

You can find adverts for 2nd hand boats listed on Kayak/Canoe Forums, Facebook groups and of course sites like ebay. If you can it is always best to see the boat in person as you will potentially be buying something that will cost 100s of pounds and will need to take you safely down whitewater.

I am going to give a quick run down of what to look out for if you decide to go down the 2nd hand route. I’m also going to focus on the plastic kayaks that the vast majority of paddlers use.

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Social Media Saturday – 25 May 2018

Welcome to Social Media Saturday – 25 May 2018 at Unsponsored HQ (on a Tuesday).

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How To Kickflip Your Kayak With Bren Orton

Bren Orton shows us how to kickflip your kayak. The kick flip is awesome to do and pretty cool to watch. Get out on the river or in the surf and give this a go.

How To Kickflip Your Kayak With Bren Orton

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Dinkey Creek

The boys hit Dinkey Creek.

Dinkey Creek

We had an epic struggle to get to the river but eventually, thanks to the forest service and their chainsaw we made it and had a sick time kayaking down one of the best rivers in California if not the world!

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Sweet Protection Shazam Shorts – First Look

We have a pair of the new Sweet Protection Shazam Shorts in for review at Unsponsored.

Sweet Protection Shazam Shorts - First Look

The Shazam Shorts are Sweet’s take on the classic board short but tailored specifically for the paddlesport market.

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Movie Monday 28 May 2018

Welcome to Movie Monday 28 May 2018 at Unsponsored HQ.

Movie Monday 28 May 2018

Enjoy!

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Soul Waterman – Proton Paddle

The Soul Waterman – Proton paddle is hitting production.

Soul Waterman - Proton Paddle

From Corran:

After some soul searching (pun intended) of our ultimate goals with the paddle line, we once more have the paddles ready to go. The biggest focus…. the main reason for delays… was making the paddles bomb proof. Like seriously strong. For this we decided to move the production to South Africa, one of the harshest environments you’ll ever find for paddling equipment. If stuff lasts here, it’ll last anywhere.

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