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Fuse – How It All Came Together

FUSE is Dave Wortley’s entry to the Kayak Session Short Film Award 2014. Many of you may have seen the edit over the last few months but here is the background info on what it took to make it happen.

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It’s a project I’ve been working on for a few years, I’ve taken lots of photos and videos at Hurley and I wanted to make something new and different. I’ve always been interested in night-time photography, shooting blurry water long exposures and I’ve taken photos at most of the Thames weirs at night where we go paddling. I’ve done a few night-time sessions with lights and had been thinking about a way to film something at night which would be visually interesting. I had thought about using spot-lights or flash-lights but I wanted to find a way to illuminate the kayaker. Continue reading

Looking After Your Kit

Technical waterproof fabrics like those used in dry cags and trousers only do their job effectively (keeping you warm and dry) when water doesn’t soak into them. Through wear and tear this ability to shed water begins to fail leaving you with kit that soaks up water. This often means that your kit takes on extra weight, takes longer to dry and is not as breathable as it may have once been.

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Liquidlogic Flying Squirrel – First Paddle

I was lucky enough to spend a couple of hours today paddling the new Liquidlogic Squirrel 95. Over the years I have owned a number of Liquidlogic boats including – Vision, Ronin, Biscuit, and Stomper, so was very interested to give this new #automaticforthepeople boat a try.

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The boat was borrowed from Northshore Watersports based at the Tees Whitewater course which is located around 10 minutes from home. Always a good place to try out new kit as conditions remain pretty much the same (other than when major block changes have been made!).

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Liquidlogic Flying Squirrel – First Look

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A shiny new Liquidlogic Flying Squirrel is on its way to Unsponsored HQ as I type this. In the meantime Kev from Northshore Watersports here in the UK hooked me up with one of his two demo Squirrels (Kev has both the 85 and 95 on demo).

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The newest boat from Liquidlogic arrived in the UK this week and has soon found it’s way out to dealers including Northshore Watersports.

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Shane’s Take – Liquidlogic Kayaks Flying Squirrel

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Designer Shane Benedict gives you the run down on the design and performance of the Liquidlogic Kayaks Flying Squirrel. The Flying Squirrel was requested by you the paddlers in our Automatic For The People Drive, Designed by us, tested by our team, and now sold direct to you at our webpage. Continue reading

Too High For The Baitarani Gorge

A great edit from the guys from The All India Kayak Expedition.

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Ford & TOJ present The All India Kayak Expedition – Mini Edit – Too High for the Baitarani gorge. Powered by Ford Endeavour, five paddlers from the UK and one from India will travel across the country, exploring new whitewater rivers to descend while following the monsoon rains from the southwest to the northeast. Continue reading

Attentional Focus In Complex Environments

We had a great time in Scotland recently on the OC1 Creeking Course and I was reviewing the pictures today with the intention of posting a Blog. It occurred to me that some of the pictures showed an aspect of paddling we often ignore the importance of; psychological skills. As skills they are learned and take time to develop, so require some deliberate practice.

Here I will give you an example using the concept of attentional focus. If we focus all of our attention on the target attainment we are paddling to, we should be able concentrate on the outcome and use autonomous skills to achieve it. In other words if we stare at the target we seem to get there automatically without being conscious of how we did it.

Here you see a sequence of pictures that show Jan using attentional focus in a skilled way to achieve an outcome. He is paddling from the eddy between the first and second drop on Triple Falls on the Etive.

Even before he leaves the eddy he is focussed on the lip of the next waterfall where he needs to perform the boof to make a successful descent:

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GoPro Hero 4 Black Edition – First Look (Part One)

A new GoPro Hero 4 Black Edition landed at Unsponsored HQ during the course of today and has just been unpacked. Other than the video upgrades there also seems to be a number of changes to unit that are not apparent when looking at the pre-release images.

In the box is the usual booklets, safety advice, skeleton backdoor, 2 x extender pieces, 1 x curved mount, 1 x flat mount, USB lead, additional QR and stickers. The notable difference between this and the GoPro 3+ is the lack of a remote fob.

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The form a factor the the actual camera remains the same as the 3 and 3+ series but there have been a number of changes. Continue reading