Going Solo – Alone With The River

For many years, I considered those who ventured out to rivers on their own to be reckless individuals with no regard for their own safety or well-being; however, I was recently offered a fresh perspective on solo boating during a 4* Training day with Dave Kohn-Hollins (I won’t try and reproduce his words here, as I’ll most likely misquote him and lose some of the sentiment; instead, I’ll simply recommend you book yourself onto a course with River Flair).

The message I took from my conversation with Dave and the thoughts it provoked in my mind, were that in any leading situation you tailor the venue to suit the group and the conditions on the day, and there’s absolutely no reason why that approach can’t also be applied to a group size of one.

Of course, in order to pick a river that is suitable for a solo run you’ll need enough modesty to take an objective and impartial view on your paddling abilities; for this reason, I’d encourage you to really get to know yourself and your limits not only in kayaking, but in life in general. Continue reading

Contour Roam Review

Good footage for a good price

Contour have never been the obvious choice if you’re choosing a camera for kayaking, but having recently re-emerged under new management, the company has a lot to offer any badass on a budget.

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I recently read a review of Contour’s top-of-the-range camera, the Contour +2. I am a firm believer that you get what you pay for with action cameras, but if you’re after a camera that delivers quality footage for a fraction of the price, then the Roam 2 is a great way to go. Here’s why… Continue reading

Palm FXr PFD – Review

The FX PFD from Palm Equipment has been around in one form or another for years and has been one of Palm’s top sellers throughout its lifetime. In 2013 Palm took the FX and totally overhauled its fit and the material used.

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The new FX has been such a success that it seemed to make sense to move things up a gear and develop a rescue vest using the same platform. Palm have done exactly this and have released the FXr in early 2014. Continue reading

Substantial Ep. 8 Teaser “Peru”

In October of 2013 a group of whitewater misfits met in the Andes Mountains of Peru.

Substantial Ep. 8 Teaser “Peru” from Substantial Media House on Vimeo.

In search of hidden latin expeditions we dropped into countless amazing canyons. Sample the flavor of a unique Substantial episode that is sure to have you wanting to get out and see what’s over the next horizon.

Pyranha B-Two Connect Outfitting Upgrade

At the end of last year Pyranha released the Burn MK3, if you have had a chance to paddle one its not a bad kayak, one of the best creekers and river runners on the market today, even Tom Parker has put the Everest away, always a good sign. Price £949.

So what to do with the mould of the MK2 Burn, nothing to wrong with the design, has been tried and tested on the worlds hardest white water. This year in the Pyranha range there is a kayak at £599, the Pyranha B-Two hitting the price point for club paddles just breaking into white water or people wanting a coaching kayak. Well its the old MK2 Burn, its been de-speced to hit the price point of other manufacturers, still comes with the yellow grab handles, aluminium rescue points, connect 30 seat, thigh grips, back band, centre foam and full plate footrest, at the price its a bargain.

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Now, for an extra £90 you can buy the extra parts to turn this sleeping monster into a full on creeking river running monster. What does £90 get you, well a pair of hip pads including fitting kit, webbing attached to ratchet runners, a pair of ratchets and a pair of guides for the webbing. Continue reading

PeakUK Thermal Rashie – Review

I’ve had my PeakUK thermal rashie for 3 years now and use it for everything. It is the ultimate thermal. I use it on it’s own under a BA when it’s hot or as a base layer when whitewater paddling. Brilliantly comfortable, fantastic cut and comfortable around the neck. It is quite long in the body for me (I’m quite short) but I find this ideal as it means I can pull it down over my bum and sit on it, meaning you don’t get that annoying bunching of layers around your waist and backband area.

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I have yet to find anything wrong with this thermal! Simply put, this is the most multi-functional piece of kit I have ever owned, and it only costs £35! Continue reading

Dagger RPM Max – Contour Ergo Outfitting Upgrade

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Pat Keller has kindly agreed to share his Dagger RPM Max upgrade on Unsponsored. Pat has taken the standard RPM Max shell and added one of Daggers new Contour Ergo outfitting systems.

The seat swap was pretty self explanatory (a few bolts and a bit of man handling to get it in), but it’ll be best to use the plates that come with the creek seat than just washers.

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Team Pyranha – ‘Merica 2013

Team Pyranha ‘Merica 2013 from Paul Butler on Vimeo.

A look over what Team Pyranha North ‘Merica has been up to for the past year. Join us on a look over North ‘Merica’s great whitewater, South ‘Merican stouts and a stint in Russia. So strap down to that desk chair or couch, turn up the tunes and take it all in, because we’re all Demshitz.

Whitewater Chronicles – Teaser Episode III

Whitewater Chronicles – teaser episode III from Intrinsic Motion on Vimeo.

Nouria Newman and Mariann Saether headed to Uganda for surfing big waves, punching some big holes and to soak up the sun.. This is the teaser for episode III of Whitewater Chronicles on Epic TV to drop soooooon….. Continue reading