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Chile Whitewater Rescue: Whitewater Leadership Series

Chile Whitewater Rescue: Whitewater Leadership Series

Analysis of one of many drops we lead folks down in Chile every year. See what it takes to operate safely and execute a seamless rescue when things don’t go according to plan. Thanks to the safety team of Chris Baer and Chris Wing, and Rose Wall for allowing her footage of the rescue to be used for educational purposes.

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Silverbirch Covert Tandem – Prototype

UK based Silverbirch have been developing a new version of their super popular Covert OC1. The Silverbirch Covert Tandem retains the original Coverts superb handling but has been increased in size to take another paddler.

SilverBirch Covert Tandem

The Covert tandem at this stage is very much a prototype but Silverbirch will be bringing this to the market once the design has been further developed and tweaked.

SilverBirch Covert Tandem

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Movie Monday 26 September 2016

Welcome to Movie Monday 26 September 2016 at Unsponsored UK. We’ve sourced a mixed bag of freestyle, big water and creeking edits for your viewing pleasure.

Movie Monday 26 September 2016

If these videos aren’t enough check out the massive Movie Monday archives.

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Pyranha Machno In Action

There is definitely no footage of a prototype Pyranha Machno in action in this video!

Pyranha Machno In Action

Or is there?

There is definitely some great action on what may be the best river in the UK – The Upper Mawddach.

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GoPro: Introducing HERO5 Black

We have one of the first GoPro Hero5 cameras on its way to Unsponsored HQ. Is this camera going to be a game changer or just another incremental improvement?

GoPro: Introducing HERO5 Black

Capture different with HERO5 Black. Share immersive 4K perspectives that make you feel like you’re there. HERO5 Black makes it easy with its one-button simplicity, convenient touch display and ready-to-go waterproof design. Smooth, stabilized video, crystal-clear audio, and pro-quality photo capture combined with voice control and GPS to make HERO5 Black the most impressive GoPro ever.

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Tsarap Chu And Zanskar Descent

It’s been only a short while since the one day Tsarap Chu and Zanskar descent. In Ladakh, India. The 20hr50min paddle. The 240km descent, the boxed walls, the long rapids, the silent cries in the night.

I get asked daily, why? What pleasure was in it? Is it worth it?

I’ve not come up with a real answer before – Mallory’s quip unsatisfactory – it’s always going to be there.

Perhaps I can sum up why I enjoy the isolation of a long paddle, even with peers, perhaps it’s also an explanation for those that don’t understand solo paddling as a concept. They both run as parallels for me.

Tsarap Chu And Zanskar Descent

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GoPro Hero 5 And Session 5

Today has been a big day in the POV camera world with both GoPro and Nikon announcing new cameras. GoPro have updated the Session (and the price as well – £179.99) and have released the new Hero 5 and Session 5.

GoPro Hero 5 and Session 5

The Hero 5 Session takes on the same form factor as the Hero 4 Session but has greater video and still image abilities. It will retail at £249.99 in the UK.

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Movie Monday 19 September 2016

Welcome to Movie Monday 19 September 2016 at Unsponsored. We’ve sourced a mixed bag of freestyle, big water and creeking edits for your viewing pleasure.

Movie Monday 19 September 2016

If these videos aren’t enough check out the massive Movie Monday archives.

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Top Tips – Swimming In Whitewater

Jake shows us just what to do if you end up in the swimming in whitewater without your craft of choice.

Top Tips - Swimming In Whitewater

Whitewater kayakers have a saying, ‘We’re all between swims’. Whether you’re a whitewater paddler or not, everybody should know what to do if you end up in a fast moving river.

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Jackson Kayak Antix – In The Wild

Spotted a few days back the new Jackson Kayak Antix out in the wild.

Jackson Kayak Antix

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Tsarap Chu and Zanskar

In 1992 Green Slime and a team of explorers set the first paddle strokes on the Tsarap Zanskar combo – an expedition in little Tibet. Opening up what has become a world classic.

Tsarap Chu and Zanskar

Slime turned 70, and like the Queen, had one of his parties on the roof of a hotel in Leh over looking the Indus – perfect.

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How To Quickly Adjust Your Pyranha C4S And Stout Seat Height

Getting your outfitting setup correctly is a crucial part of the paddling art. An ill fitting boat doesn’t help your paddling technique.

How to Quickly Adjust Your Pyranha C4S and Stout Seat Height

Team Pyranha’s Chris Brain shows us how to get the best paddling position in your Pyranha C4S or Stout Kayak by optimising your seat height.

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