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Yak – Wrapz

A little bit of work from the UK team behind Yak – Wrapz can be seen here. I reckon this Jackson boat wrapped in the Union flag looks pretty good.

Yak - Wrapz

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Palm Core Layering 2015

Palm Core Layering gear range has been developed and expanded for 2015. We currently have a few bits of these gear for test here at Unsponsored HQ. In this edit Palm take us through the 2015 Palm Core Layering gear.

Palm Core Layering 2015

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Next Generation Training

I first became inspired to enter the outdoor industry on a trip to Val Sesia with Gene17 when I was working for a bank, feeling pretty lost in life and confused by what my future held.

An (almost certainly) off the cuff comment from one of our coaches at the time saw me on an intensive outdoor instructor training course less than a year later, and I haven’t looked back since.

Next Generation Training

Each year Gene17 invite applications to come and join them on a week of intensive training aimed at those wishing to improve, or enter high end whitewater guiding and this year. Me, Bastien and Matt were all lucky enough to be offered a place, along with another six paddlers from the UK and Europe.

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Cali Rush – Kayaking

Cali Rush - Kayaking

This is the April Segment from the Movie CALI RUSH. Hard core white water Kayakers get to see parts of California’s unique backcountry that others will never see. Kayaks are the only way to access some of the most remote and steep canyons draining the west slope of the Sierra’s. Here’s Charlie Center, Rush Sturges, Ben Brown and others take on some of California’s most rugged drops. Filmed by Charlie Center and Rush Sturges.

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GoPro Kayaking Raven Fork

GoPro Kayaking Raven Fork

Another lap down one of best runs in the east, the Raven Fork!!

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Notorious TV Episode 3 – The Odds

Notorious TV Episode 3 - The Odds

Episode 3 of Notorious Media Tent. Watch as Notorious members Knox and Joaquin as they journey down into the depths of Colombia.

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Chile 2015

A great edit from Sebastian Hennig. I believe Rory Woods and Lee Royle were also on this epic trip.

Chile 2015

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Longboats For Life – Local Length

Unsponsored’s little brother River has been very quiet of late. It turns out he has been working on a little winter edit focussing on his love of his Liquidlogic Stinger kayak. In Longboats For Life – Local Length, River takes us on a journey through the joy of owning and paddling a big boat, they aren’t just for flat water touring you know!

Longboats for life

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New Garmin Virb Action Cameras

Garmin have announced the release of a new range of Virb cameras for 2015 – The Virb X and top of the line Virb XE. The form factor is much smaller than the previous Virb editions and is more in keeping with the GoPro design. It also looks like the cameras can be mounted to GoPro QR mounts which ones up a whole load of possibilities.

Garmin Virb X

Following edit is filmed using the Virb XE.

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Dagger Contour Outfitting – Seat

Over the course of the last few weeks I have welded up a Dagger Mamba (twice – two different splits). The last split was located in the centre of the kayak right underneath the seat.

To get a good weld both inside and out I removed the seat. Given the size of the unit I thought that it would be a fairly difficult exercise but it turned out to be very easy.

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The back band was removed so that access was a little easier, then all bolts were removed. Four were located on the seat posts and the fifth on the central pillar/storage area. The seat was then lifted and twisted straight out.

I took a few images of the Dagger Contour outfitting along the way and thought a close up of the seat out of the boat may be of interest to some. So here they are!

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El Putumayo – Bienvenidos

El Putumayo - Bienvenidos

The Putumayo region, in southern Colombia, is full of rivers. This April 2015, we finally made a trip there. For the first pass, we decided to settle base in the town of Mocoa, strategically located near easy access rivers.

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Throwbag Holder Modification

The throwbag/bottle holder within kayaks has become a fairly standard feature. However some are better than others Damon (Chalky723) has modified his Waka Tuna with a throwbag holder modification to create a system similar to that used by Dagger and Wavesport.

Throwbag Holder Modification

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