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My Favorite GoPro Accessories For Travel

Getting the right number and type of GoPro accessories will help you to shoot some great footage for that holiday edit. But you need it to be fairly compact, usable and add value to the camera. Carrying loads of gear ‘just in case’ is counter productive as you’ll probably not even use it anyway. It’s all about keeping it simple.


Lowe Pro Dashpoint AVC:

Firstly if the main items of my gear don’t fit in a Lowe Pro Dashpoint AVC it isn’t going. The case is designed for one camera but will happily take two GoPros.

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Runaway – South East Trip 2015

Runaway - South East Trip 2015

After a really long and cold winter up here in Quebec, we were pretty excited to hit the road, head south and finally escape from this endless winter blues. We got pretty lucky with the water levels and managed to hit some local classics in North Carolina and West Virginia. Huge thanks to all the people who helped us Quebexicans hitting the right creeks and the rights lines on the water as well. We met some incredible paddlers along the way.

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Levels: Great Falls 3.3ft

Great Falls looks a superb stretch of water. Ian Van Wingert leads us down stream.

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Threewaves Nose Clips Available In The UK & Ireland

Threewaves Nose Clips are now available in the UK & Ireland via Unsponsored. I was so impressed by the quality and performance of the nose clips (read the review here) that I have brought a few pairs back to the Unsponsored HQ here in the UK.

Threewaves Nose Clips

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NFC IV GoPro Top 4 Runs

A superb side by side look at the top 4 runs at this year’s North Fork Championship IV Elite Division. A great use of the GoPro suite of cameras.

NFC IV GoPro Top 4 Runs

The incredibly tight lines of the Top 4 GoPro runs in the North Fork Championship IV Elite Division!!

1 – Gerd Serrasolses
2 – Dane Jackson
3 – Isaac Levinson
4 – Aniol Serrasolses

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Cheoah High Water

Mark Miller and the Foothills Paddling Club ran the Cheoah river late in the May of 2015. Here is just some of the great footage from the trip.

Cheoah High Water

Another great day on the Cheoah River with the awesome Foothills Paddling Club. Just a fun river that you can work all your skills on.

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Out to Lunch – Lower Clear Creek High Water

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Out to Lunch – Lower Clear Creek High Water. The boof, Elbow Falls, And Screaming 1/4 mile. At above recommended flows! 1300 CFS

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Astral Green Jacket – LE8 Rise Up

Astral have released details of the 8th limited edition (LE8) Green Jacket design. The LE8 Rise Up is a tribute to the spirit and energy of wild places.

LE8 Rise Up

What do you think?

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Northern Territory – River Swale

The Swale, for many the most enjoyable, hassle free section of Class 4 (occasionally 5) in the UK. It’s all down to preference of course, however, a little time invested in this true classic normally leaves paddlers with a beaming smile.

River Swale

At its source, about 2 miles upstream of Keld, the Swale picks up pace and, set amongst some stunning scenery and isolated gorges, this river drops like a stone and often rises just as quickly: we recently witnessed the river rising 50cm within the hour it took us to complete the run. It rose a further 10cm in the time it took to get changed and do a shuttle; a factor that should be borne in mind when paddling this stretch after heavy rainfall. Potentially difficult to judge accurately, running this little gem has been made much more reliable since the introduction of the environment agency river levels gauge. This provides the source data for the invaluable Rainchasers site (http://rainchasers.com/river): an excellent information resource for which we are enormously grateful to Rob Tuley and crew supporting the site.

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Between A Rock And A Hard Place

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Playing on Sorba slides, Italy. Was messing around as it was our 3rd time down, went with a cross-deck boof, missed the boof stroke unfortunately and pencilled it and then went round a few times before getting spat out. Playboating skills coming into play a bit here.

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Haglofs Ace

The Haglofs Ace is a bit of an allrounder and has been used at Unsponsored HQ for a number of years for both walking and mountain biking duties.



In this case it’s a 12l pack (medium). First it is hydration compatible (up to 3l) and this one have been used extensively for the last few years with an Osprey bladder. But there is also the possibility of carrying a couple of 1l water bottles in each of the two side pockets, one is located on each side of the pack. The hip belt can be tucked away inside of the pack (as seen above) which is a feature that Unsponsored Girl approves of as the she is not a big fan of belts on packs.

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TV2 Norway – Kayaking Accident Story

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In July 2014 Josh Neilson was kayaking with friends in Norway near Sjoa. After 5 of his crew paddled ‘Matzes Drop’ it was his turn. After a good entry the nose of his kayak was thrust into the air and caused him to fly through the air and land at the bottom in an undesirable way. At the moment of impact he broke his back and had to be flown to Lillehammer hospital and then on to Elverum for surgery. One year of rehab later and he returns to Voss in Norway for Ekstremsportveko and to go kayaking. This is the story by TV2 on his accident and return to kayaking.

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