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Social Media Saturday 16 May 2020

Welcome to Unsponsored and Social Media Saturday 16 May 2020. This may well be the biggest Social Media Saturday yet.

Social Media Saturday 16 May 2020

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LOMO Dry Boxes

LOMO release their new line of ultra tough Dry Boxes. The Centurion Dry Box range is now ready to serve and protect.

LOMO Dry Boxes
LOMO Dry Boxes
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Solo Whitewater Day Trip In My Backyard

Solo Whitewater Day Trip In My Backyard
Solo Whitewater Day Trip In My Backyard

Portaging and soloing whitewater paddling up to class three was the plan for my short adventure this day. First, I go through some of my wilderness outfitting gear including my spraydeck, whitewater canoe, drybag and drysuit before heading out on my Magnetawan River canoe trip.

My plan was to head downriver to a bridge where my wife would pick me up. The route would include two portages, a couple class 1 and a couple class 2 rapids as well as one big class three rapid. As soon as I ran the first rapid it felt awesome to be on the river. It was hot out for this time of year and after a portage around a big canyon and unrunnable rapid, I soon ran out of drinking water. Fortunately, it wasn’t long until I found a natural spring with delicious and cold water.

After dealing with the raging whitewater of a big drop, I paddled through a calm section and had a weird feeling like something was staring at me. I turned around to see a small, brand new log cabin built on top of a hill. It kind of struck me as odd that this would have given me the urge to turn around and look behind me. Before too long my trip was over and I met Tori at the bridge and I was home by dinner time. I felt tired but rejuvenated after the little outing, but more so I felt fortunate to live in the place that I do.

Jim Baird
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Dragorossi DRX

Dragorossi have a new boat out, the DRX. At 274cm in length it sits bang in the range required for extreme river racing.

Dragorossi DRX
Dragorossi DRX
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Level Six Quickthrow Pro

Level Six have released a brand new throw line that uses 20m of static Dyneema rope that glows in the dark.

Level Six Quickthrow Pro
Level Six Quickthrow Pro

The 3/8” 20 M rope features an 11% stretch threshold and boasts a 1700KG breaking strength. The mesh panels allow quick draining and drying, and the gusseted zipped opening system is designed to make re-packing your throw bag quick and easy.

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Enduro Photography

I thought I’d post a few of my MTB Enduro shots from the last couple of years. I hope I’m starting to get my eye in.

Shots at the Ard Rock and Ard Moors 2018 were taken with a Nikon D500. All other shots were taken with a Sony Alpha A9.

The links will take you to my Roots and Rain pages where you’ll find tens of thousands of my images from these events.

Ard Rock 2018

Steve Peat
Danny Hart
Tracey Moseley

Ard Rock 2018 photos

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Movie Monday – Olaf Obsommer Special

Born to paddling parents, Obsommer’s entire life has been on the water, and he’s been filming whitewater since 1992.

The award-winning filmmaker and producer is a living legend in whitewater kayaking. 

So this Movie Monday is a special one involving movies by Olaf or have him/his footage in them. Enjoy!

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Social Media Saturday 9 May 2020

Welcome to Social Media Saturday 9 May 2020 at Unsponsored. It is our weekly round up of video clips we’ve spotted on Instagram.

Social Media Saturday 9 May 2020

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Exo Kayaks Party Rexy

The Exo Kayaks Party Rexy has landed. It has 20l less volume that the standard Rexy.

The Party Rexy is here! Adapted by the team at @s2s.at to make our favourite river runner even more fun by slimming down and modifying the stern!

Available only in Green/Pink (Joker).

Pre-order now via your local EXO dealership, delivery est. 10/06/20!

Exo Kayaks UK & Irl.
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Breaking Down A Rescue

Breaking Down A Rescue
Breaking Down A Rescue

Last Spring we were running the South Yuba in California, when things went a little sideways. Luckily it didn’t go worse because I was able to rope Evan out before he had to swim some gnarly rapids. In this video I decided to breakdown a few steps I took to allow me to be able to successfully get Evan out, and hopefully they will help you whenever you need to help someone out!

Dane Jackson
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Lettmann Manta

The Lettmann Manta is both longer and faster than the Granate. It has been designed for both perforce and ease of use. At 272cm long the Lettmann Manta is short enough to compete within the extreme river race classification.

Lettmann Manta
Lettmann Manta
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Kayak Technique – Chest And Shoulders

Kayak Technique - Chest And Shoulders
Kayak Technique – Chest And Shoulders

The 4th video in the series shows how the shoulders and chest contribute to the generation of power and how they conserve the power and keep it contained in the body and boat.

Ultimate Kayak
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