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Steve Backshall – Expedition

Last year Unsponsored noticed on social media that Steve Backshall was kayaking in Bhutan within Darren Clarkson-King and Sal Montgomery. Freestyle kayaker James Bebbington is one of the camera operators.

Darren (Daz) has been exploring the Himalayas for over 20 years and with Sal’s amazing track record we just know that the forthcoming TV show will feature an Epic Himalayan back drop, great rapids and is sure to appeal to kayaks and adventure lovers.

With a little digging we have found out that the expediton was for a first descent and is one of a ten part series, all worlds firsts.

The series starts 21 July 8pm on Dave TV – Steve Backshall, EXPEDITON.

Social Media Saturday 6 July 2019

Welcome to Social Media Saturday 6 July 2019.

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123 Fit Your PFD

Chris Brain runs through the three simple steps to properly fit your PFD.

123 Fit Your PFD
123 Fit Your PFD
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Outfitting Kayaks

From the very first moment you sit in a boat you start to get “a feel for it”, how it fits and possibly even how it may perform. As beginners we start off in boats that may be used by many different size paddlers, which results in cockpits being kept clutter free. Loose, comfortable boats feel good on flat water, but they can make leaning and bracing difficult. Once the boat is padded to provide a close, body-hugging fit that still allows for quick and easy water exits, performance can dramatically improve.

Dagger Phantom

This same rule applies to all levels of kayakers, whether they’re paddling easy whitewater, big water runs or creeks. Customised outfitting helps transfer every trace in the river’s current through the kayak’s hull to your body, helping you sense your surroundings, make critical maneuvers and maintain your balance, thus staying upright!

Since paddlers press against their boat’s inner hull with the small of their backs, butts, hips, thighs, knees and feet, it is these key areas that should be customised to match the shape and size of the paddler. To make this as easy as possible I am going to break the cockpit into a handful of sections and tailor each one to help you get the best control possible from your boat. Many boat manufacturers have really stepped up their game and are providing some excellent outfitting as standard in their kayaks. However these systems still need adapting in some way to ensure that they fit YOU correctly.

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Movie Monday 1 July 2019

Welcome to Movie Monday 1 July 2019 at Unsponsored. We’ve got a stack of edits for you to check out this week.

Movie Monday

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Social Media Saturday 29 June 2019

Hey, it is Social Media Saturday 29 June 2019 at Unsponsored. It’s been a crazy busy week. Stay tuned for a number of first looks appearing on the site over the next few days.

In the meantime check out these bangers!

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Movie Monday 24 June 2019

Welcome to Movie Monday 24 June 2019 at Unsponsored. We’ve got a stack of edits for you to check out this week. Enjoy!

We’ve got some BIG news about our Movie Monday series coming shortly.

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Social Media Saturday 22 June 2019

Welcome to Social Media Saturday 22 June 2019 on Unsponsored. Our weekly round out of some of the great content the has popped up on Instagram.

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Gorges Du Verdon

Nouria Newman takes a run down the stunning Gorges Du Verdon.

Gorges Du Verdon
Gorges Du Verdon

Undeniably the most beautiful river in France. If the classic sections offer easy recreational kayaking, the canyon actually has some really good whitewater. I recommend going with someone that knows the run or take it slow since this section is full of Siphon. Thanks Max for showing me the lines !

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ICF Extreme

If you missed it at the weekend here is the ICF Boater X or Extreme Slalom world cup from Lee Valley.

The question is why have they felt the need to rebrand it as Extreme Slalom. Is everything better if it is Extreme?

Movie Monday 17 June 2019

Welcome to Movie Monday 17 June 2019 at Unsponsored. We’ve got a stack of edit for you to check out this week. Enjoy!

Movie Monday 17 June 2019
Movie Monday 17 June 2019
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Social Media Saturday 15 June 2019

Welcome to Social Media Saturday 15 June 2019.

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