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Durance 2017

The Durance Whitewater Sessions are back! This year the event will take place on July 8/ 9th with a big novelty: “La Grande Descente” a multi-crafts mass float from the lower Guil through Embrun on sunday…

So yes, the Durance Whitewater Sessions organized by Kayak Session magazine will take place again this year in the Durance Valley, in the southern French Alps. This event is a celebration of whitewater paddling in every form: open canoes, kayaks, whitewater standup, raft, inflatables etc.…

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Pyranha US Tour 2017

The Pyranha US Tour 2017 dates have been released and are as follows:

Pyranha US Tour 2017

From Pyranha:

Team Pyranha is back on the road! I (David Fusilli) will be rocking the West while D Eric Dill (Big D) and company will be holding it down on the East coast. I know this is a bit cocky, but right now we have the best boats in the business and NEW OUTFITTING! Softer/bigger hip pads and stout new thigh braces to go with it. The year of the Angry Fish is upon us! Thanks for all your love and support.

Younguns Freestyle Tour 2017

The Younguns Freestyle Tour 2017 has been announced. This is a great grass roots series of competitions. See the flyer below or the Younguns Facebook page for more details.

Younguns Freestyle Tour 2017

National Student Rodeo 2017

Photos from today’s National Student Rodeo 2017 have landed. Unfortunately the Rodeo was unable to take place on the whitewater course due to the amount of bacteria found in the water.

National Student Rodeo 2017

Fortunately the sun was out and there were plenty of paddlers still getting stuck in.

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BUCS Slalom Teesside 2017 – Part 2

Second day of the British Universities and College Sports Slalom (BUCS) today at Teesside. It managed to be both wetter and colder than yesterday for all involved. Weather conditions made it particularly challenging to get half decent images of the action.

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BUCS Slalom Teesside 2017

The British Universities and Colleges Sport slalom (BUCS Slalom Teesside 2017) was held at Teesside this weekend. It was a cold and wet one for both paddlers and the few spectators that were around.

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SAS Hurley Classic

The SAS Hurley Classic is one of the oldest kayak freestyle kayak competitions in the world. The 2016 event was held over the weekend of the 19th and 20th of November 2016.

SAS Hurley Classic In Photos

SAS Hurley Classic In Photos

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2016 Green Race Winners Reel

2016 Green Race Winners Reel from the Amongst It team is a must watch.

2016 Green Race Winners Reel

‘Under The Influence’ did not disappoint! We love all the racers, spectators and volunteers who make this the greatest show in all of sports.

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Tyne Tour 2016

A cold and wet day was had sitting on rescue rock yesterday. Water levels on the North Tyne were not bad and were on the rise for the whole day. It was great to see so many new paddlers take to the water and take on the challenge of Wardens Gorge.

Tyne Tour 2016

There didn’t seem to be as many capsizes at the bottom of the gorge as usual but quite a few at the very top with a number of paddles ending up swimming the entire gorge.

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The Tyne Tour – A Brief Water Guide

The Tyne Tour is one of the best kayak/canoe events in the UK. Since its origins as the Mike Jones Rally the Tyne tour has become a firm favourite of mine. Most paddlers will stick to the area around Hexham and Tyne Green but there are several other stretches of water in the local area that are worth looking at. This post is not designed to be a definitive guide in any way but is intend to offer a few ideas so you can maximise your paddle time and choice if attending the tour. So here we have it The Tyne Tour – A Brief Water Guide.

Unsponsored Tyne Tour 1

Camping, food and retailers are all based at Tyne Green right on the river bank in Hexham. Hexham is large market town so there are plenty of shops, pubs and takeaways if required.

Unsponsored Tyne Tour 2

The main river for the tour is the North Tyne. Local canoe/kayak clubs provide safety cover on the largest whitewater section of the North Tyne at Rescue Rock. Each Saturday of the Tyne Tour you will find me sat on Rescue Rock taking thousands of still images.

Unsponsored Tyne Tour 3

River Levels: Rain Chasers

The North Tyne

The North Tyne has to be one of the classic ww runs in the North East of England. The water is clean, access is pretty good and you can get down in all but the very lowest of levels. The normal get in is at the small village of Chollerford just a few miles North of Hexham itself. However for the Tyne Tour the get in is a few miles upstream at Barrasford. A shuttle bus runs the route and the parking at Barrasford is ample. The run down to Chollerford offers a few good rapids and is the perfect warm up.

The Tyne Tour - A Brief Water Guide

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The Kayaks Of Sickline 2016

Big competitions are always a great place to catch some of the latest kayak designs. This years Sickline was no different with new Dagger Phantom, Pyranha Machno, Exo T-Rex, and Waka Gangsta in attendance.

Check out just a few of the kayaks that were spotted at Sickline 2016.

Pyranha Machno

We had images of the prototype here on Unsponsored a few weeks ago and they received a huge number of hits. We will be seeing loads of these on the water over the next few months.

The Kayaks Of Sickline 2016

The Kayaks Of Sickline 2016

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Washburn Boaterfest 2016

Today was the Washburn Boaterfest 2016. We spent a few hours at the Washburn (North Yorkshire, UK) checking out the event and testing out some new gear.

Washburn Boaterfest 2016

For quite sometime if you went to any recent event you would be sure to see lots and lots of Pyranha 9Rs on the water. Today was quite different.

Washburn Boaterfest 2016

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