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.
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.
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.
2016 Green Race Winners Reel from the Amongst It team is a must watch.
‘Under The Influence’ did not disappoint! We love all the racers, spectators and volunteers who make this the greatest show in all of sports.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Moriston River Race 2016 from Eddy Mead – A collection of clips epically put together by Jarrad Cody of the recent Moriston Race in Scotland.
This edit shows the new Dagger Phantom in action.
Some great footage from an awesome event. Check out the boat being paddled by Tad Dennis at 5.14. Dagger Phantom?
The North Fork Championship V rallied the best kayakers in the world to the great state of Idaho for a weekend of incredible kayaking, amazing lifestyling, and the rowdiest parties!!
The NFC Whitewater Festival is a venue that showcases the talent and energy that is in the sport of kayaking. Kayaking is among the upper echelon of any extreme sport and the NFC highlights the highest level of extreme kayak racing, photos, videos and characters in this awesome sport!
Unsponsored HQ happens to be right on the route for the British Cycling National Championships, so today has been spent behind the camera.
The vast majority of images were taken using a Nikon D7100 and Nikkor 70-200mm VRII lens. However some were shot with a Nikkor 50mm lens.
Some great action and footage from TrnavaXRACE 2016.