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The Pyranha 12R – An Update

After starting as a bit of a joke the Pyranha 12R is going into production. Pyranha has received enough interest from the paddling public and Pyranha dealers for the boat to become a reality.

The Pyranha 12R - An Update

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Waka Kayaks 2018 Line Up

Robin Hood Watersports have the full Waka kayaks 2018 lineup. It’s great to see them lined up with one another.

Waka Kayaks 2018 Line Up

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New School Kayak Old School Outfitting

Corran Addison has recently offered his new F Bomb kayak with Hooptie outfitting. Essentially a new hull design with stripped backed outfitting that can be customised by its owner. Having paddled for over 30 years I remember outfitting boats with bit of foam and plenty of glue. I for one think that this is an excellent idea.

New School Kayak Old School Outfitting

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Present Ideas For Paddlers 2017

A great deal of outdoor equipment passes through the halls of Unsponsored HQ. Some great, some good and some not so good. As we get closer to the 25th of December it has now become a little bit of tradition (and to save me answering loads of “What should I get ….. for Christmas, they have just got into kayaking/canoeing/SUP?” type questions via email) to put together a list of gear that paddlers and general outdoors type folk might appreciate as presents at Christmas time.

Present Ideas For Paddlers 2017

So here it is.

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Guigui Prod Shinobi

Guigui Prod have been around for some time producing some of the best custom playboats available. Guigui Prod has released a new composite creek boat named the Shinobi. The design of the hull has come about through the collaboration of Guigui Prod and the Easy Kayak Team.

Guigui Prod Shinobi

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Pyranha 12R

Clearly the April Fool post from Pyranha this year has gained some traction. They announced the production of a 12R long boat seven months ago as a bit of a joke but it seems that they are actually going to put it into production if they get enough preorders.

Pyranha 12R

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From Skirt To Covert – Going Deckless In An OC1

Before 2014, I’d only seen a Pyranha Spanish Fly and a Big Dog OC1 on the rivers around Scotland. They looked weird and I didn’t like the idea of swamping and kneeling when I could have a comfy kayak seat and a spraydeck. After stumbling across a group of OC1ers in Glen Etive one New Year’s Eve, I really had my eyes opened to the C-boat world, albeit a rather mad one! After enjoying open canoeing for the past few years and becoming impartial to the single blade, I’ve recently decided to take the plunge with a Silverbirch Covert 9.3.

From Skirt To Covert – Going Deckless In An OC1

This is what I think of it so far…

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Why They Are Called Thighhooks Not Kneehooks

Why they are called thighhooks not kneehooks

The concept is that when rolling, riverrunning, or playboating (cartwheels, stern squirts, etc.) The upper body leads and rotates the lower at the hips.

Why They Are Called Thighhooks Not Kneehooks

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Throw Lines On A Belt – Good Or Bad?

Is having a throw line on a belt a good idea?

Throw Lines On A Belt - Good Or Bad?

Many years ago PFDs were produced with rear pockets to accommodate a throw bag. Many of those original bags were a flat envelope type and were pretty compact meaning they would fit in the PFD easily. Unfortunately they didn’t throw that well compared to cylindrical bags, had relatively short lengths of thin rope and repacking could be a nightmare. That said it was better to have one than not at all.

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Dagger Axiom Vs Jackson AntiX Vs Liquidlogic Braap Vs Pyranha Ripper Vs Soul Gonzo

Fancy a slicey river running play machine? Her is quick run down of the specifications of a number of the slicey kayaks out there. Dagger Axiom Vs Jackson AntiX Vs Liquidlogic Braap Vs Pyranha Ripper Vs Soul Gonzo Vs …..

Liquidlogic Party Braap

Dagger Axiom Vs Jackson AntiX Vs Liquidlogic Braap Vs Pyranha Ripper

Length 271.8cm
Width 62.2cm
Weight 20kg
Volume 253.6l
Paddler Weight 45 – 100kg

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Avenger 9X (A9X) Composite Creek Boat

Steve Muir has created this superb Avenger 9X (A9X) composite creek boat.

Avenger 9X (A9X) Composite Creek Boat

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Pyranha 9R Vs Zet FIVE Vs Dagger Phantom Vs Waka Gangsta Vs Jackson Kayak Nirvana vs Titan Rival

By request here is a quick run down of the specifications of the sub 9ft category whitewater race kayaks – Pyranha 9R Vs Zet FIVE Vs Dagger Phantom Vs Waka Gangsta Vs Jackson Kayak Nirvana vs Titan Rival.

THE Dagger Phantom

Length 271cm
Width 68cm
Height 37cm
Weight 23kg
Paddler Wt Range 66-116kg

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