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9 Tips To Make Your Drysuit Last Longer

Adrian Mattern has 9 tips to make your drysuit last longer.

9 tips to make your drysuit last longer
9 tips to make your drysuit last longer

I have been abusing drysuits for so many years now that I figured out a few key points which- if you take SOME care about, will maximize the lifetime of your drysuit by a lot! I have realized that just by taking a few caretaking steps there is absolutely no need to get a new drysuit every single season or so.

Adrian Mattern
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Cold Water Shock – Float To Live

RNLI ambassador, adventurer and author Ant Middleton visited the RNLI in Brighton to experience cold water shock for real.

Cold Water Shock - Float To Live
Cold Water Shock – Float To Live
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How To Back Deck Roll A Kayak

How To Back Deck Roll A Kayak
How To Back Deck Roll A Kayak

This week I break down the techniques and some of the myths behind the back deck roll. I hope this helps you get your first back deck roll, or better your kick-flip or airscrew. Please subscribe for all the upcoming tips and tricks and comments with the videos and tips you would like to see in the future.

Nick Toutman
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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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Plastic Welding Skills

We love Ninja type plastics welding skills at Unsponsored and this example from Benjamin Ghertner is A1.

Plastic Welding Skills
Plastic Welding Skills

The kayak fell off a raft stack last year and got dragged on the freeway for a bit. I used a plastic soldering iron and a square of plastic from an old kayak to patch it

Benjamin Ghertner
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5 Most Common Kayaking Mistakes

Just a quick one to try and highlight some common mistakes and how to fix them!

5 Most Common Kayaking Mistakes
5 Most Common Kayaking Mistakes

Let me know if this helps at all. My apologies to the beater in the blue boat.

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How To Loop – Nick’s Kayaking Tips and Tricks

We all love a loop, don’t we?

How To Loop - Nick's Kayaking Tips and Tricks
How To Loop – Nick’s Kayaking Tips and Tricks

The loop, is a front flip in a kayak, and is one of the most fun tricks you can do in a kayak. Nick Troutman breaks down the techniques and trouble shooting for the loop. The loop is a great starting point for the modern freestyle tricks, it will also help with more advanced moves as it is a prerequisite for many of the more advanced tricks like a McNasty or Phonix Monkey.

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Knots For Whitewater

If you are using ropes on the water then there a number of knots that you really should know. This edit from Jez Jezz gives a run through the basics and possible applications.

You can find and subscribe to his channel here.

Knots For Whitewater
Jez – Knots For Whitewater
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How To Boof A Kayak – 3 Components To A Basic Boof

In this video the Aquabatics Calgary team present an easy to understand 3 component progression to learn how to boof on your local Class II/III run.

How To Boof A Kayak

At this stage it isn’t about big drops, more about creating muscle memory and dialing in the the basics so it becomes second nature before taking it to bigger whitewater.

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Pack Your Bags

How do you pack yours?

Let us know in via the comments section below.

Rolling Inside And Out

Check out this great edit from Plas y Brenin.

Rolling Inside And Out

Have you got your roll working indoors, but always go swimming when you try outside?

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How To Run Rapids Using Cross Current Speed

In this video the Aquabatics Calgary team explain and demonstrate how to ‘get off the freight train’ of running rapids.

This tutorial highlights how to use cross current speed in rapids to start catching and tagging eddies to slow downstream momentum and to give more control and create time.

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