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Dane Jackson Is An Idiot

Dane Jackson is an idiot

Dane is a genius on the water but off the water he can have his moments where I am just shaking my head. So stoked that we are the luckiest gits in the world and that this worked out!

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Big Wave Kayaking – 2018 Stakeout Moments

Big Wave Kayaking – 2018 Stakeout Moments

2018 Stakeout Moments

Check out some raw GoPro moments from the 2018 high water spring melt stakeout season with Nick Troutman and crew.

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River Mint – Cumbria

The rain has hit many parts of the UK and the rivers in some areas have been huge, just not anywhere near Unsponsored HQ. This reminded me of one of my last flood level trips early last year. On the 25th February 2017 Team Unsponsored ran the Mint in Cumbria (UK). The end of that week had seen storm Dorris hit the UK with high winds and significant amounts of rain for majority of the North. This resulted in high water levels for the few hours we were on the river.

River Mint

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Lancashire Hotpot Yorkshire Pudding

Lancashire or Yorkshire, which is best? It’s a question that is greatly debated buy never settled. Lancashire Hotpot Yorkshire Pudding by Bob McKee shows two rivers, one within each of those great counties.

Lancashire Hotpot And Yorkshire Pudding

Bob and Chris Brain tackle the Hindburn in Lancashire and the Ribble in Yorkshire.

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What A Weekend

What a weekend, the UK took a battering over the course of the weekend with water levels. The Tees rose to just under 3m at Middleton over the weekend. That is almost twice the height normally seen at this time of year.

Friend of Unsponsored Sam Ellis ran Low Force at these super high levels. To put this into context this is what Low Force typically look likes.

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Thompson River After/During Hurricane Joaquin

Thompson River After/During Hurricane Joaquin

The category 4 Hurricane Joaquin brought some serious rain to the South East of United States. With flood warnings and most of the rivers rising incredibly fast, we decided to run Thompson Creek, one of the steepest stretches of whitewater in the East Coast with a staked loss of 800ft. in less than a mile, before the river meets Lake Jocassee.

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Northern Territory – Yorkshire Dee

Tucked away just outside the village of Dent this Class 4/5 gorge section runs fairly regularly with significant rain although there may be occasions when there can definitely be too much! It can become a very challenging undertaking at high flows with undercut walls and ‘boiling’ eddies. At perfect, mid-level, flows it is my Yorkshire favourite. A sensible decision can be made at the put-in: if it’s floatable and navigable it’s going to be good; however, if there’s a raging torrent, it will be full-on and the gorge will almost certainly be un-runnable. The river starts road-side around 5km outside Dent and the road follows the river for most of the run. In fact it’s only the last km that feels remote. A series of small slides and boulder rapids lead to a slightly bigger slide that right-angle’s to the left. This signifies the end of your warm up.


From here the river starts to get a little tighter and steeper with some quite significant pour-overs; nothing too pushy but a confident boof is definitely required.

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Scotland – Spean and Garry

There has been a serious amount of rain over the last few days here in the UK, with many rivers being listed as huge on one of the river level sites. Bastien’s edit shows us what the water levels have been like further up north from Unsponsored HQ.

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On a wild snowy and windy winter day, we went paddling the Upper Spean river on 6 and plus pipes then a massive River Garry. I can’t thank enough my poggies. It was a good day. Continue reading

New XL Pyranha Burn On Aysgarth Waterfalls

New XL Pyranha Burn on Aysgarth Waterfalls, Yorkshire, England.

Turns like it’s on rails, you put it where you want it with sweet boots and ski speed and a load of ass to carry you on your adventures, this ones my favourite!!!

Get some, get one!!!

High Water Fairy Glen

High Water Fairy Glen from Barny Prees on Vimeo.

David Bain, Barny Prees, Jamie Wright and Daz Clarkson on the Fairy Glen in high water! Music:

Irish Wetlands | Winter 2014 | Andrew Regan

Irish Wetlands | Winter 2014 | Andrew Regan from Andrew Regan on Vimeo.

Footage collected over the wild and wet winter of 2014 all on Irish soil. Includes extracts from the annual GalwayFest event. Thanks to Dagger Kayaks, Palm Equipment, AT Paddles and University of Limerick sport department.

Boulters Weir

BOULTERS from Dave Wortley on Vimeo.

Boulters wave on the River Thames at high water during the floods of 2014.

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Bottom level 3.25

All 6 gates open, river dropping with Jubilee River closing.

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