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Senders – Paddle Expo 2018

Senders do Paddle Expo 2018.

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Awesome couple of days at Paddle EXPO 2018!

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Spade Kayaks Black Jack – First Look

Craig Marsport Hill has this awesome looking lime green Spade Kayaks Black Jack. It has to be one of the first Black Jacks here in the UK.

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Here is a Spade Kayaks Black Jack – First Look. Lets us know what you think in the comments section below.

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Lettmann Manta

German kayak company Lettmann will be releasing the Lettmann Manta very shortly. This kayak is designed to be faster than the Granate.

Lettmann Manta

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PaddleExpo 2017

We have some coverage from PaddleExpo 2017 over the next few days. This post will be updated with images and detail throughout the week.

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30 years of the Dagger. This limited edition RPM model comes supplied with ratchet backrest goodness.

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Spade Kayaks – Black Jack

I met with the guys from Spade Kayaks almost two years ago in Nuremberg at the Paddle Expo. Despite the Ace of Spades only being out for a short period of time I asked them about the next kayak. Even then a design called the Black Jack or “Jack” was already being thought about.

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Today (22 August 2017) the Black Jack will start coming of the production line. The Ace of Spades, Spade kayaks first production kayak was and still is blow molded.

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PaddleExpo 2016 With Palm Equipment

Palm equipment are launching a fair new pieces of gear at PaddleExpo this year. This includes some new neoflex and safety gear. Get a sneak peak with Cheesy.

PaddleExpo 2016 With Palm Equipment

Can you spot the new throw bag?

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Spade Kayaks 2016 – First Look

Spade kayaks have taken the Ace of Spades kayak shell and have developed three levels of outfitting as detailed below.

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The shell in each of the three setups is the same. However for 2016 it has been made even lighter whilst still retaining its strength.

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Paddle Expo 2015 – Random

I took a huge number of photographs at Paddle Expo 2015 and still have many more posts in draft that I am working my way through. There was so much great paddle sport gear on display and talk about.

Paddle Expo 2015 - Random

There are a number of drafts that I will square away and will be posted here over the next few days. However I also have a whole pile of images from the event that many will find interesting to check out.

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Ace Of Spades – Review

We are fortunate at Unsponsored to try some of the best kayaking and canoeing equipment available, but sometimes the weather can be too dry. Thankfully the Gods of rain smiled on the UK once again this summer, so testing and reviews have continued at a pace. The following review looks at the Ace of Spades kayak from Spade Kayaks. The boat has been tested over the last few months across the UK on various pieces of water from stone filled ditches, low volume/high volume burns in Scotland, some of the best whitewater in the glorious county of Yorkshire, whitewater parks and even out at sea.

Spade kayaks is a new kayak company formed in Europe by whitewater legends Hans Mayer, Oli Grau, Matze Brutzman, Jens Klatt, and Jan Haluszka.

The Ace of Spades is a blown molded displacement hull kayak. It has the features that you would expect to see in any whitewater boat – adjustable outfitting, full plate footrest, multiple grab handles, drain bung etc… but many have been executed in a creative/different way.

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The Ace is designed as a river runner/creeker and is available in just the one size.

Specs:

Length: 265 cm
Width: 67.5 cm
Volume: 320 litres
Weight: 22.9 kg
Color: burnt orange
Recommended retail price: 1390,- €

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Slowing Things Down @ Plattling

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Wout enjoying the juicy levels at Plattling summer 2014 in this great edit. Shot with a GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition at 1080p-60fps. Continue reading

Yak Teams Up With Blue And White

Yak are delighted to announce that from 1st January 2015 Blue and White GmbH, the leading European distributor for paddle sports equipment, will be distributing the Yak brand in the German speaking area of Europe. This follows the presentation of the highly acclaimed new range of products from Yak at Paddle Expo 2014, which caused great excitement amongst the paddlers at the show.
On display were the new vibrant Whitewater, Touring and Recreational ranges, giving a taste of what to expect for the 2015 season, including a variety of buoyancy aids, cags and accessories.

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The popular Whitewater kit is already available across the UK and Europe, to be followed in Spring 2015 by the release of the Touring and Recreational ranges. Blue and White will be one of the first to stock the kit in Europe. Continue reading

Paddle Expo – Day 1

The Paddle Expo 2014 has kicked off in Germany today. Loads of new kit and colours to check out.

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