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Tag: New Zealand

Movie Monday 11 December 2017

Helping to get the new working week off to a flying start here is a selection of ‘edits’ carefully chosen for your consideration by the Unsponsored team. Welcome to Movie Monday 11 December 2017.

Movie Monday 11 December 2017

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Movie Monday 6 February 2017

Movie Monday 6 February 2017 is here with ten of the best kayaking and rafting edits we’ve found over the last week.

Movie Monday 6 February 2017

Were you out paddling at the weekend? Did you take some footage? If so send it our way. It might appear in next weeks Movie Monday.

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A Canadian

Its a Canadian aka a Canoe

Paddling down under in New Zealand is wonderful. Amazing water, brilliant people and fun all around. It also is pretty fun when someone pulls up beside you and refers to your boat as “a Canadian”.

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Car Park of Dreams – Kaituna River

“And here is a Magical Place, where the Warm Water flows and Laughter Abounds.”

Car Park of Dreams - Kaituna River

For the past couple years, I have heard about the Kaituna river. How it is a great training ground and how its just an amazing river. Showing up and spending time there, I came to realize that yes, the river is amazing. But even more awesome is the small community of boaters living at the take out. Day in and out, waking up and paddling together. Living in this weird, wonderfully strange community. A magical place where the hour or the day is irrelevant. A place where swimming the river or number of laps down is the only relevant thing from day to day.

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Wairoa Extreme Race 2016

A great event and a great edit from the 2016 Wairoa extreme race.

Wairoa Extreme Race 2016

Every year on the Wairoa River out of Tauranga the kayaking community gathers for one of New Zealand’s best extreme kayak races. The head to head is an exciting race format where racers are seeded against each other till one athlete is crowned the winner. This year saw Jen Chrimes beat Toni George in the womens final and Jamie Sutton take down Kenny Mutton for the mens title.

Check out this highlights video for action from the race.

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Immigration With A Kayak

Stu Ridley gives us his perspective on selling up and moving with your paddling gear to another country. Enjoy.

The reason I chose to immigrate in to a new country was not only to change my lifestyle to experience quality boating on the doorstep, I knew immigration was something on the horizon and within easy grasp. It was always a gonna be a life changing decision to make, leaving friends, family, jobs, morgages and my past behind. Stripping down my life paying of debts and getting rid of any assets to the point where I was sleeping on my parents floor with the only posessions left being my kayaking gear, laptop and a bag of clothes, stoked!

Now exactly a year on and I’m getting stuck in lifes picking up pace in a new country, new freinds, relationships, jobs, visas, speeding tickets, moving house, going to court, fixing vehicles, saving money. The whole experience is reshaping my perspective on life even so much more than anticipated.

Immigration With A Kayak

New Zealand was an easy choice, they’ve got plenty of graft over here, and the country is breathtaking, the Maori and Kiwis are rad people, very hospitable, there’s not many people on the South Island only about 4.5 million compared to the UK’s 75 million, and everyone seems to know each other, or someone you’ve already met.

Solo On Hooker River NZ from stuart ridley on Vimeo.

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The Stu Ridley Perspective

A short while ago Stu Ridley left the UK in search of whitewater in New Zealand. Stu is currently working on a piece for Unsponsored looking at what it is like to be a kayaker emigrating into New Zealand.

The Stu Ridley Perspective

In the meantime check out a couple of short edits from Stu showing just some of the whitewater he has ran since leaving the UK.

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