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Longboats For Life – Local Length

Unsponsored’s little brother River has been very quiet of late. It turns out he has been working on a little winter edit focussing on his love of his Liquidlogic Stinger kayak. In Longboats For Life – Local Length, River takes us on a journey through the joy of owning and paddling a big boat, they aren’t just for flat water touring you know!

Longboats for life

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Whitby Wishy Washy

From the home of some of the best Fish & Chips in the world comes Whitby Wishy Washy – a tale of creek boat surfing here in the UK. Sam Ellis and Martyn Butler star in this North East epic.

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Cloreious

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Grand Canyon of the Clore in beautiful BC. Super amazing fly-in multiday out of Smithers into Bernie Lake where you start your descent, awesome! Continue reading

Norway – Dads On Tour

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Follow Dads On Tour Sam Ellis and Dan Yates on a long weekend to Norway the Land of Statoil, Hot Dogs and WHITEWATER. Great times in the Dagger Mamba!!! Continue reading

Immersion Research Royale – Out In Italy

Sam Ellis is another big fan of Immersion Research decks. Here is an edit he has put together from a recent trip to Italy.

IR Royale from sam ellis on Vimeo.

My thoughts on the Immersion Research Royale are as follows:

Thanks to the guys at Immersion Research I was hooked up with one of the brand new Immersion Research The Royale spray skirts. Continue reading

Dads On Tour Italy

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#MEGATRAIN in Italy!!

Myself (Sam Ellis), Dan Yates, Jim Shrimpton, John Tomlinson and Jamie Wright travelled to the beautiful land of great coffee,great pizzas, nice people and sik #whitewater for a long weekend. Continue reading

Yellow Fever

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Yellow Fever – The documented first full descent of one of the biggest rivers on the planet – the Yellow River, China. Whitewater kayakers Sam Ellis, Dan Yates, Tom Mclay and Travis Winn emerge battered, bruised but stoked to successfully navigate the big water and fierce weather patterns that nearly cost them more than just their kayaks.

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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!!!

Grand Canyon Of The Stikine

Years of anticipation and hearing the stories we finally got in there.

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In the summer of 2013 all British lads Dan Yates, Tom Mclay, Tom Downs, Ash Bullivant, Daz James, Rob Litherland and Sam Ellis with an adopted American, Travis Winn set out on a BC adventure.

Grand Canyon of the Stikine from THE RIVER MILITIA on Vimeo.

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VE Paddles

I’ve been using Vertical Element full carbon custom crank paddles for some time and love them. I was able to get a custom set of paddles (left handed) on a cranked shaft ordered and delivered within a couple of days (inc a weekend). Awesome service and a great British product.

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James Bebbington has put this little promo together about VE. Continue reading

A Bad Swim – A Reflection

On the 2nd Jan 2014 Rory Woods ran Cauldron Snout on the River Tees (UK) and ended up taking a swim. Having successfully tackled the class V+ Cauldron Snout on several previous occasions Rory broke out of the top eddy and ran the Snout. Here are Rory’s unedited thoughts on what happened when it all went wrong.

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Photo: Ben Johnson. Paddler: Rory Woods.

For context, the level is a bit higher than Sam (click to view video) ran it, with overspill on the dam as well as both pipes. I’ve run it a few times before, but always lower. It shook me a bit, and I hope I will learn from it. I’ve always believed in safety coming from the certainty that you will get the moves right, irrespective of the consequences. Of course, if the consequences are bad enough, you need to leave some margin in your level of certainty. Over lots of years of very gradually paddling harder and harder stuff, I really thought that my judgement of what I could definitely do was pretty accurate. I’ve always been a bit proud of my ability to get on and get pressure moves right without headgames getting in the way once I’d made a decision. It shocked me to go back and look at the rapid and think that maybe I’ve been fooling myself for a while in my desire to run stuff. Continue reading

A Yorkshire Playground

The North of England has some of the best whitewater around. The River Swale in North Yorkshire is a firm favourite and has been at good levels for most of the week.

A Yorkshire Playground from Martyn Butler on Vimeo.

This video was put together by friend of Unsponsored, Martyn Butler. You can check out what Martyn gets up to here.

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