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Month: December 2012 (Page 2 of 3)

The 500th Post

Since the re-launch of Unsponsored I have uploaded 500 posts to the site (this is #500).


It’s been great to see the enthusiasm for the site grow in both myself and in all of the visitors out there. Ten of thousands of unique visitors stop by the site on a daily basis and that figure is growing month by month. THANKYOU!

There are a number of developments in the pipeline over the next few weeks and into the New Year. I have some kit about to land very shortly including a Contour Roam, plus a pile of other on/off the water kit. A number of long term review updates are well over due and the 2013 Q&A Series will be starting 2013 with a bang.

Thanks Again and Stay Safe.


A Few Kayak Movies From The Past…

Channel Surfing

Surfing from channel to channel until they passed even Channel No 5, these action heros take the viewer on a whirlwind tour of insane stunts and unbelievable masquerades. Action sequences include surfing Montreal’s massive Mavric wave, hair boating in California and the Southeast as well as an insane freewheel off a huge waterfall.

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Kit Clear Out

I’m having a clear out of the kite store. More info –

Paracord Survival Bracelet

Some times you need a bit of cord for a quick repair or even strapping down boats in an emergency. Carrying a hank of cord is not the most practical solution for carrying some “just in case kit”, but a Survival Bracelet is!

My survival bracelet uses US military approved 500 paracord to provide around 7ft of survival cord. The cord itself is 550lb breaking strain paracord. This is made by a Certified US Government Contractor, it is 550lb test line with a 7 strand core. 100% nylon and made in the USA.

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Unsponsored Q&A Series – Shon Bollock

Rounding up this years Unsponsored Q&A series is Shon Bollock. Shon is a whitewater kayaker and filmmaker from Mt. Shasta California. He has been on the water since he was 2 months old and is the owner of Shasta Boyz Productions. The chances are you have seen Shon in action in one of the many GoPro videos on Vimeo or Youtube. Enjoy!

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Time For Something Sharp

This a Spyderco Tasman Salt. The blade is a rust resistant H1 steel. This knife has now found a new home in my PFD. A review will follow shortly.

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GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition – First Look

My GoPro Hero 3 Black edition arrived this week. The form factor is identical to that of the Silver Edition I already have, as it’s the internals that are different.

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GoPro Hero 3 The Frame Mount – First Look

One of the new GoPro “The Frame” mounts landed yesterday.

The mount is designed to house the new GoPro Hero 3 series (white, silver, and black). The images below show the mount being used with a Silver series HD3. Continue reading

2012 Whitewater Grand Prix – Stage Two – Boulder Dash

2012 Whitewater Grand Prix – Stage Two – Boulder Dash from Tribe Rider on Vimeo.

2012 Whitewater Grand Prix – Stage One – Whitewater Enduro

2012 Whitewater Grand Prix – Stage One – Whitewater Enduro from Tribe Rider on Vimeo.

2012 Whitewater Grand Prix – Stage One Athlete Experience

2012 Whitewater Grand Prix – Stage One Athlete Experience from Tribe Rider on Vimeo.

Booicore Changing Robe – Review

This is the kind of stuff I love, folk finding a refined solution to a problem – this is exactly what Booicore have done.

Our sport nesitates getting changed at the side of the roads, in public carparks etc, which often doesn’t go down well with the general public. Keeping warm, getting changed quickly without offending passers by is sometimes a challenge. Booicore have created an all in one towel/hoodie/changing tent combination that is perfect for paddlers.

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