Paddling tips, tricks, news and gear reviews from an Unsponsored point of view

Month: August 2013 (Page 1 of 6)

Respect The Runout

Astral reminds us why it’s important to always respect the runout after finishing a big run. Check out Gareth Tate’s run in with the Flume after a stellar “no swim” trip down Dinkey Creek in California.

Respect the Runout from 7 Finger media on Vimeo.

Summer Life As A Whistler Local

Whistler is probably best known for its superb Mountain biking and ski runs. But there is so much more to the BC town.

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Richard Kimble shows us just a small part of what the Whistler area can offer a kayaker.

Summer life as a Whistler local from Richard Kemble on Vimeo.

New 2014 Pyranha Burn


The Pyranha Burn has been a huge success here in the UK and around the world. For 2014 Pyranha have made the Burn longer, thinner and faster. Essentially the best features of the Mk I and Mk II Burn have been combined to create the new Burn.

The third generation Burn is the latest in Pyranha’s long line of cutting edge river runners. Paddlers have come to rely on the Burn’s combination of playful hull, precise edges and forgiving deck profile for everything from the beginnings of whitewater to Class V creeks. Continue reading

The Nantahala World Kayak Pro-Am

The Nantahala World Kayak Pro-am from Jez Jez on Vimeo.

The pro am is a gathering of professional athletes and amature kayakers raising money for the First Descents Charity at the Nantahala river NC.

Each pro paddler is paired with two amateurs, forming a team of three. These teams compete in a beginner-friendly freestyle event, using the World Kayak point system developed for the Hometown Throwdowns. At the end, the winning team gets bragging rights till next year, and everyone has a chance to win some great raffle prizes. This event is about bringing the boating community together for a great cause and lots of fun.

It’s all about fun and a good cause. Last year, World Kayak raised over $3,000 for First Descents, a non-profit that offers young adult cancer fighters and survivors a free outdoor adventure experience designed to empower them to climb, paddle and surf beyond their diagnosis, defy their cancer, reclaim their lives and connect with others doing the same.

The Bitches Tidal Rapids

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The Bitches is a tidal race in South Wales and is formed by a volcanic reef protruding from the sea bed. When the tide starts to rise water is held back behind the reef and eventually flows over and around it causing a set of rapids about 700 meters wide. This short film depicts a week spent at the rapid by 8 junior kayakers with Watermark Experiences.

The Bitches Tidal Rapids from robert kierans on Vimeo.

Creek Boater

A great video starring Kim Beck and directed by Kelsey Thompson.

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We all day dream about the things we love. In this video Kim Becker day dreams about her favourite thing, kayaking.

Starring: Kim Becker
Directed/Edited by: Kelsey Thompson
Music: Don Brownrigg- Sweet Dream Sleeper
Special Thanks: Cheri McKenzie, Jessica Prescott, Courtney Neel, Shannon Christy, Bryan Kirk, Kim Becker, Jesse Becker
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Creek Boater from Lee Visual on Vimeo.

Classics Fanatics

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While he was supposed to be cutting the lawn Unsponsored’s little brother River nipped out and caught some of the best summer UK Monsoon season levels of the year.

Classics Fanatics from THE RIVER MILITIA on Vimeo.

An evening of heavy rain brought Aysgarth Falls and The River Swale into fine condition! With a little Falls of Lora action thrown in for good measure… Timeless whitewater.

Mobius Freestyle Testing

Playboat session with Tyler Curtis and the new Wavesport Mobius (carbon).

Mobius Freestyle testing from TylerCurtis on Vimeo.

The Bus: A Journey Up North

The Bus: A Journey Up North, is a story of some good friends doing what they do best; having fun, adventuring, and sending it on mountain bikes and kayaks. With the idea to run the bus to be more economical as well as environmentally friendly, the friends converted the school bus to run off waste vegetable oil. The trip turns out to be nothing short of the trip of a lifetime.

SP POV GoPro Hero Storage – First Look

Just in for review is the SP POV storage system.


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North Fork Of The Payette

A great video from Clay Lucas. Idaho has some of the best whitewater in the world.

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North Fork of the Payette from Clay Lucas on Vimeo.

On my way out to the PNW I had the opportunity to stop and run the infamous North Fork of the Payette in Banks, Idaho with locals Michael Thurmond and James Byrd. Quick little edit of a stellar day of classic Idaho whitewater!

River a Week, #11 Salami + Brie

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Fueled by cheap meat and sweaty cheese, me and my pals did some slides and drops in Italy. Rivers shown are the Lower Sesia, Sorba Slides, Sermenzina (yet to be finished) and two shots of the Landwasser waterfall.

River a Week, #11 Salami + Brie from Liam Chambers on Vimeo.

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