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

Month: September 2013 (Page 1 of 6)

French Alps Evening Blast

French Alps evening blast from Nouria Newman on Vimeo.

Immersion Royale Spray Deck/Skirt – Review

For the past few years I have been using Immersion Research decks for both playboating and creek duties.

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

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Sweet Protection Intergalactic Dry Suit – On The Water

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I had a few hours on the water today trying out the new Sweet Intergalactic Dry Suit. Continue reading

Slaying Stouts In Narrrway

Slaying Stouts In Narrrway from Martyn Butler on Vimeo.

3 and a half minutes of kayak porn from our trip to Norway this summer. Maybe not as good as the Swale or the Tees but it still be worth a watch….

Kayakers: Phil ‘Olly Murs’ Mitchel, Sandra ‘Wet For Zet’ Hislop, Tom ‘Sargent Slaughter’ Rainey, Barney ‘Mr Chow’ Prees and Martyn ‘Neil’ Butler

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Music: Fume – Holdin’ on

Sweet Intergalactic Dry Suit – First Look

Earlier this week a box arrived from Norway containing a very new, hot off the press dry suit – The Sweet Protection Intergalactic Drysuit.

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This is of course the highly anticipated Intergalactic Drysuit. Very few details of this actually exist and the number of images are very limited. In fact most have already been on Unsponsored. However I’m now in a very fortunate position of being able to check out the Intergalactic up close and get to give it a go on the water.

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First Time In The New Pyranha Burn

First Time in the New Pyranha Burn from Liam Chambers on Vimeo.

Bath Uni Canoe Club (Alps 2013)

University of Bath Canoe Club head out to the French Alps every summer. These are a few of the more advanced rivers (and some easier ones) we ran in 2013. For a more ‘fresher friendly’ perspective on what we get up to, check out my other video:

Footage from Ryan Stigant and Lars Luckoff (swimmer)

Kayakers – Ryan Stigant, Lars Luckoff, George Lungley, Luke Davies (swimmer), Sam Lyons, Ben Pescud, Lucy Findlay

Rivers shown (in no particular order) – Fournel, Upper Guisane, Lower Guisane, Upper Guil, Château Queyras, Rabioux Wave, L’Argentiere Slalom Course, Gyr, Briancon Gorge.

Summertime Shine – Substantial TV

This past summer in a particularly low water time of the year, the boys spent a couple days paddling in the gorge on some of the good ol gorge classics! The Green Truss at low water provided some good times, then we headed to Lower Lewis for a real nice huckfest.

Summertime Shine-Substantial TV from Substantial Media House on Vimeo.

Evan Garcia
Fred Norquist
Kyle Hull
Cinematography: Isaac Levinson

New Kit To Review

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Big South, It’s Up North

Big South, it’s up North from Chris Baer on Vimeo.

Student Guide – Swimming in moving whitewater

With the Tyne Tour coming up very shortly I thought it might be a good idea to release the next article in the student guide series. Although a student guide it is applicable to anyone who may be starting to make the move onto moving water.

From time to time this will happen and is far more common than even the great boaters like to admit. Capsizing and swimming is what helps us all get better, it’s part of the learning curve no matter what level of the sport you are currently at.

There are two main goals if you find yourself in the water. The first is to stay safe whilst in the water and second is to get out of the water. Continue reading

“Tameless” – The Rivers Of Siberia

In summer 2013 an international group of kayakers from USA, Switzerland, UK, Latvia and Russia did a 10 days self-supported trip down the Kitoy and Biluti rivers in the middle of Sayan Mountains in Siberia which was organized by Adidas Sickline team paddler Tomass Marnics.

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The Sayan Mountains in Siberia lie near the border with Mongolia, a short distance from Lake Baikal and Irkutsk. A little known region for paddling, with only a few groups a year venturing into this mountainous wilderness, it offers superb multi-day opportunities for the adventurous paddler. We were to paddle two rivers on this trip; the Kitoy and Biluti. Both spectacular and worthy of the effort required getting there. Continue reading

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