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Day: 24 November 2013

Scotland… It’s Happened Again!

Despite being banned from returning to Scotland River managed to sneak out of the house and over the border.

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The sketchy sequel to Scotland Happened – features rivers: Nevis, Leven, Etive, Kinglass and Douglas.

No sick this time folks!

Shot on GoPro’s sick equipment and edited with Final Cut Pro.


The Pit 2013

A great video from Shon Bollock. Check out Shon’s Q&A here.

The Pit 2013 from Shon Bollock on Vimeo.

It was a beautiful fall in Northern Cali and we were fortunate enough to indulge in some late season releases on the Pit River near Fall River Mills, CA. This run is about an hour from Mt. Shasta and has some fun river running as well as a beautiful waterfall with multiple lines that you can session.

With minor beatering Chiseki, myself, and a crew we met at the falls enjoyed the sun, changing leaves, and water fallings. Shout out to American Whitewater for securing recreational flows for the Pit and many other drainages around the country.

Music – “Team”, Lorde

Additional footage courtesy of: Chiseki McConnaughay

Shot completely with the GoPro Hero3+ and Hero3 Black editions.

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An Untitled Mediocre Short Kayak Film

An Untitled Mediocre Short Kayak Film from Somerset Productions on Vimeo.

I recently made a film I hope you will enjoy! It demonstrates what can be achieved with some commitment and 1 year in the paddling community. This film revolves around a group of paddlers who met in university and have completely got the bug. I love sharing the experiences I have had, showing how great the kayak community is and show some of the most beautiful places you can only see from the kayaking perspective. please like and share this video to spread the love for British and international paddling!

I hope you enjoy!

Somerset X

Filmed using GoPro equipment.

CRKT – The Bear Claw

Made by CRKT and designed by knife maker Russ Kommer the Bear Claw is a rescue knife like no other.

Specs –

Full tang taper ground AUS 6M stainless steel blade with a fine bead blast finish.
Finger hole and friction grooves located on blade spine, choil and near tip for maximum blade control and safety.
The handle is contoured black Zytel.
Includes a injection molded black Zytel sheath that has seven lanyard holes and belting slots with lanyard and black stainless steel Teflon plated pocket clip.
AUS 6M stainless steel blade hardened to 55-57HRC, Blade length: 2″.

The Bear Claw

I picked up one of these knives from a climbing shop in Hailey, Idaho. I had been after a decent knife for kayaking for some time and was probably going to pick up a Gerber on my return to the UK. However after checking the Bear Claw out for a few minutes I decided it was going to be a better choice.

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