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Month: July 2014 (Page 1 of 2)

Why Rush Through Paradise – John Nestler

I was recently contacted by John Nestler to let me know about a recent trip he had undertaken down the Grand Canyon of the Colorado. After watching John’s edit it seem fitting to share it here on Unsponsored. A truly awesome trip.

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AT’S New WW Paddles – Advanced Series First Look

Adventure Technology (AT) have always been known amongst whitewater kayakers for producing some of the best paddles that money can buy (the Elite Series). Unfortunately for many paddlers, the budget often doesn’t quite stretch far enough and we find ourselves opting for the cheaper and somewhat inferior options.

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Current Kit – July 2014

The old current kit topics on the forum were always popular, so I thought I’d give you all an update of my current kit for July 2014.

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Immersion Research Guide Shorts

Around 15 years ago my favourite paddling shorts were my Playboater Neoprene shorts. Absolutely bombproof, curved to fit you well when sat down etc. Unfortunately too many pies forced the sale of those shorts and I have been on the hunt for a long term replacement for years. I have owned kayak specific and non kayak specific shorts (mainly board shorts) and although all have done a great job I have always moved on to try something else.


My criteria for short choice is pretty simple –

A good fit (both standing and whilst sat in a kayak)
Bomber construction and materials

Fast drying

Value for money

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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

Demshitz – Upper Yough & Valley Falls – 2014

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Summertime fun on the Upper Yough with the Hombergs and Valley Falls with Ken Lumm and Meatball. Enjoy! Continue reading

Slave River Day 1 Edit 2014

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Here’s a quick edit of our first day of 2014 on the Slave river. We made a run down Cassette rapids, hitting all the standard spots: party hole, outrageous, and rollercoaster. If levels continue to drop, we should be surfing Rockem Sockem pretty soon! Continue reading

Competition Time

In conjunction with my friends over at Dewerstone, Unsponsored is running a little end of July competition. It’s super simple to enter – complete the following three things.

1. Like the Unsponsored Facebook page
2. Like the Dewerstone Facebook page
3. Share the competition image (from the Unsponsored Facebook page) with a person or group on Facebook.


In the goodie bag (so far) are 1 x Dewerstone T, 1 x Unsponsored T, 1 x Mountstar GoPro mount and 1 x Threewaves nose clips. RRP on this is just under £100. More stuff to be added!

Craftsmanship At Its Best – Unsponsored T Shirts By Dewerstone

Unsponsored HQ received a number of deliveries including the new line of Unsponsored T Shirts hand printed here in the UK by Dewerstone.

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A few Weeks back David Lawton, Ben Johnston, Mick Dickinson and I (Matthew Davidson) went over to Austria for a week. Continue reading

Unsponsored Q&A Series – Chris Wing

Chris Wing has been an instructor for as long as he has been a kayaker. He started H2o Dreams out of a desire to spur growth and reverence for paddle sports education all while providing a different spin to the presentation of familiar topics. I’ve been following Chris on Facebook and his Youtube channel for a number of years and really like his approach to coaching. Chris kindly agreed to take part in the Unsponsored Q&A series, enjoy.

Unsponsored Q&A Series  - Chris Wing

Photo: Joel McCune

How did you first get into kayaking? Who introduced you to the sport?

It kind of fell into my lap honestly. When I went away for college, our university had an outdoor program that I became involved with through rock climbing. I ended up landing a job with the program and our director was an ACA whitewater kayak instructor. He was adamant about cross training us in everything, but whitewater kayaking really stuck with me. I still to this day can remember all of those first river trips. Out of everything that happened during that time in my life, kayaking still stands out the most.

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Prijon Forte – First Look

Hot on the heals of the new Prijon Curve is the Forte. The Forte is a sporty river runner for light and medium weight paddlers.

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