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

Month: May 2015 (Page 2 of 4)

Big Pond Kayaks

Big Pond Sea Kayaks are a new kayak manufacturing company based in the Isle of Man.


Big Pond Kayaks is owned and run by Stephen Marsh.

I haven’t paddled any of Stephen’s designs as yet but they do look pretty good. Well worth finding out more.

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Chaos Theory – Cause And Effect

Another great edit from Mike McKay, Chaos Theory – Cause And Effect.

Cause And Effect

Chaos is a friend of mine.

For those who embrace chaos and zen whitewater can provide pure joy on many levels. Take a ride through the Payette River and the mind of a paddler who fully embraces it.

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Palm Equipment Arun Baselayer – First Look

Palm Equipment’s new Arun Baselayer arrived at Unsponsored HQ this week.

The Arun is part of Palm’s new 3 layer system and is available for both men and women. Both retail at £29.95.

From Palm:

Core 1 baselayers use Channel Flow technology to rapidly draw water away from your skin‚ helping to keep you dry‚ warm‚ and comfortable. Made from soft‚ supple polyester‚ with ActiveSeam stitching‚ the Arun moves and stretches as you do‚ for a new level of layering comfort.


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Chaos Theory – Free Will

Check out the first in a series of films from Mike McKay.

Free Will

What role does silence have in all this noise?

In order to fully experience the chaos of the waterfall the paddler must push away the noise in his head and surrounding him. Zen is experienced in the complete isolation and embrace of the river’s power.

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RPM Greenin

RPM Greenin

A GoPro, an RPM, The Green, slow motion, and some beats.

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GoPro Hero 4 Warranty

Given the number of GoPro related posts on this site it is pretty obvious that I am a huge GoPro fan and always have a couple of cameras on the go.

My latest camera, purchased just after release, is a GoPro Hero 4 black edition. Lats week I noticed that the silver fascia of the camera was cracked. The camera is only used in its housing and I can’t recall ever dropping the camera.


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Rio Baker, Patagonia Chilena

Rio Baker

The Rio Baker is in the deep south of the Chilean Patagonia and is fed by the 2nd largest lake in all of South America! We had a huge, enthusiastic and diverse crew of amazing characters.

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River Walkers

Billed to be the next big thing WW SUP is on the rise. We have a few plans here at Unsponsored HQ that we’ll share with the world in a couple of months time.


However to wet your appetite, here’s an edit from Waterlust showing the world of WW SUP.

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Unsponsored’s little brother River spent a view days over the border in North Wales.


Afon Lledr – An absolute belter of a North Wales classic! If you are ever lucky enough to catch this at runable flows you should! Class 4/5 greatness throughout, leave the car at Beaver pool then your shuttle’s sorted for the glen run in the PM! Happy days with the locals and the German.

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Emily Jackson – TEDx Vail

The TED talk series are generally awesome so it’s great to see that an increasing number of kayakers are starting to appear on the line.

This one from Emily Jackson is well worth watching.

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10 Easy Ways To Become A Better Paddler

When you start your paddling career progression is often very rapid. Skill acquisition is quick and you develop the technique required to safely get you down a piece of water. After you have been paddling for a while it is easy to hit a plateau. Moving past this can seem quite difficult but a few changes or adaptations can help you to continue to make progress/develop.

10 Easy Ways To Become A Better Paddler

Consider where you mainly paddle. Change venue if you can. Try a new piece of water.

Paddle more. It’s a simple step that can really speed up your progress.

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Brandenberger Ache – Kommentiert Von Olli Grau

A great chance to see the Ace of Spades on some classic European whitewater.

Olli Grau

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