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Movie Monday 25 May 2020

Welcome to Movie Monday 25 May 2020 at Unsponsored. We got a fine selection of edits for you from around the globe.

Movie Monday 25 May 2020

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Unsponsored T Shirts

Some time ago we did a range of T Shirts and Hoodies. They went down really well with even a number of UK University clubs wearing Sponsored by Unsponsored gear.

Unsponsored T Shirts
Unsponsored T Shirts

As a little experiment we have recreated some old designs, created some new designs and have placed them on Teemill.

All orders, printing and payment are handled by them. I have loads of other designs ready to go, so if this generates interest then I’ll upload more.

Check them out here.

Social Media Saturday 23 May 2020

Welcome to Social Media Saturday 23 May 2020 at Unsponsored. We reckon this one is a corker.

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Flatwater Freestyle Kayaking Tutorial: How To Front Loop

Theo Baker has put together this great tutorial on how to front loop on flatwater. Check it out.

Flatwater Freestyle Kayaking Tutorial: How to Front Loop
Flatwater Freestyle Kayaking Tutorial: How to Front Loop
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The River Of Life: Parallels Of Paddling And Mental Health

How are you? No really, how are you? It’s Mental Health Awareness Week so let’s talk! We’re all navigating the rapids of life and they seem to be a little more challenging that usual at the moment. As we slowly and tentatively go back to the water, let’s take time to consider how paddling draws parallels with health and wellbeing.

Connection to other people and to nature can vastly improve our mental health through enjoying positive shared experiences, providing emotional support and finding a sense of belonging. Paddling is a social sport: Whether this is participating in a club night, gathering for a post-paddle pint (or cuppa!) or conversations in an eddy at the local play spot. Also consider your connection to nature on your journey: The flow of the river, magnificent geology in secluded gorges, seeing otters and birds and passing by autumnal trees in all their glory. On more difficult water we often miss these things as we are caught up in moments of fear and uncertainty so it’s important to grab that next eddy and catch a breather. Sound familiar? When life is chaotic and those anxiety, stress and tiredness levels rise, give yourself a break, catch that eddy, pause, you deserve a break.

The River Of Life: Parallels Of Paddling And Mental Health
The River Of Life: Parallels Of Paddling And Mental Health
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Movie Monday – Evan Garcia Special

Movie Monday and an Evan Garcia Special at Unsponsored. We hope you enjoy the selection.

Evan Garcia Special
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Zet Kayaks – Custom Cross

Zet have a very special custom Cross out in the wild. Originally designed for the spring Pacific North West tour. What do you think?

Better than a mix of colours?

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Verus Kayaks Hellbender Walkthrough

The Hellbender is Verus Kayaks first full slice design, and a new addition to our 2020 lineup. This boat was born from a craving for cartwheels and a dream of a slicey boating revolution. Combining a modern hull and outfitting, with classical inspiration from the days of rodeo, this boat is your go-to fun machine. This is the perfect craft to squirt, splat and style up your local run!

Verus Kayaks Hellbender Walkthrough
Verus Kayaks Hellbender Walkthrough
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Social Media Saturday 16 May 2020

Welcome to Unsponsored and Social Media Saturday 16 May 2020. This may well be the biggest Social Media Saturday yet.

Social Media Saturday 16 May 2020

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LOMO Dry Boxes

LOMO release their new line of ultra tough Dry Boxes. The Centurion Dry Box range is now ready to serve and protect.

LOMO Dry Boxes
LOMO Dry Boxes
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Solo Whitewater Day Trip In My Backyard

Solo Whitewater Day Trip In My Backyard
Solo Whitewater Day Trip In My Backyard

Portaging and soloing whitewater paddling up to class three was the plan for my short adventure this day. First, I go through some of my wilderness outfitting gear including my spraydeck, whitewater canoe, drybag and drysuit before heading out on my Magnetawan River canoe trip.

My plan was to head downriver to a bridge where my wife would pick me up. The route would include two portages, a couple class 1 and a couple class 2 rapids as well as one big class three rapid. As soon as I ran the first rapid it felt awesome to be on the river. It was hot out for this time of year and after a portage around a big canyon and unrunnable rapid, I soon ran out of drinking water. Fortunately, it wasn’t long until I found a natural spring with delicious and cold water.

After dealing with the raging whitewater of a big drop, I paddled through a calm section and had a weird feeling like something was staring at me. I turned around to see a small, brand new log cabin built on top of a hill. It kind of struck me as odd that this would have given me the urge to turn around and look behind me. Before too long my trip was over and I met Tori at the bridge and I was home by dinner time. I felt tired but rejuvenated after the little outing, but more so I felt fortunate to live in the place that I do.

Jim Baird
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Dragorossi DRX

Dragorossi have a new boat out, the DRX. At 274cm in length it sits bang in the range required for extreme river racing.

Dragorossi DRX
Dragorossi DRX
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