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Reader’s Rides 2014 – Dave Brown

Name: Dave Brown (aka Redneck Dave, Full Face Dave, Small Head)

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Location: Barrow or North Wales

Boat: Currently an XL Burn Mk3 in the sickest colours you’ve ever seen – Rasta

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I really like the way the rails allow you to carve hard without stalling and tripping you up unlike the old burn, making it easy to fine tune lines and snap into eddies. It has quite a flat hull which allows it to surf easily, staying high on features and keeping you in control as you move laterally across the flow which is really cool. It has the Connect 2014 outfitting it comes with which allows the seat to be varied in both height and pitch. I have this set in the highest position, with the largest block installed under the front of the seat to really lock me in which works well, even though I’m the bottom end of the weight range. Seeing as I have the attention span of a gnat, I’m considering swapping out for a 9R to get some speed in my life.

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Reader’s Rides 2013: Liam Chambers

Reader – Liam Chambers

Country – Chasing water in Wales/Lakes

Currently in my final year studying Civil Engineering at the University of Liverpool.


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Reader’s Rides 2013: Robert Kierans

Name: Robert Kierans

Country: Ireland

Age : 15


Boat: I’ve been paddling a Medium Burn for four months now on everything from flat water in Ireland to Grade 4 in the alps. In that time if found it to be a gem of a boat. The best part being the rails which work extremely well at getting the boat in to and out of eddy’s as well as ferry gliding.

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Reader’s Rides 2013 – Nicky Ball

Reader: Nicky Ball
Location: Classified

Picture from the Scottish Canoe Association


After a few years of paddling Pyranha Everests, which I still to this day regard as the best all round boat as it’s the Burn just with added Oooosh, I made the switch to Liquid logic as I find them more fun and quirky than alot of other brands, in other words they have soul. I now paddle a Jefe Grande for steeper stuff as it boofs huge and a Remix 79 which I love because it’s so fast and is really at home on bigger volume, it’s great for being an idiot too when all you want to do is rock splat, rock spin and boof your way down stream. I also have recently been given an old Inazone 242 which I plan on doing some surfing in and I also share a topo/spud with my misses which I paddle if I’m in a silly mood.

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Reader’s Ride 2013 – Callum Strong

Name: Callum Strong
Location: Scotland


I don’t know if you guys have heard but I am a Zet UK team Paddler and have a hoody which says so in big letters so people in the bar know I’m the real deal without me having to tell them, although I do anyway. As such I paddle a Zet Raptor, a totally sick creek boat which I was paddling even before they got cool. I suppose I am somewhat of a “trendsetter” so listen up to the rest of my kitlist folks, this will read like a kayaking version of Vogue. I should point out that my Raptor is yellow, the best colour and also the second fastest. The fastest Zets are actually blue ones. I paddled a blue one over the summer whilst on an expedition in Siberia but unfortunately they don’t show up nearly as well in photographs, so yellow is the colour to go for.

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Reader’s Rides 2013 – Mark Mulrain

Name: Mark Mulrain
Location: Glasgow, Scotland



Dragorossi 88 (big boat) – I wanted a boat that had the speed of a Zet Raptor and boofed a little easier like the Liquidlogic Stomper. The 88 seemed to do meet this criteria. I was blown away by how easily it punched water features and the speed it carried out from the bottom of a rapid. Continue reading

Reader’s Rides 2013 – Dale Mears

Name: Dale Mears
Country: England

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I am a member of team wavesport here in the UK and a keen paddler of both freestyle and river running. I am a secondary school teacher so manage to hold a successful career and paddle. I think for all you young guns out there it is just as important to have a back up in life in case anything happens or you become injured. I am also a keen photographer both water based and off the water check out my photos here Continue reading

Reader’s Rides 2013 – Ben Johnston

Name: Ben Johnston
Location: Carlisle, Cumbria, UK.


Kayak – Zeroattivo Orgasmo – fast boat, sharp edges, not best looking outfitting but super comfy and simple, not yet fully used only had 1 month (been on river 3 times). Continue reading

Reader’s Rides 2013 – Gavin Hart

Name: Gavin Hart
Location: England

Student studying BA (Hons) Adventure and Media @ University of Cumbria

Fluid Detox M, Werner Desperados, Sweet Rocker, Yak Koast, Sweet Shadrach, Level 6 Reign, Delta Shock Deck, Adidas Sick Line Boat Shoes, 15m Throwline, FA kit.

Currently an intermediate boater in a game of catch up. I’m striving to progress my paddling so I can keep up with my friends and aim in the future to be able to hold my own on harder whitewater whilst getting great photography and video too.

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Reader’s Rides Series 2013

This is your chance to get some of your own images and words on Unsponsored. I’m running a series that will showcase the kit that boaters just like you are using – Readers Rides.


The format will be as follows:

At least one image of the Reader and their Ride
Name of the Reader
A list of kit currently being used – boat(s), paddle, helmet, dry gear, PFD, safety kit, footwear etc…
Detail of how often the kit has been owned and what kind of use it gets
Details of what is particularly good or bad about the kit – it’s design, fit, robustness etc. You can focus on all of your kit or just a small selection.

Images and words should be sent via email to phil ATTTT unsponsored DOTTT co DOTTT uk

Please keep it kayak related!

A couple of examples – Callum Strong, Ben Johnston

Reader’s Rides – Darren Clarkson-King

Country – Wales and Nepal


I have a few sets of gear at the moment, I use a Mamba in Wales and a Phat, Everest or Remix in Nepal. I have a Gus in India and an RPM. I use a Jimi Styx on soul days, and use Lightning Gradients on expeditions (200). I wear a Sweet Wanderer on creeks and a Strutter in the sun/cruise days. Sweet drytop/pants and base layers. Chaco footwear, IR pogies in the cold. Snap Dragon/Playboater/IR/Palm skirt depending on boat. Pfd, I have a Langer AKC shape in Nepal, Nookie in UK, Peak in UAE and a Stolquist in India. I also have a Hydraulics. As for safety kit. I always carry 2 throw bags, a waist mounted Salamander or NRS Guide along with a longer line in my boat. All my lines are stripped and have Krabs and prussiks as part of the system held within.

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Reader’s Rides 2013 – Kirstie Macmillan

Name: Kirstie Macmillan (Kmac)
Location: Scotland


Above: Falls of Feugh, Banchory

Current Kit: Wavesport Diesel 65/Wavesport EZG 50, Playboater Workdeck, Werner Sherpa 191, Sweet Wanderer, Palm Naiya Cag and Sidewinder Pants, Astral Bella, Palm 15m throwline, Palm Granites/Lomo boots. Continue reading

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