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Category: Skills (page 1 of 13)

Plastic Welding Skills

We love Ninja type plastics welding skills at Unsponsored and this example from Benjamin Ghertner is A1.

Plastic Welding Skills
Plastic Welding Skills

The kayak fell off a raft stack last year and got dragged on the freeway for a bit. I used a plastic soldering iron and a square of plastic from an old kayak to patch it

Benjamin Ghertner
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5 Most Common Kayaking Mistakes

Just a quick one to try and highlight some common mistakes and how to fix them!

5 Most Common Kayaking Mistakes
5 Most Common Kayaking Mistakes

Let me know if this helps at all. My apologies to the beater in the blue boat.

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How To Loop – Nick’s Kayaking Tips and Tricks

We all love a loop, don’t we?

How To Loop - Nick's Kayaking Tips and Tricks
How To Loop – Nick’s Kayaking Tips and Tricks

The loop, is a front flip in a kayak, and is one of the most fun tricks you can do in a kayak. Nick Troutman breaks down the techniques and trouble shooting for the loop. The loop is a great starting point for the modern freestyle tricks, it will also help with more advanced moves as it is a prerequisite for many of the more advanced tricks like a McNasty or Phonix Monkey.

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Knots For Whitewater

If you are using ropes on the water then there a number of knots that you really should know. This edit from Jez Jezz gives a run through the basics and possible applications.

You can find and subscribe to his channel here.

Knots For Whitewater
Jez – Knots For Whitewater
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How To Boof A Kayak – 3 Components To A Basic Boof

In this video the Aquabatics Calgary team present an easy to understand 3 component progression to learn how to boof on your local Class II/III run.

How To Boof A Kayak

At this stage it isn’t about big drops, more about creating muscle memory and dialing in the the basics so it becomes second nature before taking it to bigger whitewater.

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Pack Your Bags

How do you pack yours?

Let us know in via the comments section below.

Rolling Inside And Out

Check out this great edit from Plas y Brenin.

Rolling Inside And Out

Have you got your roll working indoors, but always go swimming when you try outside?

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How To Run Rapids Using Cross Current Speed

In this video the Aquabatics Calgary team explain and demonstrate how to ‘get off the freight train’ of running rapids.

This tutorial highlights how to use cross current speed in rapids to start catching and tagging eddies to slow downstream momentum and to give more control and create time.

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How To Perform A Throwbag Rescue

In this video Aquabatics Calgary Ltd cover the setup, basic execution and key points of rescuing a swimmer with a throwbag.

How To Perform A Throwbag Rescue

The video assumes you have some knowledge of what a throwbag is and you have a basic idea of how to go about throwing the bag.

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Swimming In Moving Water With Chris Brain

If you spend time on or around water at some point you will take a swim.  Check out this great edit form Chris Brain and the guys from Palm Equipment on how to do it right.

Now this doesn’t mean that Chris swims a lot, simply that Chris knows the right way to do it.

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To Throw Or Not To Throw?

Let’s talk safety – To throw or not to throw? 

Nouria Newman posted this question on FB a few days ago.

When someone gets stuck in a hole it’s always a tough call. Do you throw them a line or not?

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Student Guide – Swimming In Moving Water

With the Tyne Tour coming up very shortly I thought it might be a good idea to release the next article in the student guide series. Although a student guide it is applicable to anyone who may be starting to make the move onto moving water.

From time to time this will happen and is far more common than even the great boaters like to admit. Capsizing and swimming is what helps us all get better, it’s part of the learning curve no matter what level of the sport you are currently at.

Student Guide - Swimming In Moving Water

There are two main goals if you find yourself in the water. The first is to stay safe whilst in the water and second is to get out of the water.

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