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Movie Monday 7 June 2021

Welcome tot Unsponsored and Movie Monday 7 June 2021.

Movie Monday 7 June 2021

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What3Words

What3Words: Emergency Response Best Practice Hub
What3Words

So what is What3Words?

The entire globe has been divided into 3 x 3 metre squares, with each square being given a unique three word identifier.

For example the The Green River narrows put in is identified as ///basements.latter.assembles

You can either use the What3Word website to find a location or use the app. Here in the UK many of our emergency service operators are being trained in its use. However it does have its issues.

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Social Media Saturday 22 May 2021

Welcome to Unsponsored and Social Media Saturday 22 May 2021.

Social Media Saturday 22 May 2021
Social Media Saturday 22 May 2021

We love sharing this stuff so if we have missed any great posts please let us know.

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Where’s My Kayak?

Shipping internationally and even nationally has become a problem in 2021. Corran Addison gives us a break down the issues and the work Soul Waterman is carrying out to get its boats to customers.

Just when you think 2020 can’t be matched, so 2021 comes along to prove you wrong. We’re getting weekly emails now asking “Where is my darn kayak?”.

Where's My Kayak?
Where’s My Kayak?
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Broken Wahoo Kickr – How Bad?

What happens if your Wahoo Kickr breaks and you keep riding it?

Kevin Biggs managed to get a cheap Wahoo Kickr that the original owner had listed as damaged and needing repair.

This Kickr had suffered the classic loose woodruff key which led to lots of banging and clunking when the trainer was used. The loose key means that the bearings can move in a way they aren’t meant to, which means they eventually fail.

The following images and words are from Kevin.

The guy ran the trainer for me and it had the usual clonking noise. When I got it home and the cover off it wasn’t obvious what the problem was. I had to hammer the fly-wheel shaft through using a sacrificial bolt screwed in to hit.

Broken Wahoo Kickr - How Bad?
Broken Wahoo Kickr – How Bad?
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Verus Kayaks Gladiator 2.0 – First Look

Thanks to Verus Kayaks UK I had the chance to briefly check out the Gladiator 2.0 at the Tees Barrage.

Verus Kayaks Gladiator 2.0 - First Look
Verus Kayaks Gladiator 2.0 – First Look

The Gladiator 2.0 is a half slice river runner that sits at 8’11” with a 27″ width.

Verus Kayaks Gladiator 2.0 – First Look

Here is what Verus have to say about the Gladiator 2.0.

The Gladiator 2.0 is the perfected version of our flagship river runner. Our team has taken this kayak down everything from cruising class II to charging class V creeks. The Gladiator has proven to be the most versatile boat in our quiver. Drawing from slalom designs, the widest part of the Gladiator is right behind the cockpit at 27”. This improves stability for beginners and allows experts to make dynamic moves while running challenging whitewater. The displacement hull is easy to roll, forgiving in chaotic waters and above all, FAST.  The new, low-profile stern will spice up your paddling and let you play all the way down your favorite run. Try a Gladiator today and find out what you can unlock from this timeless design.

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Tees Barrage 10 April 2021

Here are some shots taken this am at the Tees Barrage.

Tees Barrage 10 April 2021
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Solitude

Darren Clarkson has been exploring wild rivers over over two decades. He has countless first descents and iconic rivers to his name. Yet his new project is perhaps the most daunting he has ever faced.

Solitude
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Tales Of The Corrib

For many, the Corrib river is the birthplace of their interest in the sport of kayaking. Find out in this short film why that’s the case!

Tales Of The Corrib
Tales Of The Corrib
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Getting Hungry On The River

I’ve never really given this any consideration over the last 30 years plus of paddling. I can’t really remember a time where I have carried food and drink on the river or even thought about until quite recently.

Getting Hungry On The River
Getting Hungry On The River

When I go hill walking or mountain biking I always take snacks and a drink.

I’ve used pretty much all of the “outdoor” branded sports bars out there. They are convenient but after a while eating them becomes a chore. It’s hard work on your jaw. Chocolate melts and packets of sweets are not usually sealed that well. That’s important as I want to be able to carry something in my PFD and not have to rummage in a dry bag buried in the boat.

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Movie Monday 4 January 2021

Welcome to Unsponsored and Movie Monday 4 January 2021. This is the first Movie Monday for 2021 and the 278th Movie Monday on this site. You can find them all in the Movie Monday Archive.

Movie Monday 4 January 2021
Movie Monday 4 January 2021

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2020 Unsponsored Gift Guide Part 3

Welcome to the 2020 Unsponsored Gift Guide part 3. Every week during December we’ll be presenting a brand new list of gifts for the paddler in your life.  If the paddler in your life is you, then think of it as suggestions to expand your gear list. As always the items listed are a range of gear we use and/or love.

2020 Unsponsored Gift Guide Part 3
2020 Unsponsored Gift Guide Part 3
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