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Vertical Element Custom Pole Trial

Last year we had a custom carbon pole made by our friends over at Vertical Element Paddles. Essentially we wanted a light weight and adjustable camera boom that would work with the GoPro range of cameras. VE came up with the goods.

Vertical Element Custom Pole Trial

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We have had some series rain over the last month here in the North East of England. The water table is topped up and it doesn’t take much to get the rivers flowing high.


The River Tees from High Force to Low Force isn’t that #sTEESy at high levels. Mathew Wilkinson takes a dip and swims with a little help to safety.

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What A Weekend

What a weekend, the UK took a battering over the course of the weekend with water levels. The Tees rose to just under 3m at Middleton over the weekend. That is almost twice the height normally seen at this time of year.

Friend of Unsponsored Sam Ellis ran Low Force at these super high levels. To put this into context this is what Low Force typically look likes.

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Liquid Logic Stinger XP

Unsponsored’s little brother River has been quiet lately. Thankfully he has broken out of the house and managed to catch some early summer water here at home in the UK.

New Lines with The Stinger XP from THE RIVER MILITIA on Vimeo.

It’s fast, manoverable, responsive and roomy! Great for multi-days and Soooo much fun to paddle. What more do you want?! to demo then to inevitably buy yours.

Sunday In Black & White


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Tees River Race 2014 – Video

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A quick mash up of footage from the Tees river race this weekend. Typically after all the rain we have had recently, this week has been dry and the Upper Tees was about as low as it gets but that didn’t stop a great turn out of 40 super keen north east paddlers.

Tees River Race 2014 from Martyn Butler on Vimeo.

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A Northern Gathering – Tees Race 2014

A great little event took place today. A number of like minded friends got together and paddled a great piece of water. The water was low but the day was still superb.

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Tees Tour

Hot on the heals of the Tyne Tour, the Tees Tour was a much smaller grassroots Uni event held last weekend. Paddlers from Newcastle University, Durham University, Teesside University, Leeds University and others gathered in the market town of Barnard Castle for a weekend of paddling.

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The contrast between this week and last week on the River Tees was amazing. This week we had blue sky, warm sun and much lower water levels. Teesside Uni were out with Endless Adventure getting some moving water skills and having a go at Tubing.

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Rain Halted Play

Had a quick run up to Low Force on the River Tees (UK) today. Met a few local boaters portaging Low Force. The river was on the rise and the tow back didn’t look great.

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Tees Today

Photos from the 10th of March 2012.

Today on the Tees

Had a great paddle today, with a great group of guys/gals. I may have also witnessed the youngest paddler ever to paddle high to low force. More about that later.

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