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River Walkers

Billed to be the next big thing WW SUP is on the rise. We have a few plans here at Unsponsored HQ that we’ll share with the world in a couple of months time.


However to wet your appetite, here’s an edit from Waterlust showing the world of WW SUP.

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Falls, Bitches and Bore

Falls Bitches and Bore

A wee video of the Falls of Lora, Bitches and Severn Bore. If I’d have known I’d be paddling all 3 in a month I might of had the GoPro on a bit more but oohhh well. Enjoy.

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Whitby Wishy Washy

From the home of some of the best Fish & Chips in the world comes Whitby Wishy Washy – a tale of creek boat surfing here in the UK. Sam Ellis and Martyn Butler star in this North East epic.

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Hiver 2014 -15

Hiver 2014 -15

Une grosse malate et un nouveau bateau! Je n’ai pas pu résister a l’appel de la vague en janvier 2015!

Voici les images de mes premiers pas en Jackson kayak! Ça va vite et ça glisse, ça glisse!!!!

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Road Tripping To Canada – Gatineau & Ottawa

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Evan Smith, Anna Wagner, Sam Swanson, and Chris Baer make the journey from West Virginia to Canada for some Big Water fun on the Gatineau and Ottawa Rivers. Continue reading

Always Beautiful On The Sunshine Coast (Quick Flick #5)

A great edit from the guys at Mountain Mind Collective.

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Despite the forecast for non-stop rain, it turned out to be a beautiful weekend surfing Skookumchuck, an epic tidal wave on the Sunshine Coast, BC. Watch paddlers Brendan Wells, Teague Manley, Olin Wimberg, Leif Anderson, Emily Lussin and Dru Lyall throwing down on this beautiful wave! Continue reading

Long Boats For Life

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Wet West Paddle Fest 2014 gave Sam and I the perfect opportunity to put our longboats; the Stinger XP and the Green Boat through their paces. We can honestly say it’s been a long time since we had that much fun and went that FAST on Whitewater! Continue reading

Bitching It Up


For many years I’ve wanted to get to the Bitches, the famous tidal playwave spot in South-West Wales that hosted the inaugural world rodeo freestyle event, back in the day when the boats were metres long and pop-outs, paddle-twirls and fluorescent colours were all the rage. Being warned that my carbon Black Sheep wouldn’t surive being seal-launched, and with the tide being about 6.5m, the Rockstar probably wasn’t the boat to take either so I asked Aaron at Squarerock if I could borrow the Jackson FunRunner I took to the Grand Canyon, this long boat would make a perfect surf vessel.

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Team Badfish Surfing the Legend….Big Sur

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The Big Sur wave on the Colorado River only comes in every 5 years or so when the snowpack is big enough to raise the flows on the Colorado in excess of 20,000cfs. Big Sur is a river wide party wave in a beautiful desert canyon that has everything from super shreddable pockets to mellow glassy rollers. When it came in during the early summer of 2014 Team Badfish rolled in and had some of the most fun sessions of the summer together. Continue reading

Slave River Day 1 Edit 2014

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Here’s a quick edit of our first day of 2014 on the Slave river. We made a run down Cassette rapids, hitting all the standard spots: party hole, outrageous, and rollercoaster. If levels continue to drop, we should be surfing Rockem Sockem pretty soon! Continue reading

GoPro Hero 3 Plus (3+) – Black Vs Silver Vs White

[UPDATE: GoPro have released the Hero6 black edition, find out more here.]

Picking the right GoPro for your needs is forever getting a little more challenging. The range is expanding/changing on an annual basis. At the moment GoPro have three slightly different spec’d cameras based on the GoPro Hero 3 and GoPro Hero 3 Plus platform.

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At the top of the range is the GoPro Black 3+, closey followed by the Silver 3+ and then finally the White 3 which has been carried over from last years range. There is no GoPro Hero 3 Plus White edition at this moment in time.

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Dragorossi Stinger

Over the past two months I have been testing out the new Dragorossi Stinger. The boat arrived fully wrapped along with a Dragorossi Pintail. These two boats were the first Dragorossi kayaks I had seen in the flesh so I was eager to check them out.

From the Dragorossi Web Site:

“The goal: to create a new design that would permit its user to do several things in the same boat, and not feel limited in any of them by compromise. The sort of kayak where you can go creeking on Friday, enter a Rodeo on Saturday, and teach your friend to paddle in on Sunday.”

So does the boat measure up? Well…..

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