Paddling tips, tricks, news and gear reviews from an Unsponsored point of view


Unsponsored Q&A Series – David Turnbull

Over the last few years we have ran many Q&As with some of worlds top paddlers and manufacturers. This Q&A is a little bit different. David Turnbull isn’t a kayaker or canoeist. However David has been drawn towards whitewater like so many us and now spends a great deal of his time capturing the skill and beauty of whitewater kayaking and canoeing via the camera lens.

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David’s photography has certainly inspire me to try a bit harder and I am very grateful that David has agreed to take part in the Unsponsored Q&A Series.

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Steep Artificial Whitewater

Here in the North East of England we like our whitewater courses steep. The Tees Barrage has two sections the Long course and the Short course.

Steep Artificial Whitewater

The Short course is often used for ww rescue training with a low flow, but when on full release it creates a superb, but short piece of ww. Conveyer belt access to the top of the course means that multiple runs can be made easily.

Steep Artificial Whitewater

The following photographs were taken today (mainly from the far bank) using a Nikon D7100 and Nikkor 70-200mm VRII lens.

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BUCS Slalom Teesside 2015 – Day 2

Sunday was a much brighter and slightly warmer day at the Tees Barrage. Lots more spectators on site for some great kayak, canoe and swimming action.

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During the course of the last couple of days over 1k of images were taken and are currently being processed. Here a just a few to be getting on with. Continue reading

Liquidlogic Flying Squirrel 85 – First Impressions

Review by: Kirstie Macmillan

At 8’9″ (266cm), the Liquidlogic Flying Squirrel 85 is much longer than my current creek boat, a Wavesport Recon 70. Despite the Squirrel’s sporty length, it is surprisingly light and doesn’t feel like you are paddling a barge!

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The Palm BIG Paddle

The Big Paddle took place at Teesside today. Despite the changeable weather the turn out was superb.

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Lots of folk trying out paddling for the first time and loads trying out Palm’s and Dagger’s huge range of products on the WW course. Continue reading

Another Snowy Day

Had an hour so on the water at the Tees Barrage today paddling the Pyranha Nano. Plenty of snow around.

More images from today can found on the Unsponsored Flickr Stream.

Northshore Watersports

Northshore Watersports is the on site shop at the Tees Barrage. They now have an Amazon based presence that allows you to spend your hard earned cash or Amazon vouchers on some of the best kit available.

Tees Barrage International WW Course – New Prices!

The prices to use the WW course have now dropped from £15 to £6 🙂 Opening times have been reduced 🙁

Tees Barrage International White Water Centre offers some of the best facilities in Europe. Our paddling prices are the cheapest in the UK priced at just £6.00 per session. The £6.00 fee covers you for as long as you wish to paddle on that given day and gives great value for money on each visit.

“Normal Operating Times” are as follows:

Wednesdays 4pm – 8pm

Saturdays 10am – 5pm

Sundays 10am – 5pm

Please note: Always check our course timetable for water releases as these will vary and more will be added to the core times on a week by week basis.

Tees Barrage International WW Course – Today We Built A Monster

It was -3 deg C when I left home at 9am to head down to the Tees Barrage International Whitewater Course, as today was the second chance to move around some of the blocks on the short course. After three hours of work the resulting block structure was a bit of a monster!

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Teesside Whitewater Course – Short Course Mods

I had the chance to make a few changes to the set up on the Teesside International Whitewater Course today. Here are a few images from a very cold day on Teesside.

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