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Bren’s Park Jam – Tees Barrage

Bren made it up to the North East and the Tees Barrage.  Here’s his thoughts – The thing I loved most about this stop of the park jam is how unfathomably keen everyone was to hurl themselves in at the deep end on the short course, the enthusiasm and commitment to just give it a go was simply stunning.

I had a brilliant night being a part of that and I am stoked to come back again and kayak with everybody!

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He Lost His Drone And GoPro

A few years ago Geoff Otto lost his DJI Phantom Quadcopter and attached GoPro Hero 3 Black edition.

He Lost His Drone And GoPro

The drone And GoPro were lost to the murky depths of the Tees Barrage International Whitewater Course here in the UK. The course takes water directly from the river Tees before returning the water below the barrage and back into the tidal section of the river.

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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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Rat Race 2015 Stockton On Tees

Today was the 2015 Rat Race right here in Stockton On Tees. Once again the Tees Barrage International Whitewater Centre hosted part of the race. Here are a few photographs of the event.

Rat Race Photo Stockton 2015

A few of the local boaters were on hand providing safety cover.

Rat Race Photo Stockton 2015

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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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Nikon D5100

After so many months of ownership I am now starting to get the hang of the Nikon D5100. I’m mainly using a 18-105mm lens which seems to cover just about all situations. I’m also starting to mess around with Aperture, which is an app for the Mac.

I now have a couple of the EN-EL14 batteries and use a 32GB Sandisk Extreme SD Card.

Here are a few images from today at the Tees Barrage (UK).

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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.


A very short video shot with my iPhone and edited with iMovie.

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A few paddling images from today

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