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Solo Whitewater Day Trip In My Backyard

Solo Whitewater Day Trip In My Backyard
Solo Whitewater Day Trip In My Backyard

Portaging and soloing whitewater paddling up to class three was the plan for my short adventure this day. First, I go through some of my wilderness outfitting gear including my spraydeck, whitewater canoe, drybag and drysuit before heading out on my Magnetawan River canoe trip.

My plan was to head downriver to a bridge where my wife would pick me up. The route would include two portages, a couple class 1 and a couple class 2 rapids as well as one big class three rapid. As soon as I ran the first rapid it felt awesome to be on the river. It was hot out for this time of year and after a portage around a big canyon and unrunnable rapid, I soon ran out of drinking water. Fortunately, it wasn’t long until I found a natural spring with delicious and cold water.

After dealing with the raging whitewater of a big drop, I paddled through a calm section and had a weird feeling like something was staring at me. I turned around to see a small, brand new log cabin built on top of a hill. It kind of struck me as odd that this would have given me the urge to turn around and look behind me. Before too long my trip was over and I met Tori at the bridge and I was home by dinner time. I felt tired but rejuvenated after the little outing, but more so I felt fortunate to live in the place that I do.

Jim Baird
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Lettmann Manta

The Lettmann Manta is both longer and faster than the Granate. It has been designed for both perforce and ease of use. At 272cm long the Lettmann Manta is short enough to compete within the extreme river race classification.

Lettmann Manta
Lettmann Manta
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Return To Dreamwave

Return To Dreamwave
Return To Dreamwave

Scoping through the old drives I came across this short GoPro edit I made from our 2017 return to Dream Wave in Manitoba. Loaded jetskis, camping out beside the best wave in the world, it doesn’t get better.

Dane Jackson
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Lettmann Rocky XL

The best of both the Granate and Manta kayaks have been combined to create the Lettmann Rocky XL.

Lettmann Rocky XL
Lettmann Rocky XL

With the Rocky we created the perfect symbiosis of our two favorite Creekers. It combines the Granate’s stable and mild characteristics with the Manta’s modern features. The new Rocky’s stable hull combines high pace with a lost of control.

Beginners love that trying to reach the eddies, more advanced paddlers will worthship that while approaching the next waterfall.

The rounded edges won’t allow the rapids to push too hard and landings after high drops perform more smoothly. The high and volumenous bow allow a dry run even in the heaviest of rapids.

Combined with its fat rocker the Rocky will emerge dry and smoothly after every heavy drop – making sure you’re the one in charge! 

Lettmann
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Sweet Protection Paddlesport Sale

Yesterday we published a post detailing Sweet Protection’s move away from dry gear for 2020.

As of today Sweet have launched their Paddlesport gear sale. This includes both softwear and hardwear.

I’ve put my order in!

The Legend of Muksu – Review

The Muksu is regarded as the most difficult rivers in the former Soviet Union. Extreme whitewater, extreme lines, and extreme scouting in the heart of Tajikistan, all of which has been beautifully captured by Olaf Obsommer.

The Legend of Muksu - Review
The Legend of Muksu – Review

This 41 minute “on demand” video follows a highly talented kayak team on a six day drive, a 20 mile hike and 10 days on the river.

Is it worth a watch? Yes, most definitely. I found myself pausing the video a few times just to try and spot some of the lines.

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Movie Monday 16 March 2020

Welcome to Movie Monday 16 March 2020 at Unsponsored. It’s business as usual at Unsponsored HQ. Please spend some time checking out the 1000’s of posts including reviews, news and videos.

Movie Monday 16 March 2020
Movie Monday 16 March 2020

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4 Of The Best Kayaking Rivers In The World

4 Of The Best Kayaking Rivers In The World
4 Of The Best Kayaking Rivers In The World

Discover 4 of the most amazing kayaking locations from across the world. Join Nouria Newman, Aniol Serrasolses, Benny Marr and Dane Jackson as they travel across the world to find the best Kayaking spots in the world!

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Movie Monday 2 March 2020

Welcome to Movie Monday 2 March 2020 at Unsponsored.

Movie Monday 2 March 2020
Movie Monday 2 March 2020

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Movie Monday 24 February 2020

Welcome to Movie Monday 24 February 2020 at Unsponsored. Welcome to the site and our collection of selected edits to ease you into the start of the working week.

Movie Monday 24 February 2020
Movie Monday 24 February 2020

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Movie Monday 10 February 2020

Welcome to Unsponsored and Movie Monday 10 February 2020.

Movie Monday
Movie Monday 10 February 2020

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Spade Kayaks – Queen Of Hearts

The mold is here and in the next few days Spade Kayaks will be making the first Queen of Hearts.

Spade Kayaks - Queen Of Hearts
Spade Kayaks – Queen Of Hearts
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