Two Little Slovenian Gems

Two Little Slovenian Gems

The whitewater enthusiasts who know Slovenia, probably only know it for the Soca river. But when the snow melts, or the rain pours Slovenia is the place to be. We have so many little rideable creeks that run with just a little rain. In a 80 km radius, you’ll run out of strength before you run out of river names.
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We’ve been following the development of the whitewater line of Soul Waterman kayaks since Corran…

We’ve been following the development of the whitewater line of Soul Waterman kayaks since Corran Addison first announced them.

The new boats are almost ready for full production. As we are getting close to the release we are starting to see examples of what the actual outfitting will be like. Corran has taken some recent images of the new Soul Waterman outfitting and we are pretty impressed at Unsponsored HQ.

Soul Waterman Outfitting - First Look

The seat is a contoured foam and can easily be moved forwards and backwards as it is attached using Velcro. Equally the hip pads have a wide range of adjustment through the use of slots within in the kayak.

Soul Waterman Outfitting - First Look

What has really caught our interest in the new footrest system. At first glance it looks like a fairly straight forward full plate system but closer inspection shows that Corran is using a rail system for adjustment.

The outer rail is fixed to the boat and is static. The inner rail can slide and is fixed in position using a pin. Now we haven’t tried it out but it looks like a really neat idea.

Soul Waterman Outfitting – First Look

We’ve been following the development of the whitewater line of Soul Waterman kayaks since Corran Addison first announced them.

Nightlines photography – Using EL-wire (electro luminescent wire) and a creative side to capture a…

Nightlines photography – Using EL-wire (electro luminescent wire) and a creative side to capture a different type of scene.

Nightlines Photography

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I have been playing around with el-wire now for approx 12 month, its a fantastic product and not too expensive. A 5 metre length is £5+ to the door from online suppliers or from eBay which I where I got hold of it. It’s a little temperamental when first trying it out, but it becomes easier once you’ve set a few lines up. To get the shots, we’ve been timing the evening so we just catch light fading into dark to get the best exposure in the shots. These test shots are something for a bigger project I have in mind in the future with Teesside Uni film crew.

The Setup:

Simple connection blocks, using 2 AA batteries jack plug connection to el-wire with 3 settings by pressing the button. These original ones do not have waterproof connectors, however it is now fairly easy to get hold of fully waterproof ones for a little extra cost.

Nightlines Photography

The best product I have found to date is the clear Gorilla tape, this was used on the boat, paddle, helmet and advertising boards. It’s an amazing product, great strength and amazing at adhering to practically anything. It’s obvious but get hold of the clear type to show the line as a constant unbroken length of colour. It’s approx £5 a roll.

Nightlines Photography

When doing the paddle I started where one of my hands would grip, therefore finishing there so I could put controller up my arm to keep it watertight.

Nightlines Photography

The paddle used a 5 metre length of EL-wire.

Helmet, again taped now for a year and still fine after numerous occasions of use. I started the design to finish off with the jack plug at the back so that the connector could then be dropped down my neck seal.

Nightlines Photography

A 3 metre length of wire was used for the helmet.

I used an old Palm FX PFD to attach the line to. This one was a little more of a jigsaw puzzle to do.

In order to attach the line I hand stitched using a loop of white thread to allow constant colour to still show through. The ends of the line started and finished so that they could be placed in the PFD pocket.

Spray deck, again I found an old unused one. I used the same stitching technique to attach the line. A 3 metre line was used in this case.

Nightlines Photography

Nightlines Photography

The advertising boards are a new addition. These were simply made by using 6mm plywood, a little art and then attaching the lines followed by attaching the controller to the back of the boards.

Nightlines Photography

You can get an idea of the size by the Palm pic with the palm. Length used was 5 metre each.

The yak itself has 2×5 metre lengths going from the Dagger emblem following out left and right of boat, this leaving around a metre or so to then fit through the bung hole to reach the seat. Then another 3 metre length around deck area to leave approx 40cms spare. The ends of these with controllers were then placed in a dry bag behind the seat.

I then used a 1×5 metre length all around the lower edge. This is not quite long enough to reach back through the drain bung and back up to seat. As it was too short the connectors and running gear were placed in a small dry bag that was then jammed in the rear grab handle complete with clear tape to fix it in place.

There is other types of line on the market, for example, Aniol Serrassolses in this clip trying them out on a shoot.

These type will generally always be hard to work with, causing blurring to the shot in vid or photo.

Words and mad science work: Geoff Otto
Images: David Turnbull

Nightlines Photography

Nightlines photography – Using EL-wire (electro luminescent wire) and a creative side to capture a different type of scene.