Kayak Session Magazine

Kayak Session Magazine Spring 2018

The biggest whitewater kayaking magazine in the world. If a photo speaks a thousand words, then Kayak Session is an encyclopedia. Dubbed the ‘National Geographic’ of whitewater kayaking, we collaborate with some of the best photographers and most acclaimed writers in the outdoor industry. Our photo concept is to show stunning images of kayakers in their element. This photos-first idea is coupled with a creative layout and fresh content, sure to inspire our readers with every issue. Kayak Session is the essential reading for whitewater kayakers worldwide.

Leer Más
United States
6,10 €(IVA inc.)
20,36 €(IVA inc.)
6 Números

en este número

4 min.
“(rivers) are not fair or unfair, they are just dangerous.”

Over a lifetime spent exploring high altitude peaks, Reinhold Messner recognized a simple truth: “Mountains are not fair or unfair, they are just dangerous,” he wrote. Messner, a legendary alpinist, put a not-so-secret-secret in simple terms: there is risk in pushing limits, and there are risks in the outdoors. It is a lesson that never fails to shock us, no matter how many times we are forced to learn it. At the start of this year, the international kayak community was devastated by the deaths of three talented young paddlers during an attempted first descent in Ecuador. Our virtual world flooded with condolences, remembrances, and thoughts on these young men, as well as the how and the why of their situation. The questions of, “how” and “why” are hard to ask and often…

4 min.
world whitewater news

NEWS AND HAPPENINGS 2018 PADDLEEXPO BUYER’S GUIDE The most comprehensive guide of boats, boards, paddles, and apparel is now available to you online, at no cost! The 2018 PADDLEexpo Buyer’s Guide showcases new gear released at the 2017 PADDLEexpo in Germany, revealing what is fresh and exciting for 2018 as well as predicting upcoming trends for the future of the paddlesports world. Peruse the magazine section, or flick through the pages to create your wishlist. The Buyers Guide is waiting for you at For more information and regular updates highlighting the latest and most innovative products of the year ahead, follow @kayaksession on Facebook and Instagram. View the Buyer’s Guide at: THE SWEET PROTECTION SHORT FILM AWARDS RETURNS MARCH 1ST, 2018 The 2017 Sweet Protection Short Film of the Year Awards was…

3 min.

DECISION REACHED ON RESTORATION OF THE NEW RIVER DRIES, WEST VIRGINIA, USA Federal regulators recently issued a new 47-year license for the dam that dewaters the spectacular 5.5-mile New River Dries. The license requires significant new recreational and environmental enhancements in a river reach that has suffered from water withdrawals for well over half a century. American Whitewater played an active and leading role in securing these outcomes. The hallmarks of the new federal license include: 1) Increases in the minimum stream flow from 100cfs to flows ranging from 150 to 300 cfs depending on the season. While a small increase, this measure will significantly increase the quantity and quality of aquatic habitat. 2) Nine new scheduled whitewater releases each year: two in March and seven in July and August. These…

20 min.

FIRST DESCENT, COCORNA RIVER, COLOMBIA, JANUARY 2018 Colombia has charmed and entranced the whitewater community for the past decade. Not a year goes by without the exploration of a new river or section, adding more choices for kayakers visiting the country. 2018 was no outlier to the trend. Only two weeks into the New Year, a couple of kayakers decided to try the only remaining unexplored stretch of the Cocorna River. Located in the province of Antioquia, only an hour and a half from Colombia’s second largest city, Medellin, the Cocorna River is already well known by kayakers visiting the region. A class V section of steep and continuous boulder gardens, followed by a fun class III-IV section has made the Cocorna a renowned name in Colombian whitewater. However, there was still…

18 min.

ALSESECA RACE, TLAPACOYAN, MEXICO, JANUARY 2018 On January 13th, Tablazo, most days a tranquil farm in the mountains behind Tlapacoyan, home of the Roadside Section of the Alseseca River, saw over 50 Competitors fight to be crowned as the champion of the 10th annual Alseseca Race. The event started as usual with an athletes meeting and indigenous ceremony, immediately followed by the short race. 19 athletes raced in the first battle of the day, with more Mexicans than ever before participating. 34 athletes in the long race category sped down the fierce rapids of S-turn and typewriter. This year 200 spectators were watching and cheering on the competitors throughout the course. Following the race, everybody made their way to city hall in Tlapacoyan for the Awards ceremony, where Spencer Huff was…

15 min.
the sary jaz a tale of deep gorges and high peaks

The Sary Jaz River, located in the Tian Shan mountain range in Eastern Kyrgyzstan, is to Russian rafting what the Stikine is to kayakers – one of the ultimate expeditions. The big difference is that there is no beer waiting for you at the take-out in your parked car because there is no road at the takeout. “You either have to take a helicopter, or you will have to walk and swim and climb and scramble. And you'll need ropes to cross the river,” explained Adrian. It all sounded so fun and doable a few months ago when he presented the idea for the first time. The Sary Jaz was first run in the nineties by Russian rafters. Since then it has been descended in kayaks only three times. The first team…