Kayak Session Magazine

Kayak Session Magazine Winter 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.

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ego /ˈiːɡəʊ,ˈɛːɡəʊ/

noun 1. "the self; that which feels, acts, or thinks," from Latin ego "I." 2. a person’s sense of self-esteem or self-importance. In this issue’s interview with Nouria Newman, she states that ego is needed to run hard whitewater. She reminds, however, that ego can also be dangerous. Newman makes a valid point. The most extreme feats are always the results of pushing one’s limits, and to do so, you need to have confidence, a belief that you are capable of executing the line you see. Without ego, none of what you see in the pages of this issue, the quests for whitewater in new places- from Nouria, Ben Stookesberry and Erik Boomer in the Big Horn Mountains, to Dewet Michau in Tanzania and Malawi, to the Malabar River Festival- would be possible. It…

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news and happenings

PADDLEEXPO 2018, OCTOBER 5 - 8 2018, NUREMBERG, GERMANY The 2018 PaddleExpo went off once again in Nuremberg, Germany the first weekend in October. The event was “next level,” according to feedback from the hundreds of attendees. As the largest Paddlesports tradeshow in Europe, this year over 150 vendors unveiled new and innovative products for 2018. A lucky 11 won their respective PaddleSports Product of the Year award, revealed at the PaddleExpo industry dinner. A trend towards being more sustainable and eco-friendly than ever before was evident, with products such as the Islander Kayaks Paradise, the first ever kayak made from recycled marine-waste plastic. PaddleExpo continues to set the tone and define the future of Paddlesports. Find out more on the Kayak Session news channels, or visit ASAHAN RIVER FESTIVAL, INDONESIA…

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FIRST DESCENT, “STOMPING RHINO FALLS,” THE MARKARFLJÓTSGLJÚFUR, ICELAND On September 15th, 2018 Adrian Mattern and Evan Garcia were the first to descend the 60-70-foot waterfall that marks the beginning of the Markarfljótsgljúfur canyon section in southern Iceland. The canyon is believed to have been created in a single disaster flood following an eruption of the famous Katla volcano, which lies beneath the Mýrdalsjökull glacier. The canyon itself was first and only paddled 15 years ago. No one had gone back until this year when Anup Gurung, a legendary Nepalese kayaker and owner of Vikingrafting, rediscovered this remarkable stretch of river. The Markarfljótsgljúfur is class III-IV locked in an absolutely mind-blowing gorge. Anup saw the waterfall, which marks the beginning of the gorge section and realized that there might be a line…

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LOFER RODEO 2018, SALZBURGER, GERMANY, SEPTEMBER 2018 The weekend of September 14th to 16th was a blinding success for the Whitewater Slaves of Lofer. 149 participants from twelve nations watched as Daniel Klotzner from Italy successfully defended his title and the best party of the season lit up at the Lofer Rodeo. Despite optimistic planning, the Whitewater Slaves Lofer Rodeo, in Salzburger Saalachtal, far exceeded all expectations. 149 participants from Austria, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, France, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Sweden, Great Britain, Ireland, Canada, and New Zealand registered for the boatercross on the Saalach. After the rain the week before, the slalom course had a sweet, sporty water level. The sun came out from behind the clouds just in time for the head to head finals; ideal conditions for the numerous spectators…

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DOCUMENTARY: “RUN WILD RUN FREE: CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF WILD AND SCENIC RIVERS” This October marks the 50th anniversary of the most important and successful piece of river conservation legislation in the world: The Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. This spring, lifelong fisherman and film director Shane Anderson traveled the United States to learn the tumultuous story of the Act’s history, present situation, and potential future. His documentary, “Run Wild Run Free: 50 Years of Wild and Scenic Rivers” presented by Pacific Rivers, will be screened around the nation this October. Starting with the protection of only eight rivers in the United States in 1968, today the Act defends 258 rivers. But what does it mean to be “Wild and Scenic”? To put it simply, it means that no industry can…

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NEW EDITION: THE SCOTTISH WHITEWATER GUIDEBOOK In the first update to the Scottish White Water guidebook in 14 years, you will find descriptions of both well-known classics and little-known gems. The guidebook covers the length and breadth of the country and provides something for everyone, whatever the conditions, whether you are an aspiring rapid paddler or an out and out hair boater. With maps, pictures, and firsthand accounts, here is a guide that captures the spirit of Scottish whitewater. As a whitewater guide, the runs included are primarily grade III and above, although a few classic, grade I-III sections are included. New to this edition by popular demand are river maps to some of the most popular runs; improved location maps, full lat/long coordinates for your sat nav as well as…