Kayak Session Magazine

Kayak Session Magazine Summer 2019

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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4 min.
palouse and progress

Ten years ago, on April 21st, 2009, Tyler Bradt successfully descended the 189-foot Palouse Falls to claim the World Record for highest waterfall run in a kayak. When Tyler emerged from the curtain, paddle held high, he redefined what we considered impossible. Yet in the wake of Bradt’s success, “What,”the biggest question seemed to be, “will come next?”. Tyler’s accomplishment, though shocking, followed on the heels of years of limit pushing. In August 1999, Tao Berman ran the 98-foot Upper Johnstone Falls in Banff National Park, beating the existing World Record by more than 30 feet. Though Berman’s feat was soon repeated, his definitive hold on the record would last until Bradt and Rush Sturges, inspired by Ed Lucero’s 2004 attempt, successfully ran the 107-foot Alexandra Falls in 2007. Rush, like…

4 min.
world white water news

NEWS AND HAPPENINGS DURANCE FESTIVAL WHITEWATER SESSIONS JULY 13TH & 14TH 2019 The Durance Festival is back! For the fourth year running, this multi-sport paddle festival will take place on the banks of the Durance River. The weekend program features all sorts of clinics, from freestyle and creeking to safety and sup, an open-air cinema, and the Grande Descente on Sunday, with loads of prizes to be won! Expect to see a time trial creek race down the Chateau Q section of the Guil,, a sup race from St Clément to the Rabioux, and various inflatable descent options to encourage whitewater discovery. For the more experienced, all the latest boats and equipment will be available for testing. With more than ten rivers to be run in a 30-minute radius, whether you are…

13 min.

THE RETURN OF THE CATARACTS OF THE KERN RIVER, CALIFORNIA, USA, APRIL 2019 It's April, and the Kern River is waking from its winter slumber. With a healthy snowpack and warm days in the future, the Kern will undoubtedly be the destination of many paddling pilgrimages this year. Several sections are readily available around Kernville, creating a popular destination for paddlers of all skill levels. Yet, it is what lies downstream of Kernville that has the paddling world buzzing come spring. Roughly 25 miles downstream lies the Cataracts section of the Kern. Touting over 12 miles of world-class roadside whitewater and dramatic high desert scenery, the Cataracts of the Kern is in a class of its own. In 2017, Evan Moore, Johnny Chase, and Tad Dennis thrust the Cataracts of the…

19 min.

CAMPI CREEK OPEN, VALLEYFIELD, QC, CANADA, MARCH 2019 The Campi Creek Open was back this year with its third edition on March 23rd. This race, held on the Valleyfield Whitewater Park, is the first event of the season in the province of Quebec. Around fifty paddlers from Québec, Ontario and the U.S.A. showed up to defy the cold weather and set a new attendance record. The race is the brainchild of Sebastien Monette, who also built a launch platform over the tubes feeding this section of the river. You can hear the racer's hearts pumping as they mount the prop. The race starts when the platform tilts and drops the paddler on the crystal-clear water tongue below, then it's the fastest through four gates and to the finish line who wins.…

8 min.

IF YOU TREASURE THE SMITH RIVER, NOW IS THE TIME TO ACT. A proposed underground copper mine along Sheep Creek in the Smith River’s headwaters took a big step forward when the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) released a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) on March 11. Despite the fact that the Black Butte copper mine would be located in the Smith’s headwaters and the rock in which the copper ore is located is highly prone to creating acid mine drainage, the DEIS concluded the mine would have “no impact to water quality, air quality or aquatic resources.” The Montana DEQ’s conclusion stands in stark contrast to what American Rivers’ expert mining consultants have said. In a guest blog published in August 2016,Tyler Shepherd wrote that the Black Butte copper…

15 min.
kayak, curry, kerala exploration, failure, disaster, and hope in southern india

A successful kayak trip is like a spicy Indian curry: the experience only becomes extraordinary and burns itself into the memory when all the ingredients and aromas harmonize perfectly. Of course, moderate spiciness and some acidity provide curry's necessary exotic flair, but the strange and unfamiliar complement and offset other, equally essential familiar flavors. With the ideal combination of many different spices, a curry becomes an intense aroma explosion. However, as soon as one or more spices predominate, the fine balance begins to waiver, and the food becomes bitter, even inedible. In summer 2018 all the ingredients seemed to be ready for a perfect meal. Filmmaker Olaf Obsommer had put together a powerful team for a kayak expedition to the state of Kerala, South India; an illustrious group of experienced kayakers…