Kayak Session Magazine

Kayak Session Magazine Fall 2016

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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2 min.
kodak courage

We just had the opportunity to watch one of the best kayaking movies ever – Chasing Niagara. The film, in short, is the story of kid named Rafa Ortiz who decides to kayak Niagara Falls. A great deal goes into making it possible: three years of training on big drops, major logistics, huge sponsorship, the help and support of many close friends, not to mention the years of kayaking leading up to that point. Then, on the morning of the run, Ortiz decides to walk away. Ortiz called it “the most difficult decision of his life,” proving it is often harder to turn and walk away than it is to get in your boat and run a rapid. When the camera is rolling, paddlers can feel an extra motivation to push their…

1 min.
gallery shot

For the elite division of the NFC, practice laps are crucial. The evening before the race, Kalob Grady and several others lapped Jake’s and dialed in the technical moves required for gates one and two. With the last sunlight of the day as a spotlight, the boof into Rodeo Hole was looking magical. Photography: John Webster Rider: Kalob Grady Wind and rain welcomed the We Are Hungry Productions crew during their recent mission to Iceland. The harsh weather conditions led the team to roam the southern part of the island in search of bearable conditions to paddle and film their next documentary. After hours of driving on dirt roads they reached Pjòfafoss. While kayakers can normally be found drinking beer or sleeping at midnight, the crew decided to enjoy the midnight sun and…

35 min.
world whitewater news

NEWS AND HAPPENINGS DEVILS EXTREME RACE 2016 - AUGUST 19-21 - VLTAVA RIVER, CZECH REPUBLIC This year’s the Devils Extreme Race not only marks its 10th year, but it also serves as the finals for the European Extreme Kayaking Championships. The race will be held from August 19th-21st with a scheduled release of water on the Vltava River for all 7 days. The Vltava is controlled by the Lipno dam and, except when flooded, water releases are only guaranteed in August, making this race a special event in the Czech Republic. During the 5 days prior to the race weekend, the water will flow at 15 cumecs, however during the race weekend paddlers can appreciate 23 cumecs of whitewater. Like previous years, the train can be used for shuttle and the race…

13 min.
desert canyon solitude the jarbidge-bruneau

There is no question that the state of Idaho has a handful of well-known classic rivers. Runs like the Middle Fork of the Salmon, the North Fork of the Payette, and the Lochsa are notorious North American rivers, recognized worldwide. But the local boaters of Idaho welcome the opportunity to paddle the state’s unique and less well-known runs. For the fortunate paddlers in the know, the Jarbidge and Bruneau rivers hold the allure of rolling whitewater, sections of scenic drifting and perfect riverside camping in the lonely desert canyons of southwest Idaho. Putting on the Jarbidge River, paddlers run 30 miles of mixed whitewater through desert canyonland to the confluence of the Bruneau. From there, the quality of whitewater increases (class 3-4 whitewater with some class 5 consequence), with a…

22 min.
mat dumoulin

KS: You started kayaking at a very young age. Did kayaking have a positive influence on your childhood? THE FIRST TIME I WENT TO HAWAII SUR RHONE WAS (AT AGE 13) WITH DAVID ARNAUD. I WAS TERRIFIED. WITH NO EDDY, WE WERE DROPPING INTO THE WAVE AND I PRETENDED THAT I COULDN’T FIND THE RIGHT SPOT TO CATCH THE WAVE. MD: I started paddling when I was 8 years old and was super high energy. I couldn’t stay in one spot. As soon as I started kayaking everything improved—at school, playing with other kids, my behavior. KS: Growing up in St Pierre De Boeuf, France (wine country) you had two options, right? Drink wine all day….or kayak all day. MD: It sounds like a joke, but it’s an actual choice for any teenager out…

16 min.
balkan rivers tour saving the free - flowing rivers of southe a stern europe

As paddlers, rivers are part of us. No matter where in the world we are, when we are kayaking on a river, we feel at home. Rivers are a place of retreat and a place to recharge. Anglers and other paddlers love rivers too, but when comes to acting and standing up for a river that is threatened, that rebellious kayaking spirit comes out. And it comes out strong. My name is Rok. I am a kayaker, a biologist, and a river conservationist. I’m an ex-Olympic rower, a fisherman and an outdoorsman. I like action; I like art, revolt and rock’n’roll. And I love the rivers of southeastern Europe that I call home. This fusion of passion, paddling and conservation led me and my friends on a wild ride trying…