Kayak Session Magazine

Kayak Session Magazine Kayak Session #50 - Summer 2014

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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3 min.
a passion for whitewater

Over the past 12 years, we have published 50 issues of Kayak Session (50! Can you believe it?!), and during that time we have witnessed an incredible progression in the sport of kayaking. The evolutions of skill and technical changes in kayaking gear have together altered what we perceive as possible. Advancements in camera equipment have allowed us to capture the essence of our sport in a whole new way. Twelve years ago, who would have thought it possible to run a 189-foot waterfall paddle the Inga rapids in the Republic Democratic of Congo or run laps on the Stikine? Who would have known kayaking would be one of the most popular adventure sports on the internet? While for some that progression has been too quick, too fast, too big, or…

25 min.
world whitewater news

NEWS AND HAPPENINGS LITTLE WHITE SALMON RACE – MAY 31ST, 2014 WASHINGTON, USA On May 31st, World Class Academy will be hosting the 4th annual Little White Salmon Race in the state of Washington. This year’s event will feature time trials for both singles and teams on a course stretching from rapids Getting Busy to Wishbone Falls. The time trials will be followed by the second ever slalom race on Spirit Falls The highest finisher in both events will be crowned the champion of the Little White. The race will showcase the world’s most talented class V kayakers as we celebrate one of the mightiest rivers in the Pacific Northwest. 2013 overall champions Evan Garcia and Katrina Van Wijk will be defending their titles against a hungry and stacked field. Check out…

4 min.
mini itw: anton immler ,

Uganda-based Swedish paddler, Anton Immler, recently started a new website called The River Guide (, created to provide a forum for gathering river information worldwide. We caught up with him to find out more about it... How did you come up with this idea? The idea for making the river guide first came to me in the fall of 2011. I was competing in the Green Race in North Carolina but I couldn’t get there until the morning of the race. Not having a clue about the lines, I found an unedited go pro video of Isaac Levinson doing the whole racecourse. I must have watched the video 50 times trying to memorize all the lines and, to my surprise, I was able to hit almost every single line. I then thought…

14 min.
colombia rivers of antioquia a freshly discovered whitewater paradise!

From the icecap-covered summits of the Sierra Nevada to the white beaches of the Caribbean coast, from the thick jungles of the Amazonian headwaters to the deserts of La Guajira, Colombia has climate and topography to suit nearly any taste. Two huge mountain ranges divide the country north to south, from which flow more rivers than one could paddle in a lifetime. Due to its proximity to the equator, temperature varies far more by elevation than by season and, while there are drier and wetter months of the year, there is always water in Colombia. Significant rainstorms can strike at any time of year, causing huge fluctuations in water levels and creating a unique set of risks and challenges for paddlers in the region. The state of Antioquia is where Colombia…

1 min.
dams in colombia

In the ‘70s, the first wave of damming struck Colombia. Antioquia, with its steep mountains and heavy rain, provided many profitable locations for dam building. Some drainages were decimated, such as the Guatape (a tributary to the Samana), which was totally wiped out by a series of four dams that turned the valley into a succession of lakes and dewatered river. Damming has had a huge impact in Colombia because of the fragile character of the microclimate and ecosystem of every watershed, and the second wave is currently under way at even bigger scales. If nothing is done, in the next decade, 80% of the tributaries of the Samana will be dammed for hydroelectric production, including 2 mega projects on the Samana itself. The Cauca has been very recently diverted,…

2 min.
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How to Get There: Fly directly to Medellín or land in Bogotá How to Get Around: Once on land there are a variety of options: taxi, buses, motorcycles, donkeys, bikes, cartwheels…and if you are a group of 3 people max, it can be most interesting, though very slow and unreliable, to try them all. For bigger groups, it is inevitable to rent a car, preferably with a local driver who doesn’t care too much about his ride. Colombian roads are hard and people drive fast. It is also very hard to find your way around the ‘organized chaos’ of Colombia, and local knowledge is usually more than welcome. It’s possible to find transport in every major town. Guided Trips: Expedition Colombia ( ) also offers all kinds of logistics and guided tours.…