Kayak Session Magazine

Kayak Session Magazine KS#51 (fall 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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2 min.
50 years of fun on the water

The scene takes place in 1984. The Slalom World Cup circuit did not exist at the time and in its place was a series called the Euro Cup. That year, in between two of the stages, an international race was organized at the St Pierre de Boeuf whitewater park near Lyon, France. The race could have been a world championship, because all the top paddlers from every nation were there. For the slalom fans it was an unreal display of talent. Race format at the time had all classes take a first run, followed by a break and then a second run. During the break the course was usually closed to paddlers. Yet during the break in St Pierre, spectators slowly began to gather around a single feature of the course…

1 min.
gallery shot

James Byrd, founder of the NFC, gets endered out of Taffy Puller in the midst of the Jake’s race. Bystanders on the Thunder Mountain Linetrain watch the event in good spirits. Jacobs Ladder, North Fork of the Payette, Idaho. Paddler: James Byrd Photographer: John Webster World champion squirt boater, and new women’s mystery move record holder Claire O’Hara works on her mystery moves at night on the Truckee River near Reno, Nevada just prior to the world mystery move championships. This concept shoot using glowsticks attached to the athletes squirtboats is designed to show the underwater trajectory and flow of this unique form of kayaking. Paddler: Claire O’Hara Location: Truckee River. Photographer: Scott Sady…

30 min.
world white water news

NEWSANDHAPPENINGS 2015 FREESTYLE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS TO BE HELD ON THE OTTAWA RIVER The International Canoe Federation has awarded the 2015 ICF Canoe Freestyle World Championships to CanoeKayak Canada to be hosted by Wilderness Tours on the Ottawa River. The competition will take place on the Garberator Wave from August 30th to September 5th of 2015. Boasting some of the best whitewater in the world, the Ottawa has seen freestyle competitions for twenty years and hosted the Freestyle World Championships in 2007. KAYAK SESSION BUYERS GUIDE 2015 The partnership between Kayak Session and Paddle Expo will continue this year to bring you the 6th annual Buyers Guide. Presenting all the classics and plus the newcomers to the market, the Buyers Guide represents everything you need to know about gear for whitewater, flatwater and SUP. Available…

15 min.
brazil the world’s best-kept whitewater secret

South America has always been a destination for kayaking, be it for exploratory expedition paddling or just going down and ticking off the classics. While countries such as Chile, Ecuador, Peru, Argentina, and, more recently, Colombia, have all received significant attention, one country has remained relatively unexplored by kayak: the biggest country on the South American continent, Brazil. Occupying 47% of the continent, Brazil’s sheer size, dramatic topography and reliable wet seasons would seemingly pose it as a logical choice for a kayaking trip. Dense jungle and large rivers in the northern states along with basalt rivers and plentiful granite in the southern states mean that no matter what you’re looking for, you can probably find it in Brazil. Regional variability in rainy seasons also means that, regardless of the…

19 min.
james byrd

KS: June 2014 ought to be a month you will remember; you ran the 3rd edition of the North Fork Championship and got married the following weekend… JB: Yeah! We actually eloped up in the hills in the Columbia River Gorge in early May, but we did have a wedding reception bash in McCall a week after NFC III. The cops ended up shutting it down…it was awesome. KS: Which of the two weekends was the scariest? JB: Haha, oh the race for sure... marrying Regan was the best, easiest decision I’ve ever made. KS: Talking about fear, not so long ago, basically before you started organizing the race, the North Fork of the Payette was a huge landmark for boaters trying to tackle continuous, big volume class 5+. How did you go from “It…

13 min.
the ldub race four years of racing the little white salmon

The River The Little White Salmon,a boulder-strewn river punctuated by ledges and waterfalls, tumbles out of the volcanic Cascade Mountain Range, adding its mass to the main artery of the Pacific watershed, the Columbia River. At standard levels, the LW (L-Dub) as locals refer to it, has easy access and manageable West Coast class V, which has caused the river to soar in popularity over the past few years. With every picture posted on FB, every GoPro edit of Spirit, the lore and mysticism of the LW is more and more dispersed to the masses. Once the river with only a core following of locals, the Little White has now exploded into an international destination for river runners. The Little White Race has channeled this mad migration of talented kayakers into…