Kayak Session Magazine

Kayak Session Magazine KS#53 (spring 2015)

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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When Josef Haas released Whitewater Paradise Corsica, his first guidebook to Corsican rivers, little did he know the effect his work would have on future generations of paddlers. In a time before Internet and Google Earth, the book brought to life a previously unknown whitewater paradise. Drawn in by the stunning full color photos, paddlers began to flock to Corsica to explore the whitewater treasures contained in its pages. Steep, rocky and thrilling, Corsica offered a new style of paddling that would be a precursor to modern day creeking. Far beyond a simple list of rivers to run, Haas’ guidebook changed how paddlers viewed what was possible and set new standards for how to paddle steep runs. The elixir of Corsican whitewater soon had paddlers returning to the island year after…

30 min.
world white water news

NEWS AND HAPPENINGS 2015 EASTER CORSICA KAYAK SESSIONS The Easter Corsica Kayak Sessions is back for another year! Paddlers from all over the world will come together April 6-10th to celebrate the start of the European paddling season with sunny days, legendary runs, and good times around the campfire. If you are a veteran of this event, we look forward to seeing you back; if you have never been, you are missing out, so come enjoy this awesome week. New in 2015 we will have creek boat test camp, whitewater SUP demo, open air movie nights, and, best of all, the Josef Haas memorial, a friendly event held on the Tavignano River on Thursday April 9th, followed by the traditional festival party! Aside from a few organized events, the motto of the…

10 min.
el reydel rio

Watching fear in the eyes of 25 of the world’s best big waterfall kayakers as they stared at the three drops on which they would soon compete, we wondered if this far-fetched idea would work. Feeling the fascination of seeing the best on edge, we knew this could be the next big step in the evolution of our sport or a complete disaster. Deep in the wildest corner of Mexico last November, we all waited impatiently for the broken radio signal: “Competitor #1, dropping in.” It was a rainy Thursday evening in September of 2014 when my phone started ringing. It was Ernesto. He was about to step into a very important meeting with the Mexican Tourism Board. In his standard rapid fire manner of delivery, he said,“Rafa, it might be now…

27 min.
interview pat keller

Raised by parents who were raft guides and kayak instructors at the infamous Nantahala Outdoor Center in North Carolina (USA), Pat Keller remembers his passion for whitewater beginning early, one family story at a time. In a canoe at age 3 and a kayak by 7, his enthusiasm was further fueled by hours of tinkering with foam boaters on local creeks and endless repetitions of ‘90s kayaking films. From early teenage freestyle and creeking phenom, to master of waterfalls, innovator of downriver freestyle, and lightning fast racer, Keller is a whitewater artist whose style only gets smoother the steeper and harder it gets. As accomplished as any paddler out there, over the years Pat has consciously walked his own path, moving in and out of the kayaking limelight. Never really…

12 min.
exploring india's eastern ghats

Headless chickens and dead car batteries: chasing the monsoon in eastern India In August of 2014, as part of the five-month All India Kayaking Expedition, five Brits and one Indian traveled and paddled through three central-eastern Indian states that had never seen any whitewater exploration. With a winning combination of heavy monsoon rains and huge mountain ranges, this new region holds incredible paddling potential and enough whitewater to fuel years of exploration. As I shone the light on the chickens Arjun and Ayodhya had bought from the local village, one of them flinched -- a strange reaction from a chicken you thought you had just killed. Just to be sure, Callum grabbed the chicken and pulled its head clean off, covering the granite slabs along the banks of the Sankh River with…

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When to Go: The Monsoon normally sets in around mid June, however we paddled in the month of August and found pretty ideal levels. We suspect the Baiterani gorge will be at a low enough level by mid-September, but that is just speculation for now,… How to Get There: Flights to Calcutta or Bhubaneswar will get you relatively close, but will still require a huge amount of driving. How to Get Around: 4x4 air conditioned vehicles will make life much easier, the roads are often non-existent and the temperature gets to around 40 Celsius at times. Where to Stay and Eat: Be prepared to camp a lot, but there are also small hotels and restaurants in most places. Logistical Tips: For Orissa, acquiring permits is seriously recommendable; whilst we didn’t have any, we would have been able to paddle…