Kayak Session Magazine

Kayak Session Magazine KS#54 (summer 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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2 min.
the legend of the hummingbird

We recently shared on Facebook, as we often do, a call for support from a group working to protect its local rivers from dam building. While many supported this initiative, several responses expressed a familiar skepticism: “Why bother, do you seriously think kayakers on Facebook can fight a dam threat backed by a big corporation?” With all the news sources available and the extent to which we are globally connected through media, it is easy to feel overwhelmed by bad news and issues of such magnitude that we feel like whatever action we take will have no effect at all. It often seems that “idealistic whistle blowers”have little chance of winning against huge multinational corporate superpowers driving development worldwide. And therefore, why bother trying? Yet as we take this issue to print, we…

27 min.
world whitewater news

NEWS AND HAPPENINGS 2015 EASTER CORSICA KAYAK SESSIONS Big crowds once again gathered on the Isle of Beauty for the Easter Corsica Kayak Sessions. As usual many nationalities were present, though paddlers from Nepal and India made the mix even more diverse this year. Camaraderie was the word of the week as by day paddlers fanned out across the island to make the best of low water conditions. By night, beer and homemade grappa were passed around in plenty. A new addition to the week this year was the Josef Haas Memorial Race, held on the Tavignano River. Paddlers started at camp and floated down, searching along the way for Easter rubber ducks that had been hidden by the dedicated, and hungover, organizational team.Whoever collected the most ducks won their duck count…

13 min.
borne o an expedition through time

The intricate network of rivers in Borneo has long been an essential part of life for those living on the island. Around 3000 years ago the first settlers arrived on the island and navigated the waterways upstream before taking to the land and settling into a nomadic lifestyle. The wide meandering river valleys are to this day used as transport to bypass the dense natural jungle. Travel to many major towns on the island is done through the use of small ferries; roads are a less favorable option since the fast-growing undergrowth can rapidly engulf poorly maintained infrastructure. A quick look at Borneo’s geography gives a clear picture of its whitewater potential. Home to three distinct countries, Malaysia, Brunei and Indonesia, Borneo is the third largest island in the world behind…

2 min.
info box:

VISAS:Not required for most nationalities. Turn up, and off you go. GETTING THERE:Travel can be quite expensive if you’re flying with boats. Emirates are your best bet. However, if you don’t have kayaks then it’s simple enough. We strongly recommend hiring from Marcelo of Riverbugs. LANGUAGE: In the big towns, the majority of people will speak English to a degree. The further into the jungle you go the more reliant you will become on your phrasebook GETTING AROUND. Without a kayak, buses are easily accessible but long on time. 4x4 hire is expensive but necessary with boats. If you take a bit of time looking around outside of the tourist areas you’ll find a decent deal. Hiring for 3 months allowed us to get a cheaper price. Residents of most countries can use…

22 min.
interview joe morley

Two-time winner of the Sickline Race held every year in Austria and recent winner of the NZ Extreme Race series, Joe Morley has made a name for himself as a winning machine within the extreme racing circuit. Born and raised in the UK, this pure product of the UK paddling system came very close to his dream of paddling at the London Olympics; but the rigidity of the slalom mold and the freedom found through traveling and river running around the world combined to set him on a different path. The combination of fierce competitiveness and a sharp, ever-ready Brit sense of humor make Joe a favorite contender both on and off the water. Meet Joe Morley as he embarks on the 2015 season, hoping to enjoy more wins, more…

7 min.
idaho’s mirage the lower malad river

Short, rowdy, roadside, and just 90 minutes north of Boise, Idaho, a town with a thriving boating community, the Malad River should be on every local boater’s top hit list. Yet until recently, a lack of scheduled and predictable dam releases have kept it under the radar. The headwaters of the Malad are in the Sawtooth Mountain Range, roughly 70 miles north of the put-in as the crow flies. Before the water can feed the whitewater sections of the Malad, it’s poured into Magic Reservoir and distributed for agricultural purposes. Even in a good snow year, flows are infrequent and dam maintenance remains the most common reason for a release. In 2014 a 50-year old turbine needed replacing, resulting in an unprecedented seven months of continuous water. Predictable flows and two…