Kayak Session Magazine

Kayak Session Magazine KS#56 (winter 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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1 min.
new frontiers

Three of the major African whitewater treasures may soon be lost to hydropower development: a first dam on the White Nile has already flooded half the whitewater and a second is imminent; a dam that would inundate the Batoka Gorge of the Zambezi is slated to begin construction soon; and a mega dam is proposed on the Inga Rapids of the Congo (see News in this issue). If these dams go through they will be significant losses to the global whitewater community, not to mention the widespread impacts on local communities and ecosystems. In the quest to fuel economic growth, which one could not deny is necessary for bringing millions on the continent out of poverty, rivers throughout Africa will undoubtedly be targets for hydropower development. As rampant as hydroelectric development may be…

34 min.
world whitewater news

NEWS AND HAPPENINGS Buyers Guide 2016 Once again Kayak Session and PaddleExpo have teamed up to bring you the ultimate guide to gear and equipment for all your paddling desires. Showcasing the latest and greatest and the tried and true, there is no better place to see what the world of paddlesports has to offer. Available with KS 56 and free online, there is no reason not to check it out!! sHOrT FiLM OF THe yeAr Once again we have received an amazing collection of short film submissions, and now comes the challenging work of picking the winners! The top six finalists will be announced in early December and the top three will be selected before the turn of the New Year. Check out the exciting entries, all less than five minutes long,…

6 min.
mini interview steve fisher on the dreamline project

In the first 35 issues of this magazine, Steve Fisher wrote us a regular instructional column that was some of our best received content to date. As a result, Kayak Session and Fisher have decided to partner in producing an instructional film accompanied by a custom 60-page custom magazine containing the print version of his video curriculum, covering skills necessary to become a better paddler, along with images and stories from the field. But it’s more than just any instructional film: Along with Fisher’s award winning story telling, cinematography skills and state of the art equipment, he’s gathered a dream-team of instructors including Eric Jackson, Pat Keller, Dane Jackson, and Ben Marr, who will skillfully articulate and demonstrate the style and techniques needed to foster progression. With a well organized…

13 min.
himalayan gems arunachal pradesh, india

Exiting the Delhi airport is an assault on the senses. Amidst a cacophohy of horns, cars, and human voices, we are swarmed by aggressive cabbies trying to herd us to their vehicles. We opt for a crowded public bus ride through the city center, en route to the domestic airport. Accompanied by the pungent aroma of spices, food and fruit mingled with the stench of dead dogs, urine and decomposing garbage, we witness desperate lives in the poorest sections of the city while engaging the lovely, cordial smiles and friendly queries of the locals sitting next to us on the bus. It is this contrast that draws us to India again and again. Out of our team of five from the Czech Republic (Martin Bouzek, Petr Snizek, Martin Kadrle, Jakub Sedivy,…

19 min.
bren orton

KS: You are from Northern England where football (soccer) is an institution. How did you end up in a kayak? bo: i grew up just outside of liverpool in a little town called warrington.we went on a school trip to the lake district and got to try a bunch of different sports – hiking, climbing and kayaking. i had tried a lot of sports growing up and had never found anything that really fit me. kayaking fits me and i was completely hooked on it from day one. KS: Did you, like many Europeans, start in a club that was focused on slalom paddling? How did that go? bo: the first club i joined was pretty much all slalom. i did okay at it until i learnt how to stern squirt…

11 min.
whitewater revival columbus, ga

With so many rivers buried under lakes or dried by irrigation and power demands, our whitewater resources are usually limited to “what’s left over.” Thankfully, places are starting to remove decommissioned dams that are past their prime, resurrecting whitewater not seen by modern eyes, not to mention plastic kayaks. The town of Columbus, Georgia took down two cement safety hazards to reveal the existing rapids beneath, then put some civic money towards enhancing them. The result is a new, deep South paddling hotspot where fun, bouncy whitewater draws kayakers, rafters, and tourists year round. THOSE WHO CAN’T MANAGE TO SQUEEZE BOATING INTO THEIR DAYLIGHT HOURS CAN STILL GET THEIR FIX SINCE THE ISLAND AND GOOD WAVE ARE LIT UNTIL 11 PM EACH EVENING. Kayaking is a fringe adventure sport and understandably so.…