Kayak Session Magazine

Kayak Session Magazine Paddle World 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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the paddling culture magazine.

"Whatever the craft, as long as you have a paddle in your hand." For many years,“paddlesports” primarily meant canoeing or kayaking and the main differentiating factor was the type of water paddled: rivers, lakes, or oceans. Over the past ten years, a few new and very popular forms of paddling have appeared (or re-appeared), with stand up paddling and kayak fishing representing two of the biggest trends. But paddling culture in many different forms also goes back hundreds of years. Outrigger canoeing in the Pacific Islands and kayaking in Greenland are two of the best-known examples, and a great many ethnicities around the world have their own historical form of paddlesports. Paddling is no doubt a current affair, but today’s paddlesports and their associated events made all the richer by these deep roots…

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ironmana bora bora liquid festival waterman final

APTITUDE MOTIVATION ATTITUDE With its pristine lagoon and jade green mountains, Bora Bora sets the ultimate stage for this week-long event. Targeting water lovers of all abilities and ambitions, the Liquid Festival features world-class watersports competitions such as long distance OC-1 outrigger, SUP, surfski, prone paddleboard and open water swim races, and inclusive events for everyone ranging from short sprint races and team relays to beachfront Zumba classes for those who want to do nothing more than dance in the sand or enjoy sunset happy hour with live music. Held each year during the first week of December, the Liquid Festival allows visitors from around the world to mix it up with over 2,000 Tahitian locals, enjoying a full menu of activities while soaking in the South Pacific ambiance. Whether someone…

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menorca the authentic island

AWAY FROM THE HUSTLE OF ITS MORE FESTIVE AND POPULATED BIG SISTERS, MENORCA IS THE WILDEST OF THE BALEARIC ISLANDS LOCATED OFF THE MEDITERRANEAN COAST OF SPAIN. RECOGNIZED AS A UNESCO BIOSPHERE RESERVE, ITS INHABITANTS HAVE CHOSEN TO PROTECT 50% OF ITS TERRITORY AND COASTLINE FOR THE DELIGHT OF BIRDS AND SEA KAYAKERS. Menorca. Even its name portrays humility. "The Smallest" has always remained in the shadow of Ibiza, the temple of the feast, and Mallorca, which is crowded with concrete and German tourists. Yet, many people have argued over the possession of this 50 x 15-km pebble, ideally positioned in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea. Romans, Arabs, English, and French all had their time on the island until it officially became Spanish territory in 1802. All these influences have…

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GETTING THERE: By Air: Vueling offers flights to Menorca (Mahon) from Paris or Marseille via Barcelona. Book early to take advantage of the best rates and availability. By Ferry: From Barcelona or Valencia with Balearia ( is 5 hours 30 minutes to Ciutadella, 45 km from Mahon. From Valencia with Trasmediterranea ( it’s 15 hours,arriving in Mahon. Around €500 for two persons + car. WHEN TO COME: Since wind regularly sweeps the island, the sky is often clear and the sun is dazzling. Extreme temperatures do not exist there and the thermometer displays an average of 12°C in the winter, and 25°C in the summer. The most favourable period extends from mid-May to mid-October. OUTFITTERS: Guided trips: Patrick Ferrando from the sea kayaking company Nomad Kayaks has offered guided kayaking trips in Menorca for many years.…

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greenland style kayaking where it all started

Greenland is a beautiful barren wilderness, yet everything that makes it beautiful made it challenging for the inhabitants to eke out an existence. For many months of the year,the only available source of sustenance was sea life. To ensure their survival,over many generations the Greenland Inuit developed techniques and equipment that allowed them to become efficient hunters of mammalian sea life. It was through this process of development that the traditional Greenland kayak emerged as the preferred means to hunt. More than just a source of food, every part of the sea life the Inuit hunted was used. Whether it was blubber used to waterproof the clothes and craft, bones used to make harpoon tips, or meat used to feed the village, nothing was wasted. Only the available resources defined…

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open canoe festival evoking the spirit of adventure Elwood Blues: It's 106 miles to Chicago, we've got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark, and we're wearing sunglasses. Jake Blues: Hit it! Canoeists gathering ahead of “Le Grand Descente de la Drôme” commonly evoke the spirit of Jake and Elwood's classic road-trip adventure. As the clock ticks around to 10.30am, a few basics are checked – and it's time to be off! “La Grand Descente” is the heart of the Paul Villecourt's Open Canoe Festival – a remarkable, hugely atmospheric and truly international celebration of a pastime and an entire culture of adventure and outdoor living, all alongside the fast-flowing, emerald-green waters of the Drôme. In six short years, the Open Canoe Festival has contributed to, and heightened awareness of, a long-awaited “renaissance” in European canoe-culture.…