Kayak Session Magazine

Kayak Session Magazine Paddle World 2017

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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3 min.
water is more than life

Nearly 71 % of the Earth’s surface is covered in water. While the ocean holds 96.5 percent of the Earth’s water, water also exists in the air, in icecaps, glaciers, aquifers, and of course, lakes, rivers, and even ourselves. It is no wonder that we are drawn to water. Water is life. Water unites those of us who draw pleasure from being on or in its liquid depths.The paddlesports world is constantly growing. New communities and connections are being forged and brought into contact with each other, paddle sports providing opportunity to share a love of water that goes beyond cultural or national boundaries. Bill Vonnegut and the Neptune’s Rangers seek the dynamic, ever changing swells of the Pacific Ocean as it flows through rocky coastlines to create rapids and lines that…

11 min.
texas water safari the world’s toughest canoe race

“…WITH WAVES HITTING THE SHALLOWS THEN REVERBERATING BACK OUT TO SEA, THE LIGHTWEIGHT RACE BOATS ARE TOSSED AROUND LIKE A GUINEA PIG IN THE JAWS OF A DOBERMAN.” For 55 years, unscathed neophytes and river-weary repeat victims have gathered at the crystalline source of the San Marcos River on the second Saturday of June to launch headlong into what is justifiably known as the “World’s Toughest Boat Race.” The 265-mile long Texas Water Safari may have relinquished its claim as the “World’s Longest Canoe Race” to the likes of the Missouri River 340 and the 1,200-mile long Water Tribe Ultimate Florida Challenge, but the description “toughest” has yet to fade or be challenged by any other competition. The Texas Water Safari claims its unofficial title primarily for the conditions through which…

2 min.
the wish list

SILVERBIRCH CANOES BROADLAND 16 - DURALITE Drawing on the classic lines and proven design characteristics of a traditional Prospector canoe, the Broadland is a true “all-rounder” and a real workhorse. A carefully considered rocker profile, and a symmetrical hull form ensure the Broadland 16 paddles well either tandem or solo. Length: 4845mm / 15’11” - Width: 934mm 36.75” - Weight: 31.5kg (with ash gunwales) - Level: performance - Different size available: yes - Broadland 15 WWW.SILVERBIRCHCANOES.COM FREEFALL PADDLES TRAVELLER IN ERGO CRANK Featuring the same blade as our straight Traveller, this paddle hosts our unique Ergo Crank paddle shaft. Designed specifically to offer the advantages of ergonomic crank shaft design, our shafts are tight along their axes, flattening to the grip section. Manufactured from Ash or Merbau, the Traveller Ergo Crank ultra strong, while at…

9 min.
neptune’s rangers the hunt for neptune’s castle

On a bright August morning in 2011, as the swells generated by distant storms twined their way over and through the rocks and reefs on the Big Sur coast, the bright colors of plastic kayaks could be spotted in stark relief to the crystal blue water and grey-black cliffs. Here, a group of friends from the San Francisco Bay area known as Neptune’s Rangers surfed and dipped, exploring the endless inlets and passages formed by giant rock formations that block the impact of the breaking waves, but still leave paddlers exposed to the energy of the ocean. The Rangers were on a treasure hunt of sorts, for a message in a bottle left on top of a sea-stack named "Neptune's Castle" by Eric Soares 25 years earlier. WE ARE ALWAYS ON…

3 min.
the wish list

GUMOTEX SEAWAVE Thanks to its long narrow shape, the SEAWAVE kayak is easy to control and very fast. It can be converted from a three-person version into a two-person or one-person kayak by moving the seats. Installation of an optional deck makes the SEAWAVE a great sea kayak. Aluminium reinforcements support the deck and stiffen the kayak’s hull. The floor features a pronounced keel for handling in the wind and better tracking. The SEAWAVE is an excellent touring kayak suitable also for paddling in sheltered waters. length: 455 - width: 80 - weight: 17.5 - max. capacity: 250 WWW.GUMOTEXBOATS.COM LEVEL SIX FJORD DRYSUIT The drysuit for your next expedition. Constructed from 2.5 ply eXhaust and integrated with 3 ply eXhaust panels on high water areas, this drysuit features our new torso entry zipper, ultra-breathable shoulder…

9 min.
blackwater gold

The black water of the Okefenokee was slick as glass as I readied my gear for the day. A nearby great egret squawked its disapproval at a blue heron trying to take its fishing spot, while red-shouldered hawks called for mates overhead. As the bow of my kayak slid from the bank, bright green lily pads shook, sending tiny mosquitofish in all directions. Across the canal, the lily pads moved, but didn’t stop when the ripples settled. It wasn’t long before the snout and eyes of a small alligator appeared above the surface. A quick scan revealed three others nearby. This is what I had hoped to experience on this adventure: To be surrounded by wildlife in a setting so incredibly beautiful that any picture taken would be worthy of printing;…