Kayak Session Magazine

Kayak Session Magazine spring 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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2 min.
no walls for paddlers

“In the moment of crisis, the wise build bridges and the foolish build dams,” states an African Proverb. We are approaching an era when it may become increasingly difficult for explorers to travel the world with the ease to which we are accustomed. We sense a universal shift towards a potentially dangerous and uncomfortable age when walls - be they physical, political, religious, or psychological - are being constructed and strengthened. Some are attempting to lead the world towards less exchange and more fear, emphasizing differences rather than similarities. This is a mentality we must fight against. We have the power to break down the walls others work to build by continuing to travel and explore. Those who wander the world with their kayak know well that the biggest rewards of a…

37 min.
world whitewater news

NEWS AND HAPPENINGS 2017 PADDLEexpo BUYER’S GUIDE The most comprehensive guide of boats, boards, paddles and apparel is now available to you online, at no cost! The 2017 PADDLEexpo Buyer’s Guide showcases new gear released at the 2016 PADDLEexpo in Germany, revealing what is fresh and exciting for 2017 as well as predicting upcoming trends for the future of the paddlesports world. Peruse the magazine section, or flick through the pages to create your wishlist. The Buyers Guide is waiting for you at For more information and regular updates highlighting the latest and most innovative products of the year ahead, follow @kayaksession on Facebook and Instagram. SWEET PROTECTION SHORT FILM AWARDS RETURNS MARCH 15TH, 2017. The 2016 Sweet Protection Short Film of the Year Awards were the biggest yet, reaching 1.6 million views…

14 min.
expedition indus pakistan

“WHEN YOU ENTER THE RIVER YOU TRULY ARE ON YOUR OWN, ALL THE COMFORTS OF CIVILIZATION LEFT ON THE DUSTY ROAD TO THE PUT-IN.” THE INDUS It begins as a mountain spring named Lion’s Mouth, deep in the Tibetan heart of the Himalayas, a nearby monastery signifying the holiness of the site. By the time the Indus River hits the Arabian Sea in the Pakistani port city of Karachi more than 3000 kilometers away, it is one of the biggest rivers in Asia. Carving an isolated path alongside the world’s highest peaks through gorges more than five kilometers (three miles) deep, the Indus has become a pinnacle of big water paddling. THE EXPEDITION Fresh from winning the extreme kayaking world title, Spaniard Aniol Serrasolses joined French/Irish filmmaker Ciarán Heurteau and myself to attempt a…

16 min.
maniflowba finding dream wave

“THEY THOUGHT WE CAME UP THERE TO DIE. THEY COULDN’T BELIEVE IT, THEY THOUGHT WE WERE NUTS. WE GOT A LOT OF LOOKS… LIKE, LOOK AT THESE WHITE BOYS, WHAT ARE THEY DOING UP IN HERE? THE FEAST THEY MADE US WAS LIKE THE LAST SUPPER FOR THEM, YOU KNOW, BEFORE SENDING YOU OFF INTO THE SPIRIT WORLD.” HAL ON THE CROSS LAKE LOCALS. THE TRIFECTA: HOW TO FIND RIVER WAVE GOLD When I first stumbled across Dream Wave in 2012 on Google Earth, I knew I had found a winner. I had spent hours poring over maps of Northern Canada in Google Earth with the goal of finding big, surf-able river waves. Seeking the perfect combination of high volume flow, the right amount of gradient, and super-hard bedrock, with Dream Wave…

21 min.
interview sam ward

“...MY ROOTS ARE HERE IN UGANDA NOW, AND THERE’LL STILL BE PLENTY TO KEEP ME ENTERTAINED EVEN AFTER THE DAM. THERE IS SOMETHING THAT CAPTURES PEOPLE ON THE NILE. THERE IS A MAGIC TO THIS PLACE THAT IS HARD TO PIN DOWN IN WORDS.” KS: You recently wrapped up the 2017 Nile River Festival (NRF). How did it go? SW: It was the biggest NRF yet, with over 70 competitors and around 500 people getting involved over the course of the event. I would say it went really, really well. We had more of a media team this year, as well as our largest-ever women’s class. To see the festival’s evolution over the years has been amazing. KS: What makes the Nile River Festival so special? SW: The event is unlike any other I’ve…

17 min.
destination cape town south africa

Following the end of Apartheid in the early 1990s, a new democratic era under prime minister Nelson Mandela opened up South Africa to tourism. In the two decades since, many areas have become top international travel destinations. Tourists are lured to game reserves and cities, to surf and mountains--and increasingly, to rivers. Some of the industry’s best kayakers and early pioneers originate in South Africa, with names like Steve Fisher, explorer Hendri Coetzee and Riot Kayaks designer Corran Addison coming to mind.These men are whitewater legends, shaped in part by their environment. Harsh and often unforgiving, in the 1980s when South Africa’s rivers were first being explored,Corran explains that“there was no such thing as going kayaking for the afternoon, it was all expedition paddling.” Kayaking in South Africa boomed with the…