Kayak Session Magazine

Kayak Session Magazine Stand Up Paddle World 2014 (SU

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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12 min.
coastal kerala a family’s soul suping experience in india

Despite having one of the longest coastlines in the world, India has yet to reach its potential in terms of water sports. This extremely vast country offers optimal conditions for SUP, be it for a leisurely cruise or a world class surf. Travel with Carine Camboulives, Manu Bouvet and their two young daughters on a trip of adventure and inner discovery to the protected coastal waterways and dynamic waves of southeast India’s colorful Kerala province. From our first trip to southern India over 10 years ago, I came away with the conviction that someday I would return, yet I knew well how few of these promises stand the test of time.Back then,our month long journey followed the coast of Kerala Province, making our way to the Tamil Nadu region at the…

1 min.
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WHEN TO GO: For clear skies and cooler temperatures, anytime from November to May is good. This is the high season for tourism. For waves and fewer crowds, early monsoon months (May/June) are a good bet as they bring waves while the heavy rains are not there yet. HOW TO GET THERE: Daily flights from London to Kochi (Cochin). WHERE TO STAY: For a House boat trip in the Backwaters, contact For outer islands getaways: MORE INFO: &…

15 min.
the tapajos river amazonia's endangered el dorado

"Aaaaaaaahhhhhh!" Gil is standing on the promenade of the riverside town of Santarem, Brazil, his hand raised and his eye glued to his camera lens. He shouts out his delight when he spots me pulling up to his sailboard, freshly beached on shore. It was my first trip to Brazil and to the Amazon Basin, and I did not expect to meet a fellow sail and paddleboard enthusiast so far from the coast. Gil, clear-eyed, with graying hair and an imposing bearing, is a descendant of the Portuguese and the Munduruku Indians. Like most people living here, he is caboco, meaning of mixed European and indigenous Brazilian descent. He is an exuberant man who loves caipirinha, the English language—especially "fuck" and "dude”—and, above all, windsurfing. But he has another passion…

8 min.
hood river, oregon america’s inland sup capital

A small town on the banks of the Columbia River in the US’s Pacific Northwest, Hood River first burst onto the adventure sports scene as world-class site for windsurfing. Located in the Columbia Gorge, where the river carves its way through the Cascade Mountains, Hood River and the surrounding area boasts abundant wind, water and mountainous terrain, creating the ideal outdoor playground for kiteboarding, windsurfing, kayaking, mountain biking and hiking. Over the last thirty years, the opportunity for year-round adventure sports has continued to attract a population of dedicated outdoor enthusiasts. Home to the perfect storm of rivers, lakes and water-loving residents, when the SUP revolution began ten years ago, Hood River was an obvious place for the sport to take hold. With the consistent high wind in the Columbia Gorge,…

12 min.
the dusi canoe marathon

When I was growing up in South Africa,every time I told someone I paddled, I was asked if I’d done the Dusi marathon. The race involves paddling and portaging 120km, 50km of which is class 2-4 whitewater, in “Olympic class” sprint boats. Focused as I was on pushing the limits of extreme kayaking, I had no interest is such things as lugging a kayak down a bony river for three days, where it was often faster to run with the kayak on your shoulder than to paddle the river itself. So when asked such a question, my response was an unequivocal “NO!” This was in the 1980s during the most complicated era of South Africa’s troubled political history, and the Dusi was already established as the iconic kayak (“canoe” in South Africa)…

18 min.
corran addison the paddle man

From his early years kayaking the local rivers of South Africa with his father, to moving to North America where he actively influenced the whitewater design revolution of the ‘90s and the birth of new school kayaking, Corran Addison is not your average character. World-class athlete, innovative designer, and entrepreneur, Corran has his own ideas about how to do things; and he is determined to follow them, regardless of how much he might rock the boat in the process. Two decades into the kayaking business and based in Montreal, Corran moved on from paddling the incredible waves of the St Lawrence in his kayak designs and started river surfing on boards of his own making. It was there that Corran first saw stand up paddling spreading from Hawaii, and he…