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Kayak Session Magazine Summer 2016

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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get busy living

As we were getting ready to close this issue and send it to print, we received the devastating news that our friend Benjamin Hjort, former Kayak Session columnist and many-time photographic contributor to the magazine, has left us, taken by an avalanche in his homeland of Norway. In these situations, words are hard to find. Social media is flowing with tributes. People struggle to find understanding. Why? Why him? Why now? Why do we have to endure the loss of another beloved member of our community? Benji ran an outdoor program for teenagers, wrote a safety column for Kayak Session, paddled all four corners of the world, and took part in some of the burliest missions—he was no stranger to risks. But he was also no stranger to being cautious out there. When…

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gallery shot

A few years ago, I passed by Godafoss in March while on a ski trip, and I thought the winter scenery would be beautiful for a kayaking shot. This year, I convinced Matze Brustmann to run the drop, but had to promise him some powder skiing in exchange for freezing his ass off on the water. Both worked out perfectly. The day after the descent, we had the perfect day at Arctic Heliski. Our guide there was Jon Heidar Runarsson, the former Riotimporteur in Iceland. It is indeed a small world... Photography: Michael Neumann Rider: Matze Brustmann Location: Godafoss, Iceland…

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news and happenings

THE 2016 WHITEWATER SESSIONS - DURANCE VALLEY JUNE 16 - 19, 2016, FRANCE With a playspot at camp and over ten rivers to run within 30 minutes, the 2016 Whitewater Sessions promises to be an event for whitewater lovers of all skill levels, ages and styles. Held this year in the Durance Valley, the Whitewater Sessions is a new gathering for kayakers, whitewater sup paddlers, class 5, beginners, clubs, groups, and individuals based on the same principle as the late Corsica Kayak Session festival: a free gathering during which everyone chooses their own programs and schedule! If you want to discover the whitewater paradise that is the Durance and its many tributaries, or you want to come back to a favorite place... this is the right event for you. There is…

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enviro

HIWASEE DRIES – TENNESSEE, USA In 1943 the Apalachia Dam was finished and 18 miles of the Hiwassee River’s roaring rapids were silenced: 9 miles under the reservoir and 9 miles de-watered by a giant pipe. The forest slowly overtook the channel below the dam and only rarely has water spilled into the reach paddlers call the Hiwassee Dries. This winter the dam owner had to shut down the powerhouse for maintenance for several months and numerous groups flocked to Tennessee to paddle the nearly forgotten big volume rapids of the Hiwassee. Paddlers logged descents at flows from 1,300 to over 8,000 cfs, and found numerous outstanding surf waves, squirt spots, and rapids. The standout Hollywood Bowl rapid dished out some hits as paddlers ran a complex maze of big holes,…

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descents around the world

FIRST DESCENT OF THE KURI CHU BHUTAN The tiny Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan’s only international airport is located in the far west of the country, as such, its eastern rivers have received little attention. In 2010, while paddling the Dramgme Chu in eastern Bhutan as part of a raft and kayak group, Phil DeRiemer and Bhutanese kayaker Tinley Thobden floated past the mouth of the unrun Kuri Chu and began making plans. Because of its remote location, it wouldn’t be until November 2015 that they were able to return for an attempt. Accompanied by Ben Morton, Sarah Cunningham, David Lech, and David Focardi the team completed a first descent of a 20-mile section of the river. Surrounded by dry slopes sparsely covered in pine, they entered the Kuri Chu at Gyalpozhing,…

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events

GANGA KAYAK FESTIVAL - FEB 2016, RISHIKESH, INDIA GKF is an annually held event on the river Ganges in February in northern India. The 4th edition of GKF was a great success! This year, GKF introduced the first open International rafting championship in India on the River Ganges. There were over 120 national and international athletes competing in a variety of raft and kayak races to battle for the titles. The champions of the event were: Sprint – Rishi Rana (India), Boater X – Sohan Rana (India), Giant slalom - Pramod Magar (Nepal), Overall Women - Goma Sunuwar (Nepal), Junior’s – Daman Singh (India), Best Debut – Manish Thapa (India), Mass boater X – Balam Rana (India), Best Indian Female Paddler – Sunita Chauhan. The Best Indian paddler of the year…

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