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Kayak Session Magazine Spring 2020

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.

United States
6 Issues

in this issue

2 min
sharing new frontiers

Sharing new frontiers has been a passion of ours, an obsession, almost, since the very first issue of Kayak Session. We love to share new paddling destinations with our readers in the hopes of inspiring and inciting excitement about the sport, helping to keep things fresh because there is nothing worse than feeling stuck in a routine, even in kayaking. Sparking inspiration to add new rivers and events to your list starts with the news. While the news could be seen as obsolete in the age of social media, we feel it still has a place. By correlating what is happening around the world in one place, in one location, we see our sport’s impressive global span. In this issue alone, we see a festival organized at the bottom of Iguaçu…

51 min
world whitewater news

NEWS AND HAPPENINGS DURANCE FESTIVAL 2020 IS BACK! The 2020 edition of the Durance Festival Whitewater Sessions will take place this year on July 10, 11 and 12th. Bigger and better than ever, this year the menu features a creek race called the Guil Gorge Chrono on the Chateau Queyras Gorge, clinics (Waterfall Freeride, River Sup, Girl Power, Safety, Open Canoe), an exhibitor’s village with tons of gear to test, a Sup Race, an open air cinema in the evening, and a big stoke float on Sunday called La Grande Descente. New this year: a second-hand market and a canoe rally on Saturday on Lower Guil or the Upper Durance depending on the water levels! For more info, visit durancefestival.com. NRS PADDLE FACES 2020 IS ON! Kayak Session is excited to announce the return of…

13 min
tibet, mission impossible

It's the dream of every outdoor enthusiast, especially kayakers, to visit the Himalayas at least once in their lifetime. Why? Think of the highest mountain range in the world. Combine this with massive rainfalls in monsoon season, and it stands to reason that at the right time and place, there must be enormous whitewater. Last summer, Olaf Obsommer and I decided to find out just how big. We gathered a team of paddlers, luring them with our dream of exploring the wildest waters in east Tibet at the height of monsoon season. You don't head into the world's highest mountains, at an altitude of 4000 meters, without being ready for adventure. While we knew going in this wasn't a mission where we could measure our success by the number of…

17 min
mike krutyansky

KS: While you describe yourself as a member of the global kayaking family, where are you from? How and where did you first start kayaking? MK: I was born in Moscow, Russia. There is no place to paddle near Moscow, so I was introduced to kayaking in the North of Russia, by the border with Finland and Ukraine. My parents used to train there before going on multiple-week long paddling adventures in Asia. They were catarafters, but they would also paddle easier rivers in kayaks and duo-kayaks. My parents joined an outdoor club when they were in university, and they would spend their time in Moscow working, training, studying, and teaching whitewater with friends. On days off, they would travel as far as they could to go on multi-week whitewater trips.…

13 min
salt, iron & whitewater discovering the rivers of austria's limestone alps.

If you think of kayaking in Austria, the Ötz is probably the first river to come to mind. You might also have heard of the Saalach in Lofer or the Brandenburger Ache near Kramsach, but unless you live in central Europe, chances are high that you have never heard of the Enns River, nor the names of its vast drainages running through the scenic backdrop of Gesäuse National Park. But, if you are lucky enough to visit when it rains or the snowmelt is in effect, you will be able to paddle dozens of rivers within a two-to-three-hour driving radius. THE ENNSTAL The Enns is the longest domestic river in Austria, stretching 254 kilometers as it forms a natural border between the Austrian Central Alps and the Limestone Alps. From its source…

11 min
the bashkaus book of legends

Southern Siberia is a magical place. Venture into the Altai mountains, and you'll soon find yourself in deep in the wilderness, lost (or found) in uninhabited places, surrounded by endless coniferous forests, alpine meadows, and big water rivers. The rivers of the Altai form the basis of legends for the Russian whitewater community; legends and rivers whose reputations spread beyond the Iron Curtain to inspire generations of paddlers. Nestled among the towering mountains of the Altai republic are the vertical walls of the Bashkaus River’s lower gorge. Here, through silence and wild nature, the magic of the Altai is revealed as nowhere else. BEHIND THE IRON CURTAIN The world was a different place in the 1960s and 70s. The Cold War was in full force, with the majority of the former Soviet…