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Kayak Session Magazine Summer 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

3 min
right to the river

The world has changed immeasurably since we published our last mag due to a pesky little coronavirus known as COVID-19. As we write these lines, we find ourselves in a strange purgatory while the world around us changes, and rivers, forests, oceans, and airports are declared off-limits for a yet- to- be determined length of time. Many of us are attracted to whitewater for the wild, raw, unpredictable nature of the river, and the joy that accompanies being- even for a moment- part of its flow. On the river, we make our own rules or follow those set by the laws of nature. As put-ins, take-outs, and even rivers themselves are shut for the “greater good,” it seems bizarre to have the river- our wilderness, our escape- fall prey to the…

37 min
world whitewaternews

NEWS AND HAPPENINGS PLANET CANOE - ICF MAGAZINE RELEASE New from Planet Canoe! An interactive magazine with integrated videos that gathers all the World Championships and International ICF events in one publication. Check out fantastic photographs, videos, and articles, plus links to athlete biographies, competition coverage, and results. In addition, stay up to date on ICF development and sustainability campaigns, the anti-doping education program, and event cancellations and postponements. canoeicf.com/planet-canoe-magazine DURANCE FEST POSTPONED TO AUG 1ST & 2ND OR LATER Initially scheduled for July 10-12th , The 2020 edition of the Durance Festival, organized by Kayak Session, has been postponed to a later date to play it safe. Tentative dates are August 1st & 2nd , but it is possible dates will be pushed back to late August.The low logistics required to organize this…

10 min
resurgence a zambezi revival

There are lots of things about this planet that amaze me. Not least that I can leave a cold, dark, England in December, travel halfway around the world, and suddenly be enveloped in warm water and prime levels. What an incredible concept! There is no lack of destinations to choose for the winter escape, Chile, Mexico, Ecuador, to name but a few. One of the places that has me returning year after year is the recently remembered Zambezi River. When I say remembered, I don't mean that it was ever forgotten. But, as the sport specialized into more and more niche categories, ICF freestyle, big wave freestyle, creeking, racing, free fall, etc., the Zambezi fell by the wayside for the simple reason that it doesn’t fall into one category. It doesn't…

2 min
save the zambezi

The Zambezi River is Africa’s fourth largest river and is already heavily impacted by over 30 dams which have altered the natural flow, destroyed communities, and decimated important ecosystems. Now, another mega-dam threatens to flood the Batoka Gorge below Mosi oa Tunya (Victoria Falls), a World Heritage Site.The proposal calls for a dam wall 181 m high – the equivalent of a 60-story high skyscraper - built about 45 km downstream from Mosi oa Tunya/Victoria Falls. As the reservoir fills up, the water will flood the Batoka Gorge all the way to the base of the falls.The resulting dam will cover around 23 km2 and will be the 4th largest dam on Africa’s most dammed river.The downstream ecosystems and communities that depend on the river’s flow will be damaged even…

12 min
valsesia "la valle più verde d'italia"

The main river of the Valley is the Sesia ... It springs forth at a height of 2700 meters from a bare glacier, frightening in its infinity, as with eternal things and with death: it is born humble and in the high mountains like simple things, but none of the rivers of Italy are born in such a bright house, few overwhelm their waters between such laughing banks. As soon as it is born, it is already a trickle of silver that sends a cheerful clucking, as happy as a child's voice... " don Luigi Ravelli, Alpinist, Valsesia and Monte Rosa: Mountaineering, artistic, historical guide, 1924. In addition to centuries of amazing cultural history, the Sesia Valley hosts possibly the highest concentration of easily accessible paddleable rivers and creeks anywhere in…

2 min
the battle for the sorba

In the small village of Rassa, two of the most beautiful rivers in the Alps, the Gronda and the Sorba, meet. For 15 years, the Italian municipality of Rassa has been working to develop a hydroelectric project at the confluence of these two torrents. Thanks to the battles fought by kayakers and fishermen in the 1980s, the current regulations of the Piedmont Region prohibit any capture for hydroelectric purposes within the Sesia basin and its tributaries. However, in November 2015, an exemption was made, and a construction permit is underway. The current plan calls for a power plant to be built in the middle of the village, with a 1.7 km penstock to control the water flow, and water withdrawal from a river already dry eight months a year. The exemption was…