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Kayak Session Magazine Fall 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

Across the globe, protests are taking place in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, calling for equality, social justice, social change, and reform. It is a call that has struck home for many in paddlesports, highlighting what we already know. Kayaking is a White, male-dominated sport. It is a phenomenon not exclusive to whitewater kayaking but is pervasive across outdoor and leisure sports. The factors for this are many. We have critiqued the exclusive nature of the sport, bemoaned the high barriers to entry, from the cost of gear and travel to the steep learning curve. Ours is a leisure sport, and leisure needs both spare time and money. Still, we need to think more critically when asking, "why?” Why is it that people of color, or more women, who have…

41 min

NEWS AND HAPPENINGS SOFT POWER HEALTH INNER CITY KIDS CAMP NEEDS YOUR HELP 19 years ago, 911 inspired Jessie Stone to try to increase diversity and access to whitewater kayaking. Jessie realized that for city kids, especially ones without the chance to leave the city and see a different landscape or touch nature in some way, the post 911 world might look like a scary and unpredictable place over which they had little control. If these kids could be introduced to kayaking and the outdoors, life might look a little more optimistic, a bit more fun. They might even feel like they have a little more control over their futures. Stone started the Inner City Kids Kayaking Camp in NYC in the summer of 2002 and has run a program almost every…

13 min
progression on the indus face to face with malupa

The Indus. Just thinking about this river is enough to give almost any class V kayaker chills, but, for those who have been there, it evokes a flood of emotions and memories of a far-off place where you were once so present. The river begins from a perennial spring near Mount Kailash, one of the holiest mountains in the Himalayas, which holds religious significance in Hinduism, Jainism, and Buddhism. As it cuts through the tallest mountain range in the world and the northern reaches of India, the river grows, gradually descending to Skardu's high desert valley. Here the roughly 90-mile journey through the Rondu Gorge begins. Deep in the canyon of the Rondu Gorge lie some of the biggest and most powerful rapids ever run in a kayak. The water feels different…

13 min
the ötz powered by glaciers

"Ötz"! That name alone! One umlaut plus two hard consonants. A name of brute shortness, of crude sound. Many rivers in our European countryside have enchanting and poetic names. The melodious "Verzasca" in Switzerland, the "Krikellopotamos" in Greece, or the "Raundalselva" in Norway, for example, boast fairytale names that are 100% in harmony with the amazing quality of their whitewater. Not so, the Ötz! Her name booms like an inflammation of the throat, like a cough with sputum. Even before I first paddled the Ötz about 35 years ago, when I was a hopeful teenager with modest whitewater experience, I had a pretty accurate picture of this Tyrolean alpine river. The Ötz could not be a crystal-clear torrent with gentle rock formations. It had to be frighteningly wild and glacier…

2 min
save the ötz

The Ötztaler Ache - "the Ötz" - is Austria's largest free-flowing glacier river; 13% of its catchment is covered by glaciers! They are the most important water source for the valley in summer as the valley receives little precipitation. In 2005, Olaf Obsommer and Bernhard Mauracher founded the Ötztal Festival, which later became the legendary Sickline Extreme Kayaking World Championships held on the Wellerbrücke section, to draw the public's attention to the construction plans of the TIWAG, the Tiroler Wasserkraft AG.Though the annual race no longer continues, the rivers of the Achstürze are currently threatened by new hydro projects. In spring 2020, construction for the first run of river HEP called "Tumpen-Habichen" in the small village of Tumpen started.As Tyrol was under lockdown, nobody could go outside to protest. So, river conservation…

10 min
the south fork of the clearwater legend of the golden canyon

Idaho. Nicknamed the whitewater state, it is as famous among boaters for its rivers as its potatoes. As one of the best places in the west to paddle, haven’t we seen it all- The North Fork and South Fork Payette? Mesa Falls? The Jarbidge? The Lochsa? Nope. The four-and-a-half-hour drive from Boise, Idaho (Idaho’s capital) to the campgrounds of the South Fork Clearwater tours you through the states’ best-known whitewater, the road following the contours of the Payette and Salmon drainages, but they are just the beginning. Both rivers feed into the Snake eventually, along with the Clearwater drainage. The drive leads you to the corner pocket of the Palouse, fertile, rolling farmland near the town of Grangeville, where the vast landscape makes one wonder, "How is there whitewater here"? But…