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Kayak Session Magazine Winter 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.

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2 min
the alchemist’s backyard

COVID changed the world in many ways. For us paddlers, the simple desire to travel beyond our borders became impossible. The dream of discovering new places, new cultures, and new runs would have to wait. First, we had to stay inside, which allowed us to appreciate the ability to just be out there on the water, regardless of where it was. Then (maybe because we are human), we started to want more. That is why we collectively - at our own pace – began to go re-explore and rediscover our backyards and realize just how lucky we are. In many ways, in many different forms, we found gold. Whatever our paddling skills and experience levels, this summer, we all found ourselves paddling our local runs more than usual or even exploring new runs closer to…

31 min
world white water news

NEWS AND HAPPENINGS PADDLE SPORTS SHOW 2021, SEPT. 29TH - OCT. 1ST 2021, LYON (FRANCE) We are pleased announce a new Sports Show, which will take place in Lyon, France, in the first week of October 2021. Organized by the Kayak Session Publishing crew, the show will be more than just a trade show; the vision is to create an ecosystem of events and happenings, giving even more reasons to come and exhibit or visit for distributors, paddle enthusiasts, dealers, athletes, and manufacturers alike. The show will be held on the bank of the river Rhône, the perfect location to host an on-water demo day. A film festival, a trade show, a symposium, with talks and awards; the new annual international paddlesports industry rendezvous is waiting for you. thepaddlesportshow.com. THE THIRD ANNUAL KAYAK…

12 min
bke 2 boat

On a tour of this kind, it helps to be overly optimistic: 1) The mosquitoes are gone. 2) After the heat, it has cooled down. 3) There will be additional water for the waterfalls tomorrow, and levels have been low anyway. The reality I try to suppress: It is shortly after midnight, I lie huddled in my sleeping bag, and water runs down my face as if I am paddling whitewater. The thunderstorm is now passing over us for the third time. Like a drunkard, it staggers from valley to valley, vomiting its effusions over us. Hours ago, we were happy to have found a roof. Now we dream of walls because the rain lashes horizontally, soaking us as we all pretend to sleep. By bike, we’ve been pulling our kayaks…

2 min
how to become a bike2boater

Planning your route: You can go wherever your legs of steel will take you! Try to find areas with different rivers or stretches close to each other, so you have options. Don’t follow the biggest roads, even if they seem faster or more direct. Try to find smaller mountain passes with fewer cars…but make sure you don’t end up carrying your bike and trailer separately because it’s too steep! Calculate ample time for biking and time for rest and recovery. Your legs will do most of the work on the bike, but you don’t want to end up getting in your boat completely exhausted, on serious whitewater with heavy arms and low batteries. Equipment: Travel light! Share a tent and camp kitchen to save weight. If you don’t know the region,…

1 min
bike2boat 2020

Total distance: Around 800 km, with 9000 m of elevation The highest elevation in one day: 1824 meters in altitude The highest recorded bike speed: 80.4 km/h Rivers paddled: 10 Days on the road: 22 Route: From Rosenheim, Germany, up the Inntal Cycle Path and then east to Lofer. From there, head south over the Großglockner High Alpine Road into Mölltal Valley and on to Lienz in East Tyrol. Up the Isel Cycle Path and through Defereggental over Stallersattel Pass towards South Tyrol. Then down the Rienz River towards Bolzano and on to Merano. Then up the Passer Valley and over Timmlsjoch Pass (2509m) into Ötztal. Then, back home, be it Innsbruck, Rosenheim, or Augsburg. Rivers paddled: Saalach (Lofer Devil’s Gorge), Isel (lower and Virgen Canyon), Defereggenbach, Reinbach, Etsch, Passer (Gilf Canyon), Gurgler Ache, Venter…

16 min
return to the river guayas colombia

DECEMBER 9TH , ,2019 I look up to see five guys rushing into our camp from upstream. I immediately know what’s wrong. Coca fields surrounded us as we moved frustratingly slowly through this cultivated corridor, and we were spotted. I drop my firewood and offer my friendliest “hola,” extending my hand. I catch a glimpse of Rafa doing the same. Ben arrives, followed by yet another group. More than a dozen baton-wielding individuals completely surround us, and I can’t help but wish we had paddled just a few more kilometers. We were so close to finally finishing the rio Guayas, and now we are marching up and out of the canyon into the abrupt equatorial darkness and the unknown. PROLOGUE Two years ago, Jules Domine, Ben Stookesberry, and I took a chance on…