Your invitation to Valsesia River Festival 2012

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Issue: # May 2012
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Your Invitation to the VRF 2012


Dear Paddler,

Do you want to go Steep Creekin’, enjoy Italian food and love paddling? If so, we’ll bring all that together in one place, the Valsesia River Festival.

This River Festival is for ALL paddlers; we have races for the competitive, clinics for the aspiring, entertainment for the cruisers and a safety test for those wishing to be solid white water paddlers.

Fun on the Sesia


Valsesia, home to the best spring steep creeking in Europe with it’s smooth granite bedrock slides and drops, plus boulder garden rapids a plumb. Valsesia is also home to Gene17’s Piemonte Steep Creekin’ trips.  


If you wish simply to come and enjoy this great destination, you’re welcome.



Valsesia River Festival BOOKING, is now open


We have options for everyone, if you want to do the whole festival, clinics, races, camping & party, get the FULL PASS, if you wish to paddle with friends and just camp, get the RELAX PASS, if you wish to just compete in the SESIA ALPIN SPRINT or/and the SWEET RUMBLE you can with the COMPETITION PASS, and if you just wish to come for the weekend, get the WEEKEND PASS.  


If you just wish to come and camp, register on the day onsite in Campertogno, and for the Friday Movie Night, its FREE at the door.


A festival for all, with options for all


At the Festival, we’ll offer a host of coaching clinics with Gene17’s staff.


The Coaching Clinics will be delivered by the likes of Gene17’s Jakub Sedivy, Dave Carroll, Spyros Barbaresos & Simon Westgarth. These will be along two themes; Technique Training & Running Rapids, Safety & River Rescue, scheduled for Thursday, Friday and Sunday during the Festival. Plus Race Training on Friday from GZTeam & Team Pyranha.


We’ll also offer a group deal, the Valsesia River Festival Special – Any 4 paddlers for the price of 3 on any day clinic with Gene17


Sweet Rumble

Sweet Protection invites you to a knock out fight on the river! We celebrate the Sweet Rumble with a fierce, but mellow competition on Saturday evening. It’ll be great to watch, and even better to race on. Fight Club in a kayak.


We’ll also have the Gene17 FreeRide event on the Egua on Thursday evening, along with the Main Race, the Sesia Alpin Sprint for both Teams and Individuals on Saturday.

Palm Video Contest


Palm Equipment invites you to their Throwbag Olympics, with a short training session in throw bag safety with a focus on precision and technique, followed by a fun race through a series of challenges against other paddlers.


Dave Carroll from Team Palm will lead the nightly sessions in Campertogno. Famed for his informative yet fun style, Dave will take you through a great and free safety session, with prizes for the fastest man and women on each night, plus a new Luna & Amp PFD for the fastest of the Valsesia River Festival. The Palm Throwbag Olympics is free for all Festival goers.



It’s important to know – everyone is welcome, even if you just wish to paddle with friends and just come to the Saturday night party.  If you want a Festival Tee Shirt, please pre-order. 


For updates see Valsesia River Festival 

If you have any questions about the event or suggestions, please Contact Us.  We hope to see you at the all new Valsesia River Festival 


Best Regards,


Simon Westgarth
Gene17 Ltd

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