Invitation to the Valsesia River Festival 2014

Issue: # April 2014
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Your Invitation to the Valsesia River Festival 2014


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.

Creeking Perfection on the Gronda Slides


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 Festival PASS, if you wish to just compete in the Saturday Races and Party, we have a Saturday Only PASS too.  


The Festival Pass is 25€, for 3 evenings entertainment, a BBQ, Tee Shirt, all the Races, Friday Night at the Movies and the Saturday Night Party. Now that’s a whole lot of bang for your buck!


At the Festival, we’ll offer a host of coaching clinics with Gene17’s leading coaches & instructors.


The Coaching Clinics will be delivered by the likes of Gene17’s Jakub Sedivy, Jake Holland, Spyros Barbaresos & Simon Westgarth. These will be Technique Training on how to run steep drops, slides and rapids, plus all the tools to manage the descent, scheduled for Thursday, Friday and Sunday during the Festival. Plus Race Training on Friday from 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.


Saturday’s headline race, the Sesia Alpin Sprint for both Teams and Individuals on Saturday plus a Campertogno Sprint for any one who wishes to race, but not with the big boys and girls. Plus a Strava App Challenge



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.


Chris Eastabrook & Jake Holland from Team Palm will lead the contest in Campertogno. Famed for their informative yet easy style, The boys will take you through a great safety session, with lots of prizes including the new Palm FXr 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 Valsesia River Festival this spring.


Best Regards,


Simon Westgarth
Gene17 Ltd

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