Valsesia River Festival 2014 – Final Update

Issue: # May 2014 
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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 Middle 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 Gene17kayaking’s Piemonte Steep Creekin’ trips.  


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


The Main Race, the Sesia Alpin Sprint for both Teams and Individuals is 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


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



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, Nick Horwood & Jake Holland from Team Palm will lead Saturday night’s session in Campertogno. Famed for their informative yet fun style, Palm’s Team will take you through a great and free safety session, with prizes for the fastest man and women on the night, plus a new FXr PFD for the fastest of the Valsesia River Festival. The Palm Throwbag Olympics is free for all Festival goers.



All non-sponsored paddler’s entering Saturday’s race will be placed into a draw to WIN a new boat from Pyranha.  


Choose any white water kayak from Pyranha plus have the kayak delivered to your local dealer.


See Pyranha’s website for their wide selection of white water kayaks.


At the Festival, we’ll offer a host of coaching clinics with Gene17kayaking’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 & Sweet Protection.



Valsesia River Festival BOOKING, is now open.


We have a Festival PASS for the whole 4 day event, and if you wish to just compete in the Saturday Races and Party, we have a RACING ONLY PASS too.  


The Festival Pass is 25€ when pre-booking, 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!

Please Contact Us if we’ve missed anything you’d like to see.  We hope to see you at the Valsesia River Festival in Italy.


Best Regards,


Simon Westgarth
Gene17 Ltd

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