Your Invitation to the Valsesia River Festival 2015

Do you want to go Steep Creekin’, enjoy Italian food and love paddling?

If so, we’ll bring all those great things together in one place this spring, the Valsesia River Festival.

A River Festival 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.

Plus for 2015 we have a new event, if you use a video camera and can edit, got a group of friends to make a fun short movie with? We have a great competition for you, see Campertogno 24/7 below.

Lastly we welcome a new sponsor, Exo Kayaks to our event. This home grown Italian boat manufacturer has been on the white water kayaking event scene for years, whose team paddlers have won the Sesia Alpin Sprint in the past.


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, hang out and have fun at the event, you’re welcome.



The Campertogno 24/7 challenge is to create a short film in teams…2 or more Paddlers | 4 Minutes | 7 Days all in the amazing area of Valsesia.

After a winter in the French Alps Skiing, Jakub & Jake wish to borrow a great idea from Morzine. At this year’s Valsesia River Festival we are looking at running a film competition along the lines of ‘Cavern 24/7’.
  1. Each team has to showcase their skills with arty shots, amazing Padding & an interesting storyline!
  2. All you need is a camera, editing equipment, a good idea & some good friends.
  3. Your video must be no longer than 4 minutes long including your titles.
  4. Between you & your team you must film & edit your video over 7 days.
  5. Each shot must have a Valsesia River Festival Boat Sticker in view so we know it was filmed within the 7days!
For this successful idea, and inspirations from years of this event at Cavern 24/7.  We hope to have some key sponsors and will have an open screening on Saturday night with audience voting.


ALL participants must pre-register before the event in Campertogno with Gene17Kayaking in Campertogno.



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.  This clinics are cheduled for Thursday, Friday and Sunday during the Festival. Plus Race Training on Friday from Sweet Protection Ambassadors. 


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.


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. 


Nick Horwood & 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.


Sweet Protection invites you to a knock out fight on the river! We celebrate the Sweet Rumble with a fierce, but fun 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.

See you on the river.


Best Regards,


Simon Westgarth
Gene17 Ltd
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