Spring Steep Creeking


Issue: # March 2013
Gene17’s Spring Steep Creeking
Dear Paddler,

We love spring. And now spring has sprung, it’s time to look forward to dusting off the boating gear and dream of prefect drops and slides. These of course can be found in Valsesia, where we run our highly popular Steep Creeking Trips.

Read through the details below, to see that we have a lot to offer right now with a new article and videos, plus in May on the water in Italy.



There’s no better place to refine your skills than the Sesia Valley in Piemonte. In Valsesia is where both water and smooth granite come together to form the perfect steep creeking training ground.

For a short window each spring, crystal clear meltwater pours down the valleys of Piemonte in northern Italy, and paddlers arrive from around the world to enjoy the finest combination of whitewater, culture, food, and wine available on the planet. Gene17 has been enjoying their Steep Creeking trips in Valsesia for more than 10 years.


Our award winning Steep Creeking Technique DVD “Genes” was shot in Valsesia, on the rivers Gene17 uses for our trips. Watch Genes and other teaching productions on our Vimeo Channel, and recent article we have written about modern boofin’ technique.

Gene17 is a leading thought provider on the development of technique and has contributed at depth both insight and innovation to steep creeking over the years.


High quality coaching, prefect for paddling and great experiences on the river. Gene17’s entire programme is characterised by learning and developing quickly and easily as a white water paddler. We offer full packages, with wonderful paddling with an authentic and premium off the water experience.

See any of our Teaching Trips or Paddling Adventures.


Can’t make our trips, Gene17 hosts the Valsesia River Festival, situated at the Campsite of il Gatto & la Volpe in Campertogno. 


The Valsesia River Festival is for all White Water Paddlers, with open races with competitive classes, accessible Steep Creeking Clinics, & Race Training too, and to top it all off, some great evening entertainment every night. We plan to have the leading lights of the kayaking industry to guide, coach and inspire paddlers. 


In 2013, the Valsesia River Festival is 22/26 May.

We got your spring steep creeking covered, learn to fly with Gene17 and enjoy the very best of Valsesia.

Best Regards,

Simon Westgarth
Gene17 Ltd