Your Invitation to the Valsesia River Festival 2017


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May 2017
Your Invitation to the Valsesia River Festival 2017



Do you want to go Steep Creeking, 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. Plus with the later snow melt this year, late May is probably going to be the best time to paddling in Valsesia for 2017.

We offer 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.

Lastly we welcome, Palm Equipment, Sweet Protection and il Gatto e la Volpe Camping to our event, as the key sponsors.

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.



Valsesia River Festival BOOKING, is now open.  We have options for everyone, if you want to do the whole festival, clinics, races & 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 20€, all the Races, Friday Night at the Movies and the Saturday Night Party. 


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 & 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 scheduled for Thursday, Friday and Sunday during the Festival.

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.
    8/9 May 2017 – Steep Creeking Clinic – 2 PLACES LEFT
    10/11 May 2017 – Safety & Rescue – 3 PLACES LEFT
    12/13 May 2017 – Boof & Drops – 3 PLACES LEFT
    22/23 May 2017 – Steep Creeking Clinic – 1 PLACE LEFT
    24/25 May 2017 – Boof & Drops – 1 PLACE LEFT
    26/27 May 2017 – Safety & Rescue – 1 PLACE LEFT
Delivered by Gene17Kayaking staff including, Jakub Sedivy & Simon Westgarth
Our Steep Creeking trips we offer start soon in, Piemonte.  See below for current availability.
    7/14 May 2017 – Piemonte Steep Creeking – 3 PLACES LEFT
    21/28 May 2017 – Piemonte Steep Creeking – 3 PLACES LEFT
    28/4 May/June 2017 – Intro to Creeking – 2 PLACEs LEFT
    4/11 June 2017 – Intro to Creeking – 2 PLACES LEFT
NB: All other advertised spring Creeking trips are FULL.


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 & Paul Robertson 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 the Sweet Rumble BoaterX on Saturday evening.

See you on the river.


Best Regards,


Simon Westgarth
Gene17 Ltd
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