Summer 2021

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Slowly we start again; spring in Telemark, summer in Sjoa & September in Soca A nordic summer is again our reality…..Ula Slides, Sjoa surfing & Rauma Drops 2021 Pandemic Options…… Lockdowns, vaccine rollouts & closed borders, this pandemic has been slow to fade. Our high hopes of spring in Soča and then Valsesia appear to of slipped away, with restrictions … Read More

Save the Sorba

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Sign the Petition Valsesia Creeking Gem in Imminent Danger Save the Sorba One of the last free flowing rivers of the Alps is under threat of a micro hydropower project, with the only apparent economic benefit for those whom will construct the plant. This absurd project is being carried out by the municipality of Rassa, in Valsesia, Italy who at … Read More

Autumn Brings Momentary Delights & a Call to Arms

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Pandemic Decisions Come early October the situation for autumn in Devon, UK started to appear increasingly challenging. COVID-19 pandemic community contagion rates were rising, and a nation wide lockdown looked highly probable. So with heavy hearts, we postponed our autumn programme until October 2021. Dates for next autumn are already online, along with the revised date for the Adventure Paddlers … Read More

Genotype 2, now available on Vimeo

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Free Instructional White Water Videos Genotype 2, now available on Vimeo Genotype 2, White Water, the Fundamental Core Chapters from 2010 DVD release by Simon Westgarth for Gene17Kayaking In Genotype 2; we look at dynamic stability through active blade pressure and the role of lower torso body tension. Plus wider tactical comprehension, with a review of strategies, introduce key stroke … Read More

October Devon Delights

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New Autumn Course Programme A Full Course Programme in Devon this Autumn October Devon Delights Whilst we are enjoying the height of the summer in Norway. Our attentions are soon drawn towards the coming autumn. From late October we have a full suite of courses in Devon. These include popular British Canoeing Leadership Training, East Lyn Coaching Clinics & Closed … Read More

Super Soča September

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Super Soča September Late summer in Slovenia on the Soča with Gene17Kayaking Super Soča September 2020 has been hard on us all, lots of web surfing, little river surfing and coaching. So with main land Europe slowly opening up throughout the summer, we are planning a comprehensive late summer into autumn programme in Slovenia. Our courses offer is for coaching … Read More

Genes instructional now on Vimeo Channel

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The complete Genes Advanced WW instructional DVD by Gene17Kayaking now on Vimeo Channel Genes DVD WW Instructional, Genes; Advanced WW Part 2 Boofing & Flaring from Gene17 – Simon Westgarth on Vimeo. Part 2 Genes; Advanced WW. An overview of boofing technique & the introduction of the idea of flaring to teaching advanced kayaking technique. In the years before at … Read More

Dealing with the Past

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20 years ago now, I was on the West Coast of the USA with Jason Smith, the editor of CanoeKayak UK Magizine. We went to fire it up in Oregon and Washington, and after arriving into Seattle we hit a few runs and getting into the mode for steeper fun. We met up with friends in White Salmon, and headed … Read More

on the River Flow – January 2020

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Next Generation Training Issue: # January 2020 Gene17’s River Flow Newsletter   Greetings! We are looking for the Next Generation in white water kayaking from leading coaches, solid paddlers to expert river guides. Here at Gene17Kayaking, we are always developing our expertise and contributing to the wellbeing & development of white water kayaking. Over the years we had more than … Read More

on the River Flow – December 2019

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Issue: # December 2019 Gene17’s River Flow Newsletter   Greetings! This autumn and early winter in Devon has been great. A full course programme for both Deb Pinniger & Simon Westgarth, plus a guest appearance from Jakub Sedivy too. In October Dartmoor got 223mm of rain and a further 227mm in November, made for many warm and wet days on … Read More