Tuesday, 1 February 2011

New gene17kayaking website

Already lots of us, and we cant blame our selves, are thinking about spring and summer paddling missions. Half the shop have already booked ferrys (Liam and Ewart) to get out in the spring, chasing the snow melt in the European granite steeps of Italy and Switzerland.
They have been before and know the drill (kind of).
How ever, if you haven't (and there's no excuse) but really want to push your paddling, enjoy some other rivers, explore new cultures and make new friends but are just not sure where to start we have two top recommendations for you.

For the famous granite bedrock (hmm just like Devon?) of Piedmont and Ticino in Italy and Switzerland it has to be Gene17. Headed up by Simon Westgarth, the Gene17 gang really are the best people we can think of for a trip to Italy.
The brand new website is up www.gene17kayaking.com with all the details and they are even hosting a river festival at the end of May this year (May is the best time to visit northern Italy).

Check out a little more about Simon and his team here: Devon boys (Simon and Nick), International guys (Jakub and Ollie) and World champion women (Deb). All ably assisted by some other great instructors and expedition paddlers Matt and Leo.

A little later in the year and with a bit more variety for those who don't like it so steep the perfect destination is the Southern French Alps. This is a classic destination for UK paddlers who have visited since at least the 70s.

There is so much to do, from bouncy grade 2-3 wave train runs to tight gorges, big volume and steep drops. Of course wine and cheese still play a big part of apre paddle activities.
Its so easy to get to and the man with all the info you could need is Stuart Woodward of Canoe Control. Stuart has been running rivers around the world for over 25 years and his Alpine kayak school for over 15.
With a new campsite near some of the most famous runs in Europe you cant go wrong with input from Canoe Control. Take some tuition, the family or a gang of mates. It is all fun in the sun.

We cant wait!