2014 Easter Corsica Kayak Sessions Festival
After an exceptional 2013 Corsican season with more water than ever and this for the longest period of time, the 2014 Easter Corsica Kayak Session is back! Paddlers from all over the world come together in April (21-25th) to celebrate the start of the European paddling season with sunny days, legendary runs, and good times around the campfire. If you are a veteran of this event, we look forward to seeing you back; if you have never been, put it on your calendar for April 2014 and start planning now. Once again, this could be the very last chance to paddle the classic Rizzaneze River.
Remember, the sooner you book your ferry, the cheaper it will be. Hope to see you there!
Also, make sure to take a cancellation insurance for your ferry (option available when you book online), this way even if there is no water like last year, you’ll see your money back, otherwise you’ll loose it all!
The 2014 edition
Organized and driven with the same concept as the past 5 years, the 2014 gathering will take place on April 21-25 th. (Welcome drink and snacks – (should will call that a party?) – on the eve of the 20th…).
With its exceptional whitewater and beautiful scenery, Corsica is a great place for paddlers to bring friends and family for a week of paddling and exploring and hanging out.
The event is a laid back and informal gathering – folks can choose what to paddle each day and have plenty of folks to paddle with.
Evenings belong to the sharing of stories, videos, slide shows, food, and, of course, fine local beer and wine! Come paddle, hang out, and enjoy the Isle of Beauty.
Beginners and intermediates do not feel excluded, the Tavignano is a class 3 run that everyone can paddle. And remember that although Corsica is partly hardcore whitewater, there are plenty of class 2-3 runs for everyone to enjoy in the early spring sun…
So if you always wanted to go to Corsica, or get back there again, whatever your level of kayaking – join us for what promises to be a great week of paddling and social time.
NO PLAN, NO PROGRAM!
The Plan is NO PLAN ; everyone can be on their own schedule. The idea is to gather every evening, watch videos, exchange about experiences, and party… If you are on your own, or with a group that have never been to Corsica, you will find all the info you need on what rivers runs, what difficulty, put in location (and take out…), share shuttles etc etc…
History of the gathering
Following the protest to save the free flowing Rizzaneze – organized in 2007 by photographer Raph Thiebaut and resulting in a gathering of nearly 150 paddlers – We (Raph Tiebaut, and since last year Stephane Pion, kayak session & Canoe kayak mag France) decided to organize a festival in Corsica every year (first edition in 2009…). The first edition went off with over 300 people showing up, the 2010, 2011, 2013 saw even more people!
What does Corsican rivers looks like?
During the 2009 edition we gathered a crew of boaters to film the second issue of our video guide series; the Corsica Video guide has been out since March 2010 and is available @ https://www.kayaksession.com/category/kayaktv/video-guide/
Campsite information / bookings :
Basecamp will be on the Tavignano river with camping and hot showers for only 5 euro, at camping Ernella
Possibility to book room sin the “gite”. Rooms are limited so if you do not want to camp, make sure to book super early!
Milou et Françoise Mariani
tel: 06 28 60 53 87 (cell)
04 95 48 82 06 (home)
They speak english, but remember to speak slowly (funny accent make an effort).
How to Get To Corsica
By Plane – Fly into cities of Ajaccio or Bastia
By Ferry – S.N.C.M Ferry Company runs everyday from Marseille or Nice (www.sncm.fr), or Corsica Ferries from Italy (www.corsicaferries.com)
Once out there a car is needed!
More info soon on kayaksession.com and in the pages of the magazine.