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Events The 2020 edition of the NRS Durance Festival took place on August 1st & 2nd this year and managed to gather nearly 300 paddlers with sun high in the sky in the magical Durance valley in the southern French Alps. ©Richard Bord/Durancefestival.com

Published on août 6th, 2020 | by Kayak Session https://www.kayaksession.com/img-current-issue/upload-your-video.png

NRS Durance Festival 2020 Report, Photos & Results

All photos by Richard Bord Photography

The 2020 edition of the NRS Durance Festival took place on August 1st &2nd this year and managed to gather nearly 300 paddlers with sun high in the sky in the magical Durance valley in the southern French Alps.

The 2020 edition of the NRS Durance Festival took place on August 1st & 2nd this year and managed to gather nearly 300 paddlers with sun high in the sky in the magical Durance valley in the southern French Alps. ©Richard Bord/Durancefestival.com
©Richard Bord/Durancefestival.com
The 2020 edition of the NRS Durance Festival took place on August 1st & 2nd this year and managed to gather nearly 300 paddlers with sun high in the sky in the magical Durance valley in the southern French Alps. ©Richard Bord/Durancefestival.com
©Richard Bord/Durancefestival.com
The 2020 edition of the NRS Durance Festival took place on August 1st & 2nd this year and managed to gather nearly 300 paddlers with sun high in the sky in the magical Durance valley in the southern French Alps. ©Richard Bord/Durancefestival.com
©Richard Bord/Durancefestival.com
The 2020 edition of the NRS Durance Festival took place on August 1st & 2nd this year and managed to gather nearly 300 paddlers with sun high in the sky in the magical Durance valley in the southern French Alps. ©Richard Bord/Durancefestival.com
©Richard Bord/Durancefestival.com

The festival started on Friday eve with an open air cinema showing one of Quebec Connections’ episode from a recent show the boys shot for a Canadian TV. It proved to be super successful and entertaining for everyone, including the French crowd which for once would understand what was going in a kayak movie dialogue…

« The festival got 230 registered paddlers while the Grande Descente gathered nearly 300 paddlers! »

The 2020 edition of the NRS Durance Festival took place on August 1st & 2nd this year and managed to gather nearly 300 paddlers with sun high in the sky in the magical Durance valley in the southern French Alps. ©Richard Bord/Durancefestival.com
©Richard Bord/Durancefestival.com
The 2020 edition of the NRS Durance Festival took place on August 1st & 2nd this year and managed to gather nearly 300 paddlers with sun high in the sky in the magical Durance valley in the southern French Alps. ©Richard Bord/Durancefestival.com
©Richard Bord/Durancefestival.com
The 2020 edition of the NRS Durance Festival took place on August 1st & 2nd this year and managed to gather nearly 300 paddlers with sun high in the sky in the magical Durance valley in the southern French Alps. ©Richard Bord/Durancefestival.com
©Richard Bord/Durancefestival.com
The 2020 edition of the NRS Durance Festival took place on August 1st & 2nd this year and managed to gather nearly 300 paddlers with sun high in the sky in the magical Durance valley in the southern French Alps. ©Richard Bord/Durancefestival.com
©Richard Bord/Durancefestival.com

Saturday is the big day at the Durance Festival with Clinics schedule throughout the day (Safety, Freeride, Packraft, Girls), the Guil Gorge Chrono on the Upper Guil a 1 min sprint through the Chateau Queyras Gorge, the Freefall paddles Lower Guil Rallye a class 2/3 decent with fun games and, and the Sup Race (ran in two stage,long and sprint).

The 2020 edition of the NRS Durance Festival took place on August 1st & 2nd this year and managed to gather nearly 300 paddlers with sun high in the sky in the magical Durance valley in the southern French Alps. ©Richard Bord/Durancefestival.com
©Richard Bord/Durancefestival.com
The 2020 edition of the NRS Durance Festival took place on August 1st & 2nd this year and managed to gather nearly 300 paddlers with sun high in the sky in the magical Durance valley in the southern French Alps. ©Richard Bord/Durancefestival.com
©Richard Bord/Durancefestival.com
The 2020 edition of the NRS Durance Festival took place on August 1st & 2nd this year and managed to gather nearly 300 paddlers with sun high in the sky in the magical Durance valley in the southern French Alps. ©Richard Bord/Durancefestival.com
©Richard Bord/Durancefestival.com
The 2020 edition of the NRS Durance Festival took place on August 1st & 2nd this year and managed to gather nearly 300 paddlers with sun high in the sky in the magical Durance valley in the southern French Alps. ©Richard Bord/Durancefestival.com
©Richard Bord/Durancefestival.com

A fair amount of paddlers also joined the festival with little interest in the actual events, but just there to enjoy some of the 10+ runs to be found in the valley, which is also the idea behind the festival… simply to get like-minded people in one spot to have fun on the water.

Around 6 pm the exhibitors village started to get busy and people would complete their paddling kits buying and getting to check the latest models from most brands on the market.

The 2020 edition of the NRS Durance Festival took place on August 1st & 2nd this year and managed to gather nearly 300 paddlers with sun high in the sky in the magical Durance valley in the southern French Alps. ©Richard Bord/Durancefestival.com
©Richard Bord/Durancefestival.com

The 2020 edition of the NRS Durance Festival took place on August 1st & 2nd this year and managed to gather nearly 300 paddlers with sun high in the sky in the magical Durance valley in the southern French Alps. ©Richard Bord/Durancefestival.com
©Richard Bord/Durancefestival.com
The 2020 edition of the NRS Durance Festival took place on August 1st & 2nd this year and managed to gather nearly 300 paddlers with sun high in the sky in the magical Durance valley in the southern French Alps. ©Richard Bord/Durancefestival.com
©Richard Bord/Durancefestival.com
The 2020 edition of the NRS Durance Festival took place on August 1st & 2nd this year and managed to gather nearly 300 paddlers with sun high in the sky in the magical Durance valley in the southern French Alps. ©Richard Bord/Durancefestival.com
©Richard Bord/Durancefestival.com

« Some of the biggest name in the X Racing Circuit made the trip and confirmed the Giul Chrono is now part of the racers schedule!« 

Saturday Night is filled with festivities and prize giving;  this year saw two bands playing till late in the night.The Knight & Browz and Benefector X rocked the campsite.

Sunday is made for hangover cures and the famous Grande Descente, a giant stoke float  mixing all sorts of river crafts from St Clement to the Rabioux wave where a BBQ waited for the participants and led to an awesome free session.

The 2020 edition of the NRS Durance Festival took place on August 1st & 2nd this year and managed to gather nearly 300 paddlers with sun high in the sky in the magical Durance valley in the southern French Alps. ©Richard Bord/Durancefestival.com
©Richard Bord/Durancefestival.com
The 2020 edition of the NRS Durance Festival took place on August 1st & 2nd this year and managed to gather nearly 300 paddlers with sun high in the sky in the magical Durance valley in the southern French Alps. ©Richard Bord/Durancefestival.com
©Richard Bord/Durancefestival.com
The 2020 edition of the NRS Durance Festival took place on August 1st & 2nd this year and managed to gather nearly 300 paddlers with sun high in the sky in the magical Durance valley in the southern French Alps. ©Richard Bord/Durancefestival.com
©Richard Bord/Durancefestival.com
The 2020 edition of the NRS Durance Festival took place on August 1st & 2nd this year and managed to gather nearly 300 paddlers with sun high in the sky in the magical Durance valley in the southern French Alps. ©Richard Bord/Durancefestival.com
©Richard Bord/Durancefestival.com

« The Durance festival, starts to establish itself as one of the main event in Europe for whitewater lovers of all kind, mixing family atmosphere and top end competition.« 

The 2020 edition proved to be a real success with an increased number of paddlers travelling for all over Europe, yet keeping a real low key festival vibe.

Thanks to everyone who made the trip, see you all next year!

Guil Gorge Chrono Results

WOMEN CLASS

1 2″37 Gabrielle Ridge
1 2″37 Marlène Devillez
3 2″41 Léa Grison
4 2″45 Flora Huevelin
4 2″45 Sarah Williams
6 2″46 Lucile gangloff
6 2″46 Jenita Gobel
8 2″48 Bethan Palmer
9 2″49 Claire Landrin
10 2″56 Marie Helye
11 2″57 Camille Brugvin
12 3″17 Florence van Helten
13 3″19 Lynda heroui
14 3″20 calitey ophelie
15 3″40 Elvire dubos
16 3″56 Claire goillon
17 4″02 de villelongue aurelie

MEN CLASS

1 2″27 Arthur Paulus
1 2″27 Daniel Klotzner
1 2″27 Nicolas Caussanel
4 2″28 Tom Dolle
5 2″29 David Bain
5 2″29 Thomas Waldner
7 2″30 Thibault DUFOUR
7 2″30 Emmanuel Navarre
7 2″30 mael nguyen
10 2″31 Julien Turin
10 2″31 Aubertin Paul
10 2″31 Arthur Bernot
10 2″31 Leo Slaghuis
14 2″32 yoran jacobs
14 2″32 Valentin Bernard
16 2″33 Fleury Eliot
17 2″34 Maxime Aubertin
17 2″34 Lyndon Williams
19 2″36 Jules Gallais
20 2″37 Mathias Guillot
20 2″37 Yaniss Clerc
22 2″38 Mael spinec
22 2″38 Hugo Clouzeau
24 2″39 Mael rogard
24 2″39 Gregor Unterdechler
24 2″39 Lisbonne François
24 2″39 Ben Campbell
24 2″39 Kevin Stalin
29 2″40 Martin Balling
30 2″42 Ben Evans
30 2″42 Horst Hattinger
32 2″43 Chrëscht Beneke
32 2″43 Yann gryczka
34 2″44 Raphael Urstheler
35 2″45 David Evans
35 2″45 Bob Timms
35 2″45 Gavin Blacoe
35 2″45 Hugo Zammit
39 2″46 De Cock Bart
40 2″48 Matthias Veth
41 2″49 Pernot Jerome
41 2″49 Abel Florentin
43 2″50 Vantomme Ruben
44 2″54 Geoffrey Joffreuy
44 2″54 Michel Leirs
46 2″55 Jesse de Heer
47 3″07 Alexandre Deschanet

LONG BOAT CLASS

1 2″19 Lyndon Williams
2 2″21 Aubertin Paul
3 2″24 Maxime Aubertin
4 2″25 Yoran jacobs
5 2″29 Ben Campbell

OPEN CANOE

1 3″30 Daniel Rucinski
2 5″22 Barn Sabrina

SUP RACE

1 Nicolas Fayol
2 Jeremy Laugerat
3 Michael Messmer
4 staudinger
christoph
5 Shara Dubeau
6 Willy Basone
7 herzeg Olivier
8 Beniamino garrone
9 Frederic Lemare
10 Vincent libeyre

Freefall Paddles GUIl RALLY

1 Violaine truche
2 Saget Patrick
3 Louise griny
4 Anne Merry
5 Mesmoudi eric
6 Judith eecklam
7 Jimmy Alibert
8 Muller Hervé
9 De bruyne Louise
10 Helen London
11 Coralie delmott
12 Magalie Dutheil
13 Louise seban




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