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  • The  “Grande Descente” – A multi-craft flotilla from St Clément to Embrun

  • The Guil Gorge Chrono, a creek race down the Chateau Queyras Gorge

  • Clinics – Creeking/Freeride, River Sup, Safety, Ladies Specific, Open Canoe

  • Guided Descents for Newcomers – Open to the public, Raft, Inflatable Canoes, River Sup

  • Exhibitor Village – Check out brands and shop for and test out gear

  • Freestyle Down the River – A Downriver freestyle on Sunday during the “Grande Descente.”

  • SUP Challenge – Mass-start race from St Clément to le Rabioux.

  • Open Air Cinema – Watch awesome paddling films under the stars on Saturday night

The spirit of the Durance Festival is a gathering of all river and Paddlesports lovers (kayak, canoe, stand up paddle, raft).

The festival program includes a creek race down the Chateau Queyras Gorge,  freestyle down the river contest, a river sup race, and the “Grande Descente,” a multi-craft flotilla stoke-float on Sunday, clinics on Saturday, an open-air cinema on Saturday night, an exhibitor village to test and buy gear, and good spirited people!

The festival is located at the Camping New Rabioux, in Chateauroux-Les-Alpes (05).

The Durance Festival is free to attend!

Participants can come and run their program on the water, enjoy the open air cinema and exhibitor village, all for free. Book and pay for clinics, guided tours, take part in the Grande Descente and the freestyle competition in advance or on the day of the festival.

*Camping is to be paid and booked with camping management.

The festival will take place over 3 days. Free paddle on Friday & Saturday on one of the ten nearby rivers, take part in the Guil Gorge Chrono Creek race, and/or clinics (Creeking/Freeride, River SUP, Safety, Ladies Specific, Open Canoe, Whitewater Discovery).

Saturday evening’s festivities include fun races down the Rabioux, an open-air cinema, a dinner, and a party!

You can always cook your own meal or take the opportunity to visit local restaurants. Camping management also offers snacks and fast food.

The “Grande Descente,” presented in partnership with the Kayak Club No Pasa Nada, will take place on Sunday: A multi-craft, flotilla stoke float with loads of prizes to be won, managed and run by certified river guides. Within the Grande Descente, there will be a SUP race, as well as the Freestyle Contest Part Two: “Freestyle Down the River.”

Please also note that The Nomad raft guides offer guided raft trips, as well as Ducky trips for newcomers and friends. Bring your family and friends to enjoy some river time together!

See you all on July 12th, 13th and 14thth. Don’t miss the evening “welcome drinks” on Friday, July 13th @ 6pm.

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