Week to go for #sjoariverfestival2022

Week to go for #sjoariverfestival2022

Lots of the same and many new additions this year in Sjoa.

We of course welcome back open borders for paddlers from afar to join us again in Heidal for our 25th Edition of the Sjoa River Festival. Since 1997, we’ve hosted a blend of competitions, guided trips, clinics and evening fun. In 2022 we are again in Bjølstadmo, centred around Strie Strømmer Kayak Store and Banken Bar & Resturant, plus Weistad Camping. New addition Weistad will host both the Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening events, as well as the Sjoa Juniors Foam Boater workshops.

Our programme in 2022 has had a shake up, where by we’ve moved some races around. The Strie Strømmer Åseng Team Race is now on Wednesday and the Gene17Kayaking Ula Race on Thursday. Plus we have added a big Friday evening event for all, the Friendship Float on the Sjoa Normal. As well as the legendary Pimp’n’Ho! Party’s return to Pensj Hotel on Wednesday night.

In line with our community lead focus, we’ll have an evening looking at river conversation and protection, as recent global geopolitical events look to bring new hydroelectric projects to our door in Sjoa and beyond. On Friday at 21:00 River Conservation Presentation with Naturvernforbundet, the Norwegian Society for the Conservation of Nature – Discussion & Forum at Weistad in Bjølstadmo

Presently we are looking to have a Raft Race on Wednesday evening, organised by the local raft companies, details are yet to be announced.

Currently we are recruiting volunteers for the Guided Trips, especially on the Otta River, see our Facebook Event Feed for details. Plus we’ll have Gene17Kayaking offering clinics on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday of the festival on both the Sjoa Normal, Åseng and Finna, details TBA shortly.

Lastly we welcome Planet River back to run our Sjoa Junior Programme. This extremely popular addition, now has an evening workshop and Foam Boater race too.

We have added an Instagram feed widget on our Home Page, hashtag #sjoariverfestival2022 for your posts.

See you soon, JK, KA & S

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