My name is Jacques Gilardone, a Franco-Italian who lives in Val Sesia. I have always lived in Italy, and at the end of my university studies I travelled for 2 years in Australia and South-East Asia. With kayaking, traveling is my greatest passion and I always try to do as much as possible!
I have been paddling since I was very young, about 3 years, thanks to my father who passed on his greatest passion to me: river kayaking! My father started with slalom while spending his vacations in Val Sesia, Italy. I learned to paddle at the same time as walking, my kayaking memories are the oldest I have!
- Exo kayak
Loaded with history, the wave of La Clapière is currently an emblematic spot in the Hautes-Alpes for freestyle kayaking. This discipline requires technique and fluidity to achieve fast and precise “tricks”. With calm and cold blood, the kayakers will have to master the power of the current to place their tricks and convince the judges and the public.