Blog, location, events, canoeists, canoe festival, Sella River, Northern Spain

Close up shot of competitors carving the water on the international descent of the Sella River, an event held since 1930. It has become one of the most important dates on the international canoeing calendar.  On the first Saturday in August, canoeists from all over the world come to Asturias to take part in the Sella River race. More than one thousand canoes paddle it out to be first home over the 20-kilometre course on the Sella River, which runs from the village of Arriondas to the finish line in Ribadesella. The shores are littered with supporters shouting encouragement - I'd need it!