Name: Valentin Grollemund

Hails From: Rodez, France

Favourite River: Tarn River, more than 20km of super nice class IV, V in granite rock bed and amazing scenery. And also because I learnt kayak on the lower section when I was youth!!

Favourite Level Six Gear: Barrier drysuit, keep my balls warm and dry!!

Story: I spent all my summer holydays in Sainte-Enimie, the true heart of the "Gorges of the Tarn", where my Grand Parents live and I learnt to kayak there on the Tarn river when I was really young.
At the age of 13 a friend taught me how to roll, and I got the kayaking virus.
I practiced C1 slalom till I was 17, now I paddle my creekboat and travel around the World with buddies to enjoy what mother nature has to offer!!
Let's see what's going on tomorrow!!

Plans for this summer: Work as raft guide in France, trainings and good times with friends!!
Maybe a trip in Northern Norway on August.

Claims to fame (other than being a level six athlete):

2011 2nd Pyrenees Buddies Race (VallĂ©e d’Ossau, France)
2011 2nd Team race Pyrenees Buddies Race (VallĂ©e d’Ossau, France)
2010 1st Pyrenees Buddies Race (VallĂ©e d’Ossau, France)
2010 1st Natural Games River Trip (Millau, France)
2008 Vice National junior champion canoe freestyle
2006 3rd junior C1 National Slalom Champs

Sponsored by: Teva, Fluid Kayaks, TyWarp, Adrenagliss, Astral Buoyancy, Naish France, NIL, La Chuppa, Conseil GĂ©nĂ©ral de l’Aveyron and Level6 yeah!!

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