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YEAR 2005
13. Descent River Sella
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INTERNATIONAL DESCENT OF THE RIVER SELLA 2004
   The International Descent of the River Sella, also called the “Canoe Party” or the “Asturias Festivity”, is a massive party of sport-festival-youth character between the towns of Arriondas and Ribadesella that is held on the first Saturday of August with the occasion of the international level competition of the descent of the River Sella in canoe. From its beginnings, naturists have always gone and it was always easy to see, for example, people bathing naked on the urban beach of Ribadesella (at night). This year, ANAPA decided to organize a camp so that naturists could meet and we enjoyed this important event together, at the same time as making ourselves known to the youth that goes to this party and we claimed the right and the freedom to be naked in public places. So we asked for economic help from the FEN (who granted it) and we prepared a large banner with the logos of the FEN and of ANAPA and the lettering:
www.naturismo.org
ANAPA recommends the practice of integral nudism in this area.
Christi

We rented a coach and we looked for a suitable place to camp in the free campsite organized by the Ribadesella Town Hall. We put up the tents very near one of the shower facilities which were installed there, and people could see our banner while they queued for the shower which drew a lot of attention and was the source of a lot of amusing comments. As for those who attended, there were naturists from Catalonia, Castilla-León, Madrid, Andalusia and of course Asturias.
   The first day, Friday 6, we met at the camp location, and after putting up the tents we left for the River Sella and on arrival we took of our clothes and went into the water, which was very nice. A group of girls that were there in bikinis, on seeing us nude, copied us and requested information on the association. The canoeists that went by in the river looked at us with some curiosity, and I believe with wishes of staying with us.

At night, we went to have dinner in a group to a beautiful Asturian restaurant in Ribadesella and to take part in the massive party in the streets, with music for all tastes to choose from. Like this we were able to get to know better all the participants in the encounter.

   The following day, on Saturday, we caught the coach that took us to the river to see the competition, which we did while drinking Asturian cider, as tradition dictates. After seeing the canoes pass by, we caught the coach and we went to the wonderful beach of Torimbia (in Llanes), where we bathed, sunbathed, had something to eat in the beach bar and played by body painting each other. At night we went to Ribadesella again to enjoy the Asturian gastronomy and the youth party until the early hours of the morning (some, because José and I were with the children who after having dinner couldn’t take much more, the poor things were worn out from playing so much).

   On Sunday dawn broke cloudily, so we decided to go to see the beautiful landscape of the Asturian mountain and to visit the Lakes of Covadonga, and the Sanctuary of Covadonga. Then came the farewell and the wishes to meet again.

   We had a marvellous time, so we will repeat next year and I’m sure it will have continuity. It is an experience that I recommend you not to miss.

Signed: Christi Peña
Secretary of ANAPA

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