Valentin Gutierrez - World Class Academy

Valentin Gutierrez


Program: Kayak
Title: Head Coach
Courses Taught: Media Productions and Spanish


Law degree at Universidad de Mendoza.

“The most dangerous risk of all is the risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later” ALAN WATTS

Valentin was born and raised in San Rafael, Argentina with the Atuel River 30 minutes from home, and just below the highest peaks of the Andes mountain range. His father Mario, a kayak pioneer of the area, introduced him to the wilderness from the day he was born.

He started to ski at the same time he learned to walk, but he was scared to learn how to roll a kayak. At the age of 13, he started to paddle with his father and since that day he hasn’t stopped.

The opportunity to be raised in the mountains has deeply shaped Valentin’s priorities in life. He soon got into freestyle kayaking, and as a junior was winning competitions in the senior men’s class at Nationals events. He competed in the 2013 World Freestyle Championships at Nantahala, NC.

Even though Vale spends time travelling to paddle and race around the world, he continues his educational studies and is already a Lawyer.

With the help of Aaron Capo Rettig he was one of the first South Americans to attend World Class Academy, an experience that truly changed his perspective on the sport of kayaking and life in general. Since then Vale has dedicated his time to racing in Slalom, making the U23 K1 National Team three years in a row. His passion for racing has put him at the top of the field in the International Extreme Kayak Race events, making Quarter Finals at Adidas Sickline, two times Finalist at NFC, and winning back two back the last two editions of GoPro Games Mountain Games.

“Along the way I have been lucky enough to cross paths with some amazing human beings that were a tremendous source of inspiration; they helped shape my core values and ways of seeing life, and it would not be possible to be where I am today without their help. I will be forever grateful to them, and I hope one day I can give back to the sport all that it has given to me.”

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