International Cultural and Recreational Forum «Whitewater of Siberia – 2016»
From 18 –27 of August, in the Russia, Siberia – Tomsk region, on the two location: Tomsk city, Kopylovo village, Kyrgyzka river and Republic of Altai, Aya village, Katun river, will be held “Whitewater of Siberia” Forum. Presentation of Russia as an extremely welcoming country with an amazing history and nature, acquaintance with culture, identity and people of Siberia is one of the goal of this Forum. Because of that from the three continents, 16 countries, 30 participants were selected to attend it and they will be given the opportunity to enjoy and to experience another adventure in their life. We present you some of them who are selected for this adventure.
Ruaridh Stevenson – Ru for short – Scotland, UK. I am all about outdoor adventure and I have found that my favourite way to find it is through white water. Navigating the incessant flow of a river is always adventurous and the simple goals of a river trip are for me a blissful haven from real world worries. I love expedition rafting and kayaking and I am excited to find new landscapes and rivers to explore. River guiding has helped me experience the culture and nature in places such as Austria, Switzerland, India, Zambia and New Zealand. The chance to explore the environment and meet the people of Siberia is an opportunity for adventure not to miss.
Rastislav (Rosto) Zboril, Slovakia – I’m a coach of the U23 Slovak national rafting team (formerly U19M). Am looking forward to learning about Russian culture, to attend the “All-Russia rafting championship – Slalom discipline”, and to go rafting Katun & Kyrgyzka river.
My name is Anastasiya Pak. I’m from Tashkent, Uzbekistan. I work as Event Manager in Unique Present LLC. It is a great opportunity that i have been given and I am more than excited to be participant of such kind of event. I have never been to introduce to rafting, but i think it will be very interesting experience for me. I do love Russian culture and I will promote the sport of rafting in my country. Also I have a lot of hobbies like riding a bicycle, skiing, yoga, traveling and psychology.
My name is Roman Valiev and I’m from Tashkent, Uzbekistan. I work as IT Specialist in the BBC Monitoring and I’m also photographer. I have a lot of different hobbies like Hiking, climbing, snowboarding, skiing, play football, table tennis, mountain bike, traveling. I have not an experience in the rafting, but it’s very interesting event for me. I would like to try something new in my life and i think it will very impressive experience. I attached some photos about me.
Birgit Steiner, UK – Life is an adventure and the White Water Project will be one of these adventures in my life. I am really happy about being selected and I am looking forward to the great program. I always wanted to try rafting, now I have the opportunity to do so in Siberia, I am already excited about it. I like to get to know foreign cultures and I can’t wait to visit Siberia! I hope that we all come as strangers and leave as friends. I am looking forward to an adventurous week!
Hi, my name is Miloš Đrurđević and I’m from Serbia. In the rafting story I’m more than 15 year, commercial and competitive. Also I am a member of rescue services. I’m a big fan of all outdoor activities, I like to travel and I am always ready for another adventure. It’s so nice that I’m chosen to go on this Siberian adventure, and to have the opportunity to paddle on new rivers and meet with the culture of Russia.
Walter Centeno Brenes – I grew up in Turrialba Costa Rica, Small rafting town, I’m from a farmer’s family working on coffee and sugar cane plantations, started kayaking when I was 14 years old after the high school and weekends, once I was done with highschool, I took the white water as a full time job, this made me live and travel all around Costa Rica learning different adventures activities and meeting amazing people along this time.
Taking the rafting as a sport made me a different person, discipline, teamwork, traveling to different countries and meeting people from different cultures from all over did change my way to see the world.
Be selected to the forum is awesome, can’t wait to be there to share and learn about Russia and their culture, so excited!
Sandra De Ugarte Puga – “I started whitewater kayaking in 2014 after my brother Juanito, a professional kayaker passed away. I was born into a family of world adventurers. While I was building a career in design I always got caught up in travel, tourism and exploration. 6 years ago I started working with Juanito professionally with sports marketing, management and promotion. He introduced me to the river’s world. Today I continue working on the development of whitewater kayaking among kids and build a solid whitewater kayak community in Peru.
It’s a great honour for me to be among the 30 people who will participate in this forum. Not only I enjoy meeting new people from all over the world, but most importantly this will bring closer together the different whitewater communities. I can’t wait to learn all about the Russian culture and visit the country!”
Guther Andres Atem, Argentina – I started practicing rafting when I was 18 because a friend invited me and I haven’t stopped since then. Before that I practiced rowing for 7 years. I have been in the national team since 2010. Also I’m part of the Argentinian rafting association as the treasurer. My dream is to see rafting in the Olympic games and I’m willing to do everything I can to make it happen. Rafting for me is a ground cable where sport, friends, and freedom meet y and where I can let my problems aside. I feel that being selected to travel to Russia is an award for a group of people that have been working with much effort to make rafting more inclusive and with better people in a world as complicated as the one we live in.
Canada – Hi, my name is Haley Kuntz and I’m thrilled to be coming to Russia as part of the International Rafting Federation Russia Forum 2016. I’m thirty years old and live in Nanaimo, Canada. I work as a school counsellor and have been paddling whitewater since I was eighteen years old. Along with paddling I enjoy tennis, running, mountain biking, dogs, growing food and backcountry hiking. I have always wanted to experience Siberia and I am so excited to visit Russia for my first time.
Nemanja Milojković, Serbia – Being selected to participate in this Forum is a great honor for me. I always wanted to meet the Russian land, architecture, traditions … In addition, I will have the opportunity to paddle on the Russia rivers. Besides rafting I like and climbing, skiing, football… This is a great opportunity and to meet people from around the world who come to this forum. I think it will be very interesting weeks, full of adventure and that I’ll bring home good impressions.
Carmen Kuntz is a freelance writer and grew up exploring the wilderness and waters of Eastern Canada. She has been whitewater kayaking for 6 years and is passionate about self-propelled adventure and recreation conservation. Russia has be on top of her travel list for many years and she is so excited to see Siberia with the International Rafting Federation’s Russia Forum. She is looking forward to exploring how Russia is similar to Canada but also how it is different and to experience the food, sport, culture and language of Russia.
My name is Dejan Markovic. I am a member of Bosnia and Herzegovina rafting national team for six years, European vice champion in rafting – Downriver. I paddled canoe slalom, and I’m guide too. In addition to rafting I also like Dajak, skiing, scuba diving…. I always wanted to go to Russia. A large country with such a great history, she has so much to offer and I can not wait to embark on this adventure. By going on this Forum I’ll fulfill my desire to see her.
My name is Victoria Sergeevna. I’m 28 years old. I am from Tashkent, Uzbekistan. I work as art director at the sports complex. 10 years engaged in design. I enjoy motorcycles and sometimes I ride through the city, when I have time. I have a daughter, she is 4.5 years. I love nature, wild conditions and beauty.
I am Ariel Dominguez from San Rafael, Mendoza, Argentina. My city is in the west of Argentina right next to the Andes.I’m 33 years old and I’m the father of 4 beautiful children. I study in the university of ambient science. At the moment I’m running a family business and I’m working as a rafting and kayaking instructor in a cannoning school. It’s a wonderful surprise to travel to Russia for this forum. I’m sure it will be a unbelievable experience.
Nadežda, Nada Matić, Serbia – I love all outdoor activities because I love to spend time in nature. After much searching, I found that rafting connected for me three very important things: adrenaline, contact with water and adventure. Looking to nature from the perspective of the river is magical, and most relaxing for me. I love rocky mountain rivers because they are like a labyrinth and to solve them is a real challenge. To become familiar with the Russian culture is something I have wanted to do since my school days, we learnt so much about it. Meeting Russia, particularly from the point of rafting, and the possibility of rafting on some of her rivers was always my dream.
Also, from the perspective of a reporter for the IRF, I have always wished to see where the Russian teams train.
|Day One, August 18
||Check-in. Registration. Accommodation. Cultural and sightseeing program. Visit to traditional Russian sauna. the Forum opening ceremony
|Day Two, August 19
||Sightseeing program. Introduction to the school system of the Russian Federation. Outdoor program with traditional Russian games.
|Day Three, August 20
||Participation in the International festival «Axe 2016».
|Day Four, August, 21
||Sightseeing tour of Tomsk – Siberian Students Capital, visit to Tomsk universities, museums. First training session in whitewater rafting, team building. Gala dinner.
|Day Five, August 22
||Bus transportation to Republic of Altai. Accommodation in Hotel “Heart of Altai” on the bank of Katun river.
|Day Six, August 23
||Extreme mountain tour by quad bikes. Training rafting session. Evening concert of Altai folk groups.
|Day Seven. August 24
||Training rafting session. Horse riding tour. Evening folk concert – throat singing.
|Day Eight, August 25
||Extreme motorafting tour, transportation to “Ilgumen” rapid, Katun river (100 km – 3:00 hours).
|Day Nine, August 26
||Watching All-Russia rafting championship – Slalom discipline.
|Day Ten, August 27
||Friendship tour on Katun river. Closing Ceremony at the Hotel “Heart of Altai”. Transfer to Gorno-Altaisk airport, Barnaul airport. Departure.
Through sponsorship of: Federal Agency for the Commonwealth of Independent States, Compatriots Living Abroad, and International Cultural Cooperation (Rossotrudnichestvo); Administration of Tomsk region, Rafting and canoe Federation of Tomsk region, Municipal Educational Organization Kopylovsky Club «Odyssey», Russian Geographical Society (Tomsk Region), led by Alexei Shirokov – Event Director, Coordinator – Evgeny Kovalevskiy and Consultant and Advisor – Oleg Grigoryev, selected will gather to learn about the strengthening of the International friendship, to be present the tourist potential of the Tomsk Region and the Republic of Altai for the foreign guests with fantastic possibility to raft on some of the best Russian river.
One more time Rafting brings us together from all over the world to the most unusual places. So, disconnect yourself from everyday life and connect with nature and culture of Russia, enjoy the rafting, new places, new friends and have fun, folks!