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How to fit a PFD properly

Palm – gear for paddlers, has put this great video together showing how to ensure you have put on yours and other’s PFDs properly.

A three step guide:

1 Undo all straps, zips and buckles.
2 Put on the PFD, and fasten the zips and buckles.
3 Tighten straps, working upwards from the waist.

Himalayan White Water Festival

Nepal festivalThis is the 4th year for this festival which is growing every year as it gets better known and as it offers more to the participants.

Dates: 24 – 26 November

Location: Trishuli, Fishling, Nepal

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Prizes to be won!

This year the event will be covered by various media from around the world such as: The Paddlers Magazine, The Outdoor Journal, Kayak Session, etc.

Himalayan WWFThis 4th HWW Festival 2014 will have Men, Women & Junior categories in multiple disciplines such as Boater Cross, Freestyle, Downriver and Slalom in K1.

Last year saw the first Rafting Championship which attracted a total of 14 teams. This year there will be more disciplines – Sprint, Head to Head, Slalom and Downriver – for the raft teams and the winning team will become the Himalayan Whitewater Rafting Champions.

The event is based on IRF Race Rules and is a great addition to the international racing calendar.

Brazil dominates the World Rafting Championship

The Brazil teams have scooped up the Open Men’s, Open Women’s and Masters Men’s title at the World Rafting Champs in Foz do Iguaçu. Brazil.

Photos: Nilton Rolin / Itaipu and Rickardo Andrade

BrazilThe 2014 R4 Championships have ended after gathering the best in the world, from 19 countries, for two weeks of competition. Last week saw the u19 and u23 divisions competing, and this week was the chance for the Open and Masters to perform. Brazil showed why they are one of the most feared teams in the world.

According to Rebecca Fernandes, athlete and rafting representative of the Brazilian Canoe Confederation Committee, the victory was mainly due to the dedication and passion for rafting as a sport and doing positive development in Brazil. “In addition to winning at home it’s is great and, I feel, extremely timely because it gives more strength to our sport. I would like to thank everyone who made the tournament happen”, she said.

In the morning the Downriver was held in the Iguaçu National Park, and in the afternoon everyone moved back to the Itaipu Canal for the 2nd run of Slalom which could not be completed the previous day due to too little water due to the pumps not working as planned.

Downriver, below Iguaçu Falls

CRCThe Downriver just below the Iguaçu Falls provided an unforgettable setting for the start. The teams who did well were Slovakia, Russia and Brazil. In the Open Women, Slovakia completed the race with a time of 20: 52.08, ahead of the Japanese with 21: 01:44 and Brazilians with 21: 43.69. In the Open Men gold was won by the Russian team with 19: 40.21, silver by Brazil with 19: 47.72 and the bronze by Japan with 20: 08:34. Men’s Masters category saw Brazil take victory with a time of 21: 10:17, followed by the Czech Republic at 21: 29.00 and Russia with 22: 21.89.

The teams were up before sunrise and since clocks were moved an hour ahead the night had felt even shorter. According to the rafter, Antonio Salvati of the Brazil Open team the scene of the Iguaçu Falls was very worthwhile. “Even getting up so early was very worthwhile to have the opportunity to compete in this place,” he said.

“The place is very beautiful. I had never seen such beauty,” said Johnatan Uyarte, the Open Men’s category of Argentina. Kailie Marland, the athlete from the Canadian Open Female’s Team, said: “The falls are beautiful, there’s no better. The waves are pretty big down river and to face them was another challenge that we believe we did well in …”

Conclusion of proof of Slalom

Czech SlalomDuring the afternoon the athletes returned to the Itaipu Canal to complete the Slalom discipline. The victory in the Men’s Open went to Czech Republic with the best time of 2: 33.87, followed by Brazil with 2: 35.71 and the surprise of the event was the young, first time at a WRC, Costa Rican team who took bronze with a time of 2: 40.55. Japan were unable to improve their time and were surprise non-medallists. In the Open Women’s category it was Brazil’s turn to take the gold with a time of 3: 04.87, ahead of Japan with 3: 5:17 and Czech Republic 3: 11:18. In the Masters Men’s it was another victory for the Czechs with the time of 2: 48.94, a great advantage over the Brazilian’s 3: 02:06 and the Russians with 4: 23.67.

Overall Champions

After the points for all four disciplines – Sprint, H2H, Slalom and Downriver – were totalled up, Brazil showed the world what great rafting teams they have. In the Open Men’s Brazil secured the title of world champion with a total of 888 points, followed by the Czech Republic and Russia with 834 and 830 In Men’s Masters once again the Brazilians won with 952 points, followed by the Czechs and Russians with 928 to 790. The Women’s Open also saw Brazil in first with 904 points, followed by Japan with 871 and 847 for Slovakia.

finishA big congratulations to Brazil – World Champions all round!

The president of Brazilian Canoe Confederation, Joao Tomasini Schwertner, gave the success of the event due to the support of BNDES, Ministry of Sport and Itaipu.

“Once again we had a great event in the country thanks to our great partners who believe in the development of the Brazilian rafting. I’d also like to give my congratulations to the Brazilian teams that showed the strength of the country on the world stage, all the foreign teams who came to Brazil, the organizing team and volunteers who came to participate in this great event.”

Pulley systems

It’s not often you need to know how to set up a rope pulley system – but when you do it is normally an emergency and you need to know how to do it fast!

Vidra Kele brings us these great illustrations as to how to set . . . → continue reading . . . Pulley systems

Brazilians dominate the H2H today

With the temperature around a hot and sweaty 40 degrees, the teams competed on the Itaipu Channel, Foz do Iguaçu, Paraná, in the H2H discipline of the R4 Rafting World Championship 2014 Open and Masters. Brazil took a clean sweep of old the gold medals on offer – Open Men, Open Women and Masters Men.

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Japan, Slovakia and Czech Republic come out on top in the World Rafting Champs

Today in Foz do Iguaçu, the Open and Masters competition started at the R4 Rafting World Championship 2014 with the Sprint.

With over 30 degrees of temperature, rafters from 14 countries competed in the Sprint on this Thursday afternoon, the Sprint on the Itaipu Channel.

In the Open Men, Japan, the defending world champions, showed . . . → continue reading . . . Japan, Slovakia and Czech Republic come out on top in the World Rafting Champs

Open and Masters World Rafting Champs begin in Brazil

The IRF 2014 R4 World Rafting Championships has moved into its second phase now which is the Open and Masters divisions.

Photo: Guto Merkle

The past two days the teams had a chance to paddle on the Itaipu Canal where they familiarized themselves with the Sprint, H2H and . . . → continue reading . . . Open and Masters World Rafting Champs begin in Brazil

Follow the WRC 2014 action!!!

There are a number of places and ways you can follow what is happening at the World Rafting Champs 2014 in Foz do Iguaçu, Brasil:

NB!!! If you are posting to your Facebook page or Twitter – use #irfwrc – that way we can all enjoy each others’ posts.

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Junior World Champions are declared!

Today in Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil, the R4 World Rafting Championship in the Under 19 and Under 23 categories concluded with Brazilian teams dominating by taking the title in three of the four categories: Under-19 and Under-23 Men’s and Under 23 Women’s. 

It was a very early start for . . . → continue reading . . . Junior World Champions are declared!

Slalom Day for U19 and U23 at the WRC

Today on the Itaipu Channel, Foz do Iguaçu, the Brazilians took the title of Slalom Champions in the men’s categories of Under-19 and Under-23 and the women’s Under-19.

Tomorrow (12th) happens in the Iguaçu National Park and it is the last and decisive discipline (Downriver) which will define the . . . → continue reading . . . Slalom Day for U19 and U23 at the WRC