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EC R6 Struma River​ 2015​, Bulgaria

It’s so good to be back on the river Struma again. My first impression and my first serious swim was great, back in 2008. Now the river Struma is even faster than before due to higher water. I’ve enjoyed my ride again and was not disappointed, it’s been even better.

Big water and high speeds were an excellent challenge this year for the rafters. The weather is variable were there are all four seasons. It’s been mostly winter like weather here. EC R6 Struma this year brought together teams from Hungary, Romania, Serbia and Bulgaria. Hosting a total of 10 teams, of which 7 are male teams and 3 are female teams. In addition to the Euro Cup this is also the national competition in Bulgaria.​ We could see the contestants father and daughter of the Romanian team – Mares families, as well as the father, the son and daughter of the Bulgarian team – family​ ​Paunovski​, so that makes this sport even more beautiful.​​NT1

Training on Friday was great, but quite cold. Since we were well warmed up on Saturday, the gates were set and Slalom could begin. With very fast water and demanding gates (only 3 upstream gates!), this brought a lot of negative points to teams. From gate number 3, which was on the right bank, teams were supposed to pass through on the left side of gate 4 (green), to the other upstream gate number 5.  It was the first place where teams were losing the rhythm of the gates. As a final challenge at gate number 9 (green), they were supposed to catch after leaving gate number 7 (upstream) through 8 (green), on a big wave made by an even bigger rock. Not many teams succeeded in this.


The final standings in this event looks like this:

Men 1​.​ “Respect”, 2​.​ “Adventure Net”, 3​.​ “Liman”;

Women: 1. “Adventure Net”​,​ 2. “Rafting Ladies”, 3  “Reflip”.

Sprint – First the men competed, then the woman, as is usually the case. Pursuing a better time placement as follows. In first place in the men’s category is “Respect”, second place is “Liman”, while third place goes to “Adventure Net”. In the women’s category in first place is “Adventure Net”, second place is “Rafting ladies”, while third place goes to “Reflip”.

We know how the river curves and where river currents are going and in this case, the river was curving on the right. According to the rules, it should be the fastest part of the river, but no. This was that part of the river because of the vortices that made it slower than the left side. Teams started at this point for H2H. The teams that chose the right became stuck in the eddies. It fooled many teams and they lost the race.

This is best demonstrated by “Respect” in the men’s category, followed by those “Liman”, while in third place “Reflip2″. In women, the order was as follows: 1. “Adventure Net”, 2. “Reflip”, 3. “Rafting ladies”.

​​Wildalpen is where it maintains Euro-cup R4, Austria, and which is known for its party. Partying in Bulgaria could be compared with the party in Austria. It’s hard to say which is better. :) No on other Euro Cup these parties like that. People are having fun, but Wildalpen is well known to Europeans. Yes, I need to emphasize: “…for us Europeans…”

Downriver start was divided into two groups of five teams. As the cold weather took its toll among the women’s teams, the “Rafting Ladies” and “Reflip” girls abandoned the race because of a sick team member or more. This does not mean that the race was not interesting though and nevertheless there was one flip.

The great battle between the teams in a very demanding course brings us the following results. Men’s: 1. “Respect”, 2. “Liman” and 3. “Reflip2″. There were penalties for “Respect” and “Liman” at the start. The only female team who paddled Downriver was “Adventure Net.” NT4

So it was after the fourth discipline the result looked like this:

Men: 1. “Respect”, 2. “Liman”, 3. “Adventure Net”

Women: 1. “Adventure Net”, 2. “Rafting Ladies”, 3. “Reflip”

Since all races have nicely finished, we have had a great time between races and the party on Wednesday evening with excellent hosts, “Banja”- hot pools in the mountains (for memory :) ). As usual, Bulgarian, kindly people have made this competition unforgettable.

Thank you to the organizers, the famous twins among the rafters; Emil and Emilia Begunova, for everything and for helping us to report to you. Thank you to all the sponsors. Congratulations to the winners and participants. Greetings to the judges and safety team.

I had the opportunity to see some old friends, meet some new and hope that one day my life again will take me on this event, because it is fantastic. We enjoyed it and you. If you missed this, do not miss it this following year. Struma River is a river that will not disappoint you, only be well prepared for her and her challenges. See you next year on Struma ;)



So, next is the EC R4 Austria ;)

How to work out what age division you are in for competitions

Having trouble working out what age group you are in for our divisions? Here are a list of ways you can work it out to see if you are eligible for the 2015 year:

You are OLD ENOUGH to compete in the Open division in 2015 if you:

  • are 14 years or older on the 1st of January 2015
  • were born in 2000 or earlier

YOUTH – you are eligible to compete in the U19 division in 2015 if you:

  • are under 19 years old on the first of January 2015
  • were born in 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999 or 2000

JUNIOR - you are eligible to compete in the U23 division in 2015 if you: 

  • are under 23 years old on the 1st of January 2015
  • were born in 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999 or 2000

MASTERS - you are eligible to compete in the Masters (40+) division in 2015 if you:

  • are 39 years or older on the 1st of January 2015
  • were born in 1975 or earlier

Updates in the Race Rules

IRF Logo 2The IRF Race Rules have recently been updated. Most of the updates are small and are there to make things technically more clear. Here are some of the key updates:

  • For paddlers moving countries it has been made simpler for them to paddle for their new country of residence.
  • Clarity has been added to Slalom gate negotiation as well as what is expected as far as the construction of slalom gates.
  • Clarity as far as the responsibility of teams and the rafts they will be racing in.
  • More details as to requirements for PFDs
  • Additions and more clarity added under Protests

We encourage federations that do not operate in English to translate the Race Rules into their own languages and send us the links /pdfs so that others can follow the rules more easily.


Great opportunity for Youth teams and their coaches!

Russia is offering an International Youth Rafting Workshop in the form of a rafting camp up in the beautiful Altai Region.

This is a great opportunity for paddlers and coaches to get together, share their knowledge, learn new techniques and skills, plus take their country’s rafting to a whole new level …. while having a . . . → continue reading . . . Great opportunity for Youth teams and their coaches!

Putting Rescue Skills to Use on the Water

Wrapping up this excellent series, swiftwater rescue expert Jim Coffey of R3- Rescue for River Runners, shows how the skills covered in the previous videos can be put to use on a typical day on the river with a mixed group of kayakers. One of the less skilled paddlers has to swim, and . . . → continue reading . . . Putting Rescue Skills to Use on the Water

Seeking bids for Euro Rafting Champs 2016

Bidding for the 2016 R4 Euro Rafting Champs is still open but needs to close soon!

If no bids are received we may have to skip R4 Euro Champs in 2016. The next Euro Champs would then be R6 in 2017.

So if you have a great location for R4 and the skills to . . . → continue reading . . . Seeking bids for Euro Rafting Champs 2016

SKR Bosna’s home advantage!

SKR Bosna will have the honour of representing Bosnia y Herzegovina in the up coming R6 Euro Rafting Champs which are being held on the Vrbas River near Banja Luka. This Open Men’s team is made up of: Dajan Vinovcic -Captain, Sanjin Smriko, Mustafa Bisic, Jasmin Dizdarevic, Armin Kasapovic, Haris Pehadzic and Coach: Ekrem Tuka.

. . . → continue reading . . . SKR Bosna’s home advantage!

Upcoming events and courses

The annual Whitewater Rescue Race is happening at the end of April in Austria.

This event pulls together guides and other rescue professionals to test themselves in various rescue scenarios. A great event to make new friends, enjoy a great atmosphere and take advantage of a great learning platform.

Guide courses and certifications coming . . . → continue reading . . . Upcoming events and courses

WRC 2015 dates and schedule announced!


The dates for the 2015 World Rafting Champs, which are being held  on the Citarik River, Sukabumi, West Java, Indonesia, are from the 29 Nov to the 8 Dec. Here is a more detailed schedule:


(Youth = U19 and U23)

Sunday 29 Nov: Youth – Training Day – Sprint + H2H Judge Workshop Monday 30 . . . → continue reading . . . WRC 2015 dates and schedule announced!

Euro Champs – coming up fast!

The 2015 Euro Champs are in May (19 to 24) and already it is nearly the end of February – only two and a half months to go!!!

Teams! It’s time to start registering! Registration Form.

All details about the event can be found on the Euro Champs website page.

. . . → continue reading . . . Euro Champs – coming up fast!