Race Results

Pre-Worlds Tully, 2018
Results; Videos: -1-, -2-, -3-; Photo: -1-;

EC Austria
Results: OM, OW, U23M, U19M; Photos: D1H2HSlD3; Videos: -1-, -2-;

EC Romania
Results; Photos; Videos: -1--2-;


Results: OW, OM, MM, U23W, U23M, U19  ; Photos: -1-, -2-, -3-, -4-, -5-, -6-; Videos.

WRC 2017

EC 2017 Overall
R4: WomenMen.
R6: MenWomen

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Taking people with disabilities out onto the water in Iran

For a long time we, the Iran Rafting Association (IRA), have been thinking about how to grow water sports for all. That’s why we formed the “Para Rafting” Committee in our association with the cooperation of Mr. Saeed Zarori, who is a well-known person, with disabilities, in the field of adventure activities. We had already had the experience of working together on a rafting tour on the Sefid Roud River (Gilan-Iran) for a group of disabled people. It was a great experience! We decided then to spend more time and have more programs of this type.

As the start for our Para Rafting Committee we planned a kayaking tour on a calm river near to the Caspian Sea in Gilan, Iran. Last week we performed this tour for 20 people with disabilities. I remember when we shared the poster – the tour was filled in less than an hour! There were a lot of people with disabilities who wanted to join us, but the maximum capacity was 20 and we could not accept more people as it was a sensitive program and we needed to consider all the special needs of these lovely people.

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Guide Training Workshops and Instructor Conference coming up

May and June have seen a record number of IRF Guide workshops being run around the world. These workshops provide rafting guides with an excellent opportunity to improve their river skills and obtain an internationally recognized certification from the IRF.  Here is what is happening in June onwards:

  • 2 – 8 June: IRF and Rescue 3 Workshop. Centron, FranceDetails.
  • 4 June – 15 June: Raft Guide Training and IRF Workshop and Assessment, Level 3. Isel River Osttirol, AustriaDetails.
  • 6 – 8 June: Raft Guide & Trip Leader Workshop and Assessment, Level 4. Ara River, SpainDetails
  • 10-14 June: Raft Guide & Trip Leader Workshop and Assessment. Level 2, 3. Ésera River, Spain. Details.
  • 11 – 17 June: IRF Workshop and Assessment & Rescue 3 Whitewater Rescue Technician professional. Finland.  Details
  • 15 June: Raft Guide Workshop and Assessment, Isel River, AustriaDetails at end
  • 12 – 15 June: Raft Guide Workshop and Assessment & Rescue Workshop, Level 3/4. Yoshino River, Japan. Details
  • 16 – 23 June: Raft Guide Training and IRF Workshop and Assessment, Level 3. Location: Austria. Details.
  • 19 – 22 June: IRF Level 3 Workshop and Assessment (Guide & Trip Leader). Esera River, SpainDetails.
  • 24 June: IRF Guide Assessment, Location: Salza and Enns River, Austria. Details at end
  • 24 Sept – 23 Nov: intensive 2 month guide training course and IRF Workshop and Assessment in Nepal. Details.
  • 6 – 13 Oct: Raft Guide training and IRF Level 3 & 4 Workshop and Assessment. Zambezi.Details

Instructors who are keen to keep their certification current may need to attend the upcoming Instructor Conference. 

  • 1 – 3 Nov: IRF GTE Instructor Conference. Alumine River, Argentina. Contact for details. Full details will be coming shortly

Fork It! – California’s best – the South Fork river

The South Fork of the American River offers 21 miles of class III whitewater to enjoy. The heart of this popular river resides in the town of Coloma California. This river was pioneered in the early 1970s by a handful of outfitters looking for a new boating resource after the Main Stanislaus was dammed. Most American River rafting companies offer 1 and 2 day trips between the two sections of river.

The Gorge
This is the lower half of the river from Coloma to Folsom Lake and is the one most often paddled by first timers. This is also the section that run on the first day of a 2 day trip. Rafting Companies start out the trip near the town of Coloma from their rafting camp. It starts with a fun class II segment of river that meanders through rolling forested hills, and there are plenty of swim and play spots on the river where guides introduce the fundamentals of rafting. After lunch the gorge and the numerous class III rapids come into play; starting with Fowler’s Rock, the rapids come in quick succession through the gorge. Next are several classic class III rapids including Satan’s Cesspool, Bouncing rock, and Hospital Bar as the paddle continues down to Folsom Lake. Late in the season and in low water years there are a few additional rapids all the way to the take out. Continue reading Fork It! – California’s best – the South Fork river

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Pre-Worlds showcases what a great WRC river the Tully is!

Exactly one year to go to the 2019 IRF World Rafting Championships (WRC) which are to be held on the Tully River in Queensland, Australia.

This past weekend saw the wrapping up of the Pre-Worlds there, where the organisers had a chance to test their systems, and rafters got to test the course! It was also the Australian National Selections, so all the Australian teams that were first in their categories will be racing in the WRC next year – and there is nothing better than a home competition to bring the best out in paddlers!

The river was at a great height thanks to the controlled letting out of the water by Kareeya Hydro Electric Power Station.

Teikei Japan – Slalom

Awesome surfing recovery at the Pre-Worlds by team Teikei Japan.

Posted by Big Water Safety Equipment on Sunday, May 13, 2018

Team Teikei from Japan, who came second at the last WRC in the Open Men’s category, were there to experience the river and familiarise themselves with the location. Despite having a 35 second surf during their one Slalom run they still managed to dominate their category.

The category winners were:

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The Shotover – Queenstown’s majestic whitewater

Situated along the breathtaking shores of Lake Wakatipu on New Zealand’s South Island, Queenstown is often hailed as the ‘adventure capital of the world’.  This incredible tourist mecca offers innumerable adventure experiences to suit everyone’s imagination. Adventure options include everything from bungee jumping, mountain biking, and horseback riding to being the gateway to many of New Zealand’s Great Walks. Among these fantastic adventure opportunities however you will find some of the world’s best whitewater nestled in this incredible corner of New Zealand.

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“Lee Valley Devils” selected to represent Great Britain in Slovakia and Argentina 2018

Nine young women, who took up white water rafting at Lee Valley White Water Centre following the London 2012 Olympics, have been selected to represent Great Britain and are now heading for Slovakia in July and Argentina in November to take part in the European and World Rafting Championships.

All of the team members, who make up the GB1 and GB2 U19W squads, are members of Lee Valley Paddlesports Club, based at Lee Valley White Water Centre. They started training eagerly last year to be selected and to be given the opportunity to take part in these prestigious IRF competitions.

Six members of the team competed at the 2017 IRF World Rafting Championships in Japan where they were proud to come home with a Bronze medal in the Head to Head race category. For this year’s events the team kindly received funding towards their costs from the Hertfordshire Educational Foundation and the Rotary Club of Hoddesdon.

Pictured from left to right: Lillie, Jenni, Lorna, Ava, Katie, Emily South, Caitlyn, Emily Price and Emily Smith

The ladies, who come from Waltham Abbey, Wormley, Broxbourne, Romford, Southend and Tring, all train on average twice a week at Lee Valley White Water Centre in Waltham Cross and are busy getting fit and perfecting their paddling techniques under the firm guidance of their coach Phil Pidgeon. Aged between 15 and 18, the team are aiming high for the European Championships this summer, before heading to Neuquén, Argentina.

“To be selected two years in a row is just amazing,” explained one of the team – Jenni Painter (18) from Waltham Abbey. “I first started rafting just over two years ago and competed in Japan in October last year. I definitely got bitten by the bug once I started rafting and look forward to the challenge of competing against the best teams in Europe and the world. We’ll all be training hard to try and improve on our previous medal tally.”

Lee Valley White Water Centre has British Canoeing’s High Performance Centre located at the venue and is the base for the British Canoe Slalom squad and all UK Sport funded Podium athletes. Lee Valley White Water Centre is the first London 2012 legacy venue to gain this High Performance Centre status and the Slalom Squad’s team GB regularly train there.

Find out more about the team:

Time to dig deep (an early season workshop in the snow)

IRF Instructor workshop – Bosnia 2018 

By Mark Hirst

I had been following the weather in Bosnia for a week prior to the start of the workshop. The forecast did not look good unless you were going skiing, lots of snow was forecast. So I pre-warned the course students to prepare for cold weather.

This was going  to be a busy 6 days. We had 17 students  from around the world descending on the Tara & Piva rivers to participate in an IRF workshop. The candidates had travelled from Austria, Canada, Chile, Ecuador, Croatia, Argentina, Romania, Montenegro & Bosnia. The students were made up of Instructor candidates, through to trainees.

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A California Spring trip? Check out the Kaweah river

Spring time in California is an epic and much anticipated season for rafting. California becomes a Mecca for paddlers from around the world. The free flowing rivers begin to roar and rafting companies start up their operations on California’s best whitewater. The Kaweah River is a favourite for many.

This stunningly clear river originates high in the Sierra Nevada Mountains near the aptly named Mount Kaweah. The Kaweah races through Sequoia National Park eventually reaching the gateway put-in where paddlers with previous whitewater rafting experience can join an action packed whitewater trip with a commercial rafting company. The Commercial guides out here are all seasoned professionals with years of guiding under their belt. The intensity of the run and the size of the rapids demands that only the best make the cut as guides on this river. Rapids with names like Osterizer and Suicide Falls capture the incredible power of this beast.

After 4 miles of continuous class IV the river tapers off to more of a class III feel when it enters the town of Three Rivers, California. From the end of Suicide Falls you get to enjoy about 3 miles of Class III whitewater until you reach the takeout. As the intensity ratchets down you get to enjoy the beauty of the soaring mountains that surround this amazing place.

This article was originally posted on Rafting Magazine

Rafting clubs launch their bids in Austria to win the World Cup series

50 teams, 12 nations

The recent IRF Euro Cup (EC) event in Wildalpen, Austria was the second in the 2018 EC series, the first being the Dracula Race in Romania. And it was the first in the 2018 World Cup series, with the second event being the Pre-Worlds in Australia (9 – 13 May).

The Euro Cup and World Cup Series were the brainchild of Stan Hajeks – he wanted a series of races which were open to all clubs no matter their experience, where they could come improve their skills and enjoy the social aspect of rafting, which – let’s face it – is the key ingredient in a great event!

Nearly 50 teams from 12 nations competed in the largest white water event in Austria in Wildalpen recently. The IRF’s Rafting World Cup, European Cup and the Austrian Championships were again able to offer top athletic performances in fantastic conditions on the Salza. 

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