Race Results

Euro Rafting Champs
Results: Sprint: U19, U23, MastersOpen ; H2H: U19, U23, Masters; Open; Slalom: U19_23_Master; Open Overall so far: U19, U23, Masters; Open
Photos: -pre-, -20th-,-21st-, -22nd-, -SL1-, -SL2-;
Videos: OC, 20th21st, 21st also,  22nd

GT&E Rescue Race
Results: Individual, Team; Photos: -1-; -2-.
EC Austria
Results; Photos: -1-, -2-, -3-; Videos: -1-
EC Bulgaria
Results; Photos: -1-, -2-, -3-, -4-, -5-, -6-; Videos: -1-
VKKF Belgian Nationals
Results: Recreational Teams; Competitive Teams; Video: -1-
GBR Nationals

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

Pre-Worlds, Indonesia
Results; Photos: -1-; -2--3-; -4-; Videos: -1-; News: Day 1; Day 2Day 3; Day 4Day 5
Landysul – GBR series
Results – women; Video: -1-
R4 WRC 14 – Brazil
Results; Videos; Photos

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Russia win 8 medals on day 1 and more on day 2 …

The first day of the Euro Rafting Champs saw the U19, U23 and Masters teams competing in Sprint and Head 2 Head.

The Sprint and Head to Head course makes for great photos and videos as the rafts have to go through two big wave hits and down into some strongly swirling water that can easily find you facing the wrong way. (See videos of the action on this section on our Youtube Channel and see the daily photos in the albums on our IRF Euro Rafting Championships Facebook page)

Only Men’s teams were competing in these divisions with seven U19 teams, eight U23 teams and five Masters teams competing. Each country is allowed to send their top two teams in each of these categories. The event is being held on the Vrbas River near Banja Luka in BiH and is being hosted by Kanjon Rafting Klub.

Read about the medal winners on Day 1 and see the results: Sprint, H2H.

Day two saw the Open Men’s and Women’s teams competing in the Sprint and H2H this time.

In the Men’s Sprint Czech 2 scooped up the Gold medal for the Sprint, with Slovenia taking 2nd and the home crowd being treated to a great finish by BiH 1 Team for the Bronze medal.

Russia took another Gold by winning the Women’s Sprint, with Great Britain 1 taking Silver and Italy the Bronze. Great Britain 1 then added to their medal collection by beating Italy in the H2H Final to claim the Gold. Hungary deprived Russia of another medal by winning the B final for Bronze.

The Men’s H2H saw an all Russia final with Russia 2 beating Russia 1 and Slovenia taking the bronze medal by beating the home favourites, BiH 1.

The weather has been damp but it has not dampened the spirits of the teams or their supporters. Nor has it changed the cheerful and welcoming atmosphere laid on by the hosts!

Tomorrow is an evening of Slalom and the crowds are expected to come over from Banja Luka as the set up makes it very easy to get to and the night lights makes it spectacular to watch!

Results: Open Sprint, Open H2H

U19 Slovak Rafters competing at ERC 2015

SVK TeamThe U19 Slovak Men’s team consists of: Oliver Turek, Denis Antalík, Braňo Horváth, Martin Borovský, Matúš Vosátko, Braňo Linkay, Ronald Černý  ​ with these guys Slovakia does not have to worry about their future, they make it look great.

This young team will represent their country in Bosnia at the 2015 Euro Rafting Champs (ERC)​.

As a very young team they had their first big event at their home ground at the 2014 Euro Champs (R4 category), ​on the ​fantastic Čunovo ​course, where they won the silver in Slalom. ​Later that year, at the WRC R4 Brazil, they won 3rd place in the Slalom and 3rd Overall. A fantastic achievement for these young men.

In conversation with their coach, Rast’o Zboril, we ​found out more about them and how they started.

Rasto, tell me something about your decision to make a team and then ​to cross over to become a coach.

“After the 2011 season my team crumbled away and so I was looking for some new guys to paddle with. I found a few fifteen-year old guys and we started to paddle. ​ When they had their first competition in September 2012 they were in the raft and I remained standing on the river side as a coach. In the 2013 season we started to travel around to the nearby competitions.

SVK WRC medalsIn 2014 ​we won medals at Euro and World Champs.​

Now we are hard at work to prepare for the ERC in BiH because half of team have graduation at school.

​​Do you have any expectations in Bosnia?

​”​In BiH we will win​,​ of​ ​course!”

Which discipline do your guys love the most?

Most loved discipline is Slalom

Will we see you in Indonesia?

“Money is the big question as to whether we will go to Indonesia (it’s too far still), but I think it is going well. It is our last season as U19 and so we must win everything possible :)

And we wish you good paddling strokes on your way.

SVK paddlingThis year the competition in the U19 men’s category will be excellent. There will be a big fight amongst this young generation for the title Champs. And because in the U19 and U23 divisions team members quickly move on out of the age group, the number of competitions they can attend and prove themselves are limited (sponsors still tend to mostly support the Open division), so this is an important event for them to show what they are made of and deserving of support.​

​In addition to the men’s team, this club has also developed a female U19 team:​SlovakJuniorRafters – Potápky are Tereza Dostalová, Katarína Valachová, Marcela Hambálková, Patrícia Smolková, Mirka Sojková.

I had a chance to paddle with them at the recent EC event in Wildalpen and I can say that the girls are stunning. Real little fighters. Side by side, with their older colleagues, they overcame all the obstacles of the Salza River.

It is nice to see the future of this sport in them.

Thank you Rasto.  You​ are doing a great thing with these young people, so just continue, and we will follow their development from division to division, year after year. Stay motivated, enjoy the paddling, socializing and traveling, and we wish you all the best on this road.​

Follow these guys:

Website: www.slovakrafters.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/TinaJuniorRafters

Euro Rafting Champs about to start!!!

Logo ERC 2015 BiHThe 2015 R6 Euro Rafting Champs are about to get under way in Banja Luka,  Bosnia y Herzegovina, on the Vrbas River.

The event, hosted by Kanjon Rafting Klub, is in the same location and run by the same organisers as the very successful 2009 World Champs.

Vrbas 2The schedule:

  • Starts on Tuesday the 19th with Registration, Training and the first Captain’s Meeting.
  • Wednesday will be more official training and that evening will the the Opening Ceremony.
  • Thursday will be the Sprint and H2H for the U19, U23 and Masters and the Open teams will train for the Downriver.
  • Friday will be the Open Sprint and H2H with the others training for the Downriver.
  • Saturday will be Slalom for all, however, it will only start at 4pm so that the event will finish under the spot lights – always an amazing scene!
  • Sunday will be the Grand Finale – the Downriver and then the Closing Ceremony.

Dajak on VrbasTo follow the action:

TEAMS competing (53):

  • U19 (9)
    •  Men (7)
      • BiH
      • Czech
      • Italy
      • Russia 1 & 2
      • Slovakia
      • Turkey
    • Women (2)
      • Russia 1 & 2
  • U23 (7)
    • Men (7)
      • BiH
      • Czech 1 & 2
      • Russia
      • Serbia
      • Slovenia
      • Turkey
    • Women (0)
  • Masters (5)
    • Men (4)
      • Czech 1 & 2
      • Great Britain
      • Russia
    • Women (1)
      • Russia
  • Open (32)
    • Men (22)
      • BiH 1 & 2
      • Croatia 1 & 2
      • Czech 1 & 2
      • Denmark
      • Finland
      • Georgia
      • Great Britain 1 & 2
      • Hungary
      • Italy
      • Romania
      • Russia 1 & 2
      • Serbia 1 & 2
      • Slovakia 1 & 2
      • Slovenia
      • Turkey
    • Women (10)
      • BiH
      • Bulgaria
      • Czech
      • Denmark
      • Finland
      • Great Britain 1 & 2
      • Hungary
      • Italy
      • Russia

Ergometer Competition at Euro Champs

Ergometer 2

The Serbian Rafting Federation are taking their Ergometers over to the Euro Rafting Champs in BiH to set up a fun competition. 

So all properly registered competitors at the Euro Championship in Banja Luka are invited to compete in this event that will be held for the first time within the Euro Championship. This . . . → continue reading . . . Ergometer Competition at Euro Champs

Red Rose Raft Team – heading to ERC

The effort that paid off – Red Rose Raft Team on their way to the Euro Rafting Champs

Jess Evans, Sarah-Jayne Evans, Alison St John Claire, Tori Jones, Molly Mckenzie, Bex Faragher are heading to the R6 Euro Rafting Champs 2015 in Bosnia and Herzegovina, on the River Vrbas, Banja Luka, as the . . . → continue reading . . . Red Rose Raft Team – heading to ERC

R2 China – looking for 4 teams!

2015 RAFTING CHINA – Dujiangyan International Rafting Competition

Dear rafters – it is time for the R2 Chinese adventure again. This year only 4 or 5 teams from around the world will be selected to attend this competition, so we wish you a lot of luck. To find out what it is about . . . → continue reading . . . R2 China – looking for 4 teams!

Rafting the Casbah

I was in Morocco to run my first IRF workshop of the season for Berber Rafting Adventures in the Atlas Mountains. Stepping out at Marrakesh airport I was hit by the warm air. A pleasant change to the blast, chilled air of my Arctic winter residence. 

After a short taxi transfer to our hotel . . . → continue reading . . . Rafting the Casbah

Follow us on G+ and our YouTube channel

 

We have a very busy YouTube channel where you can see all the videos of our events, from recent races back to the earliest days of the IRF.

YouTube Play lists (recent ones):

Euro Cup ’15 – Wildalpen, Austria: One and Two Euro Cup ’15 . . . → continue reading . . . Follow us on G+ and our YouTube channel

Judges workshop to be run at ERC 15

Dates: 18. – 23. May (Dates of ERC are 19 – 24 May)

Place: Rafting Center Karanovac, Banja Luka, BiH

Cost: 30 Euro

Schedule:

18 May, 1pm – first meeting in Rafting center Karanovac 18 May, 2pm – 5pm theoretical part of workshop 19 May, 10am – 5pm theoretical part of workshop 20 . . . → continue reading . . . Judges workshop to be run at ERC 15

How to calculate your IRF Membership Fees for 2015

Firstly you need to have some idea of how many teams will be going to the Euro and/or World Champs from your country. Then you can put those numbers into this formula below and follow the steps.

WRC: Open teams: $230 x number teams = WRC: U19,U23,Masters teams: $130 x number teams . . . → continue reading . . . How to calculate your IRF Membership Fees for 2015