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Last year’s surprises in Brazil!

So it’s a year since we were heading to Brazil for the 2014 World Rafting Champs.

Thinking back on it there were a few surprises on that trip!

  • Capybara

    Rodents the size of large dogs! The Capybara could often be seen snuffling around on open fields.

  • No one was allowed to stand around with shirts off at Itaipu canal – so disappointing!
  • So little English spoken at tourist spots!
  • Soft toilet seats that go “pfffft” when you sit on them.
  • Ladies doing some pretty provocative dancing on stage – but not being allowed into the disco with sleeveless tops or sandals on ….

But there were also some non-surprises:

  • They take the “manana” attitude of South America to a whole new level!
  • Milan received the most hugs and kisses :)

I wonder what surprises we will find in Indonesia this year!

Top tips about Prusik knots

By Mark Hirst

On my travels working and teaching raft guides & safety kayakers around the world I have noticed a reoccurring issue. When under pressure most people struggle to correctly tie a Prusik knot. I have devoted this post to providing some hints on how to tie the Prusik first time every time. I am going to divide the post into a few key areas.

  1. What is a Prusik & what is it used for?
  2. Prusik choice
  3. Prusik knots  (3 wrap, French, Klemheist)
  4. Summary

1. What is a Prusik & what is it used for?

Prusiks allegedly first appeared  in an Austrian climbing manual in 1931 as a way to ascend a rope on a climbing route. The Prusik hitch was first used by Karl Prusik.

In a whitewater & rope  rescue background the Prusik is mainly used as a rope grab to attain progress capture in a rope system, normally a Mechanical advantage system. A Prusik is simply a thin piece of chord or webbing tied into a loop normally with a double fisherman’s knot. The Prusik is then tied onto the thicker rope in such a way that it will not slide down the rope when loaded by pressure.

2 Prusik loops both tied with a double fisherman’s knot.

2.Prusik choice 

A selection of different Prusik loops

Prusik loops can come in all shapes and sizes. Some are joined with a knot, some can be pre-sewn.

The thickness of the chord you use to make you Prusik loop is quite important though.

The chord you use to tie your Prusik loop with needs to be thinner than the rope that you are tying the Prusik to. So its a good idea to know the thickness of your throwbag rope or other ropes that you normally  carry on the river. An ideal thickness for a standard Prusik is between 6-8mm.

A good way to test this is by using the Pinch test. Simply pinch a section of your Prusik into a loop. The diameter of the loop should not be thicker than the line in which you would like to attach the Prusik too.

8mm chord for thicker ropes greater than 8mm.

7mm chord ideal for all ropes greater than 7mm (most throw ropes).

Sterling ropes 6mm flat sewn sling. Ideal for thin ropes. The sterling Prusik also has a massive 22kn breaking strain.

3. Prusik knots 

There are many different way to tie a Prusik knot. I have chosen the 3 most popular methods. A working knowledge of these 3 methods will help you in most situations.

A: The 3 wrap Prusik

The 3 wrap is probably the most widely used Prusik knot. It is simple to tie and can be used in most applications.

Simply hold the rope with the double fisherman’s knot close to the rope.

You then need to make a girth hitch with the Prusik making 3 turns on the main line.

Prusik with two turns

Prusik with three turns. Be sure to dress the knot to make it work first time every time.

B: The French Prusik 

Perhaps the most simplest of Prusiks to tie. Simply wrap the Prusik 3 times around your main line and clip the ends together.

French Prusik with one turn

French Prusik with two turns

French Prusik with three turns & clip into your carabinner.

C: The Klemheist Knot

The Klemheist is a variation of the French Prusik and can be tied with webbing too. The Klemheist is best located at the load end of your system closer to your load (pinned kayak or raft) as it is hard to work with a Prusik minding pulley.

Keep your webbing as flat as possible and make 3 wraps around your mainline.

Leave a shorter loop at the end closer to your load (pinned raft or kayak).

Pass the longer end of your loop through your shorter loop and clip in.

4. Summary

a. Check the diameter of your throwbag. Your Prusik chord needs to be thinner in order for it to grip the rope.

b. Make sure that your Prusik knot is dressed properly and tightened before you use it.

c. Don’t make your Prusik loop to long as you will lose any progress capture during a system re-set.

Having your Prusik too long will result in a loss of progress capture.

A snug fitting Prusik will prevent you losing progress capture during a re-set.

5. Practice, Practice, Practice

See you on the river


Further reading can be found at Animated Knots. 

Final overall results of R4 Euro Cup 2015

EC season has officially finished with the last R4 race on the Tacen artificial course in Slovenia. (EC R4 Tacen results).

R4 3An incredible 101 teams took part in this season’s R4 series. This was made up of 76 men’s and 25 women’s teams. Four R4 Euro Cups were held: Austria, Turkey, Czech Republic and Slovenia. Two R4 EC were cancelled: France and Germany.

This year we had the opportunity to enjoy a new country on the series, Turkey, and the beautiful Firtina river (storm-in-turkey-ec-r4-2015). The most challenging R4 Downriver was definitely Devil’s Stream, Czech Republic.

Each contest was fantastic and very demanding, the competition was very strong, because the teams in the EC turned more to R4 than R6 category. It is definitely more economical, but the ERC and WRC in R6 this year, more than meet the needs of R6.

R4 1We wrote about the winners in the R6 category already, and now it’s time to see who collects the most points this season in R4.

Among the 76 teams in the men’s competition, CZE “Hiko” team won first place with 1852 points, confirming them as the best R4 team in Europe for the last few years and so we will watch them at next year’s R4 WRC competition. Second place was won by CZE TR “Morava” with 1514 points, while third place went to SLO “Gimpex 2” team with 1324 points. Congratulations to the winners!

R4 2In the women’s competition first place went to the SVK “Vopicky” team with 1509 points, second place was Dutch National Ladies with 1000 points, and third place team Italy 4 Seniors with 988 points. I had the opportunity to see them all this year and hang out with them at some competitions, I can say that there is no doubt that they can achieve success outside of Europe. They just need to stay persistent and because they are still fresh teams waiting to mature, they are on the right track. Patience and perseverance. Congratulations girls!

Once again thank you to the organizers, competitors, sponsors and our dear Stan Hajek.

We are left now to wait for the 2016 Euro Cup calendar so as to plan for our new adventures, to keep in shape during the winter and to sharpen our paddles to cut waves. And to look forward to celebrating at parties when we meet again at an EC in 2016!  😉

Final Results EC R4 2015 Men

Final Results EC R4 2015 Women

Costa Rica Open men’s team

Since 2003 (R6 WRC in Czech), this R6 team has only missed WRC 2007. The team now consists of eight members: Manuel Segura Amador , Bustos Marlon Araya , Juan Carlos Loaiza Jimenez , Walter Alvarado , Davis Oviedo Ortega , Daniel Bustos Araya Araya , Pablo Leiva and Walter Centeno Brenes.

Being successful in going to . . . → continue reading . . . Costa Rica Open men’s team

What to see in Indonesia

17.000 islands make up the archipelago of the Republic of Indonesia. In whichever direction you go, you will not go wrong. This paradise on earth will win the hearts of each of you. We hope that you have enough free time that you can see as much as possible. Prepare your bag and experience . . . → continue reading . . . What to see in Indonesia

Brasil Open Men – defending champions

(Leia o artigo em Português)

This team needs no introduction. Not only are they the R4 and R6 World Rafting Champions, there has not been a World Rafting Champs where they have not climbed onto the podium since they first started competing.

They radiate such positive energy . . . → continue reading . . . Brasil Open Men – defending champions

RIP Fernanda

On Sunday, 13 September, we received the sad news that Fernanda Caroline Cardias, a competitor in the Brazilian U23 and Open Women’s rafting team, died after major surgery to remove a tumour which was diagnosed only a few days before when she suddenly fainted. She was only 19.

Fernanda was a . . . → continue reading . . . RIP Fernanda

“Pushing Rubber Downhill” by Adam Piggott

It is a great pleasure when a riverguide replaces paddle with pen for a moment and share with us his rich experiences which he gained on different continents doing this job. We love these books and so we are pleased to present this one.

If you look at the back cover of the . . . → continue reading . . . “Pushing Rubber Downhill” by Adam Piggott

Dajak team to fly BiH flag at WRC

(Intervju na Srpski jezik)

Before the start of WRC R6 New Zealand 2013 we introduced you to the BIH Open Men’s team. This year the boys have qualified to go to WRC R6 Indonesia 2015 and we will have a quick word with them again to see what’s . . . → continue reading . . . Dajak team to fly BiH flag at WRC

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