Race Results

WC Yushu, China
Results; Photos: -1-; Videos: -1-; NED OW
EC Struma, Bulgaria
EC Trnavka
Results; Photos: -1-; Video;
EC Vrbas, BiH
Results; Photos: -1-, -2-,-3-; Video: -1-
EC Spain, Rialp
Results; Photos: SL, SP/H2H/DR
EC Georgia
Results; Photos: -1-, OC, DR, SL, SP/H2H; Videos: -1-, -2-OC, All,
ERC 2016
U19/23/Masters: SprintH2H,
Open: Sprint: Women, Men. H2H.
Slalom allDownriver All
Overall Results
Photos: Day 1, OC, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5,
Video: OC
EC Serbia
NZ Nationals
Results. Photos. Video
EC & WC, Austria
Results: Men U19; Men OpenWomen Open. Photos: -1-,  H2H, Slalom, DR. Videos: DR – OW1OW2U19OM1OM2OM 3
EC Slunj, Croatia

Results; Video
EC Slovenia

WRC Results
U19 and U23: SP and H2HSlalom; Down RiverOverall;

Open and Masters: Sprint and H2HSlalom; DownriverOverall;

Photos: Training Day; Opening Ceremony & TrainingU19/U23 SP & H2H; U19/U23 – Slalom AND Open/Masters Sprint; U19/23 DR; Prizegiving; H2HOpen/Masters Slalom; Medal Ceremonies and TrainingOpen DownriverMasters Downriver;

Final EC R4 Results
Men,  Women
Final EC R6 Results

more archived Race Results

IRF Twitter Feed

Judges for WRC 2016

IRF Logo 2We will shortly be finalising the list for the Official and Volunteer Judges for the 2016 World Rafting Champs in Al Ain at the end of September. If you are keen to judge please send your name in to IRF Admin.

Here is a description of what the IRF is looking for when choosing Official Judges for a WRC event. Jury and Judge selection criteria


Italy U19 Men – road to WRC 2016

As we approach another World Rafting Championship, this time R4 in the UAE, so we begin presenting teams that will be participating there. It is two years since the last R4 WRC in Brazil and some new faces are on the scene, especially in the younger categories. Damiano Casazza, Mark Michael Mair, Michael Zanella, David Fassnauer and Stefan Leitner  have the honour to represent Italy in the U19 category and their first time competing in a WRC.

The teams spend their hard work and dedication during the year focused on one goal, and that is their participation in the WRC. Toni Agostini and Robert Schifferle, as coaches of this youth crew, are helping them with this and much more besides, and this year has already been very successful for them. We speak to Michael Zanella.

ITA U19 M 1Michael – tell us about yourselves, what you have achieved as a team so far and what are your goals for the WRC.

“We started kayaking together 9 years ago with Toni Agostini. In the past 5 years we also started rafting. In those 5 years we competed mostly at National Championships and won them several times. Our first international competition was the ERC 2014 at Cunovo, Slovakia. Two of us competed at the ERC 2015 at Banja Luka, BiH and we did the ERC 2016 at Straza, Slovenia.

We also competed at the EC and WC 2015 and 2016 at Wildalpen and at Aosta. We achieved 4 medals at ERC 2016, at the WC 2016 at Wildalpen we achieved 4 gold medals and at the EC 2015 at Aosta we received silver in every discipline. Unfortunately we did not compete at WRC 2015, this year’s WRC is going to be our first.”

The artificial course at Wadi Adventures will certainly be a special place for the teams and all who come there. But this team will most likely not only remember it as their first WRC and the first in a desert, but also the first rafting event ever in the history of the UAE and the biggest of its kind ever in the Middle East, held on the world’s longest man-made whitewater channels – a combined length of 1,2 km. Add to that the guarantee of sun and all the mysteries of the Middle East and the desert.

ITA U19 M 4So how are you guys preparing for this competition?

“From now on we are going to train 3 times a week on the Isarco River (II – IV) near our hometown of Sterzing, in the mountains of Italy, with the R4 raft and kayaks and go less to the gym. Generally we try to spend as much time as we can on the river and since we started working as raft guides the river has become our second home. Over the winter and in spring we trained on the flatwater on the Adige 1-2 times per week and went to the gym 3-4 times a week. We still train in the R6 raft too with Alexander Zanella and Patrick Agostini as preparation for qualifying in the U23 category for the WRC 2017 in Japan.”

Do you have any expectations related to the result and what are your expectations generally, especially after your great success at ERC?

“Of course we hope that we will win a medal and are determined to train hard for that, the results of ERC 2016 helped our confidence.”

ITA U19 M 2At ERC 2016 you won – Sprint: silver, Slalom: silver, Downriver: bronze, Overall: bronze, so which discipline do you love the most?

“We all like Slalom and Head to Head the most but of course we like Sprint and Downriver too. ;)”

OK, all 4 ! 🙂 But in which is your  best performance?

“I think our best disciplines are Slalom and Downriver: Slalom because we love doing it and Downriver because we can fight very hard.”

Fair enough! And don’t forget to practice running, especially with a raft in your hand, as this will also be part of Downriver discipline. 😉 There is no doubt that you are already well informed about the place where you will be competing, but what for you in all of this looks most interesting, what is it that you would like to see and experience in this country?

ITA U19 M 5“We want to meet teams from all over the world and get some new experiences from it. We all want to see as much as possible of the world and none of us has ever been in the UAE. We are from the North of Italy and live in small villages on the mountains, none of us have ever been in the desert either. The most interesting part is to get an impression of the Arab culture. But of course the most important thing is to do well at the races and try to achieve some good results, we are fully motivated to do this.”

Finally, we always ask who you would like to thank, because behind each team stands a small army of people and sponsors who help them in all of this?

“First we would like to thank Toni Agostini who has coached us for 9 years now and Robert Schifferle. Special thanks to ASV Sterzing, Tiger GmbHSudtiroler Volksbank, Alperia and Federazione Italiana Rafting. “

ITA U19 M 3Thanks Michael and good luck!

These youngsters are full of go! Their liveliness always catches the eye during the competition. And at their age, the competition is very serious, but there is enough time to hone all that is required before the start of the WRC, and we wish them a good stroke and unforgettable time in the UAE.


Russian Forum – candidates

International Cultural and Recreational Forum «Whitewater of Siberia – 2016»

From 18 –27 of August, in the Russia, Siberia – Tomsk region, on the two location: Tomsk city, Kopylovo village, Kyrgyzka river and Republic of Altai, Aya village, Katun river, will be held “Whitewater of Siberia” Forum. Presentation of Russia as an extremely welcoming country with an amazing history and nature, acquaintance with culture, identity and people of Siberia is one of the goal of this Forum. Because of that from the three continents, 16 countries, 30 participants were selected to attend it and they will be given the opportunity to enjoy and to experience another adventure in their life. We present you some of them who are selected for this adventure.


Ruaridh Stevenson Ru for short – Scotland, UK. I am all about outdoor adventure and I have found that my favourite way to find it is through white water. Navigating the incessant flow of a river is always adventurous and the simple goals of a river trip are for me a blissful haven from real world worries. I love expedition rafting and kayaking and I am excited to find new landscapes and rivers to explore. River guiding has helped me experience the culture and nature in places such as Austria, Switzerland, India, Zambia and New Zealand. The chance to explore the environment and meet the people of Siberia is an opportunity for adventure not to miss.

2Rastislav (Rosto) Zboril, Slovakia – I’m a coach of the U23 Slovak national rafting team (formerly U19M). Am looking forward to learning about Russian culture, to attend the “All-Russia rafting championship – Slalom discipline”, and to go rafting Katun & Kyrgyzka river.

3My name is Anastasiya Pak. I’m from Tashkent, Uzbekistan. I work as Event Manager in Unique Present LLC.  It is a great opportunity that i have been given and I am more than excited to be participant of such kind of event. I have never been to introduce to rafting, but i think it will be very interesting experience for me. I do love Russian culture and I will  promote the sport of rafting in my country. Also I have a lot of hobbies like riding a bicycle, skiing, yoga, traveling and psychology.

4My name is Roman Valiev and I’m from Tashkent, Uzbekistan. I work as IT Specialist in the BBC Monitoring and I’m also photographer. I have a lot of different hobbies like Hiking, climbing, snowboarding, skiing, play football, table tennis, mountain bike, traveling. I have not an experience in the rafting, but it’s very interesting event for me. I would like to try something new in my life and i think it will very impressive experience. I attached some photos about me.

5Birgit Steiner, UK – Life is an adventure and the White Water Project will be one of these adventures in my life. I am really happy about being selected and I am looking forward to the great program. I always wanted to try rafting, now I have the opportunity to do so in Siberia, I am already excited about it. I like to get to know foreign cultures and I can’t wait to visit Siberia! I hope that we all come as strangers and leave as friends. I am looking forward to an adventurous week!

6Hi, my name is Miloš Đrurđević and I’m from Serbia. In the rafting story I’m more than 15 year, commercial and competitive. Also I am a member of rescue services. I’m a big fan of all outdoor activities, I like to travel and I am always ready for another adventure. It’s so nice that I’m chosen to go on this Siberian adventure, and to have the opportunity to paddle on new rivers and meet with the culture of Russia.

7Walter Centeno Brenes – I grew up in Turrialba Costa Rica, Small rafting town, I’m from a farmer’s family working on coffee and sugar cane plantations, started kayaking when I was 14 years old after the high school and weekends, once I was done with highschool, I took the white water as a full time job, this made me live and travel all around Costa Rica learning different adventures activities and meeting amazing people along this time.

Taking the rafting as a sport made me a different person, discipline, teamwork, traveling to different countries and meeting people from different cultures from  all over did change my way to see the world.

Be selected to the forum is awesome, can’t wait to be there to share and learn about Russia and their culture, so excited!

8Sandra De Ugarte Puga – “I started whitewater kayaking in 2014 after my brother Juanito, a professional kayaker passed away. I was born into a family of world adventurers. While I was building a career in design I always got caught up in travel, tourism and exploration. 6 years ago I started working with Juanito professionally with sports marketing, management and promotion. He introduced me to the river’s world. Today I continue working on the development of whitewater kayaking among kids and build a solid whitewater kayak community in Peru.

It’s a great honour for me to be among the 30 people who will participate in this forum. Not only I enjoy meeting new people from all over the world, but most importantly this will bring closer together the different whitewater communities. I can’t wait to learn all about the Russian culture and visit the country!”

9Guther Andres Atem, Argentina – I started practicing rafting when I was 18 because a friend invited me and I haven’t stopped since then. Before that I practiced rowing for 7 years. I have been in the national team since 2010. Also I’m part of the Argentinian rafting association as the treasurer. My dream is to see rafting in the Olympic games and I’m willing to do everything I can to make it happen. Rafting for me is a ground cable where sport, friends, and freedom meet y and where I can let my problems aside. I feel that being selected to travel to Russia is an award for a group of people that have been working with much effort to make rafting more inclusive and with better people in a world as complicated as the one we live in.

10Canada – Hi, my name is Haley Kuntz and I’m thrilled to be coming to Russia as part of the International Rafting Federation Russia Forum 2016. I’m thirty years old and live in Nanaimo, Canada. I work as a school counsellor and have been paddling whitewater since I was eighteen years old. Along with paddling I enjoy tennis, running, mountain biking, dogs, growing food and backcountry hiking. I have always wanted to experience Siberia and I am so excited to visit Russia for my first time.

11Nemanja Milojković, Serbia – Being selected to participate in this Forum is a great honor for me. I always wanted to meet the Russian land, architecture, traditions … In addition, I will have the opportunity to paddle on the Russia rivers. Besides rafting I like and climbing, skiing, football… This is a great opportunity and to meet people from around the world who come to this forum. I think it will be very interesting weeks, full of adventure and that I’ll bring home good impressions.

12Carmen Kuntz is a freelance writer and grew up exploring the wilderness and waters of Eastern Canada. She has been whitewater kayaking for 6 years and is passionate about self-propelled adventure and recreation conservation. Russia has be on top of her travel list for many years and she is so excited to see Siberia with the International Rafting Federation’s Russia Forum. She is looking forward to exploring how Russia is similar to Canada but also how it is different and to experience the food, sport, culture and language of Russia.

13My name is Dejan Markovic. I am a member of Bosnia and Herzegovina rafting national team for six years, European vice champion in rafting – Downriver.  I paddled canoe slalom, and I’m guide too. In addition to rafting I also like Dajak, skiing, scuba diving…. I always wanted to go to Russia. A large country with such a great history, she has so much to offer and I can not wait to embark on this adventure. By going on this Forum I’ll fulfill my desire to see her.

14My name is Victoria Sergeevna. I’m 28 years old. I am from Tashkent, Uzbekistan. I work as art director at the sports complex. 10 years engaged in design. I enjoy motorcycles and sometimes I ride through the city, when I have time. I have a daughter, she is 4.5 years. I love nature, wild conditions and beauty.

15I am Ariel Dominguez from San Rafael, Mendoza, Argentina. My city is in the west of Argentina right next to the Andes.I’m 33 years old and I’m the father of 4 beautiful children. I study in the university of ambient science. At the moment I’m running a family business and I’m working as a rafting and kayaking instructor in a cannoning school. It’s a wonderful surprise to travel to Russia for this forum. I’m sure it will be a unbelievable experience.

Nada SlacklineNadežda, Nada Matić, Serbia – I love all outdoor activities because I love to spend time in nature. After much searching, I found that rafting connected for me three very important things: adrenaline, contact with water and adventure. Looking to nature from the perspective of the river is magical, and most relaxing for me. I love rocky mountain rivers because  they are like a labyrinth and to solve them is a real challenge. To become familiar with the Russian culture is something I have wanted to do since my school days, we learnt so much about it. Meeting Russia, particularly from the point of rafting, and the possibility of rafting on some of her rivers was always my dream. Also, from the perspective of a reporter for the IRF, I have always wished to see where the Russian teams train.



Day One, August 18 Check-in. Registration. Accommodation. Cultural and sightseeing program. Visit to traditional Russian sauna. the Forum opening ceremony
Day Two, August 19 Sightseeing program. Introduction to the school system of the Russian Federation. Outdoor program  with  traditional Russian games.
Day Three, August 20 Participation in the International festival «Axe 2016».
Day Four, August, 21 Sightseeing tour of Tomsk – Siberian Students Capital, visit to Tomsk universities, museums. First training session in whitewater rafting, team building. Gala dinner.
Day Five, August 22 Bus transportation to Republic of Altai. Accommodation in Hotel “Heart of Altai”  on the bank of Katun river.
Day  Six, August 23 Extreme mountain tour by quad bikes. Training rafting session. Evening concert of Altai folk groups.
Day Seven. August 24 Training rafting session. Horse riding tour. Evening folk concert – throat singing.
Day Eight, August 25 Extreme motorafting tour, transportation  to “Ilgumen” rapid, Katun river (100 km – 3:00 hours).
Day Nine, August 26 Watching All-Russia rafting championship – Slalom discipline.
Day  Ten, August 27 Friendship tour on Katun river. Closing Ceremony at the Hotel “Heart of Altai”. Transfer to Gorno-Altaisk airport, Barnaul airport. Departure.

Through sponsorship of: Federal Agency for the Commonwealth of Independent States, Compatriots Living Abroad, and International Cultural Cooperation (Rossotrudnichestvo); Administration of Tomsk region, Rafting and canoe Federation of  Tomsk region, Municipal Educational Organization Kopylovsky Club «Odyssey», Russian Geographical Society (Tomsk Region), led by Alexei Shirokov – Event Director, Coordinator – Evgeny Kovalevskiy and Consultant and Advisor – Oleg Grigoryev, selected will gather to learn about the strengthening of the International friendship, to be present the tourist potential of the Tomsk Region and the Republic of Altai for the foreign guests with fantastic possibility to raft on some of the best Russian river.

One more time Rafting brings us together from all over the world to the most unusual places. So, disconnect yourself from everyday life and connect with nature and culture of Russia, enjoy the rafting, new places, new friends and have fun, folks!

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Team Bober – the legends

At the 2016 ERC the unimaginable happened – “Bober” (SLO) rafting team returned to the competitive rafting scene!!! Not only did many of my wishes become realities because of this, but I also had the privilege to interview and find out more about this amazing team.

The crew of: Jani Plestenjak, Borut Holy, Matej Hočevar, . . . → continue reading . . . Team Bober – the legends

Judges course at WRC2016

A Judges course will be run during the 2016 World Rafting Championship. Anyone keen to do the course should email IRF Admin.

The details are:

Dates: 31st Oct – 5th Nov (same dates as the WRC)

Place: Event Headquarters, Wadi Adventures

Cost: $US30 to be paid to Instructor on the first day of the course. . . . → continue reading . . . Judges course at WRC2016

WRC 2016 – registration forms available

WRC 2016 is 4 months away! From the flow of questions coming now we can see that teams and federations are gearing up to book flights and pre-event training as well as securing all the other information they need to make the plans for their trip to the event.

Here is the Registration Form which . . . → continue reading . . . WRC 2016 – registration forms available

Into the Unknown (again) – 1st IRF workshop in the Ukraine

As the demand for International Rafting Federation courses is growing year on year, I am noticing that I am able to travel to new and exciting destinations to run IRF courses. This year alone my travels have taken me to Morocco, Nepal, France, UK and now to the Ukraine for their first ever IRF workshop.

. . . → continue reading . . . Into the Unknown (again) – 1st IRF workshop in the Ukraine

What’s coming up?

We’re heading into the height of the Northern Hemisphere summer and holiday season, so most rafters and rafting companies will be at their busiest soon. There are still some guiding training courses coming up as well as some raft races, most notable is the guide assessment on the Zambezi – what an awesome place to . . . → continue reading . . . What’s coming up?

EC R4 Noguera Pallaresa, Rialp/Sort 2016

I was located in a small paradise called Casa Canelo in the magical Pyrenees, above the beautiful river Noguera Pallaresa on which the first EC in Spain was being held. The small village of Rialp was the host of this competition. The R4 category event attracted teams from GBR, NED, SPA and mixed BEL/NED team.

. . . → continue reading . . . EC R4 Noguera Pallaresa, Rialp/Sort 2016

International Cultural and Recreational Forum

  Russian Federation

International Cultural and Recreational Forum

«Whitewater of Siberia – 2016»


Federal Agency for the Commonwealth of Independent States, Compatriots Living Abroad, and International Cultural Cooperation (Rossotrudnichestvo) has the honor to announce a Contest “Whitewater of Siberia 2016” and invite 30 winners to take part in International Cultural and Recreational . . . → continue reading . . . International Cultural and Recreational Forum