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Rios Tropicales Wins Sustainable Tourism Award from Skål International

Skål International announces Rios Tropicales, Costa Rica’s leading adventure company, as the
winner of its 2014 Sustainable Tourism Award in the category of Tour Operators.

RT AwardWhat began in 1985 as a simple dream to pursue a love of paddling, provide jobs for fellow Costa Ricans and support rainforest land protection developed into Rios Tropicales, Costa Rica’s award-winning adventure company and geotourism leader. Skål International’s 2014 Sustainable Tourism Awards follows an evaluation carried out by three independent judges with scores summed at the Skål Secretariat. The project getting the highest score is declared winner in the respective category. “We’re honored to receive this award recognizing our consistent programs and principles that support replicable, community-driven, sustainable tourism,” says Rios Tropicales President and Cofounder Rafael Gallo. Description of the project.

Rios Tropicales runs its adventure company with a foundation of sustainability principles that benefit all its stakeholders: employees, local communities, tourists and the environment. One of its signature projects, involving the nearby village of El Tigre, exemplifies how Rios Tropicales engages with the local community and environment, and innovates with private-public funding partnerships to promote sustainability and conservation.

The El Tigre South-South Project is an international collaboration between the Republic of Costa Rica and the Kingdom of the Bhutan, involving the rural community of El Tigre, and the newly created Association of Bhutanese Outfitters. The South-South project transformed El Tigre into a sustainable community tourism destination, providing income, jobs, education, while prioritizing conservation and protection of the fragile rainforest environment. For more information, watch the El Tigre mini-documentary video:

The following quotations from the Skål international judges illustrate why Rios Tropicales won this honor:

“Rios Tropicales is an international best-practice model for how adventure ecotourism can be used as a tool of education, conservation, community empowerment and sustainable rural development.”

“A true model of community development for sustainable tourism that is long-term and replicable.”

“…development of tourism clusters and adventure routes as a tool to support and empower the local community to develop their own tourism initiatives is highly commendable.”

The winners were announced and honored at the 75th Skål World Congress, held in Mexico City on Sunday, October 26, 2014.

About Rios Tropicales
Rios Tropicales, founded in 1985, offers sustainable adventure tourism packages in Costa Rica to travel agencies and individuals within the country and around the world. Rios Tropicales operates throughout Costa Rica offering adventure activities that allow tourists to see Costa Rica’s natural richness, such as whitewater rafting, kayaking, canoeing, hiking, cycling, cultural encounters and wildlife tours.

About Skål International
Skål International is the only professional organization promoting global tourism and friendship. It is also the only international group uniting all sectors of the travel and tourism industry. Skål has 17,000 members in 400 clubs in 87 countries. www.skal.org

PRO Rafting Team Costa Rica

When a team that is only assembled four months before the World Rafting Championships wins their national champs and then goes on to the World Champs in Brazil and wins third place in the slalom, beating defending champions Japan, it leaves you speechless and asking yourself what kind of extraordinary talent is working here?! We decided to talk with them about their success in Brazil and to get to know them better.

CR PRO slalom awardMy job is to spy out new teams before our big events so as to bring them to the attention of our followers and write articles about them. But this team snuck past me totally. But now I have the honour to present to you ​​and welcome this rookie team.

This new and amazing team consists of: Felipe Cervilla (Captain) and Pro Rafting Costa Rica company owner, Jonathan Mora, Ronny Mora, Juan Jose Molina, William Molina, Roberto Mendoza and coach: Alex Segura.

CR PRO kayakingThese class 5 guides and kayakers tell me​ that ​​they always try to keep their training fun. Felipe Cerevilla tells us how they came up with the idea to make a team and compete.

“The idea all started with a small association that a few of us paddlers belong to, it’s called Asosciacion de Aventura y Aguas Rapidas de Quepos. Our main goal is to promote many outdoors sports in the area and also the conservation of our rivers. We put together a few events like rafting and kayaking competitions and festivals. Later we were asked to put together the R4 National Championship for 2014 in our local Naranjo River with the help of the Federacion Costarricense de Rafting. Our goal then was to get a few competitive teams to support this event and to represent our rafting communities. Winning this was again a big surprise.

Felipe, how long has your teambeen in rafting? –

“For most of us the Savegre River and Naranjo in the Central Pacific have been our backyards. We all started young and come from rafting parents or water fanatical families. ​Professionally we’ve been safety kayaking and guiding for over 10 years in most cases.

Perfect background and base for this sport.

CR PRO teamYou are, however, quite new to the racing side of this sport, how did your team prepare for the competition, what did your training look like and on which rivers did you prepare?

We all work in local rafting companies, so we tried to fit training around work and somehow we managed to train 6 times a week for 3 months before Brazil, sometimes morning and afternoon training and multiple rafting trips in one day. We paddled mostly in the Naranjo River, also the Paquita River and we also trained flat water on the beaches of Quepos and Manuel Antonio.”

Felipe, had any of you been to Itaipu before? –

“We had never been to Brazil and for many of our members this was their first time on a plane and first time out of the country.”

CR PRO DRWhich discipline did your team like the most? –

“We had the most fun on Slalom since we kayak and guide very technical and small volume rivers. In other disciplines we know we have to improve, and Brasil was a great learning experience.”

- WRC is a grate place for that.

Paddling techniques can practically be divided by continent, the way of strokes even by schools and countries; so the WRC is​ a large international display of all the different techniques and styles of paddling. By mixing these styles it breaks up the monotony in certain regions and improved techniques or new solutions in different disciplines provide a great opportunity for the teams and for them to compare how their paddling styles rate in the world.

CR PRO team 2Since you have just started with the racing side of the sport, did you have any expectations related to the result at the WRC R4? –

“We knew we would be up against many top teams and our goal was to finish in the top 10. Getting a medal was more than we ever expected, all the training paid off in the end. This was only our second rafting competition ever and our first WRC “

Man, just incredible.

You won third place in the Slalom, what did this mean to you?

“This was great motivation! Especially for us to keep moving forward as a team and hopefully motivations to the many other Costa Rican river athletes that all we need is the whitewater organizations to start working together for the best of this sport and us, the athletes.

Anything is possible and we have the talent.

This is absolutely true. Costa Rica has beautiful rivers, technically excellent, the right set up for training and development of the sport.

Will we see you in Indonesia next year on R6 category?

We will start working soon on our next goal – Indonesia. The Costa Rican championship starts in December. For Indonesia we will have much more time to train and we hope to have representation of our Open Women, Masters and Junior teams.

This is great news and it can be seen how this award from Brazil was the wind in the wings for motivation and desire for the development of the sport. Love it.I’m happy for you because I feel your positive attitude all the way from this other continent. Keep it up and I can not wait to see your next result.

Are there sponsors which you would like to thank? -

“We would like to specially say thanks to the people of Quepos” and Manuel Antonio Area” for supporting us and keeping us positive because getting to Brasil was not an easy task.

The local tourist industry for coming together and helped us in many ways…… quepos quepos Pura Vida!

Also to: Municipalidad de Aquirre – Comite Cantonal de deporte y recreacion Quepos- Avianca- 2 Costa Rica real state- Asociacion de aguas rapidas y aventure de Quepos- Hotel California- Barba Roja restaurant- Ronnys Place - Hidden Bay Realty - Amigos del rio-Savegre sin represas - Iguana Tours- Rafiki Safari lodge- Wave expeditions – H2O Adventures – Tropical Expeditions – Quepoa Expeditions- Canopy Safary – Las Machas rafting team.”Thank you all for helping these guys. This team has great potential, for sure and proved it with great success in Brasil.

It was a pleasure to meet you, to find out more about your beginning and plans for the future. I’ll follow your work and I hope to have the opportunity to watch you live once in a competition. Until then, keep moving forward in the realization of your plans. Congratulations!

If you want to follow their work, you can do it on Facebook.com/pages/PRO-Rafting-Team-Costa-Rica/657962840966706

Dates for events for 2015!!!

If you are running an event in 2015 please let me have the dates as soon as you can so we can add it to the IRF calendar!

Provisional calendar so far –

14 – 18 TTW White Water Festival Sedim River, Kulim, Malaysia C Link
17 – 19 EC R4 – Salza River Styria,Wildalpen, Austria C Link
19 – 24 R6 Euro Champs Vrbas, Banjaluka, BiH B Link
29 – 31 EC R4 –Noguera Pallaresa Rialp, Spain C Link
20 – 21 EC R4 – Trnavka (Sprint, Slalom) Zeliv, Czech C Link
15 – 17 EC R6 – Vltava (Sprint, Slalom) Czeska Vrbne, Czech C Link
23, 24


EC R4, R6 – Lipno, Devil’s Stream (Downriver) Kamenice, Jesenný, Czech C Link
Late Nov/early Dec R6 World Rafting Champs Citarik, Indonesia A Link

Any updates – let me know as soon as possible.

Try and ensure your event does not fall on the same weekend as another event in your region.

IRF guide certification scheme gets recognition in top tourism report

The U.N. World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA) have released their first Global Report on Adventure Tourism. 

“The ATTA worked with the UNWTO on this report to help educate the global leisure tourism industry on the core values of responsible tourism. The . . . → continue reading . . . IRF guide certification scheme gets recognition in top tourism report

Foot entrapment – self rescue

This first video about foot entrapment from R3 – Rescue for Riverrunners talks to us about ways to avoid foot entrapment in the first place. 

Next is episode 10 which discusses assessment and the episode 11 – skills.

Rafting Team “Liman”

We introduce to you the U23 national men’s team from Serbia – Rafting Team “Liman”.

The Eastern European country of Serbia has been a member of the International Rafting Federation (IRF) since 2006, and since the IRF established a Youth division in 2010 the young athletes in Serbia have . . . → continue reading . . . Rafting Team “Liman”

How to fit a PFD properly

Palm – gear for paddlers, has put this great video together showing how to ensure you have put on yours and other’s PFDs properly.

A three step guide:

1 Undo all straps, zips and buckles. 2 Put on the PFD, and fasten the zips and . . . → continue reading . . . How to fit a PFD properly

Himalayan White Water Festival

This is the 4th year for this festival which is growing every year as it gets better known and as it offers more to the participants.

Dates: 24 – 26 November

Location: Trishuli, Fishling, Nepal

Info: www.facebook.com/nkcwhitewaterfest

Prizes to be won!

This year . . . → continue reading . . . Himalayan White Water Festival

Brazil dominates the World Rafting Championship

The Brazil teams have scooped up the Open Men’s, Open Women’s and Masters Men’s title at the World Rafting Champs in Foz do Iguaçu. Brazil.

Photos: Nilton Rolin / Itaipu and Rickardo Andrade

The 2014 R4 Championships have ended after gathering the best in the world, from 19 countries, . . . → continue reading . . . Brazil dominates the World Rafting Championship

Pulley systems

It’s not often you need to know how to set up a rope pulley system – but when you do it is normally an emergency and you need to know how to do it fast!

Vidra Kele brings us these great illustrations as to how to set . . . → continue reading . . . Pulley systems