Race Results

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

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International Rivers – an organisation well worth being friends with!

IR 1Since 1985, International Rivers has been at the heart of the global struggle to protect rivers and the rights of communities that depend on them. As they are the leader in the fight for the preservation of rivers, we will be doing a three part introduction to them. They are a vital organisation for all river users to know about and are key in the aim to unite us all in the fight for the protection and conservation of rivers for us now and for generations to come.

We spoke to Sarah Bardeen, their International Communications Director.

What is International Rivers?

“International Rivers is a Berkeley-based non-profit with offices on four continents. Since 1985, we’ve been at the heart of the global struggle to protect rivers and the rights of communities that depend on them.

Why does International Rivers exist? Because rivers are under threat.

Consider this: By the end of the 20th century, the dam industry had choked more than half of the Earth’s major rivers with some 50,000 large dams. The number of small dams is even higher.

The consequences of this massive engineering program have been devastating. The world’s large dams have fragmented our rivers. They’ve wiped out species; flooded huge areas of wetlands, forests and farmlands; and displaced tens of millions of people.

While not every dam causes huge problems, cumulatively the world’s large dams have re-plumbed rivers in a massive experiment that has left the planet’s freshwaters in far worse shape than any other major ecosystem type, including tropical rainforests.

IR 2We know that this “one-size-fits-all” approach to meeting the world’s water and energy needs is outdated: better solutions exist.

That’s why we’ve worked to build a global movement to protect rivers. We’ve done it by working closely with an international network of dam-affected people, grassroots organizations, environmentalists, human rights advocates and others.

Our staff hail from at least ten countries, and they are experts on dams, energy and water policy, climate change, and international financial institutions. We focus primarily on Latin America, Asia and Africa.

The work takes many shapes: We work to empower local people to demand their rights and change the terms of the debate. We fight to raise awareness, promote solutions and – most importantly – stop destructive projects.

We know a better way is possible – development should never force a trade-off between healthy rivers and the rights of local communities. We envision a world where water and energy needs are met without degrading nature or increasing poverty, and where people have the right to participate in decisions that affect their lives. Join us!”

Thank you, Sarah, for your introduction – we look forward to learning more about International Rivers and what they do in Part 2.

And you, dear readers, join International Rivers and let’s preserve our rivers.

If not us, who? If not now, when? All for Free Rivers, Free Rivers for all!

Links to International Rivers:

World and Euro Cup Wildalpen 2016!

I had the pleasure of once again attending the EC R4 in Wildalpen, Austria, on the Salza River. This year the event was also a World Cup Series event as well. Wildalpen hosted 30 teams in the men’s and 13 in the women’s competition, as well as 3 teams in the U19 men’s category,. The organisers were Rafting Sport Salzatal.

Photo Album of training

ec w drThe competition began with a night time Sprint. Wildalpen put on a cold night which was only just bearable (video). 

On the test of the speed, in the men’s competition, the best was Dajak klub from BiH, with a time of 1: 00,54. In less than one second behind them in 2nd place came the team Schwaben Augsburg 1, while the third place was taken by a fantastic team from the Netherlands – Holland4rafting.

In the women’s competition, Czech team RK Troja Coromoro took first place, while 2nd were the ladies of the Italian team, Italy OW 2 and the 3rd was RT Denmark Ladies

ec w raft2In U19 men’s category the first was Italy 5 U19 Sterzing with second place being taken by the Slovaks – Sky Rafters U19, and the third Slovenia’s Gimpex U19.

The day ended with a great gathering which was an introduction to what the party would be like on the following night.

On Saturday morning the H2H started. A beautiful sun that day facilitated the athletes who were paddling in the cold Salza River. And so started the next discipline, the eliminations until the final winners.

ec w groupH2H, is exciting to watch, especially when teams forget the rules for this discipline and are disqualified, or when someone breaks their paddle in the heat of the fight. First started the ladies. Two anchored rafts were used in the centre of the river to position and hold the racing rafts until the sound of the siren. Most teams struggled for a better route between the rocks on river right, and some girls opted for a slightly slower flow on river left right at the start which would then not result in a fight between the teams at the start

The final result was: 1. Dutch Ladies, 2. Denmark Ladies, 3. Raft-Ladies Wildalpen. Men: 1. “Dayak Club” , 2. “Schwaben Augsburg 1” and 3rd was “Bomber Boys” from DEN. In U19
category: 1. “Italy 5 U19 Sterzing “, 2. Gimpex U19, 3. Sky Rafters U19. It is so great to see the improvement in the Denmark Ladies since a year ago – their hard training is definitely paying off!

Photo album for H2H

After a short break came Slalom, which always starts in the evening. The women started when it was still light, and the men finished under floodlights. The water level was much lower than last year, but the Slalom course was not easier. 

ec w slalomThe final results were: Women: 1. Italy 2 OW, 2. RK Troja Coromoro, 3. Dutch RT Ladies. Men: 1. Gimpex, 2. Schwaben Augsburg 1, 3. AKV Augsburg. U19M: 1. Italy 5 Stenzing, 2. Sky Rafters U19, 3. Gimpex U19

Photo album of Slalom

And this time the party that night, with fireworks, was excellent! Sorry, no pictures. 🙂

Next morning in the Downriver guess who started first – the women! They were arranged in two groups: Video of Group 1, Video of Group 2 . They finished the race in the following order: 1. RK Troja Coromoro, 2. RT Denmark Ladies, 3. Italy 2 OW.

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U19 Medalists

The men started in 4 groups: Video Group 1, Video Group 2, Video Group 3, Video group 4 (coming soon). They finished the race in the following order: 1. Gimpex, 2. Dajak Club, 3. AKV Augsburg

U19 Men (video), finished the race in the following order which was also the order for Overall: 1. Italy 5 Stenzing (with 1000 points), 2.Gimpex U19, 3. Sky Rafters U19.

EC Women medalists

Open Women medalists

Overall Women: 1. RK Troja Coromoro, 2. Italy 2 OW, 3. RT Denmark Ladies

Overall Men: 1. Gimpex, 2. Schwaben Augsburg 1, 3. Dajak Club

Photo album of Downriver

Full Results: Men U19; Men OpenWomen Open.

These results will now go towards the World Cup Series as well – the next in that series is in China from the 16 to 22 July – that promises to be an event not to be missed!

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Open Men medalists

I would like to thank the organizers who once again welcomed us so nicely, and Camping-Wildalpen for the camping place, Rafting Club MRI for transport to Wildalpen, RT Austria U23 for using their club house to work in, and I’m sorry if I have forgotten anyone.  

It’s hard to believe that we had nice sunny weather during the EC/ WC Wildalpen this year, but the proof is in the photos and videos. Plus fireworks and that party! The organization of the competition was once again fantastic. Yes we come to the competition to compete, but it is such a great event to meet with old friends as well. Wildalpen is a place well known for that. See you next year rafting folks 😉

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WRC 2016 – first information letter!!!

WRC 2016 Logo - web croppedIt’s time to get planning for World Rafting Champs 2016!

The information for the 2016 World Rafting Champs in the UAE at the end of October is now available.

Here’s a video of rafting on the course to whet your appetites:

Race Rules updates

The updated IRF Race Rules are now available and in effect.

Race Rules – March 2016 Race Rules – with March 2016 track changes – see all the changes here Race Rules Safety Document – Jan 2016

Once a year the IRF S&C Com discusses . . . → continue reading . . . Race Rules updates

Raising the bar in the Himalayas

By Mark Hirst As many of us witnessed the disaster caused by the 2015 earthquake in Nepal, my thoughts turned to how I could personally help towards the long term rebuilding process.

I have had the honour of travelling to Nepal for kayaking and rafting based trips since 1998. Since 2013 I have . . . → continue reading . . . Raising the bar in the Himalayas

Up coming events ….

The Euro Cup Series is under way with the first event already done on the Korana River, Slunj, Croatia (results). There are a number of other great activities to be a part of, or to keep an eye on through our Facebook pages …

15 – 17 April we . . . → continue reading . . . Up coming events ….

Closing date for ERC 2016 registration is 15 April!!!!!

Have you got your registration form in yet for your team? Only 1 week left!

Here’s a quick link to the form.

And you need to email it in to: info@erc2016.si

Judges course at EC Georgia!

Dates: 25 – 28 May 2016

Place: Camp ”JOMARDIA”, Borjomi, Georgia

Cost: 30 Euro


25 May, 1pm  – first meeting 25 May, 2pm – 5pm theoretical part of workshop 26 May, 10am – 5pm theoretical part of workshop 27 – 28 May – work with Official Judges at the . . . → continue reading . . . Judges course at EC Georgia!

Personal responsibility with river safety

Rafting season 2016 has already started with some national competitions. We have already witnessed flips and paddlers falling out of rafts, which is an integral part of this sport, but more nationals, EC, ERC and WRC are still ahead of us with some new rivers and some new challenges. So, the question is . . . → continue reading . . . Personal responsibility with river safety

Judges Workshop at ERC 2016

A Judges Workshop will be run at the start of the Euro Rafting Champs and the judges will then assist in the judging at the event and, those that have not been certified before, will write the exam at the end.

This workshop is not only for new judges, but also for any judges who . . . → continue reading . . . Judges Workshop at ERC 2016