Race Results

R4 Euro Rafting Champs
Results; Videos: -1--2-; -3-; -4-; Photos: -1-, -2-, -3-, -4-, -5-, -6-; -7-
Euro Cup Vrbas
Results; Article; Photos: -1-
Euro Cup Trnavka
Results; Photos: R4 Sprint; R4 Slalom
R2 China
Results; Photos
Euro Cup Serbia
Results; Photos: -1-; Video
Costa Rica Nationals
Results. Photos: -1-, -2-, -3-; -4-; -5-
Slovak Open
Results: R4; R6. Photos. Videos: -1-; H2H; DR
Dutch Series
Results; Photos: -1-, -2-, -3-; -4-. Video: -1-
Matlock Raft Race
Results; Video
USA Nationals
Results; Video: -1-
EC Arouca
Results; Photos: -1-; -2-
EC Austria
Results: U23Open; Photos: -1-; -2-; -3-; Videos: H2H Women; H2H MenDR
EC /Dutch Open Series
Results; Photos: -1-; Videos: -1-; -2-
EC Croatia
Cancelled due to drought
Australian Nationals
Cancelled due to floods
EC Bulgaria
Results; Photos: -1-; Videos: -1-; -2-
EC Slovenia
Results: R4, R6. Photos: -1-; -2-; -3- ; -4-; Videos: -1-
Belgian Raft Race
Results; Photos: -1--2-; -3-
GBR Nationals
Results, Photos: -1-; -2-; -3-
NZ Nationals/Buller Fest
WRC 2013 Results

U19 and U23
Open and Masters
Links to videos, photos

Archived Race Results

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To register for the World Rafting Champs in Brasil …

Itaipu Canal

Itaipu Canal

Dear Teams and Member federations

The procedure to register has been set up by the Brasilian organisers. The process is as follows:

1. using your countries official email address send an email to foz2014@canoagem.org.br  and ask for your password.  

If you do not already know what your countries official email address is then see it here. Any problems with this contact IRF Admin.

2. Once you have emailed them they will email you back with a password and you can then register your teams at the following link: http://extranet.canoagem.org.br/associacoesauth?evento=rafting2014

You can find all the information about the event on their website at: www.foz2014.org.br and on our website at: www.internationalrafting.com/events-2/events/wrc-2014-brazil/

China – Race 2, what an experience!

China two 1Chengdu is the city we arrived in after a crazy, night train ride. We had four days of rest here before the second race. This beautiful city of 15 million people, with many historical, religious and natural curiosities is a city to be on the list for sight seeing just as much as Paris and Barcelona in Europe. It was also a great opportunity for the international teams to get to know each other a little better.

China two 5After those rest days came 2014 Dujiangyan (Hongkou) – the 6th International Competition Natural Water Rafting in 2014, China.  Hongkou Rafting Centre of Dujiangyan, Sichuan, is where we were staying and was excellent as it has all that is needed for tourists to enjoy several days of variety of tourist activities. Surrounded by beautiful, green mountains, the clean river are a real Mecca for lovers of the sport of rafting  and recreation. In this centre you can find probably the only museum in the world devoted to rafting.

China two 4After a beautiful opening ceremony and practises on the river the race started normally, but the outcome was unexpected. The trail was not too demanding for the competitors, but another broken paddle for Serbia sees them totally out them of the competition. The borrowed paddles were not adequate for a competition. Better luck next time girls.

China two 10In training the Canadians usually let others in front of them, for us it was not very clear what their tactics were, but this time they were utterly determined to get a better position than in the previous competition. Such determination and preparation paid off in ​​a first place in this competition. Only seconds behind ,the USA team had to settle for second place again. What was a surprise is that team “Beijing” from China won third place showing the standard is definitely improving. Congratulations go to the winners, and to the other participants  - we wish upi more luck next time.

China two 3All the teams that attended would like to thank the following who enabled us to participate in this competition.

  • Sponsor: China Water Sports Administration Center, Sichuan Provincial Sports Bureau and Tourists.
  • Organizer: Chengdu Municipal Sports and Tourist Bureau, Dujiangyan Municipal People’s Government.
  • Co organizer: Dujiangyan Hongkou Scenic Sport Administration Center, Chengdu Feilaifeng Tourism Development Company Ltd.

China two 11This competition gave us a chance to see some amazing places which had historical and cultural significance for China. All in all, this trip was beautiful, heavenly for all of us. China is a beautiful country, the people are friendly, hospitable, the organizers produced a competition that will stay in our memories and will be recounted for years to come. Thanks to everyone who enabled us to come and be a part of this. We are left to hope that one day we will again be able to go to China. Thank you China for everything.

China two 2

And what are the teams’ impressions of the trip once they were home:

Hungary: “Our journey to China was a perfect two weeks, some strange things which are usually annoying for foreigners were no problem for us. So we could enjoy the whole beauty of the country. We extremely loved the rivers and painting-like environment. As if we visited world of Kung Fu Panda.”

Canada: Andy Hill – “I was so fortunate to experience ten days in China, everything was completely beyond my expectations. Everything from the quality of the rivers, excellent organization and wonderful venues made the trip an amazing experience. As an international team we felt very welcomed to be in China and appreciated the hospitality. We felt very honoured to be invited to China and would be more then pleased to return In the future.”

Serbia: Milica Tanasijevic – “I feel so blessed and lucky for having a chance to be a participant on this wonderful competition. I had a whale of a time paddling on exciting rivers in China. Actually, it was more than a rafting competition, it was a real journey through China. An experience I don’t think I will forget. Many thanks to our Chinese hosts and organizers for extraordinary hospitality. It is difficult to say what was the highlight of this trip. And many thanks to other teams that we enjoyed sharing this adventure with. Hope to see you all again, guys.”

Article by Nada

New Euro Rafting Champions!!!

Downriver group start

Downriver group start

What a beautiful competition. 71 teams, 18 European countries, Čunovo – Divoka water, Slovakia, the sun as much as we wanted, well organized competition – what more could we ask for!


Day Four of the competition (see Day 1, Day 2 and Day 3started with Slalom for the U19, U23 and Masters divisions, and then it was the Downriver for the Open division.

Running rafts in DR

Running rafts in DR

The slalom course was only slightly modified for the U19, U23 and Master divisions, but was still very demanding technically. It was not easy for the younger teams and there were two flips, one after the other. Safety on the track was great, so contestants only had short swims but gained more experience. ;) In the same part of the track one youth team lost their paddle. They took a replacement paddle from the shore, which is why they were disqualified for that round, but they needed it to get to the end of the track. It was the upstream gates that gave the trouble and the teams that improved their tactics on them in their second round gained places. The final results were:

  • U19 Men: RUS1 achieved Gold with SVK1 getting Silver and SLO1 Bronze

    Slide re-entry

    Slide re-entry for DR

  • U19 Women: CZE1 followed by RUS1
  • U23 Men: SVK1, CZE2, and SLO1
  • U23 Women: SVK1, RUS1, CZE1
  • Masters Men: CZE1, CZE2, SVK1
  • Masters Women: RUS1, SVK1

Whoops!Downriver for the Open division followed immediately after. The start was in large groups of about 8, so getting to the first buoy the fight was worse than in H2H – more like H8H :) It was great for the spectators but extremely exhausting for the contestants because you never know which side the other teams are going to come at you from.

Open Men Overall

Open Men Overall

Once past the second buoy the order crystallized more and teams could chase across the flat water to the exit ramp where they then had to pick up the raft and run up to the top where there was a short slide down the bank back into flat water. Entering into the water after running and carrying the raft up the hill was fun but having a good entry was crucial to maintain your place and so making a slight mistake here could cost you a position or even two. As the day was too hot, the safety team was spraying water over the heads of the overheated competitors.

Open W Overall

Open Women Overall

There was a lot of overtaking throughout the run, and some of the most notable fights were ITA1 leading for quite some time in the Men’s but then fading and being overtaken by RUS1 and CZE1. In the women’s there was an excellent tussle between GBR1 who led the event until the take out of the last lap. Here SVK1 accelerated to get in front and maintained that lead to the end. The medals went to: Open Men: RUS1, CEZ1, ITA1. Women: SVK1, GBR1, NED1

Y M Overall

Youth Men Overall

And so now we could calculate who were the new IRF R4 Euro Rafting Champions!

  • Open Men: CZE1, CZE2, RUS1;
  • Open Women: SVK1, GBR1, NED1
  • U 19 Men: RUS1, SLO1, TUR1
  • U19 Women: CZE1, RUS1
  • U 23 Men: CZE2, CZE1, SVK1;
  • U23 Women: SVK1, RUS1, CZE1
  • Masters Men: CZE1, CZE2, SVK1
  • Masters Women: RUS1, SVK1

Congratulations to all the new Euro Champions!

Y W Overall

Youth Women Overall

CZE1 Open Men’s team defended their title from 2012 – well done guys! The difference between second and third was only one point! The competition amongst the Open Women’s teams was very close and hard fought. SVK1 did their country proud and showed that they are the queens of the Čunovo course. GBR1 and NED1 deserve praise for showing great skill and determination to take away Silver and Bronze respectively.

Russia came with strong teams and they have a great future ahead – they achieved 1st in U19 men’s,  2nd in U19 Women, 2nd in U23 Women, 3rd in the Open Men and 1st in Masters women despite having an injured member.

J M Overall

Junior Men Overall

The Slovenian U19 team took home two golds, three silver and four bronze medals. Impressive!

Czech Republic and Slovakia came well prepared to this competition and both took home a large bunch of medals.

Turkish U19 team claimed the bronze medal overall. It can be seen that Turkey is one of the countries that is paying a lot of attention to the young generation. We expect them to be presenting the world with a women’s team soon. They have a great young generation coming through.

J W Overall

Junior Women Overall

The Italian rafting group was impressive throughout the competition, and they were the sweetest during meals – sitting gathered at the big table, like a real family, Robert Schifferle as the head – everyone had a great example of how a federation should operate at a competition. And they left with many medals – a great performance!

I would personally like to compliment GBR2 men’s team on their success in the H2H and the most beautiful uniforms in the competition.

Masters Men Overall

Masters Men Overall

I would like to thank not only the organizers and Rado Orokocky, but also all the people who helped to make this a great competition. I had the opportunity to meet wonderful, friendly people with whom I collaborated through these days, as well as many new competitors, teams, team leaders, etc. And thanks too, to the Safety Team for doing an excellent job.

Masters W Overall

Masters Women Overall

We will remember this competition not only for 500 medals being distributed at the event, but also for the excellent performance of competitors, the excellent organization of the competition, the beautiful place “Divoka voda”, very hot days and that beautiful opportunity – to meet everyone again and hang out. The European Championship is actually one large gathering of the rafting family.

See you at the next European Championships in Banja Luka, BiH in R6 category 2015​!

Article by Nada

Day Three Euro Rafting Champs

Another beautiful, sunny day in Čunovo is behind us. The third day was reserved for Slalom for Open Men and Women and Downriver for the U19, U23 and Masters’ divisions.

The first slalom race brought us two flips and one surf in a hole just before the end of . . . → continue reading . . . Day Three Euro Rafting Champs

Day Two Euro Rafting Champs

The second day of competition was the Open Sprint and H2H. As I expected it was spectacular in both disciplines.

First it was the Sprint where the CZE1 team defended their title from last time, NED1 achieved a fantastic result and climbed onto the podium at 2nd place, while the experienced Italian ITA1 . . . → continue reading . . . Day Two Euro Rafting Champs

Day One of Euro Rafting Champs

U19 Men Sprint

The first day of competition went very smoothly and professionally. I cannot wait for Slalom and Downriver! We were fortunate to have more sunny days and by the end of this competition it will look like we have all been on vacation!

Fifteen nations are represented at this competition. . . . → continue reading . . . Day One of Euro Rafting Champs

R4 Euro Champs under way in Slovakia – watch LIVE!!!

The 2014 R4 Euro Champs are being held from the 17 – 20 July on the artificial course, Areál Divoká voda Čuňovo, Bratislava, Slovakia.

Some teams have been there since the past weekend, getting in some extra training and familiarising themselves with the course. See photos.

And training for . . . → continue reading . . . R4 Euro Champs under way in Slovakia – watch LIVE!!!

Home team – U23 Slovak Women’s team ready!

This is another young team that started its career at the R4 Euro Champs – Čunovo, 2014. We talked to Monika Kebiskova to get an introduction to this team.

“Our team is called “Vopičky”, which means ‘ monkeys’, because we are small, bouncy and quite loud. The team was founded in . . . → continue reading . . . Home team – U23 Slovak Women’s team ready!

Training day two of R4 Euro Champs

Another sunny day on “Divoka water” Čunovo, Slovakia

The second day of training was for Slalom. It went as smoothly as the first day, but the Slalom is more challenging   so the water was exciting and busy.

The track is technically quite demanding and so it took teams a lot of . . . → continue reading . . . Training day two of R4 Euro Champs

GB R4 Masters White Water Rafting Squad

These guys had their first major challenge in New Zealand as the R6 team at the 2013 WRC  and now are preparing for the R4 challenges of Slovakia at the Euro Champs.

There is over 80 years of collective white water rafting, kayaking and canoeing experience in this team. . . . → continue reading . . . GB R4 Masters White Water Rafting Squad