Race Results

Results: OW, OM, MM, U23W, U23M, U19  ; Photos: -1-, -2-, -3-, -4-, -5-, -6-; Videos.

WRC 2017

EC 2017 Overall
R4: WomenMen.
R6: MenWomen

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What’s the point in promoting women in paddlesports?

Women have been raft racing since Project Raft on the Chuya River, Siberia, in 1989. The Amazonkis Team from the USA were the first to pave the way and show how it’s done. Women in rafting have come a long way since our very own IRF Secretary General was told by a well known paddler at a Zambezi Rafting Festival in 1992 that their women’s team (the only one there) were taking on more than they could handle and would end up being helicoptered out. Instead they placed 16th out of 32 teams! There are women’s teams from most countries competing in IRF competitions now. So what’s the point in hosting an event named after and in aid of women in paddlesports? Surely they don’t need their own event!

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Pre-WRC Australia 2018 – Info letter #1

So many beautiful competitions are waiting for us in the 2018 season, and one of them is Pre-WRC Australia (9 – 13 May 2018).

As Australia are the hosts for the 2019 World Rafting Championship R6, the Pre-Worlds are done one year before as a big test for the organisers and a great opportunity for the competitors to get to know the river through a competition. The organiser will be able to test their organisation skills, transporting of competitors, boats, accommodation, food, logistics, and so on ….

To help you with your planning here is the first info letter for you, so that through this letter you will get to know all the information you need to get a better picture of where you will be going for WRC 2019.

The Australian Rafting Federation invites you to the Pre-WRC to compete, socialise and enjoy your time in Australia. The Tully River and Tropical North Queensland are waiting for you. 😉

Official organisers’ Facebook page

See you in Argentina from 4 – 10 November 2018

We have a date for the next WRC R4 competition. From 4 – 10 November 2018 Argentina will host the best rafters from around the world.  It’s time to reserve tickets and start planning to go to beautiful Argentina.

We know that most countries have already selected their representatives to take part in this competition, therefore, paddle in the hands and in the training – you have enough time to prepare yourself well for this competition.

Natural springs coming from the Andes Mountains in Moquehue, flow into Moquehue and Aluminé Lakes in Villa Pehuenia. Pure running water passes by Lonco Luan and Aluminé and become the tributary of Aluminé River together with the Ruca Choroi River, rivers where WRC will be held. That’s why we can hardly wait to visit this beautiful country, to meet again with rafters from all over the world, compete for the title of the best, make a new friends, hang out ….

Official Facebook page

More info here

Results: OW, OM, MM, U23W, U23M, U19  ; Photos: -1-, -2-, -3-, -4-, -5-, -6-; Videos.

See you there!!! 😀

Struma River (Kresna Gorge) needs your support

Rafting in Bulgaria is currently at risk of no longer being possible. Plans are in play to create a motorway across the only section of the Kresna Gorge suitable for competitions, amateur rafting and other white water disciplines.

Voice your concern by signing the petition!

The current plans involve a motorway connecting Germany with Turkey and Greece. Unfortunately, these plans mean building over the most exciting 17 kilometre section of the river.

At risk are a large array of flora and fauna native to the area and rare in the biodiversity of eastern Europe. The area is part of NATURA 2000, home to the greatest biodiversity in Bulgaria where you can find 122 species of butterflies all within a one square kilometre!

There are other options on the table for the motorway that don’t involve impacting this unique area. Your voice is needed to strengthen the resolve of the rafting and white water community.

More info:

Biodiversity Bulgaria – “Let’s save the Krensa Gorge”

European Commission – Daily News – 13/11/2017

Brazil Rafting Forum – March 2018

A unique immersion experience in the world of competitive rafting with multi world champions: Brazil!

The objective of this forum is to share the best techniques of competitive rafting, get to know the environment that made Brotas the world capital for competitive rafting and enjoy the lifestyle and beauty of Brazil’s inner landscape.

DatesMarch 16th-25th, 2018
LocationBrotas-SP, 220Km NorthWest from São Paulo
Participants: Min: 20 – Max: 35
Aimed atRafting athletes, coaches and sports administrators
CoachesMembers of Alaya Competition team, multifold rafting world champions

Registration open from October 1st  to January 31st

Day by day:
Day 1: Transfer from São Paulo Airport GRU to Brotas by van. Check in. Welcome dinner.
Day 2: Morning and afternoon run on Jacaré River.
Day 3: Down river simulation. 1 world champion per raft. Afternoon enjoy Brotas activities: ziplines, waterfalls.
Day 4, 5 and 6: Workshop on competitive rafting. Theory and practice about all 4 disciplines (sprint, H2H, slalom, downriver)
Day 7, 8 and 9: Brotas Rafting Contest. On day 9 closing party.
Day 10: Transfer to São Paulo Airport GRU.

More information:

Or Facebook details here

Big Thank You Miyoshi, Takuya, Daigo and Japan!

Miyoshi City, Tokushima is the gateway to the Yoshino river… home of Japan’s biggest and best white-water rafting. The abundance of crystal clear water combined with amazing scenery and the powerful, challenging rapids of the Oboke and Koboke sections all add up to an ideal setting for race rafting.” – and it was. This was the introduction on Japan’s WRC website – and we can add that the entire ambience, with mountains covered in forest, and the really beautiful Yoshino River flowing through, takes the breath away.


Many federations were introduced into new categories, and it was Mongolia’s first time competing at the WRC competition. There were entire families competing in different categories! And then there was the new generation coming through: “Highlight of my day today … was witnessing the U/19 Slalom medal ceremony, with Mark Treston and Paul Eame’s daughters receiving their medals, one for Team Japan one for Team NZ … and standing beside two very proud fathers and ex-Tully River raft guides … brought a tear to the eye!” – Graham Maifredi. 

Again, we saw flying rafts, an excellent zip-line system to get the rafts from the bottom of the Sprint, H2H and Slalom courses, back to the top, the best solution in the complex terrain.

Safety team

Brasil Open Men equalled two records at this event  – they are the World Champions for the fifth year in a row, the last time this was done was when Slovenia’s Bober team won the first 3 Camel White Water Challenge events and then the first 2 IRF WRC events. And they did it by winning all the disciplines, achieving 1000 points for Overall – the last time we saw this in the Open Men’s category was in 1997 at the CWWC, also by team Bober! It has taken 20 years to equal that record and maybe this one is better as in 1997 it was only 3 disciplines, now it is 4! Japan’s Master Men also achieved the magical 1000 at this event – welcome to the club of 1000 points!!! 

The timing of the event was excellent – with a Typhoon going past 2 weeks before and another 2 weeks after we were quite lucky! These pictures show the river in flood after the event – the road is the one where teams launched for Sprint, H2H and O/M Downriver.

Holding the 2017 WRC in Japan on the Yoshino River was a long time dream for four best friends – Taku Ikeda, Daigo Shibata, Teru Hiko and Mark Treston. They all met on the river about 16 years ago and have been best friends since. Taku and Daigo raced in the same team from 2004 to 2009 where they achieved 10th in 2005, 3rd in 2007, and 2nd in 2009! Since then Daigo has been working as the Japan Race Rafting Association director and has been instrumental in the running of the Japanese championships and other events which set him up as Race Director for the WRC. Taku took on the role of Event Director, Teru was Safety Director and Mark was handling the background logistics for all sorts of aspects. A great team that pulled together a great dream!

A competition is the ultimate product of huge amounts of hard work, behind which is the great work of the team of 4 above and their teams under them, the support of the state and sponsors, volunteers, judges …. we thank you all!!

This story does not end here, it continues to Argentina 2018, Australia 2019… See you there!

Race Rules updates

IRF small logoThe IRF Sport & Competition Committee will shortly be assessing and updating the IRF Race Rules.

The process is as follows:

  • Rule proposals may be submitted only as one of the three possible options. 1) Eliminate a rule, 2) change a rule, or 3) add a rule.
    1. When suggesting that a rule be eliminated, a copy of the rule must be included in the proposal.
    2. When proposing a change to an existing rule, the proposal must include a copy of the existing rule, and the suggested change.
    3. When suggesting a new rule, the submission must include a copy of the new rule written in a rule format.
  • All proposals must include Clear REASONS as to why this change has been suggested.  Submissions without clear reasons will be rejected.
  • All proposals must include the name of the person/organisation making the suggestion, and must come through an IRF member organisation representative or with their written approval.
  • All proposals must be in by the 1st December.
  • All proposals will be assessed by the Exec Com and those which merit further discussion will be presented to the S&C Com for full discussion. Discussions will be conducted on the IRF Forum.
  • After discussions have concluded,  all members of the S&C Com who have been active in the discussions will vote.  The aim is to conclude the voting by 15  February.
  • Updated rules, with all changes, will be published on the IRF website and sent by email to IRF member organizations. The aim is for this to be done by 1 March.

New H2H format tested out at Pre-Worlds

The report back from Pre-Worlds as to the running of the new-format H2H is all good! See video …

Joe Willie Jones is there and had this to say:

“The spectators loved it… a very good show with lots of contact at the buoys. A few surprises … good strategies trumped strength on a number of occasions. Even before the race there was an immediate change as teams carefully scouted the course to plan their strategies.

What made it even more interesting is that Argentina ran their National Selections H2H the previous day – so we had the old and new format to compare in quick succession. It was night and day to compare them on every metric. The difference in the reactions between the two systems was extreme. The old system scarcely got a reaction. The new system had everyone shouting through the entire run. Spectators loved it.

During the Captain’s meeting I asked everyone their opinion of how the two systems compared. All agreed that it was better or much better than before.”

This a great confirmation that this is the right direction to be going – we look forward to the future of the H2H!


All ready to start – World Rafting Cup / PRE-WRC Argentina


28 international and local  teams from the Czech Republic, Australia, Mexico, Chile, Japan, and Brazil will test their energy against the spirited Aluminé and Ruca Choroi rivers.

The opening ceremony of the 2017-Villa Pehuenia was held in the city hall facilities with the presence of all 28teams, Joe Willie Jones – IRF President, Omar Gutierrez – Governor of Neuquén province and the event organisers Gabriel Alamo and Sandro Badilla. Speeches and words of appreciation opened the competition. The highlight of the evening was the dance ensemble that had everyone up and dancing .

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Pre-WRC in Argentina begins on Wednesday

The strong crystal-clear waters of the Alumine and Ruca Choroi rivers will test the sporty spirit, discipline, camaraderie, energy and sacrifice of the best athletes of the world and national Rafting.

Natural springs coming from the Andes Mountains in Moquehue, flow into Moquehue and Aluminé Lakes in Villa Pehuenia. Pure running water passes by Lonco Luan and Aluminé and become the tributary of Aluminé River together with the Ruca Choroi River. These two majestic and energetic rivers have become the venues of the Rafting Pre-World Argentina in the province of Neuquén.

White waters with powerful and challenging rapids flow across incredible landscapes formed by ancient Araucaria Araucana forests. That is why Alumine and Collon Cura Rivers are the ideal sceneries to enjoy rafting.

The localities of Aluminé, Lonco Luan and Villa Pehuenia-Moquehue are proud to receive the Pre-World Rafting Championship 2017 from 1st to 5th November, which will allow sportspeople, visitors and rafting-fans to discover these incredible landscapes, see the best rafting athletes compete together and “live the strength of the river”.

12 teams, 7 countries, 4 Continents

11 international teams from the Czech Republic, Australia, Mexico, Chile, Japan, Brazil and locals from Argentina will test their power against the spirited Aluminé and Ruca Choroi.

The Brazilian Open Men’s rafting team, who have recently been crowned as World Champions for the 7th time, will come to Argentina to get to know the waters of the rivers Aluminé and Ruca Choroi and the wonders of the landscapes of the Andes.

Mexico will be represented by their Open Men’s team. Chile will cross the mountain range with its Open Men and Women’s teams from Pucón. From Oceania, Australia will present its Open Women’s team. Japan, recent organizers of the World Rafting Champs – Japan 2017, will be represented by their Open Women and Men’s teams. The Czech Republic wants to be present and that is why their Open Men’s team will be measured in the waters of our rivers. Brazil will be present with 2 Under 23 Women’s teams and 3 Open Men’s teams. And finally, we have the local Argentinian teams.

The Pre-World Championship is organized by the Municipalities of Aluminé and Villa Pehuenia-Moquehue; the Ministry of Production and Tourism of the Province of Neuquén; the Sub-secretary of Tourism of the Province of Neuquén; the Andes Aluminum Club; the Argentine Rafting Association and the Catalan Mapuche Community under the control of the International Rafting Federation (IRF).vince of Neuquén and the financing of the Federal Investment Council (CFI), through COPADE.


  • Campana Dos (Official transport of the event)
  • Corralón EpuHueney
  • Posada la Escondida
  • Cabañas Moquehue
  • Eliel
  • Ferretería Don Cirilo
  • Complejo Don Cirilo
  • Alvall
  • Cabañas Paso de los Andes

In addition, the event is sponsored by the National Ministry of Tourism (MINTUR); the Government of the Province of Neuquén and the financing of the Federal Investment Council (CFI) through COPADE.