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Race Results

EC 2018 Series final results:
R4 MenR4 WomenR6 WomenR6 Men

EC Proboj, Serbia
Results; Photos

ERC 2018, Slovakia
All results, photos, videos, etc

Guilin, China
Results; Photos: -1-; Video: -1-, -2-,

EC 2018 Results so far:
MenWomen;

EC Trnavka, Czech
Results: Sprint, Slalom; Photos;

EC Vrbas, BiH
Results; Photos;

more archived Race Results

We are river family – meet Steve Nomchong

No stranger to racing, guiding or safety training, this week we meet Steve Nomchong. Steve grew up in southern reaches of Australia, experienced rafting at a relatively young age and got hooked.
Steve was too young to vote in 1983 when a proposed dam that would have flooded the Franklin River in Tasmania became a major issue in that year’s federal election. It took a few years but he got the chance to raft the Franklin in early 1986 and see what all the fuss had been about. That trip changed the course of his life.

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Argentina – what to eat, see and do in Neuquen

Now that flights and accommodation are booked for the WRC it is time to look at Argentina and specifically the Neuquen province in more detail!

Villa Pehuenia

Most of the teams and officials will be based in the tourist town of Villa Pehuenia and there the favoured activities are rafting and kayaking or boat tours down Aluminé, Ñorquinco, Moquehue and Pulmarí rivers, or sport fishing in Aluminé, Litrán, and Nompehuén lakes, as well as horseback riding, climbing, big game hunting or trekking excursions through green trails that wander between mountain ranges and forests like the centenary pehuenes forest.

Eating and drinking

Food is a big social focus in Argentina. It is an opportunity to get together and socialise and this can be seen in their Asado’s and drinking yerba maté.

      • Asado (grilled meat) is like a barbeque and is very popular not only for the food but the social interaction while the meat is grilling. and is usually beef steak or ribs. In Argentina “carne’ tends to refer to beef only, whereas in other Spanish speaking countries they will specify what animal the meat is from, for instance “carne de vaca” (beef), “carne de cordero” (lamb).
  • Yerba Maté is a strong herbal drink that is quite bitter and strong in caffeine. It is massively popular in Argentina (the average Argentinian drinks about 5kgs a year!) and is very social. It is drunk out of a gourd which can be very basic like a hollowed out squash, to fancy decorated ones made from wood or other natural materials. It is drunk through a straw (bombillo) with a sieve on the end to prevent the herb being swallowed.It is normal practise for the person making the yerba maté to offer it to others, even strangers. If it is offered to you – take it, don’t touch the bombillo with your hands, and drink it down, then pass it back to the original person who will then refill it and pass it to the next person!

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WRC 2018 participants – don’t forget your…

We hope you’re looking forward to this event as much as we are! Below are a few reminders to make your championship memorable for all the right reasons!

Registration fees
If you have not paid that to the Argentina Organisers yet I suggest you do that urgently! It is OVERDUE and they will start adding extra on for late payments now.

Planning for your trip
Take a read of this article – Important travel tips.

Visas
Citizens of most European nations, Australia, Canada and USA don’t require visas for travel to Argentina – however, it is best to check now and apply for a visa now if you need one!

Travel insurance
Make sure you have it!

Water – Reduce | Reuse | Recycle
One of the IRF’s key principles is river conservation and looking after the local environment. Help us to ensure that our impacts on the communities of Neuquén and Aluminé are positive and welcoming. Bring your own water bottle so you can fill up each day instead of using environmentally unfriendly plastic bottles.

Registration – bring your passport!
At the official registration, each team member will be required to identify themselves and prove eligibility to compete for their nation. The registration team will be checking for:

  • Age verification: each team member’s age will be checked so make sure everyone in your team is the right age for the category you are paddling in! No exceptions.
  • National eligibility: if anyone in your team does not have the passport the nation you are representing and they have not been pre-approved by the IRF, they must bring two valid proofs of residency (ask IRF Admin for examples if you need to).
  • Make sure your federation’s membership fees are paid!

Hashtags and social media
The consistent hashtag to use if you want us to share your posts is #irfwrc
We’ll also be looking for any of the following: #AreYouReady #RaftersAreAwesome #LiveTheStrengthOfTheRiver #ViviLaFuerzaDelRio #Aluminé #Neuquén

Who are you?
Want to let the world know about your team preparations? Got an interesting story to share? Email Sean

Live Blog
The blog will keep you updated with the latest action.

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We are river family – meet Lucas da Silva

A face familiar to all on the raft race circuit, this week we meet Lucas hailing from Brotas, Brazil – winner of many IRF World Rafting Championship medals. Lucas started rafting in 1999 at Empresa Vaca Nautica, in the city of Brotas-SP, through an invitation from a friend to do guide training. After three months of training, he was approved and started work as a raft guide. After six months working as a guide, he started to train for rafting competitions.

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ERC 2019 to be held on the Vrbas, BiH

You love it. We love it. We’re going back to River Vrbas in Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina for the IRF European Rafting Championship 2019.

Hosts to the World Rafting Championship in 2009, Euro Rafting Championships in 2009 and again in 2015, this popular stretch of river regularly sees teams from across the globe come together as one river family to test their skills. As if hosting these large scale events isn’t enough, Rafting Klub Kanyon also play host to the Branka Štulić Memorial Euro Cup on an annual basis.

The picturesque steep walls of the Vrbas canyon will again see all the action of the Sprint, Head-to-Head and Slalom. Downriver will commence upstream closer to the campsite where most teams will be based, and finish at Rafting Klub Kanyon located on the outskirts of historic city of Banja Luka.

Exact dates are being firmed up now but the plan is for late June / early July.

As always the competition will be open to the top two teams in each age and gender categories from each European IRF member nation holding national selections in accordance with the IRF Race Rules. National teams from outside Europe are welcome to compete but will not be eligible to win European medals.

#AreYouReady #RaftersAreAwesome #irferc #RiverFamily #RepublikaSrpska

 

Trentino Wild are looking for IRF Guides for next season

Trentino Wild, one of the biggest rafting companies in Italy, are looking for IRF certified guides to work for them on the Noce River next season. They run trips on a class IV river and sometimes they run class V too. They are also a river rescue school, so the rescue part is essential for them. Their season is very long, it starts half way through April and finishes half way through September.

They are looking for:

  • GOOD guides, with a good river sense, and a good curriculum, good river rescue skills (they are a river rescue school)
  • Guides that are professionals of the river (IN the river and OUTSIDE the river)
  • They must have a knowledge of the Italian language, and with Italian or European citizenship (so the correct work contract can be arranged)
  • Must be IRF Class 4 / 5 certified

They are offering:

  • Insurance through the company
  • A home to stay in and serious work

If you’re interested and can satisfy the requirements – contact Trentino Wild

#RaftersAreAwesome #raftguide #weareirf #riverfamily

Are you looking for work this coming season?
Is your company looking for guides for your next season?
Use the IRF Forum to advertise yourself or your company!

We are river family – Frankie Kowaas

With great sadness we share with you the passing of Frankie Kowaas, but share with you the unstoppable passion and adventures he has inspired in so many. Frankie was the founder of Manado Adventure & Waraney Rafting. It was down to Frankie’s determination and hard work that he established the 1st branch of the Indonesian Rafting Federation (FAJI) in North Sulawesi, Indonesia (Pengprov FAJI Sulawesi Utara) and the 1st Rafting Operator in North Sulawesi (Waraney Rafting).

It was under Frankie’s direction that Indonesia competed for the first time at the 2001 IRF World Rafting Championship in West Virginia, USA.

Not resting with rafting alone, Frankie also established a mountain trekking company to climb one of the Seven Summits, Carstenz Pyramide (Papua, Indonesia). Again setting his sights high, he become the 1st BASE jumper in Indonesia and shared his love of heights through his paragliding activities.

Frankie will be greatly missed by his family, friends and customers. In his name we ask you to live life to the best you can be and share your passions with all who you encounter.

Frankie will always be one of our River Family.
#RaftersAreAwesome #RiverFamily #StrongerTogether #WeAreIRF

Keen to bid for the 2021 World Rafting Champs

If you are planning to bid for the IRF 2021 World Rafting Champs then read on …

Intention to Bid Forms are to be returned to IRF Admin by 31st October 2018. This form does not commit you to bidding but does help by letting us know that you want to bid. In this way we can assist you with various parts of the bidding process.

This is an R6 event and so is ideal for natural rivers and big water.

The due date for the FULL bid to be in is 31st December 2018. Please email IRF Admin for the latest bid documents.

We are river family – meet Julie Munger

Rescue 3 provider, raft guide, raft racer, original Project RAFT participant and holder of several very recent long distance outrigger accomplishments, this week we meet Julie Munger. Her first raft trip was when she was 15 years old, 40 years ago. Now she crosses vast ocean stretches between Hawaiian islands and runs her own rescue services company whilst somehow squeezing in the time to still compete in the USA Women’s Raft Team.

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We are river family – meet Bhupi Singh

Fate determined Bhupi’s white water career – he was fortunate enough to grow up in the small village ‘Sirasu’ based on the side of India’s holiest river, the mighty Ganges in Northern India. The time was right and since he’s rafted across the globe. This week we meet the globe trotter that is Bhupendra (Bhupi) Singh.

When he was a kid, rafting and kayaking in India was picking up. When someone told him that these raft guides and kayakers actually got paid to play on the river, he was sold. Later he realised that there was a much bigger world out there than he could have ever imagined.

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