The Euro Cup 2013 Nis on the Nisava River was spoilt with two amazingly sunny days in what is often a cloudy and rainy Serbia. This is one of the few competitions where there is no entry fee required. This year we saw 4 countries and a total of 21 men’s teams and 8 women’s teams participating. Also, in this same contest, the University rafting competition was held for a second time.
The competition began with Slalom.
The course was perfectly set up and not easy for the beginners. And while several of them had worse second runs, some managed to improve from their first run. RK “Dayak” from Banja Luka, in the men’s category, lived up to the title of favourites and without a penalty in either run finished in first place. Behind them were the boys from KES “Vir”, Pancevo, Serbia, who received no penalty in the first run, but had a slightly slower time. Third was RT “Liman” from Zemun, Serbia, who received no penalties in the first run, but also had a slower time. There were no major surprises and the teams with more experience took the better positions.
In the women’s category the best was RT “Adventure Net” from Bulgaria, who received no penalty points in both runs (not surprisingly). Following them was “Reflip” girls, also from Bulgaria, and third place was RK “Kanjon” from Banja Luka, BiH, who in their second run showed what they can do, but not quite enough for a better placement.
The full Slalom results.
While the gates were being removed, the teams took some rest, and then it was time for the Sprint in which there were some surprises, especially amongst the teams from Serbia.
Again, the RK “Dajak” from Bosnia, justifying their position of favourites, won and were followed by the men’s team from RK “Adventure Net” from Bulgaria and third was KES “Vir”, of Serbia. The surprise amongst the Serbian teams was “Drinska Regata” who took second place at the national level.
The women’s category saw “Adventure Net” take first again, with RK “Kanjon”, Banja Luka in second place and “Reflip” Bulgaria in third.
The full Sprint results.
So now that the Sprint was done we had the ordered pairs for the H2H. The first round passed without any major surprises and favourites moved into the second round.
Winners of the men’s category targeted a great race line each time even if they were in a worse starting lane. They told me they selected a line and followed it every time. Maybe that brought them luck, we do not know, but first place was theirs against Adventure Net. The guys from “Drinska Regata” had a good result in the sprint and placed fourth after losing out to RK “Dajak” who placed third.
In the women’s category the battle for third place was exciting as RK “Kanjon” took the lead but the water dragged them to the right and team “Reflip” grabbed the opportunity to overtake and take third place. KK “Nikola Tesla” Zemun 1 had a surprise win in the semi-final and found themselves in the final against “Adventure Net” who were just too good for them.
The full H2H results.
These three events saw the completion of the first day. There were no flips and just one swimmer not far from the raft, but best of all was the beautiful sunny weather during the day.
Article by Nada
May and June are busy months on both the racing and guide certification calendars. Here is the line up so you can plan ahead.
This coming weekend (10 – 12) is the Euro Cup - Nišava (Niš), Serbia, the British Series on the River Derwent and the Slovakian Series on the River Hron.
The following weekend (17 – 19) is the Euro Cup in Durance, France and the Upper Clackamas WW Festival in Oregon, USA.
The final weekend in May (24 – 26) sees the BVS/ Slovakian Euro Cup on the Čunovo, the Costa Rican Nationals in Sarapiqui and a one day race of the Finish Series – Laukaa.
In June we have:
- 1 – 2, Czech Series (Sla,Spr), Vltava, Troja, Czech
- 7 – 9, Euro Cup - Trnavka, Czech Rep
- 7 – 9, Euro Cup – Vrbas, Bosnia and Herzegovina
- 8 – 9, Italian Rafting Cup #3, Avisio, Italy
- 8, Finish Series - Muonio, Finland
- 10 – 12, Canadian R4 Champs, Ottawa, Canada
- 14 – 15, Euro Cup- Rovaniemi/ Tornio, Finland
- 21 – 22, USRA Nationals, Royal Gorge Festival, Arkansas River, Colorado, USA
- 22 – 23, Euro Cup -Struma, Bulgaria
- 25 – 26, Voss, Norway
Guide Certifications/ Courses coming up are:
- 5 – 11 May: Training and certification Course (Class 3 river), Melen River, Turkey. In English and Turkish. Contact Vedat.
- 14 – 16 May: Guide – Trip Leader Workshop; San Luis Potosí, México; Details
- 20 – 23 May: Guide, Trip Leader, Instructor Course. Durance – Ubaye, France. Details
- 22 – 24. May: IRF Certification Workshop Canada – Ottawa/Petawawa River. Contact Jim Coffey
- 27 – 29. May: IRF Certification Workshop Canada – RougeRiver. Contact Jim Coffey
- 1 – 5 June. Guide Class 4/5 Course and Assessment. Çoruh River in Turkey. Contact Vedat
The 3rd newsletter with important information for the 2013 World Rafting Championships in NZ in November.
If you haven’t already completed the Online Survey with your team’s intentions it would be greatly appreciated if you would do so as soon as possible. This will assist with Event Planning. Details and link are also in the newsletter.
Have you ever been down the Zambezi? Do you want to go for the first time or go again? TIME FOR ACTION THEN!
They have started building roads on either side of where they will be building the wall! After years and years of the damming being on and then off its now on and VERY soon to be started, before the end of this year!
Before its too late -
- sign the petition
- keep an eye on updates about this on our website, twitter and facebook pages.
- keep an eye on International Rivers Organisation for updates
- share the info and wake everyone up before they drown some of the best whitewater in the world!
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Teams came from far and wide to compete on the Salza River at the annual Austrian International Rafting Championship and Euro Cup event. 11 nations, 10 women’s teams, 23 men’s teams and 5 Austrian teams!
Photo by Ingrid Grossauer
This is one of the most popular events on the racing calendar due to it being central to many teams with easy logistics, being well run and a great R4 river. And for many teams its a perfect location to catch up with friends that were seen either last year or at the last World Champs.
Rafting Team Kula from Croatia came blasting onto the scene with a win in the men’s Sprint, H2H and Downriver and a 2nd in Slalom making a convincing win for them. Mistral from Slovakia did a similar thing in the women’s to secure the overall win. BVS from Slovakia secured a second in the men’s with a win in the Slalom and VET Rock’s of Netherlands secured a third with a 2nd in the Downriver and consistent placing in the rest. Aquomania of Netherlands secured their 2nd place in the women’s with a victory in the Slalom and 2nd in the Downriver and Waterproof 1 of Belgium took 3rd with a consistent placing throughout.
The next Euro Cup event is Nis in Serbia from the 10 – 12 May and then each weekend after that sees another Euro Cup event – Durance, France (17 – 19) and then Čunovo, Slovakia (24 – 26).
There have been numerous other events happening around the world.
- In Brasil they had their R4 National Champs choosing their teams that will represent Brasil at the R4 WRCs which are being held in their home country in 2014 (Results, Photos: One,Two).
- The first Euro event was the Gumotex, Belgium event where they raced despite incredibly harsh weather! (Results; Photos; Video)
- New Zealand held their Youth/ Junior Selections to choose the teams that will compete at the WRCs in November on their home ground (Results; Photos - Sprint; Slalom; DR.)
- The Czechs have held two Downriver Races at Jesenný (Results) and Plavy (Results, Photos: One,Two;)
- The Dutch held the first in their Open Series of 3 events (Results; Photos; Video: One; Two).
- The Euro Cup event in Croatia on the Korana was unfortunately cancelled due to a lack of international teams but local teams took advantage of the great water to still compete and have a fun event (Results; Photos: One; Two.)
- Chile held the Lippi Open Rafting where non-professional teams could also race and were given guides (Video: One, Two; Photos; Article).
- In Japan the Mitake Cup was held (Results, Photos; Video:Tk1, Tk2, GR1,Gr2,Cl9).
Results, photos and videos can all be seen on the home page of the IRF website (left hand column).
Membership fees to the IRF are in two categories – Established Members and Ordinary Members – and each member federation chose which one they wanted at the start of 2012.
Established Members – this fee is $500 per year for 2012 and 2013 and the fee for this year was due by the end of . . . → continue reading . . . Are your IRF Membership fees up to date?
Throwbags can be a life line or a hanging noose. NRS Ambassador Jim Coffey of R3 – Rescue for Riverruners, goes through the best techniques for preparing the throw line, throwing it, anchoring yourself and swinging the rescued person in to shore in Episode 4 of their rescue series. And above all – he . . . → continue reading . . . Using throwbags for rescue
NEW GT&E ACTIVITIES ADDED: Mexico – Guide / Trip Leader Workshop: May 14 – 16 Organizer: Huaxteca.com; Place: San Luis Potosí, México. Details
Turkey – Guide Class 4/5 Course and Assessment: 1-5June This will be on the Çoruh River . . . → continue reading . . . Upcoming activities – Guiding and Races
The IRF are always looking for better ways to communicate with its members and fellow paddlers. Here are some of the things we have introduced recently:
Race Results - take a look at the LEFT HAND COLUMN on our website. You will find the latest events with links to results, photos, videos, etc.
Guide . . . → continue reading . . . Finding event details/ results/ photos and guide courses on the IRF website …
C-level competitions are the most common of all the IRF competitions. All the Euro Cup events and most other events fall into this category. D level events are ones that are closed to other countries – only the host country’s teams can compete at D-level events – and sometimes may not be run according to . . . → continue reading . . . Race Rules – C and D level event race classification