To the 2013 IRF WRC Organising Committee, NZRA and all the many people involved
The IRF and all its paddlers and followers would like to extend a heart felt thank you to you all for putting on an awesome IRF 2013 Rafting World Championship.
We always knew a rafting world champs in New Zealand would be great – the place is such an iconic destination in the rafting world. What we did not know is how the New Zealand people would band together so wonderfully to make it all happen and that their open, friendly, keen-to-help and make-it-happen attitude would ensure it was such a pleasure for all who partook in the event.
Southy and his safety team and Tim’s “blue shirt” event crew
The infamous and ever efficient “green shirts”
The beautiful waters and blue sky with lush green forests made a stunning back drop for the millions of photos of the highly competitive raft races which are now spreading around the world. Add to that – the exciting and visually spectacular white water, particularly the now even more famous Tutea Falls, has created a range of photos, videos and memories that will be enjoyed for many, many years to come.
Those who didn’t make it to the event will still have New Zealand firmly on their bucket list and those who did not see enough on this journey will all be back to enjoy the rest of your wonderful country.
A particular thank you must go to Raewyn Larcombe who doggedly pursued this dream, kept everything moving forward and made it a reality.
We hope you all enjoyed it as much as we did and that the legacy it leaves behind is a great boon for the region and most importantly, for the sport of rafting in New Zealand.
The IRF held its Congress during the 2013 WRC in New Zealand.
The new Board of Directors of the IRF is:
- President: Joe Willie Jones
- 1st Vice President: Peter Micheler
- 2nd Vice President: Oleg Grigoriev
- Secretary: Sue Liell-Cock
- Treasurer/ Development Officer: Alex Pastir
- Head of Sport & Competition: Deb Cook
- Head of International Relations: Petra Plecita
- Head of Guide Training & Education: Gaspar Goncz
- Heads of Recreational Rafting & Conservation: Rafael Gallo and Emilia Begunova
- Head of Media & Marketing: Pieter Bekkers
We say thank you to Robert Kazik, who has been on the BOD since 1999, and Jakob Faerch, who has been on the BOD since 2002. They have both had a positive influence on the IRF and we hope they will still be active within the IRF. We welcome on board Emilia Begunova and Petra Plecita.
The minutes of this Congress have been drafted but as many people are still travelling they have not been approved yet. As soon as they are approved they will be made available.
The IRF is ready to move forward!
Wow! What an event! We’ll be doing some articles soon about the event but in the meantime we’d like to help you find all the photos, videos and results if you have not had a chance yet to see them.
- Results – U19 and U23 Open and Masters
- Live Blog – you can see a daily live blog feed here which does have results in more detail as it happened as well as some extra bits as the races developed.
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- Photos -
Competing in their third world rafting championships, the Chilean National Rafting Team ‘Team Cascada’ is excited to be in Rotorua. This unusual team, which consist of 7 cousins and brothers, are carrying forward a long rafting tradition as part of the Astorga clan. This is a family of well known outdoor adventurers who live together . . . → continue reading . . . Chile’s Astorga clan ready to fight for WRC title
Guide training program on the Upper Seti river on the 1st,2nd.3rd December (Full)
Raft guide and trip leader assessments for class 4-5 on the Marsyangdi river on Dec 4th,5th and 6th
Raft guide and trip leader assessments for class 3 on the 7th,8th,9th December
Interested? Contact Mark Hirst
There are a number of places and ways you can follow what is happening at the World Rafting Champs 2013 in New Zealand.
Link to Live blog for: Live posts from the river banks – this will only be available when the internet is available, So that’s . . . → continue reading . . . Follow the 2013 WRC action!!!
The first things you think of when you mention Norway is fjords, beautiful nature, a wealth of wild rivers, friendly people and incredible cold. Located on the Scandinavian peninsula, it is one of the most northerly countries in the world where people live. So this northernmost team will be travelling to one of the most . . . → continue reading . . . Norway
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With the final event in Augsburg not happening, the R4 Euro Cup Series can now be concluded.
The Belgian Waterproof Ladies take the title for the second year in a row. Another title to their growing collection! They did this by winning all 4 disciplines at the Durance Euro Cup in France and doing well . . . → continue reading . . . R4 Euro Cup Series – final results!
Rafting Klub “Dajak” are travelling to New Zealand to represent Bosnia and Herzegovina in the men’s Open category at the 2013 World Rafting Championships (WRC). The competition starts in a few days, and the honour to defend the colours of BiH is up to: Dragan Babic (captain), Igor Kuzmanovic, Andrej Zamolo, Dejan Markovic, Drasko Ubiparip . . . → continue reading . . . Rafting Klub Dajak to represent BiH