Race Results

Esera River Cup, Spain
 Results;  Photos; Videos;
USA Nationals
EC Trnavka
Results; Photos; Video
EC Turkey
Results. Photos: Before event, SP & OC, SL1, SL2, DR.   Video: Slalom training & flips, Dutch W SP, Strak SP,  
Canadian Nationals
Results: Women, Men. Photos: -1-
Euro Rafting Champs
Videos, Photos, Results

EC Nis
GT&E Rescue Race
Results: Individual, Team; Photos: -1-; -2-.
EC Austria
Results; Photos: -1-, -2-, -3-; Videos: -1-
EC Bulgaria
Results; Photos: -1-, -2-, -3-, -4-, -5-, -6-; Videos: -1-
VKKF Belgian Nationals
Results: Recreational Teams; Competitive Teams; Video: -1-
GBR Nationals

Results; Photos: -1-; -2-; Videos: -1-; -2-;

Pre-Worlds, Indonesia
Results; Photos: -1-; -2--3-; -4-; Videos: -1-; News: Day 1; Day 2Day 3; Day 4Day 5
Landysul – GBR series
Results – women; Video: -1-
R4 WRC 14 – Brazil
Results; Videos; Photos

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Points for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc … needing a change?

IRF smallest logoWhen racing Sprint, Head to Head, Slalom and Downriver the points distribution is weighted quite heavily to the top three teams, with the winning team getting the giants share. It has been proposed to reduce that distribution so that the overall points will be closer and make the overall title more exciting.

This is what it is at the moment:

1st place – 100%, 2nd place – 88%, 3rd place – 79%, 4th place – 72%,  5th to 18th place – less 3% each place, 19th to 32nd place – less 2% for each place. (32nd place will therefore receive 2% of points.)

So for Sprint the distribution is: 1st = 100; 2nd = 88, 3rd = 79, 4th = 72, 5th = 69, etc. And for Downriver the distribution is: 1st = 400, 2nd = 352, 3rd = 316, 4th = 288, 5th = 276, etc.

Often the champions are declared even before the final event of Downriver! Reducing the points for the first places will bring the competition closer. Plus the present system is quite complicated to remember.

Here are some proposed options:

  1. Take maximum points x 2%. So for the 100 point Sprint = 2 point spread. 1st = 100, 2nd = 98, 3rd = 96, 4 = 94, 5th = 92, etc.
    For the 400 point DR: 8 point spread. 1st = 400, 2nd = 392, 3rd=284, 4 = 376, 5th = 370, etc.
    Easy to remember, fair, simple to create a universal formula for it in a spreadsheet: =SUM(previous cell – (maximum points * 2%))
  2. 5% difference instead of 2% as above
  3. The winner gets 100%, 2nd 90%, 3rd 82% 4th 75% and the rest following get 5% difference.
  4. Adopt the point system from a sport like FIS (World cup skiing)
    FIS system:
    Place 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30
    Points 100 80 60 50 45 40 36 32 29 26 24 22 20 18 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

What do you think? Put your thoughts up on our Forum so we can all see and discuss!!!

Training with the Maidens of the Arctic

During the summer period each year the Suomi Cup attracts teams, mainly from the Arctic region of Northern Finland, to enjoy a race series throughout the short summer. The series of races are normally dominated by 2 teams, the mens team from the town of Muonio and the ladies Routa rafting team from Rovaniemi. 

Routa were fresh back from an early season outing to the Euro Champs event in Bosnia where they finished in an encouraging 7th place. This was a good result considering that none of the rivers in Lapland are possible to paddle until early May as they are all still frozen. For most of the team this was their first time in a raft this season. During the race the team were inspired by the performance of the Czech ladies team.

On returning from the Euro Champs the Routa ladies team continued with their success by winning the ladies race in the next race of the Suomi cup series back at home in Finland by a convincing margin.

The following Monday after the race I (Mark Hirst) was lucky enough to be invited to work with the team on a 2 day training camp in their home town of Rovaniemi. Toini, a member of the team, had contacted me to ask if I would come and help coach the team for 2 days and see if there were anyway in which I could improve their performance. I was honoured.

Arctic maidens1The turn out was perfect. We had 6 paddlers which meant I could coach from my kayak – this enabled me to observe the team really well.

Before we got on the water we had a discussion about the aims of the team and what they wanted to get out of the 2 day workshop. Each team member explained what they wanted. The reoccurring theme was a desire to improve their performance and be able to compete with the top European female teams, in particular, the female Czech team.

The team also wanted to improve their own observational coaching skills in order to improve their own coaching sessions once I was gone.

With the objectives of the team clear in my head I could now start to plan the workshop in fine detail.

We took to the water for a paddling warm up, straight away I noticed 2 really positive signs

1. Power & technique

The team had bags of power and technique. We were paddling on the flat water of a lake and they were keeping up with me in my kayak.

2. Communication & Discipline 

The Ladies had really good discipline and the communication lines were wide open.

With a nervous smile on my face I sat back in my kayak and though to myself it’s going to be a long 2 days as to where can I help this team, they are better paddlers than me.

Pushing the negative thoughts aside we started to look into the fine details of  the forward paddling technique. This started a discussion based on how many strokes were needed to reach top speed. We really slowed things down and took an in depth look at the sprint start and manged to compare the start of a raft sprint to the start of a 100m athletics sprint.

We moved onto the water and really started to break down every aspect of the teams performance when entering and exiting eddies. We tried different approaches and experimented. I slowly started to notice that the team were coaching each other, I was simply facilitating the session. This allowed me to observe the team and give back some useful feedback.

We moved downstream to the Vikakongas slalom site. As it was still early in the season we still had plenty of water which was great. We decided that on day 2 we would base ourselves at the site and really work on the slalom aspect of the teams performance.

We paddled down the remaining sections of the river experimenting with aspects of the teams performance and technique when ferry gliding and running rapids. To make life more challenging I gave the team tasks such as blind paddling & paddling without talking. The team were surprised at how well  they managed to complete the tasks and realized that they had a really good team work ethic already in place.

Day 2 started with a few tired looking faces and some achy joints including mine. Day 1 had been a heavy day. We slowly warmed up and were ready for more action. As previously agreed we decided to base ourselves at the slalom site. I set the team a demanding set of gates to achieve.

I then took one member of the team away on each run so that they could observe and evaluate the run in order to improve the performance on the next run. This worked really well.

What started out as a pretty hard series of gates to make now started to become achievable and by the end of day 2 the team were making the gates with ease and starting to style the course which was encouraging. We also used a little bit of video coaching analysis which worked well.

We took some time at the end of day 2 to look at flip drills. None of the commercial companies in Finland operate on water above class 3, therefore flipping very rarely occurs to the point where flip drills are never taught or rehearsed.

We looked at the finger reflip technique. Instead of using the traditional technique of 1 person climbing on top of the up turned raft. we used 3 members of the team to quickly reflip the raft from the water. This technique was warmly accepted.
Once changed we discussed the outcomes of the workshop and agreed on specific training targets for future sessions. This was all fed back to the team with a wrap up email.

by Mark Hirst

Youth age groups – U19 only – 2016 onwards

IRF Logo 2From 2016 onwards there will only be one Youth age group – and that is U19.

At the IRF Extraordinary Congress in Brazil in 2014 the decision was made to drop the U23 division from 2016 onwards. So the question that still needed to be answered was whether an U21 division was needed to replace it or if this fourth division should be dropped totally.

The final decision was made by the Sport & Competition Committee after member federations and event organisers said they felt four divisions was just too many to finance. The S&C Com then ran a survey with all its members and from this the conclusion came that there should only be three divisions and that the U19 division should stay.

The development of the U19 division is key for the long term future of the sport in any country and so we encourage federations to develop competitions and training skills workshops aimed at the school going age groups so as to whet their appetites for the sport of rafting.

China R2 – Impressions from the 2015 competitions

This year a few lucky teams from around the world were invited to travel to China to race in two R2 competitions. The competitions were held on the same rivers as last year, but this time they were separated into two events instead of just one.

Teams – Stop 2

I was fortunate . . . → continue reading . . . China R2 – Impressions from the 2015 competitions

Upcoming activities!

July is a very quiet month for racing and guide training – but a very busy high season for rafting tourism! Take a look at the up coming activities for later in the year and plan ahead so you can attend!

Raft races coming up:

31 July – 2 August is the first Euro . . . → continue reading . . . Upcoming activities!

Czech Masters Women make a plea too!

Dear Ladies,

Let me stress that it’s really difficult to get together a team of ladies over 40 who would be willing and would be able to leave their kids and partners for two weeks, cover all costs and join a World Rafting Champs organized on the other side of the World.

Last time . . . → continue reading . . . Czech Masters Women make a plea too!

Raft Ergometer

The Serbian Rafting Federation took their rafting ergometers to the Euro Rafting Champs in BiH and held a competition during the last days of the competition – here is the report and results with photos!

EC Turkey – put it on your bucket list

We have already introduced you to the Firtina River and the first day of competition of the EC Turkey. Now we follow the Slalom and Downriver action.

The river dropped overnight, making the course more difficult. The teams scattered around the track, looking at the 14 gates, of which 5 were upstream. . . . → continue reading . . . EC Turkey – put it on your bucket list

EC Trnavka – an action packed weekend

This past weekend in the Czech Rep it was the Euro Cup Trnavka race as well as the Czech Republic Championship, both R4 and both slalom and sprint. Plus it was the Gumotex Baraka Cup R2 in slalom.

The Euro Cup saw 29 Men’s teams, 4 Women’s teams and 7 Masters teams. R2 saw 15 teams.

. . . → continue reading . . . EC Trnavka – an action packed weekend

Japan announced as 2017 World Rafting Champs hosts

This past weekend the Japanese National Champs were held and at the conclusion of the event the IRF President, Joe Willie Jones, was proud to announce that Japan’s bid to hold the 2017 World Rafting Champs has been successful.

Japan produces some of the top teams in the rafting world arena and so it . . . → continue reading . . . Japan announced as 2017 World Rafting Champs hosts