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EC Vrbas, BiH
Results; Photos;

Pre-Worlds Tully, 2018
Results; Videos: -1-, -2-, -3-; Photo: -1-;

EC Austria
Results: OM, OW, U23M, U19M; Photos: D1H2HSlD3; Videos: -1-, -2-;

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

2017

Pre-Worlds
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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Posted by IRF Euro Rafting Championships on Saturday, June 23, 2018

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Posted by IRF Euro Rafting Championships on Friday, June 22, 2018

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Posted by IRF Euro Rafting Championships on Tuesday, June 19, 2018

"For us, it's not just a sport, it's our lifestyle and passion. it is important to have good friends and team. With them we can pass every obstacle which the river will prepare for us" - SVK U19M #irferc #RaftersAreAwesome #AreYouReady facebook.com/IRFEuroRafting…

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Posted by IRF Euro Rafting Championships on Thursday, June 14, 2018

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Posted by IRF Euro Rafting Championships on Thursday, June 14, 2018

Meet GBR Masters Women team for ERC R4 2018 Slovakia

“Fay Rushby and Nicola Childs have been rafting together as part of Lee Valley Women’s Master’s Team for roughly 2 years. The early team was placed in the British Open in 2016. Julie first paddled with the team as an independent in the British Open 2017 when the team won the Category 2 race for non-selected and non-professional teams. They raced R6 format but with only 5 paddlers as they were 1 short!

Over Christmas 2017 British Rafting helped pull together the current team with the addition of Anita from the Dee Dragons who was due to enter the Master’s category in 2018, and Elizabeth, another independent paddler wanting to join a team. The team first raced R4 with the current paddlers as Mid Raft Crisis in January 2018 and took a respectable 2nd place at the Cardiff Raft Race Finals.

They presented for GB National Selection in February 2018 and were selected as the GB1 Masters Women’s Team. The team went on again to success winning their category in the March International Women’s Day Race at Lee Valley and another respectable placing at Cardiff in May 2018.

The team is comprised from ex canoe-slalom paddlers, outdoor and paddlesports enthusiasts, and an aspirant guide.

Having never paddled internationally, the team can’t really predict what will happen. But, they do know that they have something special going on that works so are ready to go out there and see what they can do. They are sitting in a good place to get some solid experience, grow the team and continue as an R6 in the 2019 season.”

 

  • Competitor: Fay Rushby
  • Position: Back right (Captain)
  • How long have you been in rafting? – “Since April 2016.”
  • What do you like about rafting? –It makes you strong!”
  • Favourite discipline? –  “Slalom / Downriver.”
  • Do you have any expectations related to the result and what your expectations are generally? –  “Just happy to be there!”
  • The craziest moment in rafting? –Getting selected as part of the first ever GB1 Women’s Masters Team.”

 

  • Competitor: Anita Evans
  • Position: Back left
  • How long have you been in rafting? – “One and a half years.”
  • What do you like about rafting? – “Working together as a team to make the raft go where you want it usually and the white water of course”
  • Favorite discipline? –  “Slalom.”
  • Do you have any expectations related to the result and what your expectations are generally? –  “First ever international raft race so no idea how we will do, I just hope we can raft to the best of our team’s ability on the race day and that will be great.”
  • The craziest moment in rafting? –Getting quite stuck in a stopper at Lee Valley in the sprint race. I hope there are more crazy moments around the corner.”

  • Competitor: Julie Robertson
  • Position: Front Left
  • How long have you been in rafting? – “18 months.”
  • What do you like about rafting? –The synergy from the team to control the boat on high energy water.”
  • Favorite discipline? –Slalom/Head to Head.”
  • Do you have any expectations related to the result and what your expectations are generally? –  “It’s early days on the international circuit for us, but we are not here to make up numbers. We will be giving this our all.”
  • The craziest moment in rafting? –Being selected a part of the GB1 Women’s Masters squad.”

  • Competitor: Nicola Childs
  • Position: Front Right
  • How long have you been in rafting? – “ 2 years.”
  • What do you like about rafting? –Learning a new sport and seeing improvements in my paddling and in my team.  Having participated in canoe slalom as a teenager, it’s great to still be participating in watersports.”
  • Favorite discipline? – “Slalom.”
  • Do you have any expectations related to the result and what your expectations are generally? –5 busy working adults; combined age of 234years!; 7 children between us; separated by many miles.  Proving this team will give it our all and above all, have a blast – We’ve still got it!”
  • The craziest moment in rafting? – “Being chosen to represent GB along with my 17 year old daughter.”

  • Competitor: Elizabeth Harré
  • Position: – Bow left
  • How long have you been in rafting? – 3.5 months racing (20 years expedition/classic rivers)”
  • What do you like about rafting? – “It’s fun!”
  • Favorite discipline? – “Sprint.”
  • Do you have any expectations related to the result and what your expectations are generally? –  To do my best to contribute to the success of the team, the sport and GB.”
  • The craziest moment in rafting? – The raft becoming airborne on rapid 7B on the Zambezi!”

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IRF – Thanks to Julie for helping us to get to know the GBR MW team and to making their first ERC competition and for making this interview unforgettable. We are glad to have you with us and we wish you a positive strokes through rafting and life.

ERC 2018 Participants – reminders

We hope you are looking forward to this event as much as we are!

Here are some reminders ….

#irferc
That’s the hashtag to use for the ERC. So use it for all your posts where ever you make them. Twitter feed for #irferc can be found in the left hand column on the IRF website.

Team promotion
Email IRF Media so you can get an article on our website about your team! Or send links of ones already written about you.

If you’ve got kids – don’t for that the Pantheon foundation invites you to unofficial European Kids Rafting Championship!

Live Blog
There will be live streaming of the event! You will be able to find the link each day on this blog. And you can request email updates as well.

Travel insurance
Make sure you have it!

Water, reducing plastic and recyling
There will be water points around the location so you can refill your water bottles. Athletes will get refillable water bottles in their registration packages. Try and avoid buying the environmentally unfriendly non-reusable water bottles. This location has recycling bins so please make sure you use them. Remember: Reuse, Reduce, Recycle!

Registration – remember to bring passports!

  • Ages will be checked so make sure everyone in your team is the right age for the category you are paddling in! No exceptions.
  • Residency: if paddling for a country that you do not have the passport for and you have not been pre-approved by the IRF – then please bring two valid proofs of residency (ask IRF Admin for the list of acceptable proofs).
  • Make sure your federation’s membership fees are paid!

Here are some important links you will need:

Pakistan joins the IRF

The International Rafting Federation would like to extend a warm welcome to the Rafting Sports Association of Pakistan (RSA) as a new member.

Pakistan has many amazing rivers and there is plenty of potential to promote rafting in Pakistan especially on the Sindh, Jehlum, Neelum and Kunhar Rivers. Right now only one river is being used by the companies for rafting and that is River Kunha River, but soon there will be rafting on the Sindh as well. Continue reading Pakistan joins the IRF

Rafting and the Olympics: The Road Ahead

Most of you are aware that the newly created World Rafting Federation (WRF) and certain people in the International Canoe Federation (ICF) signed a cooperative agreement shortly after we (the IRF) filed our application for GAISF/Sport Accord membership.  Although the details have been kept secret, the IRF is happy to comment on the agreement should those responsible release it publicly.

The ultimate goal of Olympic inclusion for rafting remains a top objective of the IRF. The first step to Olympic inclusion is membership of GAISF/SportAccord. Our submission for membership is acknowledged and progressing through the application process.

GAISF/SportAccord and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) require that only one internationally recognised body may represent a sport.  By creating a second international body, the leaders of the WRF have delayed IOC recognition of rafting and therefore delayed rafting’s introduction into the Olympic Programme.

Continue reading Rafting and the Olympics: The Road Ahead

Time to stop putting the word crazy in front of the word Russian!

Notes from a IRF GTE workshop in Russia

One thing I have observed over the years is that all great white water stories normally start with the sentence “This crazy Russian paddler … ” or “Crazy Russian inner-tube rafts.” I sat back and giggled to myself as my short flight from Helsinki touched down at St Petersburg Pulkovo airport in Russia. I was about to find out first hand if this was true or not.

My mission this week was to observe and assist in the running of the first IRF workshop in Russia for over 15 years.

For the past few seasons I have been mentoring Russian kayaker Anton Sveshnikov along the pathway to become Russia’s first IRF Instructor. The first time I met Anton was a few years back on the Zanskar River in India where I was running a workshop at the time. One of the first things that struck me about Anton at the time was he was Russian and not crazy. Since then myself and Anton have crossed paths many times and I have learned that not all Russian rafters & kayakers are crazy. Continue reading Time to stop putting the word crazy in front of the word Russian!

2018 YuShu World Rafting Plateau Championship now open for registration

Applications for the 2018 Yushu World Rafting Plateau Championship is now open!

Teams from across the globe are welcome to apply. Racing will take place in the City of Yushu in the Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Qinghai, China. The Batang and Yangtze Rivers will be host to racing in the R4 format.

The event will follow IRF Race Rules in all four disciplines (Sprint, H2H, Slalom and Downriver). Race categories will only be in Open Men and Open Women – teams of other ages are welcome to apply and compete in the OM category.

Continue reading 2018 YuShu World Rafting Plateau Championship now open for registration

Taking people with disabilities out onto the water in Iran

For a long time we, the Iran Rafting Association (IRA), have been thinking about how to grow water sports for all. That’s why we formed the “Para Rafting” Committee in our association with the cooperation of Mr. Saeed Zarori, who is a well-known person, with disabilities, in the field of adventure activities. We had already had the experience of working together on a rafting tour on the Sefid Roud River (Gilan-Iran) for a group of disabled people. It was a great experience! We decided then to spend more time and have more programs of this type.

As the start for our Para Rafting Committee we planned a kayaking tour on a calm river near to the Caspian Sea in Gilan, Iran. Last week we performed this tour for 20 people with disabilities. I remember when we shared the poster – the tour was filled in less than an hour! There were a lot of people with disabilities who wanted to join us, but the maximum capacity was 20 and we could not accept more people as it was a sensitive program and we needed to consider all the special needs of these lovely people.

Continue reading Taking people with disabilities out onto the water in Iran

Guide Training Workshops and Instructor Conference coming up

May and June have seen a record number of IRF Guide workshops being run around the world. These workshops provide rafting guides with an excellent opportunity to improve their river skills and obtain an internationally recognized certification from the IRF.  Here is what is happening in June onwards:

  • 2 – 8 June: IRF and Rescue 3 Workshop. Centron, FranceDetails.
  • 4 June – 15 June: Raft Guide Training and IRF Workshop and Assessment, Level 3. Isel River Osttirol, AustriaDetails.
  • 6 – 8 June: Raft Guide & Trip Leader Workshop and Assessment, Level 4. Ara River, SpainDetails
  • 10-14 June: Raft Guide & Trip Leader Workshop and Assessment. Level 2, 3. Ésera River, Spain. Details.
  • 11 – 17 June: IRF Workshop and Assessment & Rescue 3 Whitewater Rescue Technician professional. Finland.  Details
  • 15 June: Raft Guide Workshop and Assessment, Isel River, AustriaDetails at end
  • 12 – 15 June: Raft Guide Workshop and Assessment & Rescue Workshop, Level 3/4. Yoshino River, Japan. Details
  • 16 – 23 June: Raft Guide Training and IRF Workshop and Assessment, Level 3. Location: Austria. Details.
  • 19 – 22 June: IRF Level 3 Workshop and Assessment (Guide & Trip Leader). Esera River, SpainDetails.
  • 24 June: IRF Guide Assessment, Location: Salza and Enns River, Austria. Details at end
  • 24 Sept – 23 Nov: intensive 2 month guide training course and IRF Workshop and Assessment in Nepal. Details.
  • 6 – 13 Oct: Raft Guide training and IRF Level 3 & 4 Workshop and Assessment. Zambezi.Details

Instructors who are keen to keep their certification current may need to attend the upcoming Instructor Conference. 

  • 1 – 3 Nov: IRF GTE Instructor Conference. Alumine River, Argentina. Contact for details. Full details will be coming shortly

Fork It! – California’s best – the South Fork river

The South Fork of the American River offers 21 miles of class III whitewater to enjoy. The heart of this popular river resides in the town of Coloma California. This river was pioneered in the early 1970s by a handful of outfitters looking for a new boating resource after the Main Stanislaus was dammed. Most American River rafting companies offer 1 and 2 day trips between the two sections of river.

The Gorge
This is the lower half of the river from Coloma to Folsom Lake and is the one most often paddled by first timers. This is also the section that run on the first day of a 2 day trip. Rafting Companies start out the trip near the town of Coloma from their rafting camp. It starts with a fun class II segment of river that meanders through rolling forested hills, and there are plenty of swim and play spots on the river where guides introduce the fundamentals of rafting. After lunch the gorge and the numerous class III rapids come into play; starting with Fowler’s Rock, the rapids come in quick succession through the gorge. Next are several classic class III rapids including Satan’s Cesspool, Bouncing rock, and Hospital Bar as the paddle continues down to Folsom Lake. Late in the season and in low water years there are a few additional rapids all the way to the take out. Continue reading Fork It! – California’s best – the South Fork river

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