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U23 Men of Alaya Competition – heading to WRC 2016

Alaya Competition of Brotas is another well known name in the competitive world of rafting.

The team is made up of: Edward Angelo Degrandi (Du), Gabriel Pessa (Pessa), Joao Luiz Rodrigues (Junior), Leandro Cavalcante (Le), Fernando Antonio Morassutti (Nando), Jorge Luis de Souza (Nave)

brasil-u23-3-16Uma breve história da equipe: Equipe de Rafting da cidade de Brotas-SP, formada em 2009. Visa formar campeões, conquistar e defender títulos nacionais e internacionais. A equipe já conquistou 4 títulos mundiais de rafting: Costa Rica 2011; Nova Zelândia 2013; Brasil 2014; Indonésia 2015.

A brief history of the team: Rafting Team Brotas-SP, formed in 2009 to compete at national champs, to win and defend national and international titles. The team has won four world titles in rafting: Costa Rica 2011; New Zealand 2013; Brazil 2014; Indonesia in 2015.

brasil-u23-2-16Objetivo 2016: Campeonato mundial de R4-AL LAIN-Emirados Arabes.
A equipe vai em busca do segundo titulo Mundial de R4.

Objective for 2016: seeking the title of World Champions R4 in Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates.

O que a equipe faz além do rafting? Todos os atletas trabalham com Rafting na cidade em que residem. Alem de frequentar a academia diariamente.

3 atletas fazem curso superior: Eduardo Degrandi – Ciências Biológicas (Educação Fisica). João Rodrigues e Fernando Morassutti – Ciências exatas (Sistemas para Internet).

brasil-u23-5-16Nosso treinador começou a praticar triathlon com o personal Igor Nicolau e Glauco Rangel.

Alguns atletas fazem curso de Ingles na escola FISK BROTAS.

What the team does beside rafting: All the athletes work in rafting in the city in which they reside, in addition to attending the gym daily.

Three of the athletes are studying for a higher education: Eduardo Degrandi – Biological Sciences (Physical Education); João Rodrigues and Fernando Morassutti – Exact Sciences (Internet Systems).

Our coach started practising for triathlon with Igor Nicholas and Glauco Rangel.

Some athletes are doing a course of English in the FISK BROTAS school.

brazil-u23-1-16How long the team members have been rafting/ Há quanto tempo os membros da equipe fazem rafting: Angelo since 2007, Gabriel Pessa – 2008, Joao since 2010, Leandro since 2010, Fernando since 2009 and Jorge since 2009.

Como é que sua equipe vai se preparar para a competição? Treinamos diariamente em Brotas, no rio Jacare pepira. A maioria dos treinos é feito em remanso e algumas vezes em aguas rapidas. Frequentamos a academia Active Gym diariamente para complementar o treino.

Preparing for the competition: We train daily in Brotas, on the Jacare Pepira River. Most training is done in backwater and sometimes fast water. We go to the gym – Active Gym – daily to complement the training.

Você defende o título de Foz do Iguaçu, tem expectativas relacionadas com o resultado …. e quais são as suas expectativas em geral? Estamos treinando muito para este campeonato, pois vai ser o ultimo na categoria u23 e pretendemos fechar com chave de ouro. Este campeonato vai ser o mais importante de nossas vidas. Estamos cientes sobre o nivel da competição e das equipes, mas vamos pra cima com garras e dentes hahaha.

brasil-u23-6-16Defending the R4 U23 Men’s World Champs title and expectations in general: We are training hard for this championship, it will be the last time we will be in the U23 and we intend to close it with a golden key. This championship will be the most important of our lives. We are aware of the level of competition and the teams, but we’ll go up with claws and teeth 😀

Qual a disciplina sua equipe gosta mais? Sempre gostamos do H2H e Slalom, evoluimos muito nessas provas. O downriver nao é o nosso ponto forte, mas estamos trabalhando para chegar bem em todas as provas.

brasil-u23-4-16Favourite discipline: We always like the H2H and Slalom, much has evolved in these tests. The downriver is not our strong point, but we are working to do well in all tests.

We want to thank the sponsors: 

Vale lembrar que somos GRATOS a todas as pessoas e PATROCINADORES que nos apoiam.
Voces fazem parte da nossa historia!

We are GRATEFUL to all persons and SPONSORS that support us.
You are all part of our history!

First time for USA Master’s Men

The Masters division at the 2016 WRC R4 in the UAE will be the biggest yet, with 11 men’s teams and 8 women’s teams. I’ve always seen the Master’s category as the one to enjoy, but these men are taking it very seriously. The USA will cross their paddles and measure their strength for the first time against the other 10 Masters Men’s teams. 

us-16-team-photoMembers of the first USA MM team are: Henry A Baxter, Matthew Norfleet, Matt Dopp, Peter Newport, Sam Drevo. As we’ve not met this team before we chat to Matt Dopp to find out more about them.

Matt, tell me something about your team.

“We are going to proudly represent the United States as the first US Men’s Masters rafting team in the 2016 WRC held in the UAE.  Our short history began in the spring of 2016 when paddling together in the qualifying event for the US National R4 raft races held on the Rogue and Klamath Rivers of Southern Oregon.  We are a fun loving and focused blend of paddlers with a background of Olympic level athletes, entrepreneurs, river guides, and medical personnel.  The team comes from Colorado and Oregon with world class training on rivers such as the Rogue, Klamath, Clackamas, Colorado, and the Arkansas.“

usa-mm-16-1Since you are one of the countries that battles to measure your strengths and abilities against other international teams due to your geographical location, how are you preparing for the WRC? 

“We, as a new team, are untested against the strength and skills of the other Masters rafting teams of the world and have not had opportunities to paddle against them.  Knowledge gained from current and previous US Men’s Open teams have given us a solid plan of action for our training schedule.  As a team we feel strong in all disciplines, however slalom is always challenging for teams such as ours that haven’t paddled together for years.

us-mm-16-3A true challenge for all teams this year will be the running portion during the Downriver segment.  Practising runs with the raft have been added to our normal training schedule to address this challenge.”  

UAE is a beautiful country, what is it that you would like to see and experience there?

“UAE is a new country to all of the team members and is located in a fascinating area of the globe.  When not training and racing we would love to experience the culture, entertainment, and food that UAE is known for.”

I know that you have just started, but are you thinking about WRC Japan next year?

us-mm-16-2“While the team is focused on the current goal of training for the 2016 WRC, there is already talk and excitement within the group about who to bring on next year for the 2017 R6 WRC in Japan.  We’re trying to not get too far ahead of ourselves, but we feel that the US can strongly represent in the Masters category in the years to come.”

Sponsors that you’d like to thank?

“Our journey to the 2016 R4 WRC has been a whirlwind adventure so far and wouldn’t be possible without the support of our sponsors and donors.  Sawyer Paddles are some of the lightest and strongest, handmade paddles in the world.  Chaco footwear help us to run fast and stay secure in the raft.  Kuhl clothing is durable, stylish, perfect fitting to keep us cool usa-mm-16-4during a hard paddle.  Native sunglasses to keep our sight crystal clear on the finish line.  US Rafting Association providing a professional structure and presence for raft racing across the US.   Sky Lakes Media providing state of the art digital media for your videography and photography needs.”

Thanks Matt, and we certainly hope your team will be the first of a constant stream of future Masters teams from the USA!

Participation in the WRC is an honour and highlight for each competitor. More than 85 of the best rafting teams from around the world will take part in this world championship. In spite of such tough competition, I hope that these men will find enough time to enjoy it. Making the first step to break the ice is not easy, but every following WRC competition will be much easier.  We look forward to seeing them in the WRC rafting scene in the Al Ain.  


Competition under the Milky Way – Russian National Champs R4/6

rus-nat-16-7I was so delighted to be given the opportunity to attend the Russian national competitions. And although I only attended the Sprint and the beginning of the H2H, the very fact that I was there was a dream come true for me. 

Due to the language barrier and that the Russian teams are not so active on common social networks, for me, their national teams and their work in general, is a great unknown. But from time to time some video footage and photos come up, so I was intrigued by all of this and so had this incredible desire to attend at least one national competition.

Deep in Siberia, more than 4000 km from Moscow, near the border with Mongolia, Kazakhstan and China, in the Republic of Altai, Ongudaiski region, on the pearl of Altai region – the majestic Katun River rus-nat-3(Ilgumensky, Kadrinskay, Sabas rapids), far from civilization, this competition was held. Because the location is so specific, and since there is no light pollutants, at night is possible to see the Milky Way and the landscape is breathtaking.

It was an R4/6 qualification for the WRC in UAE 2016 and Japan 2017 and so gathered the best from Sankt Peterburg, Novosibirsk, Altai, Krasnoyarsk and Ryazanskaya region. Captains’ meetings with them is such that the representatives of these regions participate on behalf of the teams. The opening ceremony was designed to be on a small plateau above the river (I rus-nat-16-6have to mention that the Katun River cuts through the plateau surrounded by mountains, hence the height difference in relation to the river), around the circle, which is divided by regions, where competitors stand side by side, listening to the national anthem, the introductory words of the organisers, Head Judge of  Russian Rafting Champs -Nikolai Degtyarev, and distinguished guests followed by an entertainment program and then all the races.

rus-nat-16-5The Katun River is so wide and massive that one has to see it to believe it. The start of the Sprint, H2H and Slalom was a little bit upstream from the infamous Ilgumensky rapids, which are by the way so technically good that it belongs amongst the best in Europe. The waves were so big that my problem while taking photos was that the teams disappeared behind the waves – now you see them, now you don’t. I didn’t get to paddle that part of the river, but observing from the shore was enough to conclude that it is a technically demanding fun, run. At the end of the rapid is a hole that some did rus-nat-16-4not manage to escape and were flipped. During the sprint there some who fell out from the raft, but returned to the boat with such skill that fascinated me. Believe me you do not want to swim down those rapids, and the behaviour of the participants in this situation showed the high level of training.

rus-nat-16-9Let’s move on to the next thing that I was also fascinated by, as were those others with me from Argentina, Costa Rica, England, Bosnia. They carry the rafts from the Finish line to the Start again – by themselves!!! Yes, folks, each team carried their raft from the Finish to the Start by themselves, and this is one of the remotest and wildest terrains for transferring rafts that I have seen and the distance was so big. So often teams complain if they must just pull the raft out of the water, let alone rus-nat-16-8carry it to the Start again. There were no complaints, and this is considered normal, so it does make one wonder about their success at the World level, maybe there tougher selections work! I’ll also add that each team brings their own raft to the competition.

Start of the H2H was on the right bank for both rafts, and before even reaching the rapid it was known who would win. This was because racing parallel through the rapids had the risk of flipping and falling into a big hole at the end of the route, which, logically, no one wanted to do.

rus-nat-16-10One after the other the teams paddled this part of the river equally well in both R4 and R6 composition. The youth particularly delighted me with their performance on such a demanding track and I must mention in particular the young women’s teams.

Regardless that I only saw a small part of their nationals, I will not stop dreaming to go back there again and see the Slalom and Downriver part of the race – to see it all, and to paddle that part of Katun River, and to sleep in the camp under the Milky Way.

I hope that this article will motivate teams in Russia to be more active on social networks so we can see more of their activities and get to know them better.


Bozo D’ Água – Brasil’s Open Men’s Rafting Team

This is such a famous team that they do not need a special introduction. (Previous interview with them in Portuguese), and now we are interested in their departure to the WRC R4 2016 where they are the defending champions in the Open Men’s category.

Here they are in action at the R6 WRC . . . → continue reading . . . Bozo D’ Água – Brasil’s Open Men’s Rafting Team

Intending to bid for WRC 2019?

If you are planning to bid for the IRF 2019 World Rafting Champs then read on …

Intention to Bid Forms are to be returned to IRF Admin by 31st October 2016. This form does not commit you to bidding but does help by letting us know that you want to bid. In . . . → continue reading . . . Intending to bid for WRC 2019?

White Waters Of Siberia Forum 2016

We all gathered for the beginning of the ten-day WWOTS Forum adventure in the city of Tomsk, Russia. The participants came from far and wide. On the first day we settled into the hotel and then had introductions with the organisers and sponsors of the Forum, as well as the presentation of . . . → continue reading . . . White Waters Of Siberia Forum 2016

Slovakia’s Open Women heading to UAE

This team has been competing for many years and have a host of interviews by us to go with their many medals. (Slovakia – white paddles of mistralWomen’s Euro R4 ChampsRevamped Mistral Women’s team)

We chat to Júlia Pevlková about the up coming WRC 2016.

Now that you are officially . . . → continue reading . . . Slovakia’s Open Women heading to UAE

Important Travel Tips

Teams and officials are regularly travelling by air to international events. There are some things that should always be done so as to ensure problems along the way don’t prevent you competing due to you arriving late or not at all or your luggage being lost!

Siberian team heading for the Downriver . . . → continue reading . . . Important Travel Tips

Romania’s Outdoor Events Ladies Team

A real refreshment in the Euro Cup series this year has been the Romanian Open Women’s team. They took part for the first time at the R6 European Championship 2015 held in Banja Luka, Bosnia, with a mixed team of four men and two women. It was the starting point of an idea . . . → continue reading . . . Romania’s Outdoor Events Ladies Team

Tragic loss of Payam Banihashemi

by Kianoosh Mehrabi, Iran Rafting Association.

Our best river friend, Mr Payam Banihashemi, lost his life on the Haraz River on Friday 19 August 2016, while he was trying to rescue people. The selfless way that he endangered his own life to save others is something that will always be remembered.

He . . . → continue reading . . . Tragic loss of Payam Banihashemi