Race Results

WRC Results: 
Sprint; H2H; Slalom: U19/U23/Masters; Open;  Downriver; Overall

EC 2016 Final Results:
R4 WomenR4 MenR6 Men; R6 Women

EC Italy
Results; Photos: SlalomH2H/SP, DR
WC Yushu, China
Results; Photos: -1-; Videos: -1-; NED OW
EC Struma, Bulgaria


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Race Rules – 2017 version available

IRF Logo 2As is done annually, various proposals to change the Race Rules have been discussed and voted upon by the Sport & Competition Committee. Here follows the updated version of the Race Rules taking effect from March 2017:

Key changes to note:

  • National selections – “fair and credible” has been defined in more detail.
  • Selecting teams for WRC and ERC has been defined more clearly.
  • Bib requirements at A and B level events has been detailed more.
  • PFD requirements have been detailed more.
  • Anti-Doping: The IRF has developed a comprehensive addendum of Anti-Doping Rules, which have been adopted and implemented in accordance with the IRF’s responsibilities under the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Code, and in furtherance of the IRF’s continuing efforts to eradicate doping in sport.

Two other areas are still being discussed and defined:

  • H2H discipline – when run on a venue that offers near zero opportunities for passing, the H2H is very predictable for 90% of the matches. Predictability equals boredom – and in a competition that is designed as a contact sport, boredom should never enter the picture. Setting gates along the course that forces teams out of the fast line will open up passing opportunities, creating a more dynamic, less predictable race. Deciding which gates to run, ramming opposing teams while in the gate, etc, etc will introduce limitless strategic considerations and chances to overtake. Discussions can be followed and entered into on the IRF Forum here.

Upcoming events

As March starts whistling past us, we’d like to draw your attention to upcoming activities on the IRF Guide Training & Education calendar (see full calendar for more details):

Last year the first ever  Guide Training & Education (GTE) Conference was held in Austria. This year the Conference is to be held from the 8 to 12 April on the Aoos River in Greece. Details.

There are courses run all over the world this year which presents a great opportunity to combine exploring new rivers while getting IRF certified. Some of the more exotic locations are Canada, Morocco, Iceland, the Zambezi and India.

Many of our Instructors are bilingual, so it is always worth checking up on that too.

In March we have courses and assessments in Spain, Portugal, Bulgaria and Bosnia. Some of them include Rescue 3 Whitewater Rescue Technician assessments as well.

Besides the very important GTE Conference in Greece in April, there are also assessments being done in Slovenia, Morocco, Wales, Canada, Spain and Austria. Some of these also include Rescue 3 Whitewater Rescue Technician assessments as well.

May sees quite a few courses and assessments being run in Spain and Austria, with one in Iceland and another in France, the latter includes a safty-kayak certification.

In June there is an IRF Guide training Program & Rescue 3 Whitewater Rescue Technician PRO combined workshop in Finland.

Looking on to September we have some great multi day workshops. The ever spectacular Zambezi has one for Class 3 and another for Class 4, and then a chance to participate on an amazing intensive week long workshop in Himalayas on the mighty Zanskar & Indus rivers. Scotland is host to a Basic Guide Training Course followed by Guide / Trip Leader/ Instructor Assessments. There is also an Instructor refresher there too.

So who is Nada?

Many of you may have been getting emails from someone called “Nada” and wondering who she is, especially as she asks so many questions! So we thought we’d turn the tables and interview HER for a change! So lets get you all familiar with her –

Nada WRC 2010

Team Serbia Women at WRC 2010

Nada – how did you get into rafting?

“I started dealing with competitive rafting in 2006. In 2008 I was in a Serbian team paddling in the back right position. I participated in the Euro Cups in Bulgaria, Montenegro, Serbia, Bosnia, Croatia, Slovenia and was active paddling at them until 2012. I was also part of the national team at the 2009 and 2010 WRC as well as the Euro Champs in Italy 2010.”


Euro Cup BiH

And you stopped competing – why was that?

“After several unpleasant experiences in the competitive rafting world in 2011, I decided to withdrew from active paddling. But since I’m hooked on this sport and cannot live without it I didn’t stop being interested in what happens in the rafting scene.”

Nada Korana

Korana River – Euro Cup Croatia

In 2012 you came to the attention of the IRF due to your keenness to help us find interesting material for our Facebook page and website. How has this involvement grown over the years?

“First I was emailing links of interesting rafting pictures, videos and articles through to the IRF and then I started to write articles about the teams and a variety of other topics. Slowly I became more involved and as they needed someone in Europe to assist with their media program at the events there they recruited me to do even more. My main focus is to help in order to better promote rafting and to encourage the rafting community to be more active.”

Nada raft race

WRC 2010 – Netherlands

So if we had to list what you do for the IRF ….

“The key things I do are:

  • Write the text for articles about the teams and get the photos for the articles
  • Handling IRF media at the events I attend – which means – reporting from the competition with photos, text, video and results. 
  • Collecting interesting photos, videos and links for the IRF Facebook fan page and help in managing the page.
  • Finding and collecting the data of teams that have any kind of representation on the Internet (it would be nice if teams informed us directly about that so that we can put them into our database).
  • Monitoring teams all around the world, from their training until after the competitions, and all the fun activities they perform. And to try get to know them better to build a sound knowledge base for writing articles.”

Yes, many of the posts on Facebook are your finds and we do get plenty of compliments from everyone who enjoys them.

Nada waiting for teams to answer her emails

Waiting for replies to emails 🙂

What is the most frustrating part of this job?

” Getting replies from the teams!!! After two years of work I have the same number of completed texts as uncompleted texts, because so many teams never answer my questions. Sometimes I wait six months before someone replies to my questions. And sometimes the organizers of the competitions don’t understand what it is I’m doing at the event. The media world is not a known element to them.”

This is a common problem – teams and event organisers under-estimating the power of media and how important it is and how hard it is to maintain continuity to ensure the sport gets out to the public as that is where the promoters, supporters, sponsors and lovers of the sport are.

If you had a message to give to the teams – what would it be?

“I am here to help you promote yourselves and the sport of rafting. To help you in any way I can. To answer your questions, to find answers to your questions, to connect you with other rafters and to keep growing this great sport of ours.

I would really like to see the teams:

  • communicate more with one another
  • help and support each other
  • let us know when they are doing something interesting
  • be more active on social networks and not only when they are going somewhere – because there are events throughout the whole year and it would be nice to inform their audiences about it all
  • and … do not wait longer than a week before you respond to one of my emails! .. 🙂 ​”
Nada Slackline

Nada slacklining

So the future – you’ll be attending the R6 Euro Champs in Georgia in May as IRF media representative and a number of Euro Cup events through the coming season. What else is on the cards?

“I am getting back into active paddling and I’d love to be competitive again with my girls team (Serbia Womens Rafting Team).”

How can teams contact you?

“The can get hold of me via my IRF email address or my personal one. Or they can message or follow me on my Facebook page – Nada Rafting.  And on Twitter – Nada Rafting.

You have quietly been doing great work in the background for the IRF – we hope that more people will recognise you now in emails and in person in the future and get back to with answers quickly. The IRF thanks you for all the hard work you do for this great sport of ours!

EC 2017 – only use one team name throughout the whole season

And here we are, lucky Europeans, blessed with the EC season. But before we begin to talk about what is waiting for us all this next season, let’s do a quick reminded of last season – there were 13 competitions in total, 7 R4 races and 9 R6 races, in 11 . . . → continue reading . . . EC 2017 – only use one team name throughout the whole season

Weirs – nice to play in? Or deadly – can you tell the difference?

Neil Newton Taylor | Swiftwater Rescue – Although many weirs are perfectly safe to slide over or play in the stopper formed at the bottom, many are not. Telling the difference can be very difficult.

“Weirs are either straightforward or they kill you” – . . . → continue reading . . . Weirs – nice to play in? Or deadly – can you tell the difference?

How to work out what age division you are in for competitions

Having trouble working out what age group you are in for our divisions? Here are a list of ways you can work it out to see if you are eligible for the 2017 year:

You are OLD ENOUGH to compete in the Open division in 2017 if you:

are 14 years . . . → continue reading . . . How to work out what age division you are in for competitions

IRF GTE Conference 2017

Dates: 8 – 12 of April 2017. (NB: Changed from 16 – 20)

Location: Greece, Aoos River

Arrival airport: Thessaloniki

Registration Form

Participating at the IRF GTE Conference 2017 gives Instructors a chance to:

Keep currency of their instructor certificate Receive all the GTE program updates at first hand Participate at the . . . → continue reading . . . IRF GTE Conference 2017

ERC 2017 Information letter!

Here is the first team information letter you have been waiting for so as to plan your trip to the 2017 Euro Rafting Champs on the Mtkvari River near the city of Borjomi in Georgia.

We look forward to a great event in a new location!

Argentina announced as hosts for the IRF 2018 World Rafting Champs

The IRF is excited to announce that the 2018 WRC will be held on the Aluminé and Ruca Choroy Rivers in the Province of Neuquén, Argentina.

The event will be based out of the towns of Aluminé and Villa Pehuenia which are located in Argentina Patagonia and in the “Corridor of lakes” which is . . . → continue reading . . . Argentina announced as hosts for the IRF 2018 World Rafting Champs

Race Rules updates

The IRF Sport & Competition Committee will shortly be assessing and updating the IRF Race Rules.

The process is as follows:

Rule proposals may be submitted only as one of the three possible options.  1) Eliminate a rule, 2) change a rule, or 3) add a rule. 1) When suggesting that a rule be . . . → continue reading . . . Race Rules updates