Race Results

WRC 2018
All results

EC 2018 Series final results:
R4 MenR4 WomenR6 WomenR6 Men

EC Proboj, Serbia
Results; Photos

ERC 2018, Slovakia
All results, photos, videos, etc

Guilin, China
Results; Photos: -1-; Video: -1-, -2-,

EC 2018 Results so far:
MenWomen;

EC Trnavka, Czech
Results: Sprint, Slalom; Photos;

EC Vrbas, BiH
Results; Photos;

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#AreYouReady to #TameTheTully

After the successful conclusion to the IRF World Rafting Championship (WRC) 2018 in Argentina, we now set our sights on the 2018 WRC in Tully, Australia. Teams have now started to register for the event – but most importantly now, all teams who want to stay in the Athletes’ Village need to book their accommodation by Friday, 14th December. This is to ensure that enough tents can be ordered and supplied in time for the competition.

Included in the accommodation package is the tent setup and take down, beds and bedding, power and lights within the tents themselves. There are toilets and showers located in the Athlete Village and the main heart of the entire event is co-located at the Tully Showgrounds so you won’t miss any of the entertainment. Buses to and from the competition site will pick up and drop off competitors right to the Athletes’ Village.

Don’t miss the opportunity to stay right in the heart of all the action. Book your team’s accommodation in the Athlete Village now:
www.wrc2019.com/team-and-athlete-information/#village

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We are river family – meet Tim Marshall

Owner/operator of Ultimate Descents in the land of the long white cloud (New Zealand) since 2002, Chair of the New Zealand River Association since 2014 and trip leader since 2000, this week we meet Tim Marshall. No stranger to the raft race circuit nor the IRF Guide Training & Education system, Tim is a senior 4/5 raft guide, river rescue instructor and raft guide assessor in NZ. He saw the light in 1998 when he realised he could work in the outdoors doing something he loves.

What motivates you to keep rafting?
The lifestyle, hanging in nature and showing what a beautiful world we live in to those who don’t get the chance to be in nature much. Meeting new people daily. Continue reading We are river family – meet Tim Marshall

Czechia have a golden day on the Alumine

The IRF’s 2018 World Rafting Champs came to a spectacular close today with the arduous Downriver. The rain and sprinkles of snow on the surrounding mountains did nothing to dampen the teams’ enjoyment of the awesome white water that the Aluminé offers.

The day definitely belonged to the Czechia teams. Their Open Men halted Brazil’s seven year streak of being World Champions, and all of their other teams medalled as well. Czechia are now the new World Champions in the Open Men’s and Women’s categories, as well as U23 Men, and Masters Men! They also took Bronze in U19 Men, Silver in U19 Women and silver in U23 Women – a great haul!

In U19 it is Argentina that are now the new World Champions in both categories – a great result for the hosts. They also achieved a Bronze in the U23 Women and a silver in Masters Men. They were just outside the medals in Open and U23 Men.

The new world champions in U23 Women are Russia! Their U19 Men placed 2nd and U19 Women 3rd. A nice collection of medals for them as well.

The USA Women are the new Master’s World Champions, having last raced at the WRC on the Futaleufu in 2000. A bad day at work on Slalom day saw Norway’s dreams of Gold overall fall short by the smallest of margins, but three Golds in Sprint, H2H and Downriver make up for it.

And so the IRF’s 17th World Championship draws to a close. The final medal ceremonies and closing ceremony will round off an excellent event in a stunning region on awesome rivers. Talk starts turning to the next world rafting championship – Tully, Australia!

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Skills, spills and thrills – Slalom on the Ruca Choroi

The teams gathered along the banks of the River Ruca Choroi, to test their skills against the hard slalom course set for them. The river is an innocuous, narrow, Class 2 with 1 Class 3 rapid on it, normally simple to negotiate. But today the course was set to challenge the best rafters in the world – and so it did.

The fastest run of the day was Czech Open Men. They also achieved the lowest number of penalties – 5 seconds in each run. Argentina U19 Men won their category with an incredible run with only 10 seconds in penalties in their fastest run and a time that would have placed them in 7th in the Open Men’s category! The Czech U23 Men’s best time, which won them their category, would have placed them 6th in the Open Category showing the huge talent of these two young teams.

Taking strategic decisions to completely skip some gates in their second run made a big difference for some of the teams struggling with certain gates. These were most notably Gate 4 and 7, both of which, if you tried but missed them, could cause you to be lined up wrong for the next few gates.

By far the most complex part of the course was Gates 3 to 7. Gates 3 and 4 were upstream and on opposite sides of the river to each other, but with a hole right there that surged or surfed if not dealt with exactly correctly, something the Argentina Masters Men suffered in their first run. Messing it up there could mean missing gates 4 to 7! Gates 5 to 7 were all downstream and set in quick succession but in a zig-zag format. Getting any of the precise movements wrong made it nearly impossible clear all three gates.

It was at gate 3, in the hole, where Argentina U19 Women suddenly found themselves dumped in the river! Although this ruined their second run, their first run was a Gold medal run!

Mexico Open Men all dived through gate 7 low-siding the raft and causing the only flip of the day. The course was very tough on the women’s teams who didn’t have the brute strength to gain the right lines for some of the gates.

There was a great display of skills, particularly amongst some of the up and coming teams.

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Gold medal clashes in Head-to-head

The first race of the day was a great illustration of the excitement that the new format with buoys has brought to the Head-to-Head (H2H). Netherlands Open Women came down the last part of the course needing to round the final buoy and as they rounded it and headed to the line Chile Open Women came surging past in the faster water to take the win right on the line.

It was not the only race that was so close at the finishing line. Unfortunately for the locals the Argentina Open Men were pipped at the line by Japan, the latter going on to win their first Gold medal in WRC H2H. But Argentina still had a good day, coming away with 2 Silvers and 2 Golds. However, medal-wise it was Czechia teams that dominated taking a medal in every category they competed in – 7 in all!

Colombia Open Men put up a great fight against Russia Open Men, using tactics to try prevent the Russians achieving one of the buoys. However the Russians won through that round in the end.

Chile Open Men were determined to make up for their disappointment of the previous day and did that in style by knocking out the reigning world champions Brazil, in the quarter finals and went on to claim Bronze.

Sneaky tactics from Czechia U23 Men saw Slovenia being knocked out of the eddy, preventing them from rounding the buoy and so being penalised 50 seconds.

Some great fights were held at buoy 1 on the river-right and we look forward to the daily highlights videos to see them again, and to the TV production which will be aired world-wide in about a month.

Teams are now training on the Slalom course on the Rio Chuca Churoi.

Full Results

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Ex-FARC Guerrillas in Colombia train to be Raft Guides

By Shannon Farley

Nine ex-FARC guerrillas in Colombia have a new future ahead of them in adventure tourism, thanks to river rafting guide training provided by the International Rafting Federation (IRF) and Rios Tropicales adventure company in Costa Rica.

The new raft guides, who are former combatants of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (known by the Spanish acronym of FARC), will complete their training on Nov. 9 with a graduation ceremony. The accomplishment is even more extraordinary because the Pato River where they have trained and will operate commercial rafting trips is a former FARC controlled “red no-go zone” – once a feared, forbidden and secret place.

The fledgling adventure tourism venture is the result of a United Nations supported mission at Colombia’s Miravalle Territorial Area for Training and Reincorporation (TATR) in the Municipality of San Vicente del Caguán, Caquetá Department – about 180 miles south of Bogota. The UN Verification Mission in Colombia is helping former FARC members make the transition to civilian life after 54 years of armed conflict with the Colombian government. On behalf of the UN Security Council, the Mission is in charge of verifying and accompanying the political, economic and social reintegration of former FARC members and their families into Colombian communities in accordance with the November 2016 Peace Agreement.

“This is one more step toward peace. Our guides are so proud to not only be training new river rafting guides, but to be taking part in the peace process in Colombia,” said Rafael Gallo, President of Rios Tropicales. “Thousands of armed fighters have put down their weapons and are trying to reintegrate into a society from which they have been estranged for years, or sometimes their entire lives. The idea is to promote reconciliation and to help people adapt after such a long conflict through developing new income sources as a means to live.”

Gallo, who is honorary president and one of the founding members of the IRF, traveled to the Miravalle TATR in August 2018 with the UN Mission to assess the viability of developing a commercial rafting operation on the Pato River. The 100 or so residents there are looking to ecotourism, among other initiatives, to stimulate their economy and embark on a new path in civil life.

Impressed by the beautiful jungle river, its commercial rafting potential, and the community’s deep desire for positive change and new beginnings, Gallo sent two of his top Rios Tropicales guides on Oct. 4 to train the new staff. Funding was provided by private donors.

“I was so inspired seeing how a river and rafting could change people’s lives and their future. I wanted to continue to help them, knowing that they were starting from zero and knowing how much I could contribute to provide them with the best training and get them up and running much faster than on their own. Their whole world has changed over the last few years,” said Gallo.

Costa Rican guides Roy Obando and Max Solano have spent the past month training the team of eight men and one woman in raft guiding, kayaking, and river safety and rescue skills. Solano has been guiding with Rios Tropicales for 13 years. Obando has been a rafting guide for more than 27 years with Rios Tropicales, and was head of safety for the 2011 World Whitewater Rafting Championships in Costa Rica. He is a level 4 IRF instructor (the highest level) for more than 10 years, and will be certifying the Colombian guides with an IRF site specific guide accreditation for rafting on the Pato River.

During their training, Obando and Solano led the team in an exploratory first descent of the upper section of the Pato River in class 4 and 5 rapids. Most of their training, however, and where commercial rafting trips will be conducted, was in a 9 km section of the river with class 3 and 4 rapids.

“The progress has been amazing. That’s thanks to their (the Colombians) will to learn and be trained and to change their lives. Their will has moved this so fast and opened opportunities rather than having obstacles. This is an ongoing process, because running a rafting company is not something you learn overnight, but we’re headed in the right direction,” said Gallo who has helped introduce commercial rafting operations in five countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Gallo will travel to the Pato River Valley in Colombia for the Nov. 9 graduation ceremony. He will bring donated gifts of lifejackets, helmets and rafting gear from Man of Rubber River Gear and Rios Tropicales.

#AreYouReady #RaftersAreAwesome

Stunning day for WRC Sprints on the Alumine

The day got off to a crispy start as the temperatures had dropped below zero during the night – frost gave the terrain a ghostly appearance as the participants arrived for the day’s races.

As the day warmed up so did the competition – the teams are loving the river and the continuous Class 3 rapids that keep coming at you making it essential that you stay sharp throughout. It also provides different lines to choose ensuring great discussions on the river banks.

The first division to compete was U19 and there were saw a clean sweep of the Gold medals from the hosts, Argentina, much to the huge delight of the  locals present and the large throng of local media. Second in the U19 Men’s was a delighted Costa Rica followed by Russia. In the U19 Women it was Russia in second place with Czech third.

The Argentinian teams continued to win medals in the U23 division but this time it was Silver in both categories. The U23 Men’s Gold was scooped up by Slovenia with Czech taking third. In U23 Women it was Russia who took the Gold with Czech third once again.

Czech Masters Men, who are the favourites for this category, took the Gold with Argentina second and newcomers to this category USA (but not to the WRC) took third. In the Masters Women it was Norway that were delighted to scoop up the Gold with the legendary USA team taking second, and Slovakia, also a new team to this category, taking third.

Brazil Open Men launched the defence of their title in great style by taking Gold with Japan second and Czech third. Russia Open Women take their first Gold medal in the OW category, stating their intentions clearly of being a force to reckon with in the future. Great Britain took second and showed they have it in them to keep their R4 title. Japan claimed Bronze just in front of Czech.

The lunch was a typical Argentinian Asado, enjoyed by all in the warmth of the day, and then followed the medal ceremonies. The afternoon saw the Open teams heading to train on the Downriver, while the rest of the teams got the afternoon to relax.

Tomorrow is also supposed to be a warm day (weather is important as it can vary so hugely!) and it will certainly be an exciting day as it is the first time at a World Rafting Championship that teams will be competing in the Head-to-Head using the new format.

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Planes, rafts and automobiles – preparations for IRF World Rafting Championship 2018

Open Men team captains: Japan, Mexico, Brazil

Logistics in planning an International Rafting Federation World Rafting Championship is a phenomenal feat made successful only by the hard work of thousands of people from across the globe. Front and centre, visible to all is the Event Director and Race Director – not so obvious are all the individuals involved in tasks that most people would not bat an eye to realise were part of the overall event.

This competition is no different. There people on the ground running shuttles, equipment disinfections, ferrying radios, constructing the giant marquee that will be front and centre for lunches and meeting spaces, to the people serving lunches and translators helping teams work out their empañadas from their tortillas. That’s just the local teams – on top of this we have the large pool of qualified and experienced judges, officials, safety teams and international media ensuring everything runs smoothly, safely, fairly and that everyone knows about the competition.

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We are river family – meet Rado Orokocky

After a White Water Slalom career spanning 20 years, Rado switched to rafting. His first contact with rafting was in 1997 for two years. Then he rejoined into in 2004 until now. At first he started with his team on several European and World Championships but then moved onto coaching two of the most successful women’s rafting teams – at first Geronimo from 1999 until 2002 and Mistral from 2009 until they career end.
What motivates you to keep rafting?
I think that rafting is a good sport for people who like to be on the water with some good friends. If you have a good team you can enjoy so much fun and this is the most important thing. All other is bonus – traveling a lot to the interesting destinations, get medals from big competitions and more.

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What did it take to start the international rafting federation?

Project RAFT 1997

As we ready ourselves for our 17th IRF World Rafting Championship, we take a look back at what it took to create this global phenomenon which started 21 years ago and boasts membership from over 50 nations across six continents, runs inclusive worldwide raft race competitions several times each year and can lay claim to hundreds of thousands of clients being safely guided down the rivers of the world each year by IRF qualified raft guides.

Cast your mind back several decades to a time when the world was under threat of annihilation at the press of a button. One man had an idea and that idea was to transcend politics and the cold war between the USA and Russia by getting people from each of these nations together to have fun in the natural and fun world of river rafting. That man was Jib Ellison. His mission saw him approach people in Russia and soon word got round to the right person. Misha – a legend in rafting in his own right. He and Jib set out to make it happen and from this was born Project RAFT (Russian and American Friendship Tours).

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