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Race Results

EC Overall so far:
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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:
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EC Trnavka, Czech
Results: Sprint, Slalom; Photos;

EC Vrbas, BiH
Results; Photos;

more archived Race Results

Race Rules – proposing an update

The IRF Sport & Competition Committee assesses and updates the IRF Race Rules at the end of each year. This year it is being done much earlier due to the 2019 WRC happening early in the year (May).

So proposals are to be in by 20 October. Any proposals after that cannot be guaranteed to be included.

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 eliminated, a copy of the rule must be included in the proposal.
    2. When proposing a change to an existing rule, the proposal must include a copy of the existing rule, and the suggested change.
    3. When suggesting a new rule, the submission must include a copy of the new rule written in a rule format.
  • All proposals must include Clear REASONS as to why this change has been suggested.  Submissions without clear reasons will be rejected.
  • All proposals must include the name of the person/organisation making the suggestion, and must come through an IRF member organisation representative or with their written approval.
  • All proposals must be in by the 20th October (much earlier than usual due to WRC 2019 being in May).
  • All proposals will be assessed by the Exec Com and those which merit further discussion will be presented to the S&C Com for full discussion. Discussions will be conducted on the IRF Forum.
  • After discussions have concluded,  all members of the S&C Com who have been active in the discussions will vote.  The aim is to conclude the voting by end of Dec.
  • Updated rules, with all changes, will be published on the IRF website and sent by email to IRF member organisations. The aim is for this to be done by January.

Guide workshops offered in some great destinations

Wanting to get or upgrade your IRF Guiding certification, or become an IRF GTE Instructor?

There are some great locations to choose from ranging from Bosnia, to Mexico, Spain, Slovenia, Argentina, the Zambezi River, Ecuador, Futaleufu River, Scotland, Cardiff and Oregon, USA!

The playground of the mighty Zambezi is an incredible location to be training up to become a raft guide. And the stunning beauty of the Futaleufu is another bucket list item for many. Throw in other well known rivers such as the Tara, Mendoza, Hood, Gallego, and more and you are spoilt for choices. 🙂

Here is the summary – explore and find the right place for you!

  • 24 – 28 Sept: Guide and Trip Leader (TL) workshop and assessment on the Tara River, Bosnia – Details.
  • 24 Sept – 20 Oct: IRF GTE course and assessment. Río Trancura, Pucón – Chile. Instructor: Paulo Cartes Ortiz. Organized by: Chile Ríos – Professional training and training. www.chilerios.cl. Languages:Spanish
  • 25 – 30 Sept: IRF + Rescue3 on the Gallego River in Spain – Details.
  • 27 – 30 Sept: IRF GTE Workshop & Rescue3 Europe WRT on the Tara River, Bosnia –  Details.
  • 31 Sept – 7 Oct: IRF GTE certificate + Rescue 3 Europe WRT + Basic Life Support in Slovenia – Details.
  • 1-4 Oct: Guide and TL, Alto Ebro River, Spain – more info.
  • 4 – 7 Oct: IRF GTE Workshop; Rio MendozaArgentina – more info
  • 6 – 13 Oct: IRF GTE Workshop on the Zambezi River – contacts Sebastian Larcher.
  • 18 Oct: IRF Safety Kayak Assessment; TampaonMéxico – more info
  • 23 – 24 Oct: Guide, TL, Safety Kayaker; PescadosMéxico – more info
  • 24 – 28 Oct: Guide, TL, Safety Kayaker; Santo Domingo, Ecuador – Details.
  • 27 Oct – 1 Nov: IRF / SRA / WRT GTE Workshop. Grandtully, Scotland – more info
  • 3 – 6 Nov: Guide, TL & Instructor update; Cardiff, UK – more info Mark Bowler
  • 10 – 15 Nov: Assessment for Instructor Guide class IV and Instructor Safety kayak class IV, Guide, Safety kayak, Safety Raft and Trip Leader class IV. Cara del indio, Futaleufú Patagonia, Chile Instructor: Daniel Gonzalez and Gaspar Goncz. Details in English and in Spanish.
  • 25 – 31 March: IRF Guide, Safety kayaker, TL & Instructor workshop. Venue: Northwest Rafting Company, Hood River,Oregon, USA. Instructor: Mark Hirst.  Details

We are river family – meet Juniper Rose

Whitewater raft guide, kayaker and writer passionate about exploring new rivers  and cultures, Juniper Rose has paddled in 15 states across the US and 9 countries around the globe. She loves sharing rivers with others whether its clients on a guided trip or good friends out for a kayaking run. When she was 12 years old Juniper convinced my dad to let her come along on a source to sea trip that started at the headwaters of the river where she was raised and ended in the ocean weeks later. Ever since that trip she’s been hooked on whitewater. By age 16 she was guiding commercially. Guiding then became a summer job during college and a means for traveling the world thereafter.

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IRF’s Guide Training system flying along!

Globally recognised and respected, the IRF’s Guide Training & Education system has seen massive growth in uptake over the last two years. In 2017 the number of courses held doubled from the previous year, and in 2018 we have already surpassed the 2017 number!

The Guide Training & Education (GTE) system is built on the foundation of ensuring consistent approaches, repeatable skills, feedback and improvement. Course feedback indicates that the recent growth in uptake is due to the improvement of standards throughout the system. Instructors are now required to attend a workshop run by an Assessor at least once every two years.

The other reason for the increased popularity is that a GTE Instructors Conference is held every year in different regions around the globe. By moving to different regions the conference gives Instructors in that region the chance to update their certification in accordance with current IRF standards, to discuss and find solutions for current challenges of the IRF GTE system, to share industry best practice and knowledge, and to socialise and network with leading providers of rafting education.

These steps have taken the IRF GTE system to a new level where it is now recognised as the global Gold Standard for guide education and training. Interest in the system is coming in from all corners across six continents and with more governments approving it as the official system required by all guides.

#RaftersAreAwesome #Guides #RaftGuides #GoldStandard

We are river family – meet Gunther Atem

Starting his paddling career in competitive rowing, Gunther Atem has since become a face synonymous with South American rafting – if you’ve been to an IRF World Rafting Championship in the last few years, you’ve definitely met him. You will certainly meet him in November this year as he has been key in the IRF 2018 World Rafting Championship being held in Aluminé, Argentina. Gunther started rafting in 2009 after eight years of competitive rowing. Rowing was a very exciting sport, but he really did not get the adrenaline rush. A friend invited him to go rafting and from the first day he felt the connection with the water in movement. It was really spectacular.

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IRF Instructors Conference – Update

The annual IRF Instructors Conference is being held in Argentina this year – a great opportunity for the Instructors in this region to update their certificate according to IRF requirements.

Location: Argentina, River Alumine, Villa Pehuenia

Date: 1-2-3 November 2018

Registration link

Host and Organizer: ARAFT, Mario Mateo: araft_irf@hotmail.com

IRF Representatives: Joe Willie Jones – IRF President; Gaspar Goncz – IRF Vice President, Head of GTE

Total Cost: 270USD  (120USD Organization + 150 USD Accommodation/meal)

Deposit: 50USD by paypal to araft_irf@hotmail.com

Registration deadline: 10th of October 2018 Continue reading IRF Instructors Conference – Update

We are river family – meet Mark Hirst

IRF Raft Guide Assessor, global traveller, raft guide, extreme kayaker and novice skier, we meet Mark HirstMark started kayaking around 1988 when he was in primary school and continued until a trip to Nepal in 1998. He was asked to help a raft guide R2 (two-person raft) a raft down the Great Wall rapid on the Bhote Koski river. At that point Mark had a light bulb moment and figured becoming a raft guide was a way to keep him on the river and allow him to keep up his love of kayaking. That was 20 years ago… so what’s he been up to since then?

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River of Reconciliation in Colombia

Former FARC-EP Combatants in Colombia Trade Guns for Paddles

By Shannon Farley

Former combatants of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia – People’s Army (FARC-EP in Spanish) might seem unlikely whitewater rafting guides.

Rafael Gallo helping train ex-FARC-EP combatants in river rafting in Colombia.

However, a project supported by the United Nations at the Miravalle Territorial Area for Training and Reincorporation (TATR) in the Municipality of San Vicente del Caguán, Caquetá Department, is encouraging ex-guerilla fighters to trade their guns for rafting paddles in a new sustainable ecotourism endeavor.

Rafael Gallo, honorary president of the International Rafting Federation (IRF), traveled to the Miravalle TATR at the beginning of August with a delegation of the UN Verification Mission in Colombia to assess the viability of developing a commercial rafting operation on the Pato River.

“Going rafting in the Pato River is very symbolic because you are part of the peace process in Colombia,” said Gallo, CEO of the Costa Rica adventure tour operator, Rios Tropicales. “Thousands of armed fighters have put down their Continue reading River of Reconciliation in Colombia

We are river family – meet Alejandro Cuéllar

Fliptastic rafting adventures in high water, “flushing” moments on commercial trips and learning from what life throws at you – this week we meet Alejandro (Alex) Cuéllar. Alex remembers when his brother in law said to him back in 1994 in México… “Alex, come with me next weekend to the mountains, I’ll show you what I’m doing for work, I think you’ll love it!”. And indeed, it became his passion since then. It all started by training in a inflatable single ducky, alone, flipping, wrapping, swimming and once he got to know the river up right and upside down, he jumped to the raft and started learning the guide strokes thanks to his Sensei Giovanni Lampedeccia, owner of Pápero Aventuras named in that time, Selva Azul these days.

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River safety – Team Strategy

We introduced the R3 Rescue for River Runners‘ video series in 2013 – but they are still really relevant today in the whitewater world of safety.

This is a series of videos showing river rescue techniques, combinations of skills, tips and tricks to make you a better river rescuer and safer paddler. Its aimed at river runners and people who want to run bigger and harder rivers as well as the necessary skills for rescue in event that something goes wrong.

This episode is called Team Strategy – smart teamwork and preparedness makes everyone safer on the river.

Getting Started is Episode 1 in the series and covers equipment – making sure you have the right equipment before you even start. Along the way through this series you will learn how to use all this equipment and maybe learn some neat tricks and tips as well as best practise.

To see the whole series – go to R3 Rescue for River Runners.

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