Race Results

EC Trnavka:
Results: SL, SP; Photos: TR; SL, SL2, SP. Video: SP;

WC/EC Banja Luka:
Results; Photos;

ERC 2017 – Georgia
Results/Photos/Video/Press Releases

EC Nis:
EC Austria:
Results: Open WomenU23 MenOpen Men; Photos: -1-, -2-, -3-,  ; Videos: -1-, -2-,

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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EC Trnavka 2017

And so after all these years of working as a reporter I finally found myself at the EC Trnavka. From the first information I got about this competition to the input from persons familiar with the course, I never doubted it was one of the most demanding EC competitions.

The small stream of Trnavka, built by a dam, provided an opportunity to create an artificial track on the outskirts of the dam, something good to come from the construction of a dam. Therefore, depending exclusively on whether the dam can let water out or not, all whitewater lovers have only a few opportunities a year to paddle on this track. They split all those opportunities between all paddlers, so one of the opportunities goes to the rafters. This is the case also with the second and most difficult race in the EC – The Devil’s stream, which also depends on when the dams will let water out. In both cases, there is no room for schedule changes or additional training … generally a very complicated situation. But this has still helped produce some of the best rafters in the world and the hardest national selections.

The competition is extremely tight between the top teams on the list in the Czech Republic so that any number of teams can be in the first positions. If you are a big fan of a specific team, that’s not good for your nerves. This time the guests at this EC competition, besides the standard Slovaks, were also the Japanese. They know very well why they do not miss this competition. For the Slovakians, it was a National Competition too.

The track itself is long and the organiser divided the course into two parts, first riding two Slalom slopes in the upper part, then two times slalom in the lower part. Sprint is also divided in two parts: upper and lower. 

Before water is released into the channel, the channel itself looks so simple and very simply made, with bars and wooden bulkheads, with old car tyres to support the wooden partition itself… without new buoys or modern things … but the obstacles that are set up are in such good places, calculated to mm to make lots of drops, eddies, fast lines …. a route for advanced paddlers. More proof  that it does not take millions to make a good course. It gives hope to those who do not have millions that in some way, somehow, they can have this sort of channel too.

MISTROVSTVI CR V RAFTINGU TRNAVKA 17.- 18.cervna 2017 from Mirek Sochor on Vimeo.

There were 21 teams in the Open Men’s competition and 6 in Open Women. The training was on Friday night from 18 – 20h. What’s interesting is that at this competition, they paddle in Gumotex – Colorado rafts, a very specific design, but not unknown to the Japanese, because they also use the same in one of their competitions. They are different in shape than rafts, they are very unstable and manoeuvring them on this course is an art. That is why, on the first day of training, we had several flips and swimmers, as well as during the competition itself.

The performance of the Czech teams during the slalom impressed our friends from Japan, and me, in addition, also the performance of the Mistral OW team from Slovakia.

Results Slalom

OM: 1. TR Zubr (CZE), 2. TR Hiko (CZE), 3. Hanace Rafters (CZE)

OW: 1. TR Omega (CZE), 2. Mistral Bratislava (SVK), 3. TR Seniorky (CZE)

U23M: 1. TR Hanace Junior (CZE), 2. LET-GUN Letogra (CZE), 3. Jiskra HB Junior (CZE)

MM: 1. TR Masters A (CZE), 2. TR Masters B (CZE), 3. Jezek Team Oldi (CZE)

The second day of the competition was Sprint. The track again was divided into two parts, with that the first part was for the EC and CZE nationals, and the lower just for CZE nationals.

Results Sprint

OM: 1. TR Hiko 1:29.41, 2. Hanace Rafters 1:30.00, 3. TR Zubr 1:30.43

OW: 1. TR Omega 1:42.97, 2. Mistral Bratislava 1:47.02, 3. MB Mohous A Jen 1:47.43

U23M: 1. TR Hanace Junior 1:33.16, 2. LET-GUN Letogra 1:36.05, 3. Jiskra HB Junior 1:44.73

MM: 1. TR Masters A 1:31.12, 2. TR Masters B 1:33.38, 3. Jezek Team Oldi 1:35.33

 The competition has been organised for 21 years on this channel, everybody knows so well what to do, that it looks too easy from my corner and so smooth. With so many years of organisation, we could see whole families who grew up on this channel, where children and parents, each in their category or in their position (judges), participate in the competition. Stanislav Hajek and his team once again did a great job. Also, Stanislav, thank you for helping me to go to Trnavka. In this way, not only could I personally witness the difficulty of the competition, the quality of the track and the organisation, but finally was in one of the competitions in the Czech Republic.

This is definitely one of the best places to check the quality of your paddling skills. The competition will be in the calendar again next year, the date will be announced later this year because it depends on the dam release, so save one weekend for this and see you there. 😉 


Judges Course at WRC 2017

IRF Logo 2A Judges course will be run during the 2017 World Rafting Championship. Anyone keen to do the course should email IRF Admin.

The details are:

Dates: 4th – 9th Oct (during WRC)

Place: Event Headquarters

Cost: $US30 to be paid to Instructor on the first day of the course. This is a once off payment.

Schedule and what is expected of you:

  • 4th Oct, 9am to 12am – attend Judges Orientation Workshop with all Judges and Jury
    • 2pm to 5pm – attend Judges course run by Judge Instructors
  • 5th Oct, all day: attend Judges course run by Judge Instructors
  • 6th – 9th Oct, all day: work with Official Judges at the event as an Assistant Judge Trainee
  • 9th Oct: write Judges exam. If you pass the exam and the assessment you will be certified as a General Judge.

What you need to provide: A copy of the IRF Race Rules as it is on the IRF website plus the two addendums. Own pens and paper. All accommodation, meals and transport are also for your own cost.

Register: Please let IRF Admin know if you will be attending so we can be sure to include you in any updates and details and have sufficient space for you.

WC/EC Branka Stulic Memorial event – 2017, Banja Luka

R6 World Cup and Euro Cup Branka Stulic Memorial event in Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina, was held from the 10 – 11 June on the river Vrbas which is a well known and beloved place for all of us. The organiser was Rafting Center Kanjon. Six countries, 11 teams, one of whom was female, gathered to gauge their strength and to honour our dear Branka. Again we got to see the Japanese Open men’s team on this river and enjoyed their paddling and company. Also we were lucky that we were supported by the sun throughout the whole competition.

The first day of the competition was reserved for Slalom, Sprint and H2H. The slalom course in the Tjesno Canyon was not a big problem for the men’s teams, all of whom were from the OM category and representatives of their state. The best time in this discipline was the team “Teikei” from Japan, the second place was taken by the boys from “Dayak” club BiH, and third place “Gimpex 1” from Slovenia.

SRK Bosna

After a good warm-up from Slalom, the Sprint followed. In addition to “Teikei” team which had shown the best physical readiness, the home teams took advantage of their local knowledge of the river so second place went to” Dayak “club, while the third was SRK “Bosna”.

Since the first two places in the H2H were reserved for “Teikei” and “Dayak”, third place this time went to “Delta Sport” kkrk from Croatian, which is were presented to us in a new, rejuvenated edition and gave good resistance to SRK “Bosna” in the semifinals.


In the Downriver, to ensure all the positions on the list are not boring and monotonous “Gimpex” (SLO) did a great effort to push “Dayak” from second to third place in the Downriver race. The first is, of course, “Teikei” JPN.

Thus after the second day of competition and finish of all disciplines we have the final team standings: 1st place “Teikei” from Japan, 2nd place ‘Dayak’ club, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and 3rd place “Gimpex 1” from Slovenia. Congratulations to them and also to the only women’s team “Adventure Net” from Bulgaria.

Our dear friends from Japan are travelling in Europe, practising and gauging their strength with teams that will soon be coming to their part of the world for the R6 World Rafting Championship 2017. The next place where we can watch Japan is Trnavka, Czech.

As far as the organisation itself, everything went so well that this is a routine job for Aleksandar Pastir and his team. I would like to thank this time RK “VIR” from Pancevo  for transport and “AdventureNet” from Bulgaria who assisted us at the border and spared us many hours of waiting in line… Friends everywhere!

Registration for WRC 2017 now open

The registration for the 2017 World Rafting Championship in Japan is open and is online this year.

Before you start entering your team/s make sure you have the right information as this makes it much simpler:

key details for each paddler: name, nationality, birth date

When you are ready –  . . . → continue reading . . . Registration for WRC 2017 now open

Are you carrying the correct emergency equipment?

by Mark Hirst:

As we now find ourselves at the beginning of a Northern hemisphere season, a quick glance at various social media outlets are awash with various stories of epic high water runs and carnage.

Most of us will have been surrounded by snow all winter and are counting down the . . . → continue reading . . . Are you carrying the correct emergency equipment?

Looking for 6 Volunteer Judges to assist at the WRC 2017 in Japan

The IRF can offer 6 Volunteer Judges accommodation, meals and local transport at the event – they will stay with the 12 Official Judges (who have already been selected and confirmed). You will have to cover your own flight to Japan.

So if you are already a certified IRF Judge and would like . . . → continue reading . . . Looking for 6 Volunteer Judges to assist at the WRC 2017 in Japan

Big thank you to David and Georgia

One more Euro Rafting Champ competition is behind us, Georgia has become part of our history now and it’s time for us to gather impressions, mention some important details and say thank you to everyone who helped to organise it.

From the 22 to 28 May in Borjomi, on the River Mtkvari, 44 . . . → continue reading . . . Big thank you to David and Georgia

Tully wins bid to host 2019 IRF World Rafting Championships

Credit – Raging Thunder Adventures

The International Rafting Federation is proud to announce that Australia has been selected to host the 2019 World Rafting Championships.

The Championship will take place on the beautiful and challenging Tully River located in North Queensland within the Tully Gorge National Park – a UNESCO World Heritage . . . → continue reading . . . Tully wins bid to host 2019 IRF World Rafting Championships

The new Euro Rafting Champions are declared!

The Downriver race is awarded the most points because it is a test of endurance, speed and the team’ s ability to read white water and pick the best line down the river. A top position can propel you into a much higher Overall position and hopefully even onto the Overall podium. But, in . . . → continue reading . . . The new Euro Rafting Champions are declared!

A highlights video of ERC 2017

Here is a highlights video covering the Sprint, H2H and some of the Slalom