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


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World Cup 2017 Series finishes in Japan at the Pre-Worlds

There were three events in this year’s World Cup Series – Austria, China and the last, just finished, in Japan.

Japan Pre-Worlds and World Cup

As the event was quite close to the 2016 World Rafting Champs not many international teams were able to attend the Pre-Worlds this year. One team that did was the Australian Open Men’s team and Kris Kingston had this to say about it:

“Was a fantastic competition. It is a beautiful river and location. Perfect for the world championships. We had great water levels that required you to have very good water reading skills to be able to pick the quickest and safest lines as well as needing good power and endurance. Just what a world championships require. The people are also amazing. Very friendly and hospitable and will do anything to help you. The food is fresh and healthy which is great during competition. The whole event was organized very professionally and everything ran on time. A fantastic event and cannot wait for the world champs next year. Teams would be silly if they missed this event next year.”

So that bodes really well for next years 2017 R6 World Rafting Champs!

The organisers had to deal with a typhoon passing close by which caused the river to rise considerably and for them to have to move the course at the last minute, but it was done quickly and efficiently, another great positive for next year’s event.



World Cup Series conclusion

The World Cup Series was designed as an open event to encourage teams to travel to new destinations, and as an opportunity for organisers to present their locations to all rafters and to test out their skills for running future big events like the World Rafting Champs.

Rafting Team VIR in China

The 2017 Series, Men’s category, has been won by Rafting Team VIR of Serbia, who, by competing at the World Cup events in Austria and China, came away with a total of 1128 points. Well done to Team VIR, a nice feather in their hats (the nice ones they bought in Yushu 😀 ). Second was RT Alliance of Japan with 1000 points – a full house achieved at WC Japan. TR Hiko of Czech, with 952 points which they gained by winning the China WC event, takes third.

Dutch Ladies winning Gold in Sprint in China

Dutch Ladies winning Gold in Sprint in China

In the Women’s category the Dutch Ladies Rafting Team have taken a convincing win with 1665 points which they gained with their second place overall at WC China and third place overall at the WC event in Wildalpen, Austria. Well done to them, they are always a force to be reckoned with. Second place goes to Hungaroraft with a total of 1260 points which they gained from taking part in the World Cup’s in Austria and China. Third place goes to The River Face of Japan with 1000 points, also a full house at the Japan WC.

That concludes the World Cup Series for this year. Next year the first event in the Series will be the EC event in BiH on the Vrbas – so get yourself there!

GB Open Men ready to build on ERC success

The GBR Mens Rafting Team has a prolific history of athletes and is well respected on the European and World stages. The Team is made up of a group of passionate individuals, sharing their love for the sport, full dedication to training and desire to gain medals in the process.

The squad has been based at Lee Valley White Water Centre, home of the 2012 Olympics, for the past 3 years where they have prepared for the following competitions:

  • R4 European Championships, Bratislava, 2014
  • R6 European Championships, Bosnia, 2015
  • R6 World Championships, Indonesia, 2015
  • R4 European Championships, Slovenia, 2016

Final preparations at the centre are now underway for the R4 World Championships, Al Ain, U.A.E. and with a new coach and training cycle, the GB men are confident that they will produce a solid result, build on their recent success in Slovenia and improve in the events which have historically proven sticking points for the team.

gbmens-charlieCharlie Lodge

Years rafting: 3 Years
Favourite rafting discipline: Head to Head
Best thing about rafting:   Rafting brings many people and cultures together
Worst thing about rafting: Winter Training
Favourite gym exercise Battle Ropes
Favourite food & drink: Fresh Fish and Milk
Current job: Improvement Co-ordinator – Civil Engineering


Alan Beecroft

Years rafting: 2 Years
Favourite rafting discipline: Head to Head
Best thing about rafting: Bringing people together, working as a team to achieve something special (hopefully)
Worst thing about rafting: Early morning starts and constant aches
Favourite gym exercise Single Arm Row
Favourite food & drink: Chicken and Coffee
Current job: Planner – Civil Engineering


Pas Blackwell  

Years rafting: 11 Years
Favourite rafting discipline: Slalom
Best thing about rafting:   Seeing different parts of the world
Worst thing about rafting: It is currently self-funded
Favourite gym exercise C1 Ergo
Favourite food & drink: Chocolate & Beer
Current job: Centre Manager – Lee Valley White Water Centre



Chris Coward  

Years rafting: 2 Years
Favourite rafting discipline: Downriver
Best thing about rafting:   New rivers and great experiences
Worst thing about rafting: Being sick at R6 Worlds in Indonesia
Favourite gym exercise Pull ups
Favourite food & drink: Indian and Jagerbombs (only in the off season of course)
Current job: Captain – British Army


Rob Powell

Years rafting: 2 Years
Favourite rafting discipline: Slalom
Best thing about rafting:   Representing my country with pride
Worst thing about rafting: Rafting is not an Olympic sport (yet)
Favourite gym exercise Chin Ups
Favourite food & drink: Chicken & Coffee
Current job: Paddle Sports Coach


Toni Demarco (Coach)

Years rafting: 10 Years
Favourite rafting discipline: Slalom
Best thing about rafting:   Finishing a session and still loving the sport enough to want to go again and again
Worst thing about rafting: Injuries
Favourite gym exercise Core and Back
Favourite food & drink: Brazilian BBQ & Red Wine
Current job: Raft Guide

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R6 OW champs, Czech, want to take R4 crown too

cze-teva-5-2016Michaela, a year ago, before your participation in the R6 World Rafting Championship Indonesia 2015, we were talking about your successes (Born with a paddle) that you have had during your career – and there you won bronze in the H2H, gold in the Downriver and gold in the Overall. Congratulations on that fantastic success and just one more in a series of achievements so far at World competitions. Before we move on to the questions related to the WRC R4 Al Ain 2016, tell me something about your impressions of Indonesia?

“WRC in Indonesia was very demanding both physically and mentally. Like other teams, we suffered severe stomach problems. The river was beautiful and changeable. We had incredible pleasure in the downriver, where we managed to overtake all the rafts of our group and even a raft from the first group. After the race we could not move and the minute of time difference was worth it.”

cze-6-2016What is the composition of the team for WRC R4 2016?

“We compete in the same composition as at our national races, only right back will be replaced by another lady who usually competes with the 2nd best national women’s team – Katerina Vacikova, Michaela Kratochvilova, Zuzana Valtrova, Lenka Bauerova and Hana Kankovska

Will you arrive early there to acclimatise and train before the competition?

“We would like to come little bit earlier and spend some tome in Dubai, both because of acclimatisation and to explore this famous city. After that we move to the location of the WRC 2016 to train as best as possible.”

Video – training for WRC 2016

cze-teva-3-2016Besides the girls from New Zealand, all the other big names will be there, who do you see as your biggest opponents?

“I think a lot of teams are very quickly moving forward and getting better year by year. Well, it’s really difficult to say who is the biggest opponents, because every discipline has usually a different winner :). But I should mention especially Japan, Brasil and Great Britain.”

This competition is all on the artificial course. There are plenty of excellent Czech artificial courses, where do you train?

“We train in our home town where we really miss wild water or artificial course, therefore we are forced to travel across the Czech Republic and train for example in Budweis, Prague, Trnavka or Roudnice, where there are very excellent courses.”

cze-teva-2-2016So, what is it that you particularly want to see and experience in the UAE?

“Specifically to have a lot of fun and also fair play during the whole competition. Amongst other things also all the possible beauties which are on offer in the UAE 🙂 “

Anyone you want to thank?

“We would like to thank Tomi Remont Prostejov and Omega in Olomouc

Always very good results from these girls. A new challenge is ahead, there is little time left before the start, competition is fierce, but it is nothing new for them, even more motivating. Czech Republic has representatives in all the division except one, and with the quality that they have shown in recent years, there is no doubt that they will return home with a large number of medals. Thank you Michaela for your time, we wish you a good stroke and a nice time in UAE.

Italy Open Men ready for WRC 2016

The R4 raft of the Italian Open Men’s team has a mix of the older, experienced paddlers at the back and the young, new forces in the front. This winning combination is made up of the Tyrolean men who have dominated on the national level. Patrick Agostini (front right), . . . → continue reading . . . Italy Open Men ready for WRC 2016

WRC 2016 Racing Schedule

Here is the racing schedule for the World Rafting Champs which starts in less than two weeks.

A more detailed schedule will be available shortly, but this should help you with your planning.


Monday, 31st October 2016

8:30 am – 5: 00pm Team Registration 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm Captains Meeting

Tuesday, 1st . . . → continue reading . . . WRC 2016 Racing Schedule

First Kazakhstan women’s rafting team coming to the UAE

Anastassiya Gubkina, Alexandra Berestova, Kristina Seryankina, Kristina Resnyanskikh (captain), Yana Khokh with help of Coach Vitaliy Drobizov will be representing Kazakhstan at the upcoming World Championships.

It’s always a pleasure to see a new team amongst us at the WRC competition. This time it is the Open . . . → continue reading . . . First Kazakhstan women’s rafting team coming to the UAE

Raft Cross race to be held during WRC 2016

Always looking for new, fun ideas, the concept of Raft Cross has been around for a while –

Raft Cross debuts at Vail’s GoPro Mountain Games

for example the Teva Mountain Games 2012. It is a concept used in a number of other sports, like Ice Cross, Kayak Slalom Cross, . . . → continue reading . . . Raft Cross race to be held during WRC 2016

Pejibaye Raft Team looking forward to WRC 2016

Costa Rica has a long tradition in the sport of rafting having organised a Project Raft and two World Rafting Championships (WRC). Their athletes have brought medals home from around the world, and the best indication that they have a good future is looking at the youth which every year is growing . . . → continue reading . . . Pejibaye Raft Team looking forward to WRC 2016

Euro Champs 2017

We are delighted to announce the hosts for the 2017 Euro Rafting Champs will be the region of Borjomi in Georgia, on the Mtkvari River.

A very successful Euro Cup was held in Georgia earlier this year and they were encouraged to put in a bid for the 2017 Euro Rafting Champs.

After careful . . . → continue reading . . . Euro Champs 2017

BiH have high hopes for their Open Men’s team

The BiH Open Men’s team is already known to us through other interviews (Rafting Klub Dajak, Dajak Team to WRC 2015) and this time we speak to them about their fantastic success at the ERC in Slovenia and their imminent departure for the WRC . . . → continue reading . . . BiH have high hopes for their Open Men’s team