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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3 weeks to closing date for ERC registration!

A reminder to all teams and national federations – the closing date for registration for the ERC is 15 April, which is in 3 weeks time!

Registration forms need to be sent in to the organisers and the IRF at the same time. The IRF needs to check and approve each team entry to ensure the team complies with the IRF Rules (right age group, right nationality, officially selected team, federation status is up-to-date, etc)

ERC 2017 Registration Form

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 –

Team Serbia Women at WRC 2010

Nada . . . → continue reading . . . So who is Nada?

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