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 a very popular area for tourism due to its unique natural features. Villa Pehuenia is a mountain-styled tourist village that borders two natural lakes, and Aluminé is a bit more traditional being the oldest settlement in the area.
The Aluminé River is born directly out of Aluminé Lake, a natural lake that is fed by snowmelt from several small streams originating in the Andes Mountains. It can be characterised as a river of medium to low volume, with crystal clear water containing many sections of technical and continuous rapids. At optimum flow, which is usually around November, the upper river is rated as a continuous, technical Class 3 with two sections of whitewater that is technical Class 4. It also has easy access and logistics as there is a provincial road right next to river. The Ruca Choroy River, where the slalom takes place, is a low volume but technical course. It is a natural track that’s had some modifications to increase it’s difficulty.
The Government of the Province of Neuquén, together with the Government of Argentina, are fully behind this event and giving their full support to the Argentina Rafting Association (ARAFT) who will be the key organisers.
Dates: Oct / November (exact dates to be confirmed closer to time)
Rivers: Aluminé River = Sprint, H2H, Down River (Youth DR = Class 2/3, Open/Masters is Class 3/4) and Ruca Choroy River = Slalom (technical Class 2)
Nearest towns: Aluminé and Villa Pehuenia.
Pre-event: will be run in November 2017
Other events that have run on this river: 2008 – Pan American Championship (more than 7 nations attended). Since 2009, the Rafting Fest Aluminé River, has been held each year in November. This event is an official part of the Argentina Championship of Rafting.
The IRF Sport & Competition Committee will shortly be assessing and updating the IRF Race Rules.
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 will be assessed by the S&C Exec Com and those which merit further discussion will be presented to the full 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 15 February.
Updated rules, with all changes, will be published on the IRF website and sent by email to IRF member organizations. The aim is for this to be done by 1 March.
Yes, we didn’t feel that breeze at plus forty in the desert of UAE, but that freshness and the change of generations is visible on the podium of the 2016 World Rafting Championship.
Our wonderful WRC gathering is behind us, and we are full of impressions, as always. There is no doubt that one of the biggest impressions is of the white water course, that we were delighted with it’s complexity. Plus, the fact that we had guaranteed sun, an excellent infrastructure and staff, which made this place a real paradise, and our desert rose. Oh, how we miss Wadi Adventure.
The speed and technical difficulty of this course surprised competitors resulting in plenty of swims and flips. A very complex Slalom was one of the challenges that faced competitors, loved by some, hated by others. The second was the number of laps during the Downriver. When mixed with high temperatures and the technical difficulty of the course, we saw a few knockouts during the race. Overall, it was a memorable competition.
Talking of Downriver, great praise must be given to the watching teams and spectators who organised themselves so that they could help the teams racing by refreshing them with water either poured over them or given to them for drinking, on the section where they had to run with the rafts. An awesome job, folks! Nothing more beautiful than to see the competitors who stand side by side, supporting each other …. warms my heart.
The food, accommodation and friendliness of the staff – fantastic! High five! But like any competition there is always something that does not go as it should, despite the efforts of the organisers. This time we had problems with the transport company, but our hosts did their best to correct this company’s faults. Thank you for that.
We finally had live streaming and so everyone was able to enjoy the WRC competition live from wherever they were in the world, as well as the mass of photos, the live blog, results as soon as possible …. a great job done by all involved.
During the Opening Ceremony, we had the opportunity to enjoy traditional singing and playing. I, personally, loved this special segment as well as the Gala dinner. Finally, there was a possibility for competitors to be shown in an elegant light. All the beautiful evening gowns and men in shirtsleeves, a real feast for the eyes and soul. Well done to the organiser’s and competitors! I think every WRC now needs to have this kind of finish. The party was too good, there is no need to say more.
When I mention the fresh breeze on the competitive level, the ones who impressed me the most were the performance of all Great Britain teams, the first time girls from China and Kazakhstan, the first representatives of the UAE and Nepal, and the youngest team ever, from Costa Rica – 4 of them only 16, and the last only turning 15 in December – as well as the Japanese Masters Women’s, USA Masters Men, and Germany U19 Men. GBR Masters Men, Italy U19 Women also climbed the podium.
Brazil, Czech Republic and Russia still feature as the top countries.
It was a fantastic success for the Open Women from England, where they managed to unify the title of European and World champions. Brazilian Open Men team defended their title from two years ago and now have held the title of best team in the world for 4 years now. If they succeed next year they will equal Team Bober of Slovenia, who, I hear, are coming back next year to challenge them in the Open Category!
All in all another fantastic competition.
Our deep gratitude goes to His Highness Sheikh Muhammad bin Khalifa bin Sultan bin Shakhbout Al Nahyant for his presence, which enhanced this competition; also H.H. Sheikh Nahyan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Sports Council under whose patronage this event was held; Saif Ahmed Kameel Alblooshi – Chief Projects Officer, Tamouh Investments Group; Mr. Nilesh Mistry – General Manager of Wadi Adventure; Gina Maria – Wadi Adventure Events & Sponsorship Manager; Rowan Foley – Activities Manager; Deena Baker – Three60 Leisure.
Thanks must also go to all the Judges who do this as Volunteers, the Safety Team, Race Organising Team and everyone involved at all levels and tasks, either on the course or in the back offices. Thanks to all the competitors, such a large number took part and fought honourably.
Pic by Alessandra Massimino
Thank you all, thank you for everything. We miss you so much. Thank you Wadi Adventure, our desert rose.
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