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Hungary, flat water specialists seeking white water

In Al Ain, United Arab Emirates, at the World Rafting Championship, Hungary will be represented by two teams, both in the women’s categories. The one is Masters Women, and the other is, this team in the Open Women. This is the strongest womne’s category in this sport, so there is a very difficult taks in front of these girls.

hun-ow-h2h-2015-bronze-fightWe present this team to you with the help of Evi Berekalli.

Eva, introduce us to your team?

Nóri Egedy (captain on the water), she is the team mum :D, paddling right back; Évi Berekalli (captain, and iIorganize everything for the team) paddling every position, usually right front; Vicka Pásztorné Szakállas – left back; Bettina Rozs – left front; Eszter Nagy-Rasztótzky – right or left front. Except Betti all of us were a flat-water kayakers in Hungary.”

Two of you I have known for a long time, but there have always been some changes, so can you tell me something about this set of HUN OW team?

“Our team has changed several times from the beginning. Two of us, Nóri and Évi, have been paddling from the beginning. Evi started first in this sport in 2007, in Wildalpen. Nori first tried the white water slalom kayak, and then started competing in rafting.  

Now we have been paddling together since 2014, and we won a silver medal in Slalom in Bosnia at ERC 2015, and Bronze in H2H in 2015 too.

Also the Fair Play Prize, during the Downriver race at the Costa Rica WRC, for helping the Argentinian team.

hun-ow-2016-1How do you prepare for the competition?

“In Hungary there isn’t any white water, so we could train only in the Danube at home, or by going to Cunovo. It is 200 km away from our living-place, from Budapest.

Sometimes it is so funny when people see us. They don’t understand why we are paddling in a big air mattress 😀 A few years ago we had some problems with the Water Police because they thought our boat was an air-bed :D”

That’s funny!

Do you have any expectations related to the result?

“We would like to be 3-6 place in Slalom and maybe H2H. We are strong paddlers and like the big challenge of Slalom racing.”

What do you think will be your biggest obstacle in this competition?

I think for us the biggest challenge will be the length of the track. Not because of our endurance, but because we have to memorize the course.”

Do you study your competitors at all?

“We competed a lot during our flat-water life, we have learned we must have respect for our opponents, but every racing day is a new day with a new chance. So we are not calculating, just going and trying our best.”

hun-ow-2016-2Since this is the first time that you will be going to the UAE, what is it that you want to see and experience?

“Unfortunately after the race we need to go home, only Evi has a possibility to stay a week in UAE. She will be visiting the water park, Burj Kalifa, and other interesting places, and play in the sea with her little boy.

If we have free time during the race we will try to discover what is in Al Ain.”

Sponsors you want to thank?

“Main sponsors have been ourselves, and Evi’s boyfriend, our Flat-water federation helped us a lot. And Pataki’s company (vadviz.com) gave us a boat.”

It is interesting to see how many flat water countries are successful on the white water. Hungary has always been a strong opponent to others, soon we will be looking at you in the toughest competition, so we wish you a good stroke and a nice time in UAE.

I’m glad to see these girls at the WRC competition. But I especially love when I see that these girls, in spite of so many obstacles, will succeed in participating in the WRC competition. 

Their Facebook page: RaftingLadies

Refreshed NED U23 Men’s team coming to Al Ain

We are one step away from the beginning of the WRC competition, and we present to you once again the unusual combination in the U23 Men’s team from Holland, that are coming to the WRC, a mixed team.

ned-u23m-2016-1Forward Motion has long been present on the rafting scene (team-forward-motion-likes-sports-rafting), (forward-motion-again) , but now we see them in a different composition compared to the 2014 WRC R4 Brazil.  

Guus, tell me who will represent the Netherlands in the U23M category at the upcoming WRC R4 2016 Al Ain?

Kiki Roeling, Bart Roelofs, Thijmen de Vree, Ilse Enter  and me Guus Roeling. Our coach is Jenita Göbel, but due to obligations, is prevented from attending the event.”

Tell me something about your team?

“Our team only exist about half a year. Jenita had the idea to form a Youth rafting team and we decided that we wanted to join. Some of us knew each other and some did not, but what we all had in common is that we did kayak before on white water. We did sign up for the Dutch Championship, but unfortunately there was no other team to compete against in the Youth category so we were selected for the WRC without any competition.

We have competed twice before on flat water this year and almost defeated the old Forward Motion team, with 2 members from the U23 team in Brazil in 2014.”

Video Trainingsweek French Alpes

It is a great honor to represent ones country at a World Championship, but what does that mean for you?

“It is a great honor indeed that we can go to the WRC. But it is a pity that in the Netherlands, rafting is not that known.  So there are not many people who even know that we are going to the World Championship.”

ned-u23m-2016-2How do you prepare for the competition?

“Because we do not live near each other we can only train once a week. We mostly train on flat water but we also went to France and Belgium to have some white water training.  We have had a week of training in the French Alps and went to Arras, that really helped us prepare.

Our coach, Jenita Göbel, prepared a lot of trainings and put that up on our team website. This way we know what we can do during training to make our self and the team better. Bart is the team captain and prepares the training Jenita gave us, and makes sure we have a location, raft, paddles and lifejackets.”

Do you have any expectations related to the result?

“Because we are a new team and we have not trained that much our goal so far is to not end up last. Place 9 or 8 would be a great accomplishment for us. Generally our expectations are just to have a great time and meet a lot of people from around the world.”

ned-u23m-2016-4Which discipline does your team like the most?

“Of course we all have our favorite race. Bart really likes the downriver, Guus: H2H, Kiki: H2H , Thijmen: Slalom, Ilse: H2H. In the last 2 competitions we did really well in the H2H.”

How does your team relax after a hard training session?

“Because we live far from each other we mostly have to rush to get to the last train home. This means we mostly relax on the way home or if we live near our training place that we relax when we are home.”  

Is there something particular you want to see and experience in the UAE?

“We want to experience what it is like to go to a world championship and, as I said earlier, to meet rafters from all over the world.”

Video H2H BRC

ned-u23m-2016-3Anyone you’d like to thank?

“Because rafting is not really known in The Netherlands we have to pay for most of our stuff, it`s hard to find sponsors.  We do really want to thank the NRB Nederlandse Raft Bond, also and to the Verweij Advocaten who sponsored all our clothing. This really helped us and made us feel and look  more like one team.

The R4 World Championships began in 2010 in the Netherlands. That fantastically organized competition announced a new chapter in the history of the IRF, and these young people are writing a new history of rafting in their country. Maybe not yet so popular, they have plenty of time ahead of them to attract attention. Going to the WRC will definitely help with that, it will surely motivate others to join them, and excellent experience acquired at such a major competition. Enjoy and good stroke!

New Generation – Germany’s U19 Men’s team

The feeling of going to a WRC competition out weighs the feeling of going to any other competition; and Jonas Hegge, Noah Brauneis, Noah Hegge, Sebastian Bundt  with the help of the one and only Coach: Peter Micheler, will have the honour to compete under the German flag in the upcoming R4 World Rafting Championship in Al Ain, UAE, for the first time.

ger-u19-2016-2For us it is always a pleasure to introduce a new team onto the rafting scene, especially one that is just beginning its career. So we contacted them to see what their hopes and expectations are and to start monitoring their career.  

Jonas, going to the World Championship is an unreal dream of many teams, what does it mean to you getting this opportunity?

To participate in this World Championships is a big step for us as a young and new team. Paddling in Al Ain is quite nice so we’re highly motivated to do our best on the channel.”

Where did you get the idea to start rafting?

Our coach Peter Micheler initialised the U19 Team. He was asking us and we agreed immediately. Going to the WRC and rafting together is a great thing.

Being represented in the IRF story about the teams is a nice thing because we are represented and we can read about the other teams participating the WRC.”

Do you have any other paddling experience?

We’re all former canoe slalom athletes so the white water is our home ;)”

ger-u19-2016What do you like about rafting?

Paddling together and to be one team in and outside of the raft.”

Which discipline do you enjoy the most?

The H2H discipline because of the direct contact with the other teams.”

What is most difficult for you?

The Downriver”

How often do you train, and where?

“We’re training most of our time on the “Eiskanal” in Augsburg sometimes on the river Lech. In average we train 3 to 4 times in a week since two month when we found our U19 WRC Team.”

What do you expect to learn from this experience?

Because we’re a newly formed team we need as much experience as possible. We’ll see how strong and good we are compared to all the other teams and improve ourselves. Furthermore, the WRC is a big opportunity to meet other people of the world doing rafting, that’s great.”

Is there anything in particular you want to see and experience in the UAE?

Definitely the Jebel Hafeet”

Sponsors that you want to thank?

Thanks Jonas and enjoy your first WRC!

As opponents these youngsters will have the guys from Argentina, Costa Rica, Brazil, Italy, Russia, Slovakia and Turkey. Some of them are beginners, others with experience from the ERC and the WRC competitions. A good background of these young men will help them fight for the title. The experience gained with the WRC competition is invaluable,  and since this is the first one for them, we wish them a good stroke and an unforgettable time in UAE.

Italy’s Open Women ready to fly!

Caroline Louise Goodall, Marianna Tedeschi, Elena Bragastini, Jasmine Zurlini Frugis and Alessandra Massimino are members of the Italian Open Women team that will participate at the R4 World Rafting Championship in Al Ain, UAE. This team is already well-known and we’ve looked at these cheerful and smiling faces at several . . . → continue reading . . . Italy’s Open Women ready to fly!

Anti-doping testing to be done at WRC

A reminder that samples will be taken for dope testing at this year’s World Rafting Champs, as it has been for the past two WRC.

Clarity of the meaning of “in-competition” as opposed to “out-of-competition”:

There have been some questions as far as what “in-competition” is and “out-of-competition”. So here are some explanations:

From . . . → continue reading . . . Anti-doping testing to be done at WRC

Saint Petersburg’s U23 Women on their way to the WRC

When I attended the Russian national competition on the Katun River at the end of August, I had the opportunity to see how hard the competition is that these young girls race in, and how strong the competition is against which they have to fight to represent Russia. But Fomina Polina . . . → continue reading . . . Saint Petersburg’s U23 Women on their way to the WRC

How to follow the 2016 World Rafting Champs

There are a number of places and ways you can follow what is happening at the World Rafting Champs 2016 at Wadi Adventures, Al Ain in the UAE, which are running from the 31st Oct to the 5th Nov:

The hashtag to use is:  #irfwrc Live blog  . . . → continue reading . . . How to follow the 2016 World Rafting Champs

Real female role models – USA Open Women’s team

I know how much effort it takes to get a team to the IRF World Rafting Champs. So, Bre Rocksund (Captain) – Back Right, Julie Sutton – Back or Front Left, Rachel Day – Front Right, Meghan Robertson – Front Left, and Mia Carrasco-Songer . . . → continue reading . . . Real female role models – USA Open Women’s team

Germany back on the World rafting stage!

Germany has missed the last couple of WRC competitions, but now they are back and determined, with a new, young force that we will see at this year’s World Rafting Champs. The new Open Men’s squad includes Ludwig Wöhrl, Fabian Bär, Siegfried Beier, Jonas Hegge and Sebastian Bundt who . . . → continue reading . . . Germany back on the World rafting stage!

World Cup 2016 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 . . . → continue reading . . . World Cup 2016 Series finishes in Japan at the Pre-Worlds