Race Results

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 Wildalpen 2017 – snow, snow snow!

Winter season …. ah, sorry ….. Euro Cup season has opened with the first competition in Wildalpen, Austria.

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Two days before the competition a metre of snow was ruthlessly falling in the competition area, leaving us with unprecedented snow levels for EC as well as very low temperatures and additional snow and rain falling, some times at the same time…

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The organiser had no doubts as to whether the competition would be held, but the competitors were certainly stunned by the situation. The conditions were incredible for paddling, but the need to push the limits of endurance in a strange way motivated the teams to not give up and so still they came. So surreal that it was nice … and many wanted to be a part of this piece of history …. 😉

After the first two events on the EC calendar were cancelled, this was the first race where contestants could check to see what form they were in, what they need to still work on, and then there was those countries where this event is also their national selection. So all these fanatics that did not want to miss the opportunity to compete in these conditions totalled 44 teams from 9 countries (GER, BiH, SLO, ITA, HUN, DEN, NED, AUT, SVK), 30 in OM, 10 in OW and 4 in U23 M.

Since the season has now really started we have to emphasise this

Francesco Cerii

very important item – Only use one Team Name throughout the whole season!

When we warned everyone to bring the right equipment for these severe weather conditions, it was the Italians who were the most creative. It was also very interesting to see the number of birthdays that were celebrated this weekend.

Some things do not change though, and so the competition began with a night time Sprint. The Organisers have invested in additional light paths so that the night paddling looked great.

In the OM category “Nektar Dajak club” defended their title from last season, second were “Schwaben Augsburg Raft team 2 and third place went to “Schwaben Augsburg Raft team 1.
In the 
OW category “ITA 1 took 1st place with an incredibly powerful and strong start and great pace throughout the track. In second place was “Copehangen WS Ladies 2 with a slightly changed team compared to last year, and we were positively surprised by the young U19 team from “Italy 3 U19 DRD4  which placed third.

In the U23M category first place was taken by “ITA 5 U23 Addavi” team, second was “ITA 6 U19 Canoa Club Verona” and third place went to “Slovak Young Rafters – SKY Rafters”.

Everyone who froze during training and competition had a good opportunity to warm up during the first party held that evening.

The second day was reserved for H2H in the morning and Slalom at night. Besides all these interesting weather conditions, heavy rain fell during the slalom race, during the late night it turned into snow so that the next day was falling rain and snow and snow and rain at the same time … A large white tent was the base for the rafters who wanted to warm up. The organiser provided a large heater, a large orange tube that conducted warm air into the tent. Here the teams warmed up, dried equipment and hung out.

H2H results:

OM – 1. “Schwaben Augsburg Raffteam 2”,
2. “Nektar Dajak club”, 3. “Gimpex”

OW – 1. “ITA 1”, 2. “Copenhagen WS Ladies 2”, 3. “Liquid Ladies 1”

U23M – 1. “Slovak Young Rafters – SKY Rafters”, 2. “Gimpex U23 ,  very good performance from the young team from Slovenia,  and 3. “ITA 5 U23 Addavi”.

Slalom results:

OM – Fantastic run from the German “Schwaben Augsburg Raffteam 2″ in the Slalom
led them to 1st place, 2nd was “Nektar Dajak club”,  and 3rd “Schwaben Augsburg Raffteam 1”.

OW – 1. “Liquid Ladies 1”, 2. “Hungarofart”, 3. “ITA 1”

U23M – 1. “ITA 5 U23 Addavi” with excellent performance, 2. “Gimpex U23” and 3. “Slovak Young Rafters – SKY Rafters”.

The second day was over and finished with fireworks that were even better than last year, which was a prelude to the main party.

On Sunday, the last day of competition, new, fresh snowfall awaited us. The girls paddled first. Even with the constant paddling the limbs suffered the most from the cold. Neoprene gloves helped slightly in this situation. At the end of the race, exhausted, they helped each other to carry the boats along the steep hill. This is the true spirit of our rafting.

Down River and Overall:

Rafting Team Germany pic credit

OM – 1. “Schwaben Augsburg Raffteam 2”, 2. “Nektar Dajak club”, 3. “Gimpex” was the placement in the Downriver and for Overall for the Open Men.

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An incredible tempo of “Schwaben Augsburg Raffteam 2” team throughout the Downriver race. No less than 13 strong strokes in 10 seconds, and the number of strokes increased towards the end as was the power invested in each stroke. I can not wait to see their performance in Japan. No doubt it will be a medal around their neck.

OW – 1. “ITA 1”, 2. “Liquid Ladies 1”, 3. “Copenhagen WS Ladies 2” was the placement in Downriver and Overall for women.

The Italian team proved that they are in the better physical condition and with great tempo finished in first place. The Dutch teams work in the gym over the winter paid off, and Denmark wisely invested in a coach who was a great support, a modified team compared to last year, as well as to the new girls in their club.

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U23 – 1. “ITA 5 U23 Addavi” with excellent performance, 2. “Slovak Young Rafters – SKY Rafters”, 3. “Gimpex U23” was placement in Downriver and Overall.

“ITA 5 U23 Addavi” is real refreshment at our “EC” scene and every praise for their performance throughout the competitions. I hope that we will see Slovak and Slovenian team in Japan this year. After performing in Austria we can expect medals from these young guys too.

Hats off to all the rafters and all those who were sleeping in a tent in the camp. Thanks to sponsors, organisers, judges, volunteers … and I wish to

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thank the Danish women’s team for lodgings at the last minute and transportation to Vienna.

It was so nice to see all the rafters again.

Results: Open WomenU23 MenOpen Men


Three events in China to choose from

Rafting in China has seen an explosion after the successful World Cup in Yushu last year. Here are three events coming up that you should make space for on your calendar!

Dujiangyan World Rafting Grand Prix: 21 to 26 June 2017

This is an R2 event for Men’s and Women’s teams. 20 lucky international 2-man teams will get their flights (economy class), meals, and accommodation (twin-bed rooms) covered by the Event Organisers.

PLUS – Prize money of 30,000USD will be available!

Please note: maximum of 1 team per category per country will get the subsidy! Second teams are still welcome.

Entry Deadline: April 30th.


Entry Form – Dujiangyan send to Bing

Wubu Rafting Champs: 18 to 22 July 2017

This is an R4 event for Men’s teams only. They are also subsidising flights, accommodation and meals for 8 top teams. Preference will be given to teams who also enter WC Guilin (details below).

Please note: maximum of 1 team per category per country will get the subsidy! Second teams are still welcome.

Entry Deadline: April 28th.


Entry Form – Wubu send to Bing

Guilin World Cup: 16 to 20 August 2017

This is the Asian leg of the IRF’s World Cup series – the other two events being BiH’s Euro Cup/WC event 10 – 11 June on the Vrbas in Banja Luka, and the Pre-Worlds in Argentina in October.

This is an R4 event, Men’s and Women’s categories.

They are offering subsidies to a certain number of teams, with some conditions. The subsidy should cover most if not all of the flight costs! You would still have to cover your accommodation and meals.

Please note: maximum of 1 team per category per country will get the subsidy! Second teams are still welcome.

Details – WC Guilin

Looking for rafting company to add Yushu on the Tibetan plateau, China, as their next travel location

Last year a very successful IRF rafting World Cup event was held in Yushu up on Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau.

It is a great location for rafting with fairly easy logistics and varied options for different levels of rafting. And the region itself has great potential as a tourist destination with plenty of interesting cultural places to visit, stunning scenery and the potential for other adventure activities such as mountain biking, hiking and horse riding.

The Yushu government are looking for global rafting companies to grow the city’s rafting business and contribute to the rafting industry development within the city. Read the full information here.

This is a great opportunity for a company to expand into new territory and to contribute to a wonderful, friendly cities future in the tourism world.

A quote from a top New Zealand rafter: “We were surprised by how beautiful Yushu was and if we had known it was so awesome we would have spent a couple of days longer exploring and maybe even hiking into the hills!”

ERC 2017 Registration closes in less than a week!

A reminder to all who are intending to race at the 2017 Euro Rafting Champs, which are being held in Borjomi, Georgia, from the 22 – 28 May – registration closes on the 15 April. So that is this Saturday!

You need to complete the registration form and send it in to the . . . → continue reading . . . ERC 2017 Registration closes in less than a week!

Judges course at ERC 2017

A Judges course will be run during the 2017 Euro Rafting Championship in Georgia. Anyone keen to do the course should email IRF Admin.

The details are:

Dates: 23 – 27 May (same dates as the ERC)

Place: Event Headquarters, ERC, Georgia

Cost: $US30 to be paid to Instructor on the first day of the . . . → continue reading . . . Judges course at ERC 2017

Guilin World Cup, China 2017

After a very successful World Cup event in Yushu last year other cities in China have been keen to hold a World Cup as well. This time it is the city of Guilin that have successfully applied to hold the event:

WHERE:     Wupai River, Ziyuan County, Guilin City, Guangxi Province, China. (120km . . . → continue reading . . . Guilin World Cup, China 2017

A chance to race on the Zambezi!!!

Many of you have been waiting for this for years – a chance to go race on the Zambezi!

At last someone is making this happen and it is most likely to be a World Cup series event as well – meaning it will fit in with the minimum requirements that the IRF . . . → continue reading . . . A chance to race on the Zambezi!!!

WRC 2017 Information letter!

Here is the information you’ve been waiting for – the details so you can start working out your travel plans, budgets and maybe a bit of tourism after the event!

WRC 2017 – Information letter #1

WRC 2017 – Championship Guidelines (includes some maps of the race sites)

Some of the key things . . . → continue reading . . . WRC 2017 Information letter!

Calling participants for “Whitewater  Of  Siberia” Forum 2017 

Are you ready for an adventure in Siberia, Russia, again?!!!

Before we give you the main information, read some impressions from last year’s forum.


The competition for participation in the second “Whitewater of Siberia” forum is started. It will be held . . . → continue reading . . . Calling participants for “Whitewater  Of  Siberia” Forum 2017 

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 . . . → continue reading . . . 3 weeks to closing date for ERC registration!