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Zambezi White Water Festival – a Class V amateur rafting competition

Livingstone Zambia, Africa, the base of “Mosi-oa-Tunya”, the “Victoria Falls”, the Zambezi River, the middle Batoka Gorge.  This is the unique location for what is one of the worlds only class V amateur rafting competitions; the “Zambezi White Water Festival”. This years event is 25 – 27 October.

Conceived as a way for the white water community to celebrate this incredible river, the event is geared towards anyone that has a passion for adventure, the great outdoors and having a great time with like minded people. In an unbeatable location, with so much to offer it is the perfect excuse to visit this spectacular region.

“The mission statement for the event is to make it as affordable as possible, have as much fun as possible, support local charities and to bring as much exposure to this incredible river and the community as we can”.

The inaugural event of the “Zambezi White Water Festival” (ZWWF) was first held in 2017 and we had six teams, three international and three local. Retired raft guides, friends of the river, local business owners, and all in the community press ganged friends and relatives for competitors and the event was epic.

Due to the inaccessible nature of the ”middle Batoka Gorge”, we put on a three-day extravaganza for the spectators and those not going on the river. With live music, incredible food stands, beer stands, local art stands, bespoke local craft designs and all hosted at the “Victoria Falls Zambezi Waterfront”.

The “ZWWF 2018” looks to be even bigger and better, with seven international teams all signed up and ready for action. We are also having an “odds and sods” team for solo adventurers. Take a look and we can’t wait to see you all out here!

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We are river family – meet Las Correntinas

One of the newer formed race teams on the international circuit, Las Correntinas of Chile are a lively, funny group of friends who came together to race and have sparked inspiration in the rafting and paddling communitiesThis week we meet Las Correntinas, winners of the IRF Rafting Spirit Award in the recent IRF Ziyuan Rafting Festival. Their never ending enthusiasm and group camaraderie have earned them friends across the world.

How did you get started in rafting?
We studied at Universidad de las Fronteras in Pucón to be raft guides and safety kayakers at different years. In 2016 we started to train slalom kayaking together to participate in national and international competitions. Then in 2017, we formed the team “Las Correntinas” to compete in the pre-world cup of Rafting Aluminé.

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Raft racing on the Tibetan Plateau, has additional challenges for competitors.

The city of Yushu has just played host to the 2018 IRF Yushu World Rafting Plateau Championship which saw 23 teams from 17 countries from four continents gather together to race with friends old and new in stunning and breathtaking race environments.

At 3,600 metres above sea level, the city of Yushu is well above the altitude of home towns for most competitors. Altitude sickness (hypoxia) can pose problems as your body adjusts. It can take two to three days especially for those who are more used to living at less than 100 metres above sea level. Thankfully the city and event organisers are well prepared for this and recommend a few days prior to the competition to acclimatise. This involves rest, eating, sleeping and if needed medication and oxygen “pillows”.

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We are river family – meet Andrew Kellett

Basing himself in the southern nations of the African continent, Andrew Kellett is no stranger to action and adventure on the amazing rivers of the worldAndrew’s enthusiasm for rafting, especially with regard to training, stems from the ultimate goal of being safe on the water before any other outcome. When he first started rafting, there was very little regulation and control on the river. Since then the market has changed and the industry has had to become more professional.

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We are river family – meet Fieke Reijntjes

We continue our River Family series, by meeting Fieke Reijntjes, captain of the Great Britain Open Women’s team (current R4 European Champions and defending R4 World Champions) and member of the IRF Athletes’ Committee. In this series we meet members of our River Family – you! We find out how people got involved, what keeps them motivated and why they stick with it.

We asked Fieke how she got involved in rafting: I worked as a raft guide for a dutch company in the French Alps. Pieter Bekkers, the owner of the company started a women’s raft team I was lucky enough to be part of! I paddled my first international competition with the Dutch team in 2007 in Korea. We were overwhelmed by the experience and the quality of the other women’s rafting teams and that motivated us to push on for the next competitions!

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We are river family – meet Georgina Preston

Raft guide, raft racer, kayak instructor, environmentalist and river conservationist – there isn’t much that stops Georgina “Georgie” Preston. This is part one of a two part interview as Georgie sets off on a new adventure – we’ll catch up with her on her returnIn part one, we find out what motivates her and how we can all get involved.

How long have you been rafting and how did you get into it?
I have been guiding for a shocking 18 years now and racing for 12 of those. I started guiding whilst studying at uni to help pay for my course. I was already a kayaker so it made sense to earn a bit of money by messing about on the water!

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Sponsorship, how do we get it?

By Fieke Reijntjes 

A good bottle of wine with a special rafting label

Putting the equipment sponsorship to the side, the question most people would like to know the answer to is:  How do we raise money? There isn’t a straight forward answer and that’s probably because raising money isn’t easy and it will cost time and effort. Finding financial support can contribute massively to more enjoyment by taking pressure away and feeling valued whilst training for and competing in our beautiful sport.

There are a few really successful ways of raising money for rafting showcased by different teams. This article might give you a few ideas’ to start your own projects or find a sponsor.  The below is tested by teams from the Netherlands, Belgium, Great Britain and Brazil. Continue reading Sponsorship, how do we get it?

We are river family – meet Ales Danek

We continue our River Family series, by meeting Ales Danek, member of the Czech Open Men’s team and Vice Chair of the IRF Athletes’ Committee.

Throughout this series we interview members of our River Family – you! We’re going to find out how people got involved, what keeps them motivated and why they stick with it.

And so we ask Ales, how did you get started in raft racing? More than 20 years ago it was a part (discipline) of national races of fixed boats kayaks and canoes so that was the ticket to rafting

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So who are the new IRF European Rafting Champions!

Eight teams were crowned as the European Champions in Slovakia recently. Let’s take a look at the champions and the medal winners.

U19 Men – 

  • Slovenia 2  = 2018 European Rafting Champions for Overall as well as H2H and Downriver. (Silver in Sprint and Slalom)
  • Russia 2 = Gold in Slalom (Silver in Overall, Bronze in Sprint)
  • Slovakia = Gold in Sprint (Bronze in H2H and Downriver)
  • Other medal winners = Great Britain (Silver in H2H); Slovenia 1 (Silver in Downriver; Bronze Overall); Czech 1 (Bronze in Slalom)

U19 Women

  • Russia = 2018 European Rafting Champions for Overall as well as H2H and Downriver. (Bronze in Sprint and Slalom)
  • Czech = Gold in Sprint and Slalom (Silver in Downriver and Overall , Bronze in H2H)
  • Other medal winners = Great Britain 1 (Silver in Sprint, H2H, Slalom; Bronze in Downriver and Overall)

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We are river family – meet Ine Skjørten

In the first of our River Family series, we meet Ine Skjørten, kayaker, raft guide, and raft race competitor with the most number of IRF championships under her belt and an ever smiling face on the raft race circuit.

Throughout this series, we interview the people that make rafting around the globe what it is – you! And so we start with Ine…

How did you get started in raft racing?
In 1990, working on the Sjoa river here in Norway, a Costa Rican guide told about the Project RAFT 1991 pre world event in Costa Rica. We were at the time 7 female river guides working and two of us (Sølvi still on the team) thought it was a great idea to go. So we wrote to the women guides in Norway and asked who would like to go. We met up, trained in a pool in Oslo over the winter, did gym training and off we went together with a team from the company we worked in; NWR including the two owners Grethe Høstaker and Kjell Fladen.

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