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Race Results

EC Overall so far:
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EC Proboj, Serbia
Results; Photos

ERC 2018, Slovakia
All results, photos, videos, etc

Guilin, China
Results; Photos: -1-; Video: -1-, -2-,

EC 2018 Results so far:
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EC Trnavka, Czech
Results: Sprint, Slalom; Photos;

EC Vrbas, BiH
Results; Photos;

more archived Race Results

Guide workshops offered in some great destinations

Wanting to get or upgrade your IRF Guiding certification, or become an IRF GTE Instructor?

There are some great locations to choose from ranging from Bosnia, to Mexico, Spain, Slovenia, Argentina, the Zambezi River, Ecuador, Futaleufu River, Scotland, Cardiff and Oregon, USA!

The playground of the mighty Zambezi is an incredible location to be training up to become a raft guide. And the stunning beauty of the Futaleufu is another bucket list item for many. Throw in other well known rivers such as the Tara, Mendoza, Hood, Gallego, and more and you are spoilt for choices. 🙂

Here is the summary – explore and find the right place for you!

  • 24 – 28 Sept: Guide and Trip Leader (TL) workshop and assessment on the Tara River, Bosnia – Details.
  • 24 Sept – 20 Oct: IRF GTE course and assessment. Río Trancura, Pucón – Chile. Instructor: Paulo Cartes Ortiz. Organized by: Chile Ríos – Professional training and training. www.chilerios.cl. Languages:Spanish
  • 25 – 30 Sept: IRF + Rescue3 on the Gallego River in Spain – Details.
  • 27 – 30 Sept: IRF GTE Workshop & Rescue3 Europe WRT on the Tara River, Bosnia –  Details.
  • 31 Sept – 7 Oct: IRF GTE certificate + Rescue 3 Europe WRT + Basic Life Support in Slovenia – Details.
  • 1-4 Oct: Guide and TL, Alto Ebro River, Spain – more info.
  • 4 – 7 Oct: IRF GTE Workshop; Rio MendozaArgentina – more info
  • 6 – 13 Oct: IRF GTE Workshop on the Zambezi River – contacts Sebastian Larcher.
  • 18 Oct: IRF Safety Kayak Assessment; TampaonMéxico – more info
  • 23 – 24 Oct: Guide, TL, Safety Kayaker; PescadosMéxico – more info
  • 24 – 28 Oct: Guide, TL, Safety Kayaker; Santo Domingo, Ecuador – Details.
  • 27 Oct – 1 Nov: IRF / SRA / WRT GTE Workshop. Grandtully, Scotland – more info
  • 3 – 6 Nov: Guide, TL & Instructor update; Cardiff, UK – more info Mark Bowler
  • 10 – 15 Nov: Assessment for Instructor Guide class IV and Instructor Safety kayak class IV, Guide, Safety kayak, Safety Raft and Trip Leader class IV. Cara del indio, Futaleufú Patagonia, Chile Instructor: Daniel Gonzalez and Gaspar Goncz. Details in English and in Spanish.
  • 25 – 31 March: IRF Guide, Safety kayaker, TL & Instructor workshop. Venue: Northwest Rafting Company, Hood River,Oregon, USA. Instructor: Mark Hirst.  Details

We are river family – meet Gunther Atem

Starting his paddling career in competitive rowing, Gunther Atem has since become a face synonymous with South American rafting – if you’ve been to an IRF World Rafting Championship in the last few years, you’ve definitely met him. You will certainly meet him in November this year as he has been key in the IRF 2018 World Rafting Championship being held in Aluminé, Argentina. Gunther started rafting in 2009 after eight years of competitive rowing. Rowing was a very exciting sport, but he really did not get the adrenaline rush. A friend invited him to go rafting and from the first day he felt the connection with the water in movement. It was really spectacular.

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We are river family – meet Mark Hirst

IRF Raft Guide Assessor, global traveller, raft guide, extreme kayaker and novice skier, we meet Mark HirstMark started kayaking around 1988 when he was in primary school and continued until a trip to Nepal in 1998. He was asked to help a raft guide R2 (two-person raft) a raft down the Great Wall rapid on the Bhote Koski river. At that point Mark had a light bulb moment and figured becoming a raft guide was a way to keep him on the river and allow him to keep up his love of kayaking. That was 20 years ago… so what’s he been up to since then?

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Judges course at WRC 2018

A Judges course will be run during the 2018 World Rafting Championship in Argentina. Anyone keen to do the course should email IRF Admin.

The details are:

Dates: 5 – 10 Nov (during WRC)

Place: Event Headquarters, Argentina

Cost: $US30 to be paid to Instructor on the first day of the course. This is a once off payment.

Schedule and what is expected of you:

  • 5th Nov, 9am to 12am – attend Judges Orientation Workshop with all Judges and Jury
    • 2pm to 5pm – attend Judges course run by Judge Instructors
  • 6th Nov, 9am – 12am – work with Official Judges at the Sprint Race as an Assistant Judge Trainee
    • 2pm – 5pm – attend Judges course run by Judge Instructors
  • 7th – 10th Nov, all day: work with Official Judges at the event as an Assistant Judge Trainee
  • 10th Nov: write Judges exam. If you pass the exam and the assessment you will be certified as a General Judge.

What you need to provide: A copy of the IRF Race Rules as it is on the IRF website plus the two addendums. Own pens and paper. All accommodation, meals and transport are also for your own cost.

Register: Please let IRF Admin know if you will be attending so we can be sure to include you in any updates and details and have sufficient space for you.

Experience Co announced as major sponsor of the IRF WRC 2019

Experience Co has been announced as a major sponsor of the IRF 2019 World Rafting Championships to be held on the Tully River, Tropical North Queensland, 13 – 20 May 2019.

Experience Co Limited was listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) in 2015 and currently operates throughout Australia and New Zealand. Experience Co offer some of the most incredible adventure tourism activities, from tandem skydiving and hot air ballooning, to canyoning, sea kayaking, Great Barrier Reef boat and helicopter tours, and of course white- water rafting.

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We are river family – meet Tyler Fox

This week we meet Tyler Fox, one of the original Tribe Rider paddlers, New Zealand raft racer, raft guide, fireman and maple syrup loving Canadian at heart. We started by asking him how he got involved in paddling….
In High School I took an Outdoor Ed class and we learnt whitewater canoeing (in NZ they call it Canadian Canoeing, but in Canada it’s just canoeing). I quickly realised kayaking was way easier and much more fun. This lead me to get a job on the Ottawa River as a raft guide so that I could be on the water everyday rafting and kayaking in all my spare time.

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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 Continue reading Zambezi White Water Festival – a Class V amateur rafting competition

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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