Race Results

WRC 2018
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EC 2018 Series final results:
R4 MenR4 WomenR6 WomenR6 Men

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:

EC Trnavka, Czech
Results: Sprint, Slalom; Photos;

EC Vrbas, BiH
Results; Photos;

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#AreYouReady to #TameTheTully

After the successful conclusion to the IRF World Rafting Championship (WRC) 2018 in Argentina, we now set our sights on the 2018 WRC in Tully, Australia. Teams have now started to register for the event – but most importantly now, all teams who want to stay in the Athletes’ Village need to book their accommodation by Friday, 14th December. This is to ensure that enough tents can be ordered and supplied in time for the competition.

Included in the accommodation package is the tent setup and take down, beds and bedding, power and lights within the tents themselves. There are toilets and showers located in the Athlete Village and the main heart of the entire event is co-located at the Tully Showgrounds so you won’t miss any of the entertainment. Buses to and from the competition site will pick up and drop off competitors right to the Athletes’ Village.

Don’t miss the opportunity to stay right in the heart of all the action. Book your team’s accommodation in the Athlete Village now:

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Czechia have a golden day on the Alumine

The IRF’s 2018 World Rafting Champs came to a spectacular close today with the arduous Downriver. The rain and sprinkles of snow on the surrounding mountains did nothing to dampen the teams’ enjoyment of the awesome white water that the Aluminé offers.

The day definitely belonged to the Czechia teams. Their Open Men halted Brazil’s seven year streak of being World Champions, and all of their other teams medalled as well. Czechia are now the new World Champions in the Open Men’s and Women’s categories, as well as U23 Men, and Masters Men! They also took Bronze in U19 Men, Silver in U19 Women and silver in U23 Women – a great haul!

In U19 it is Argentina that are now the new World Champions in both categories – a great result for the hosts. They also achieved a Bronze in the U23 Women and a silver in Masters Men. They were just outside the medals in Open and U23 Men.

The new world champions in U23 Women are Russia! Their U19 Men placed 2nd and U19 Women 3rd. A nice collection of medals for them as well.

The USA Women are the new Master’s World Champions, having last raced at the WRC on the Futaleufu in 2000. A bad day at work on Slalom day saw Norway’s dreams of Gold overall fall short by the smallest of margins, but three Golds in Sprint, H2H and Downriver make up for it.

And so the IRF’s 17th World Championship draws to a close. The final medal ceremonies and closing ceremony will round off an excellent event in a stunning region on awesome rivers. Talk starts turning to the next world rafting championship – Tully, Australia!

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Skills, spills and thrills – Slalom on the Ruca Choroi

The teams gathered along the banks of the River Ruca Choroi, to test their skills against the hard slalom course set for them. The river is an innocuous, narrow, Class 2 with 1 Class 3 rapid on it, normally simple to negotiate. But today the course was set to challenge the best rafters in the world – and so it did.

The fastest run of the day was Czech Open Men. They also achieved the lowest number of penalties – 5 seconds in each run. Argentina U19 Men won their category with an incredible run with only 10 seconds in penalties in their fastest run and a time that would have placed them in 7th in the Open Men’s category! The Czech U23 Men’s best time, which won them their category, would have placed them 6th in the Open Category showing the huge talent of these two young teams.

Taking strategic decisions to completely skip some gates in their second run made a big difference for some of the teams struggling with certain gates. These were most notably Gate 4 and 7, both of which, if you tried but missed them, could cause you to be lined up wrong for the next few gates.

By far the most complex part of the course was Gates 3 to 7. Gates 3 and 4 were upstream and on opposite sides of the river to each other, but with a hole right there that surged or surfed if not dealt with exactly correctly, something the Argentina Masters Men suffered in their first run. Messing it up there could mean missing gates 4 to 7! Gates 5 to 7 were all downstream and set in quick succession but in a zig-zag format. Getting any of the precise movements wrong made it nearly impossible clear all three gates.

It was at gate 3, in the hole, where Argentina U19 Women suddenly found themselves dumped in the river! Although this ruined their second run, their first run was a Gold medal run!

Mexico Open Men all dived through gate 7 low-siding the raft and causing the only flip of the day. The course was very tough on the women’s teams who didn’t have the brute strength to gain the right lines for some of the gates.

There was a great display of skills, particularly amongst some of the up and coming teams.

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Gold medal clashes in Head-to-head

The first race of the day was a great illustration of the excitement that the new format with buoys has brought to the Head-to-Head (H2H). Netherlands Open Women came down the last part of the course needing to round the final buoy and as they rounded it and headed to the line Chile Open Women came surging past in the faster water to take the win right on the line.

It was not the only race that was so close at the finishing line. Unfortunately for the locals the Argentina Open Men were pipped at the line by Japan, the latter going on to win their first Gold medal in WRC H2H. But Argentina still had a good day, coming away with 2 Silvers and 2 Golds. However, medal-wise it was Czechia teams that dominated taking a medal in every category they competed in – 7 in all!

Colombia Open Men put up a great fight against Russia Open Men, using tactics to try prevent the Russians achieving one of the buoys. However the Russians won through that round in the end.

Chile Open Men were determined to make up for their disappointment of the previous day and did that in style by knocking out the reigning world champions Brazil, in the quarter finals and went on to claim Bronze.

Sneaky tactics from Czechia U23 Men saw Slovenia being knocked out of the eddy, preventing them from rounding the buoy and so being penalised 50 seconds.

Some great fights were held at buoy 1 on the river-right and we look forward to the daily highlights videos to see them again, and to the TV production which will be aired world-wide in about a month.

Teams are now training on the Slalom course on the Rio Chuca Churoi.

Full Results

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Stunning day for WRC Sprints on the Alumine

The day got off to a crispy start as the temperatures had dropped below zero during the night – frost gave the terrain a ghostly appearance as the participants arrived for the day’s races.

As the day warmed up so did the competition – the teams are loving the river and the continuous Class 3 rapids that keep coming at you making it essential that you stay sharp throughout. It also provides different lines to choose ensuring great discussions on the river banks.

The first division to compete was U19 and there were saw a clean sweep of the Gold medals from the hosts, Argentina, much to the huge delight of the  locals present and the large throng of local media. Second in the U19 Men’s was a delighted Costa Rica followed by Russia. In the U19 Women it was Russia in second place with Czech third.

The Argentinian teams continued to win medals in the U23 division but this time it was Silver in both categories. The U23 Men’s Gold was scooped up by Slovenia with Czech taking third. In U23 Women it was Russia who took the Gold with Czech third once again.

Czech Masters Men, who are the favourites for this category, took the Gold with Argentina second and newcomers to this category USA (but not to the WRC) took third. In the Masters Women it was Norway that were delighted to scoop up the Gold with the legendary USA team taking second, and Slovakia, also a new team to this category, taking third.

Brazil Open Men launched the defence of their title in great style by taking Gold with Japan second and Czech third. Russia Open Women take their first Gold medal in the OW category, stating their intentions clearly of being a force to reckon with in the future. Great Britain took second and showed they have it in them to keep their R4 title. Japan claimed Bronze just in front of Czech.

The lunch was a typical Argentinian Asado, enjoyed by all in the warmth of the day, and then followed the medal ceremonies. The afternoon saw the Open teams heading to train on the Downriver, while the rest of the teams got the afternoon to relax.

Tomorrow is also supposed to be a warm day (weather is important as it can vary so hugely!) and it will certainly be an exciting day as it is the first time at a World Rafting Championship that teams will be competing in the Head-to-Head using the new format.


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We are river family – meet Pas Blackwell

Current manager at the Lee Valley White Water Centre, team captain for the GB Open Men’s team, avid freestyle kayaker (when he gets the chance) and recent convert to the world of Triathlons, this week we meet Pas Blackwell. Pas started getting heavily into freestyle kayaking after university so moved to Nottingham to be able to train more regularly. After working a few different jobs and struggling to find time to get to the river he decided to simply work on the river and loved it.

What motivates you to keep paddling/rafting?
I don’t think there is any better way to see different countries than from the river. You are off the normal tourist routes and you get to meet the people and experience the culture properly. Rafting and paddling has taken me to so many amazing places I would never have seen or possibly even heard about, so this sport and hobby has opened so many doors. Although I am coming to the end of my competitive career I will always be following the river to some great spots around the world and I am really looking forward to getting back in touch with the social side of things.

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2018 Euro Cup Rafting Series comes to a close

With the final event of the series recently being held in Slovenia on the Soca River near Solkan, the 2018 European Cup Series has drawn to a close.

There were 6 events in the R4 series with some locations opting for R4 so teams planning to attend the ERC or WRC this year had opportunities to race against each other. Some federations also use these events as their National Selections.

Raft Club Gimpex Straza 1 of Slovenia took the 2018 Euro Cup R4 Men’s Series title with a convincing win of 3 disciplines at the Solkan event, the H2H at EC Wildalpen and Slalom at EC Vrbas – so a well deserved win! RK Hodonin of Czech attended and performed well at EC Wildalpen, Vrbas, Lipno and Trnavka, which gave them plenty points to choose from to take 2nd place. Nektar Dajak Club’s great performances in the Downriver at EC Wildalpen and Vrbas (winning Gold in both) secured them 3rd place. Continue reading 2018 Euro Cup Rafting Series comes to a close

We are river family – meet Steve Nomchong

No stranger to racing, guiding or safety training, this week we meet Steve Nomchong. Steve grew up in southern reaches of Australia, experienced rafting at a relatively young age and got hooked.
Steve was too young to vote in 1983 when a proposed dam that would have flooded the Franklin River in Tasmania became a major issue in that year’s federal election. It took a few years but he got the chance to raft the Franklin in early 1986 and see what all the fuss had been about. That trip changed the course of his life.

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Argentina – what to eat, see and do in Neuquen

Now that flights and accommodation are booked for the WRC it is time to look at Argentina and specifically the Neuquen province in more detail!

Villa Pehuenia

Most of the teams and officials will be based in the tourist town of Villa Pehuenia and there the favoured activities are rafting and kayaking or boat tours down Aluminé, Ñorquinco, Moquehue and Pulmarí rivers, or sport fishing in Aluminé, Litrán, and Nompehuén lakes, as well as horseback riding, climbing, big game hunting or trekking excursions through green trails that wander between mountain ranges and forests like the centenary pehuenes forest.

Eating and drinking

Food is a big social focus in Argentina. It is an opportunity to get together and socialise and this can be seen in their Asado’s and drinking yerba maté.

      • Asado (grilled meat) is like a barbeque and is very popular not only for the food but the social interaction while the meat is grilling. and is usually beef steak or ribs. In Argentina “carne’ tends to refer to beef only, whereas in other Spanish speaking countries they will specify what animal the meat is from, for instance “carne de vaca” (beef), “carne de cordero” (lamb).
  • Yerba Maté is a strong herbal drink that is quite bitter and strong in caffeine. It is massively popular in Argentina (the average Argentinian drinks about 5kgs a year!) and is very social. It is drunk out of a gourd which can be very basic like a hollowed out squash, to fancy decorated ones made from wood or other natural materials. It is drunk through a straw (bombillo) with a sieve on the end to prevent the herb being swallowed.It is normal practise for the person making the yerba maté to offer it to others, even strangers. If it is offered to you – take it, don’t touch the bombillo with your hands, and drink it down, then pass it back to the original person who will then refill it and pass it to the next person!

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WRC 2018 participants – don’t forget your…

We hope you’re looking forward to this event as much as we are! Below are a few reminders to make your championship memorable for all the right reasons!

Registration fees
If you have not paid that to the Argentina Organisers yet I suggest you do that urgently! It is OVERDUE and they will start adding extra on for late payments now.

Planning for your trip
Take a read of this article – Important travel tips.

Citizens of most European nations, Australia, Canada and USA don’t require visas for travel to Argentina – however, it is best to check now and apply for a visa now if you need one!

Travel insurance
Make sure you have it!

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