Race Results

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;

Pre-Worlds Tully, 2018
Results; Videos: -1-, -2-, -3-; Photo: -1-;

EC Austria
Results: OM, OW, U23M, U19M; Photos: D1H2HSlD3; Videos: -1-, -2-;

EC Romania
Results; Photos; Videos: -1--2-;


Results: OW, OM, MM, U23W, U23M, U19  ; Photos: -1-, -2-, -3-, -4-, -5-, -6-; Videos.

WRC 2017

EC 2017 Overall
R4: WomenMen.
R6: MenWomen

more archived Race Results


Seen this edit of the Danish Ladies' expedition to Čunovo last week? #AreYouReady #RaftersAreAwesome #erc2018svk #irferc…

Seen this edit of the Dutch Ladies' expedition to Čunovo last week?#AreYouReady #RaftersAreAwesome #erc2018svk #irferc

Posted by IRF Euro Rafting Championships on Thursday, July 12, 2018

ERC 2018 Participants – reminders

We hope you are looking forward to this event as much as we are!

Here are some reminders ….

That’s the hashtag to use for the ERC. So use it for all your posts where ever you make them. Twitter feed for #irferc can be found in the left hand column on the IRF website.

Team promotion
Email IRF Media so you can get an article on our website about your team! Or send links of ones already written about you.

If you’ve got kids – don’t for that the Pantheon foundation invites you to unofficial European Kids Rafting Championship!

Live Blog
There will be live streaming of the event! You will be able to find the link each day on this blog. And you can request email updates as well.

Travel insurance
Make sure you have it!

Water, reducing plastic and recyling
There will be water points around the location so you can refill your water bottles. Athletes will get refillable water bottles in their registration packages. Try and avoid buying the environmentally unfriendly non-reusable water bottles. This location has recycling bins so please make sure you use them. Remember: Reuse, Reduce, Recycle!

Registration – remember to bring passports!

  • Ages will be checked so make sure everyone in your team is the right age for the category you are paddling in! No exceptions.
  • Residency: if paddling for a country that you do not have the passport for and you have not been pre-approved by the IRF – then please bring two valid proofs of residency (ask IRF Admin for the list of acceptable proofs).
  • Make sure your federation’s membership fees are paid!

Here are some important links you will need:

Pakistan joins the IRF

The International Rafting Federation would like to extend a warm welcome to the Rafting Sports Association of Pakistan (RSA) as a new member.

Pakistan has many amazing rivers and there is plenty of potential to promote rafting in Pakistan especially on the Sindh, Jehlum, Neelum and Kunhar Rivers. Right now only one river is being used by the companies for rafting and that is River Kunha River, but soon there will be rafting on the Sindh as well. Continue reading Pakistan joins the IRF

Rafting and the Olympics: The Road Ahead

Most of you are aware that the newly created World Rafting Federation (WRF) and certain people in the International Canoe Federation (ICF) signed a cooperative agreement shortly after we (the IRF) filed our application for GAISF/Sport Accord membership.  Although the details have been kept secret, the IRF is happy to comment on the agreement should those responsible release it publicly.

The ultimate goal of Olympic inclusion for rafting remains a top objective of the IRF. The first step to Olympic inclusion is membership of GAISF/SportAccord. Our submission for membership is acknowledged and progressing through the application process.

GAISF/SportAccord and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) require that only one internationally recognised body may represent a sport.  By creating a second international body, the leaders of the WRF have delayed IOC recognition of rafting and therefore delayed rafting’s introduction into the Olympic Programme.

Continue reading Rafting and the Olympics: The Road Ahead

Time to stop putting the word crazy in front of the word Russian!

Notes from a IRF GTE workshop in Russia

One thing I have observed over the years is that all great white water stories normally start with the sentence “This crazy Russian paddler … ” or “Crazy Russian inner-tube rafts.” I sat back and giggled to myself as my short flight from Helsinki touched down at St Petersburg Pulkovo airport in Russia. I was about to find out first hand if this was true or not.

My mission this week was to observe and assist in the running of the first IRF workshop in Russia for over 15 years.

For the past few seasons I have been mentoring Russian kayaker Anton Sveshnikov along the pathway to become Russia’s first IRF Instructor. The first time I met Anton was a few years back on the Zanskar River in India where I was running a workshop at the time. One of the first things that struck me about Anton at the time was he was Russian and not crazy. Since then myself and Anton have crossed paths many times and I have learned that not all Russian rafters & kayakers are crazy. Continue reading Time to stop putting the word crazy in front of the word Russian!

2018 YuShu World Rafting Plateau Championship now open for registration

Applications for the 2018 Yushu World Rafting Plateau Championship is now open!

Teams from across the globe are welcome to apply. Racing will take place in the City of Yushu in the Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Qinghai, China. The Batang and Yangtze Rivers will be host to racing in the R4 format.

The event will follow IRF Race Rules in all four disciplines (Sprint, H2H, Slalom and Downriver). Race categories will only be in Open Men and Open Women – teams of other ages are welcome to apply and compete in the OM category.

Continue reading 2018 YuShu World Rafting Plateau Championship now open for registration

Taking people with disabilities out onto the water in Iran

For a long time we, the Iran Rafting Association (IRA), have been thinking about how to grow water sports for all. That’s why we formed the “Para Rafting” Committee in our association with the cooperation of Mr. Saeed Zarori, who is a well-known person, with disabilities, in the field of adventure activities. We had already had the experience of working together on a rafting tour on the Sefid Roud River (Gilan-Iran) for a group of disabled people. It was a great experience! We decided then to spend more time and have more programs of this type.

As the start for our Para Rafting Committee we planned a kayaking tour on a calm river near to the Caspian Sea in Gilan, Iran. Last week we performed this tour for 20 people with disabilities. I remember when we shared the poster – the tour was filled in less than an hour! There were a lot of people with disabilities who wanted to join us, but the maximum capacity was 20 and we could not accept more people as it was a sensitive program and we needed to consider all the special needs of these lovely people.

Continue reading Taking people with disabilities out onto the water in Iran

Guide Training Workshops and Instructor Conference coming up

May and June have seen a record number of IRF Guide workshops being run around the world. These workshops provide rafting guides with an excellent opportunity to improve their river skills and obtain an internationally recognized certification from the IRF.  Here is what is happening in June onwards:

  • 2 – 8 June: IRF and Rescue 3 Workshop. Centron, FranceDetails.
  • 4 June – 15 June: Raft Guide Training and IRF Workshop and Assessment, Level 3. Isel River Osttirol, AustriaDetails.
  • 6 – 8 June: Raft Guide & Trip Leader Workshop and Assessment, Level 4. Ara River, SpainDetails
  • 10-14 June: Raft Guide & Trip Leader Workshop and Assessment. Level 2, 3. Ésera River, Spain. Details.
  • 11 – 17 June: IRF Workshop and Assessment & Rescue 3 Whitewater Rescue Technician professional. Finland.  Details
  • 15 June: Raft Guide Workshop and Assessment, Isel River, AustriaDetails at end
  • 12 – 15 June: Raft Guide Workshop and Assessment & Rescue Workshop, Level 3/4. Yoshino River, Japan. Details
  • 16 – 23 June: Raft Guide Training and IRF Workshop and Assessment, Level 3. Location: Austria. Details.
  • 19 – 22 June: IRF Level 3 Workshop and Assessment (Guide & Trip Leader). Esera River, SpainDetails.
  • 24 June: IRF Guide Assessment, Location: Salza and Enns River, Austria. Details at end
  • 24 Sept – 23 Nov: intensive 2 month guide training course and IRF Workshop and Assessment in Nepal. Details.
  • 6 – 13 Oct: Raft Guide training and IRF Level 3 & 4 Workshop and Assessment. Zambezi.Details

Instructors who are keen to keep their certification current may need to attend the upcoming Instructor Conference. 

  • 1 – 3 Nov: IRF GTE Instructor Conference. Alumine River, Argentina. Contact for details. Full details will be coming shortly

Fork It! – California’s best – the South Fork river

The South Fork of the American River offers 21 miles of class III whitewater to enjoy. The heart of this popular river resides in the town of Coloma California. This river was pioneered in the early 1970s by a handful of outfitters looking for a new boating resource after the Main Stanislaus was dammed. Most American River rafting companies offer 1 and 2 day trips between the two sections of river.

The Gorge
This is the lower half of the river from Coloma to Folsom Lake and is the one most often paddled by first timers. This is also the section that run on the first day of a 2 day trip. Rafting Companies start out the trip near the town of Coloma from their rafting camp. It starts with a fun class II segment of river that meanders through rolling forested hills, and there are plenty of swim and play spots on the river where guides introduce the fundamentals of rafting. After lunch the gorge and the numerous class III rapids come into play; starting with Fowler’s Rock, the rapids come in quick succession through the gorge. Next are several classic class III rapids including Satan’s Cesspool, Bouncing rock, and Hospital Bar as the paddle continues down to Folsom Lake. Late in the season and in low water years there are a few additional rapids all the way to the take out. Continue reading Fork It! – California’s best – the South Fork river

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We need your input!

Have you got a great story to share? Awesome river trip photos? Write up of your last raft competition? Advice for fellow guides or those starting in the industry?

We want to hear from YOU!

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Pre-Worlds showcases what a great WRC river the Tully is!

Exactly one year to go to the 2019 IRF World Rafting Championships (WRC) which are to be held on the Tully River in Queensland, Australia.

This past weekend saw the wrapping up of the Pre-Worlds there, where the organisers had a chance to test their systems, and rafters got to test the course! It was also the Australian National Selections, so all the Australian teams that were first in their categories will be racing in the WRC next year – and there is nothing better than a home competition to bring the best out in paddlers!

The river was at a great height thanks to the controlled letting out of the water by Kareeya Hydro Electric Power Station.

Teikei Japan – Slalom

Awesome surfing recovery at the Pre-Worlds by team Teikei Japan.

Posted by Big Water Safety Equipment on Sunday, May 13, 2018

Team Teikei from Japan, who came second at the last WRC in the Open Men’s category, were there to experience the river and familiarise themselves with the location. Despite having a 35 second surf during their one Slalom run they still managed to dominate their category.

The category winners were:

Continue reading Pre-Worlds showcases what a great WRC river the Tully is!