Race Results

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:
MenWomen;

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

EC Vrbas, BiH
Results; Photos;

more archived Race Results

We are river family – Frankie Kowaas

With great sadness we share with you the passing of Frankie Kowaas, but share with you the unstoppable passion and adventures he has inspired in so many. Frankie was the founder of Manado Adventure & Waraney Rafting. It was down to Frankie’s determination and hard work that he established the 1st branch of the Indonesian Rafting Federation (FAJI) in North Sulawesi, Indonesia (Pengprov FAJI Sulawesi Utara) and the 1st Rafting Operator in North Sulawesi (Waraney Rafting).

It was under Frankie’s direction that Indonesia competed for the first time at the 2001 IRF World Rafting Championship in West Virginia, USA.

Not resting with rafting alone, Frankie also established a mountain trekking company to climb one of the Seven Summits, Carstenz Pyramide (Papua, Indonesia). Again setting his sights high, he become the 1st BASE jumper in Indonesia and shared his love of heights through his paragliding activities.

Frankie will be greatly missed by his family, friends and customers. In his name we ask you to live life to the best you can be and share your passions with all who you encounter.

Frankie will always be one of our River Family.
#RaftersAreAwesome #RiverFamily #StrongerTogether #WeAreIRF

Keen to bid for the 2021 World Rafting Champs

If you are planning to bid for the IRF 2021 World Rafting Champs then read on …

Intention to Bid Forms are to be returned to IRF Admin by 31st October 2018. This form does not commit you to bidding but does help by letting us know that you want to bid. In this way we can assist you with various parts of the bidding process.

This is an R6 event and so is ideal for natural rivers and big water.

The due date for the FULL bid to be in is 31st December 2018. Please email IRF Admin for the latest bid documents.

We are river family – meet Julie Munger

Rescue 3 provider, raft guide, raft racer, original Project RAFT participant and holder of several very recent long distance outrigger accomplishments, this week we meet Julie Munger. Her first raft trip was when she was 15 years old, 40 years ago. Now she crosses vast ocean stretches between Hawaiian islands and runs her own rescue services company whilst somehow squeezing in the time to still compete in the USA Women’s Raft Team.

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We are river family – meet Bhupi Singh

Fate determined Bhupi’s white water career – he was fortunate enough to grow up in the small village ‘Sirasu’ based on the side of India’s holiest river, the mighty Ganges in Northern India. The time was right and since he’s rafted across the globe. This week we meet the globe trotter that is Bhupendra (Bhupi) Singh.

When he was a kid, rafting and kayaking in India was picking up. When someone told him that these raft guides and kayakers actually got paid to play on the river, he was sold. Later he realised that there was a much bigger world out there than he could have ever imagined.

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Siberian white water enticed rafters from across the globe

Another very successful «White Water of Siberia» rafting forum has taken place with new skills, new friendships and a truly international bonding of rafters across the globe. This was the third annual International Cultural and Sports Forum (White Water of Siberia 2018). Participants from Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina (Republika Srpska), Belgium, India, Italy, Israel, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Mongolia, Netherlands, Serbia, Uzbekistan, and Russia all gathered in Tomsk on the 15th of September and spent the last week testing and trying new skills.

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Race Rules – proposing an update

The IRF Sport & Competition Committee assesses and updates the IRF Race Rules at the end of each year. This year it is being done much earlier due to the 2019 WRC happening early in the year (May).

So proposals are to be in by 20 October. Any proposals after that cannot be guaranteed to be included.

The process is as follows:

  • Rule proposals may be submitted only as one of the three possible options. 1) Eliminate a rule, 2) change a rule, or 3) add a rule.
    1. When suggesting that a rule be eliminated, a copy of the rule must be included in the proposal.
    2. When proposing a change to an existing rule, the proposal must include a copy of the existing rule, and the suggested change.
    3. When suggesting a new rule, the submission must include a copy of the new rule written in a rule format.
  • All proposals must include Clear REASONS as to why this change has been suggested.  Submissions without clear reasons will be rejected.
  • All proposals must include the name of the person/organisation making the suggestion, and must come through an IRF member organisation representative or with their written approval.
  • All proposals must be in by the 20th October (much earlier than usual due to WRC 2019 being in May).
  • All proposals will be assessed by the Exec Com and those which merit further discussion will be presented to the S&C Com for full discussion. Discussions will be conducted on the IRF Forum.
  • After discussions have concluded,  all members of the S&C Com who have been active in the discussions will vote.  The aim is to conclude the voting by end of Dec.
  • Updated rules, with all changes, will be published on the IRF website and sent by email to IRF member organisations. The aim is for this to be done by January.

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 Juniper Rose

Whitewater raft guide, kayaker and writer passionate about exploring new rivers  and cultures, Juniper Rose has paddled in 15 states across the US and 9 countries around the globe. She loves sharing rivers with others whether its clients on a guided trip or good friends out for a kayaking run. When she was 12 years old Juniper convinced my dad to let her come along on a source to sea trip that started at the headwaters of the river where she was raised and ended in the ocean weeks later. Ever since that trip she’s been hooked on whitewater. By age 16 she was guiding commercially. Guiding then became a summer job during college and a means for traveling the world thereafter.

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IRF’s Guide Training system flying along!

Globally recognised and respected, the IRF’s Guide Training & Education system has seen massive growth in uptake over the last two years. In 2017 the number of courses held doubled from the previous year, and in 2018 we have already surpassed the 2017 number!

The Guide Training & Education (GTE) system is built on the foundation of ensuring consistent approaches, repeatable skills, feedback and improvement. Course feedback indicates that the recent growth in uptake is due to the improvement of standards throughout the system. Instructors are now required to attend a workshop run by an Assessor at least once every two years.

The other reason for the increased popularity is that a GTE Instructors Conference is held every year in different regions around the globe. By moving to different regions the conference gives Instructors in that region the chance to update their certification in accordance with current IRF standards, to discuss and find solutions for current challenges of the IRF GTE system, to share industry best practice and knowledge, and to socialise and network with leading providers of rafting education.

These steps have taken the IRF GTE system to a new level where it is now recognised as the global Gold Standard for guide education and training. Interest in the system is coming in from all corners across six continents and with more governments approving it as the official system required by all guides.

#RaftersAreAwesome #Guides #RaftGuides #GoldStandard

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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