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WRC 2018
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EC 2018 Series final results:
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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;

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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 Continue reading Skills, spills and thrills – Slalom on the Ruca Choroi

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 Continue reading Gold medal clashes in Head-to-head

Ex-FARC Guerrillas in Colombia train to be Raft Guides

By Shannon Farley

Nine ex-FARC guerrillas in Colombia have a new future ahead of them in adventure tourism, thanks to river rafting guide training provided by the International Rafting Federation (IRF) and Rios Tropicales adventure company in Costa Rica.

The new raft guides, who are former combatants of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (known by the Spanish acronym of FARC), will complete their training on Nov. 9 with a graduation ceremony. The accomplishment is even more extraordinary because the Pato River where they have trained and will operate commercial rafting trips is a former FARC controlled “red no-go zone” – once a feared, forbidden and secret place.

The fledgling adventure tourism venture is the result of a United Nations supported mission at Colombia’s Miravalle Territorial Area for Training and Continue reading Ex-FARC Guerrillas in Colombia train to be Raft Guides

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. Continue reading Stunning day for WRC Sprints on the Alumine

Planes, rafts and automobiles – preparations for IRF World Rafting Championship 2018

Open Men team captains: Japan, Mexico, Brazil

Logistics in planning an International Rafting Federation World Rafting Championship is a phenomenal feat made successful only by the hard work of thousands of people from across the globe. Front and centre, visible to all is the Event Director and Race Director – not so obvious are all the individuals involved in tasks that most people would not bat an eye to realise were part of the overall event.

This competition is no different. There people on the ground running shuttles, equipment disinfections, ferrying radios, constructing the giant marquee that will be front and centre for lunches and meeting spaces, to the people serving lunches and translators helping teams work out their empañadas from their tortillas. That’s just the local teams – on top of this we have the large pool of qualified and experienced judges, officials, safety teams and international media ensuring everything runs smoothly, safely, fairly and that everyone knows about the competition.

Continue reading Planes, rafts and automobiles – preparations for IRF World Rafting Championship 2018

We are river family – meet Rado Orokocky

After a White Water Slalom career spanning 20 years, Rado switched to rafting. His first contact with rafting was in 1997 for two years. Then he rejoined into in 2004 until now. At first he started with his team on several European and World Championships but then moved onto coaching two of the most successful women’s rafting teams – at first Geronimo from 1999 until 2002 and Mistral from 2009 until they career end.
What motivates you to keep rafting?
I think that rafting is a good sport for people who like to be on the water with some good friends. If you have a good team you can enjoy so much fun and this is the most important thing. All other is bonus – traveling a lot to the interesting destinations, get medals from big competitions and more.

Continue reading We are river family – meet Rado Orokocky

What did it take to start the International Rafting Federation?

Jib Ellison and Misha Kolchevnikov

As we ready ourselves for our 17th IRF World Rafting Championship, we take a look back at what it took to create this global phenomenon which started 21 years ago and boasts membership from over 50 nations across six continents, runs inclusive worldwide raft race competitions several times each year and can lay claim to hundreds of thousands of clients being safely guided down the rivers of the world each year by IRF qualified raft guides.

Cast your mind back several decades to a time when the world was under threat of nuclear annihilation at the press of a button due to the cold war between the USA and Russia (then Soviet Union).  Jib Ellison,  a California whitewater river guide, was searching for a thesis project to complete his university political science degree.  Jib was aware of how rivers had the power to unite strangers, forcing them to work together as a team, and often creating lasting friendships long after the trip was over.  His vision was to create a project to put Russians and Americans literally in the same boat on a raging whitewater river where they needed to work together for mutual survival despite differences.  He mailed a letter (remember this was before email and social media existed!) to the Soviet government outlining his project and expected to receive no reply.  Thankfully, his idea got to the right person,  Mikhail ‘Misha’ Kolchevnikov, a pioneer rafter from Siberia and designated Russian Master of Sport. He and Jib set out to make it happen and from this was born Project RAFT (Russians and Americans For Teamwork).

Continue reading What did it take to start the International Rafting Federation?

International Rafting Federation is proud to partner with Aquapac

The International Rafting Federation is proud to announce a long term partnership with leading waterproof bag designers Aquapac. As a market leader in the design and production of waterproof bags since forming in 1983, Aquapac have grown and developed with sporting, rescue and recreational water based activities. Recently they made the jump into rafting with a sponsorship deal with the Australian Open Men’s Rafting Team.

Today we proudly announce our partnership with Aquapac providing our internationally recognised IRF certified raft guides and world renowned raft race teams with access to great quality waterproof products at discounted rates.

Over the coming month, all IRF qualified raft guides will be sent details of how to obtain their unique code to access discounts on the great range of Aquapac products. Race teams attending the IRF World Rafting Championship in Neuquén, Argentina next month will receive their unique codes at the event. Other raft race teams will be given access to discount codes in early 2019.

As we look forward to our 21st year of IRF World Rafting Championships, and Aquapac leap into their 35th year of great products, we welcome the long lasting partnership across the rivers and waterscapes of the world.

Check out the great range of products now: aquapac.net

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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.

Continue reading We are river family – meet Pas Blackwell

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