Race Results

EC 2019 Series
Results: R6 Overall; R4 Overall

EC Devil’s Stream
Results; Photos; Video;

EC British Open
Results; Photos

Canada Nationals
Results; Photos: -1-, -2-, -3-. Video H2H.

Pre-WRC, Ziyuan
Results: Men, Women; Photos: Trng, SP/OC, SL, H2H, DR; Videos: D1, D2, D3, D4;

ERC Vrbas, Bosnia
Results and media

EC Results so far
R6: OM; OW. R4: OM; OW.

EC Trnavka
Results: Sprint; Slalom. Photos.

WRC 2019, Tully
Results, Photos, press releases, etc

EC Wildalpen
Results: OM, U23M, OW; Photos

EC Priboj, Serbia
Results; Photos

EC Nottingham
Results, Photos: -1-, -2-, -3-. H2H Video

EC Romania, Dracula Race
Results; Photos

WRC 2018
All results

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Reducing risk, improving safety, empowering rivers: three key messages from the IRF Summit

IRF President Joe Willis Jones and IRF Honorary President Rafael Gallo

Improving safety, reducing risk and taking ownership of our environment and rivers at the first ever IRF World White Water Rafting Summit.

  • Binding agreements signed by the International Rafting Federation (IRF) for river conservation and piloting of commercial rafting operator accreditation
  • Historic rafting trip of more than 200 people at the close of the World White Water Rafting Summit on the Pacuare River sends a message in favor of river conservation
  • Costa Rica Minister for Environment and Energy, Carlos Manuel Rodriguez, presents to the Summit

    U.S. Ambassador to Costa Rica gives thumbs up to safe rafting industry

  • Organizers declare first World White Water Rafting Summit as hugely successful and agree to hold the conference every two years with rotating locations
  • Summit receives the Costa Rica Ecological Blue Flag in the category of Special Events

In a bold move to unite the rafting industry in Costa Rica and worldwide in stronger safety measures and environmental protection, more than 200 people from over 20 nations joined together at the first ever World White Water Rafting Summit of the International Rafting Federation (IRF) in Costa Rica last week. Continue reading Reducing risk, improving safety, empowering rivers: three key messages from the IRF Summit

#AreYouReady to race in Futaleufú?

Five months today, top teams from around the globe will start official training on the Futaleufú. Will your team be one of them?

Twenty years ago the International Rafting Federation was a young and developing global sports federation. The third Camel White Water Challenge took place on the Futaleufú river with teams from across the globe. Today many of these teams still race and still win medals.

It’s time to revisit and see if the top teams of today are as good or better than those original teams.

Competition organisers have invited the top 15 Open teams from this year’s IRF World Rafting Championship in Tully, Australia. The top 10 men’s and 5 women’s teams.

Competition is now open for up to an extra 15 teams from around the globe. A couple of criteria must be met: Continue reading #AreYouReady to race in Futaleufú?

Pioneering the accreditation of recreational rafting operators

As the global governing body for rafting sport and the globally recognised standards setter for raft guiding through the IRF Guide Training & Education (GTE) system, the IRF are taking another pioneering step forward in rafting safety through the implementation of the IRF Rafting Operator Accreditation.

Two days of discussion and sharing of experiences of raft guiding from around the globe proved the perfect launching pad for the IRF’s Recreational Operators Accreditation. So at the conclusion of the inaugural IRF World White Water Rafting Summit, President of the IRF Joe Willis Jones and Honorary IRF President Rafael Gallo proudly announced that Costa Rica will be the pilot nation for the IRF ROA implementation.

Several years of planning and hard work have culminated in the program that has now been launched for commercial operators to be reviewed and assessed under the IRF system in order to be able to demonstrate their compliance with the IRF’s Guide Training & Education scheme for rafting operators. The system will allow accredited providers to be listed on the IRF website and media channels and also to self promote themselves as rafting operators who meet the highest standards globally recognised.

Costa Rica Sports Association for Adventure and Paddling (ADAR) have commited to leading Costa Rica’s drive for safety management and delivering the highest global standards of raft guiding by all commercial operators in the country. ADAR will work closely with the IRF’s GT&E Committee over the coming 12-18 months to pilot the accreditation system in preparedness for rollout to all nations.

Stay tuned for updates over the coming months for how the implementation and pilot are progressing and how you can get involved and ready for the full implementation.

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IRF and International Rivers in historic agreement to be better stewards to the world’s rivers

At the conclusion of the International Rafting Federation’s inaugural World White Water Rafting Summit, leading global rivers campaign organisation International Rivers and the IRF signed an historic Memorandum Of Understanding to bring together the common goals of both organisations to ensure that all rivers of the world have a voice.

Introducing the agreement, summit MC and IRF Sustainability Lead, Sean Clarke, presented a short film on the impacts of a large global corporation attempting to offset their carbon footprint through the purchase of carbon credits. The unfortunate reality being that the carbon offset is actually funding the destruction of the Alto Maipo river in northern Chile. A stark reminder that our rivers are still at great risk in spite of the current global push for carbon neutrality.

Following the short film, Monti Aguirre, International Rivers Latin America Program Coordinator and Joe Willis Jones, President of the IRF shared with summit participants the common beliefs and goals of both organisations. Recognising that all of us as users and friends of rivers, are the best placed individuals and collectively as organisations and the river family, to be the global voice for rivers across the world. We can unite under a single banner to ensure that our local rivers and waterways are not disrespected or worse. To ensure that any projects large or small that impact the diverse, unique and fragile biodiversity of each and every waterway, need to understand what is at risk and ensure that our waterways have their voices heard.

In a short but earnest and frank statement, both the IRF and International Rivers pledged to work together for the benefit of all rivers and waterways across the globe.

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In defence of our rivers – becoming stewards to our local environments

International Rivers Latin America Program Coordinator, Monti Aguirre, will challenge each of us to stand up and be counted for the future of all our rivers at the inaugural IRF World White Water Rafting Summit.

Monti works as part of International Rivers’ Latin America program to support local movements for the protection of rivers; to identify new dam projects in Latin America and to examine their economic, social, and environmental impacts; and to design strategies to counteract their effects. She has worked for more than a decade in support of Amazon indigenous peoples’ rights and is co-producer of Amazonia: Voices From the Rainforest, a film on the fight of grassroots groups in the Amazon to defend their lives and their land. She has also been a tireless supporter of the people affected by Chixoy Dam in Guatemala. Prior to joining International Rivers in 1998, Ms. Aguirre worked with the Environmental Action Coalition and El Puente Academy for Peace and Justice in New York City. Monti has a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and a Master’s degree from New York University in Environmental Education and Conservation.

As one of the leading presenters at the Summit, Monti will question each of us to take home standards in protecting our own rivers and how we as a collective can ensure we encourage all generations to look after our natural environments.

Summit workshops cover important topics such as the future of IRF Guide Training and Education (GTE); advances in raft guide certifications; environmental risks facing rivers; how raft guides and adventure travel outfitters can transform their communities; rafting and world peace; dealing with drugs and alcohol among guides and clients; and, how to work with language barriers and engage in non-verbal communications.

For more information see the official website: www.irfwwraftingsummit.com or Facebook: @WWWRaftingSummit

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4 steps to success – from novice to elite rafting

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Rafting, whether for fun as part of a new adventure or for competition purposes, is something that everyone who enjoys an adrenaline rush can enjoy. To be the best, you need determination, perseverance and to remember these four tips to raise your rafting game from novice to elite.

Wear the right kit
A simple but incredibly important thing to remember. Rafting can be unpredictable, just like the rivers themselves. Wear appropriate clothing designed for use in water that are easy to move in. Rafting is a physical activity, so tight and restrictive or loose and baggy clothes are going to inhibit how much you can do. Also, in raft racing you will be required to wear buoyancy aids (PFDs) and helmets, so make sure both can be worn securely with whatever you choose to wear.

On commercial trips you might consider bringing a camera, but make sure it’s waterproof and can be secured to you – otherwise, it can get lost overboard!

If you’re rafting somewhere sunny, sunscreen will ensure you aren’t the lobster at the end of the day. But remember to wash it off your hands before paddling so you don’t lose grip of your paddle! If you’re racing, avoid sunscreen above your eyes – big splashes and rubs can end up with sunscreen in your eyes! These are things that are going to mark you from newbie to someone who knows what to expect.

Walk before running
A simple piece of advice – it sounds simple but you’d be surprised how many people push themselves to expert level rivers and rapids before they are ready. For one, there are reasons why these rivers and sections are considered ‘expert’. You may be putting yourself and others at risk by making that choice. It is important to practice at your own pace. As this is a physical sport, rushing forward could damage muscles or tendons, as well as mentally being quite discouraging in the long run.

Figure out a schedule. Know your level of experience. Build up at a pace that you and your body are comfortable with. Listen to the opinions of teachers and guides, as they are there to make sure you are happy, healthy and safe.

The IRF is developing Raft Race Coach syllabus which will be rolled out in 2020 – use these steps to assist you in getting ready.

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We’re all between swims
As with all water-based sports, confidence in swimming is incredibly important. Whether that means taking swimming lessons again as an adult or having a weekly routine of going to your local pool, you need to be able to keep yourself above water for as long as possible. There is always a risk with rafting that you may end up out of the boat and as such, you will need to battle the pull of the river until either you can get to the side or help can get to you.

Swimming is also a fantastic form of exercise that will build your body’s strength and stamina. With rafting, this will make a difference, so make sure that training out of the river is also a part of your weekly exercise routine. It doesn’t have to just be swimming – time at the gym will also help to improve your physical fitness, which can make rafting all the more enjoyable.

Know the river
This last piece of advice is the most important: knowledge. Whether it’s local or in a far off land, you need to know the river you are rafting. In your local river, this could mean using free time to take a walk beside the river and see what it’s like from outside the raft.

In an unfamiliar location, that could mean travelling with an expert and asking questions, finding out everything you can about the river you are about to travel on. Make sure you trust what your guide is telling you, regardless of the nervous rush you may be feeling at this unfamiliar river, and make sure to follow their advice. After all, you want to know the river as well as they do.

If you know the river, know the potential dangers and know how to approach them, you will find that you will grow more and more confident in your ability to make correct decisions when on the river. You will know how to turn, where to go, where the water may be too choppy and know how to overcome each of these.

The more knowledgeable you are, the more you will be able to do.

Now get out there and get on a river!

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The IRF Euro Cup 2019 series winners are….

Did they or didn’t they? Somehow they actually managed to save this and not flip!!!

The final Euro Cup Series events took place earlier this month, and with that the 2019 series has drawn to a close and the Euro Cup champions can be declared!

The EC R4 was very popular this year with a total of 108 teams taking part in a total of 5 events.

Raft Club Hodonin of Czech Republic came out on top in the Open Men’s category, with a total of 1598 points, having attended Wildalpen and Trnavka events. Well done to them – the Euro Cup Series 2019 Open Men Champions! Second place was taken by AKV Augsburg of Germany with 1490 which they gained at Wildalpen and the Lee Valley events. Third place was a close call between Nektar Dayak of BIH who had 1465 from Wildalpen and Serbia, and just beat PRSI Team from Czech who had 1461 points!

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IRF to attend inaugural meeting of UN Sports for Climate Action initiative

Later this week, representatives from the IRF will attend the first working meeting of the United Nations Sports for Climate Action signatories. This initiative brings together the world’s leading sports governing bodies under a global initiative to influence the way that sports can effect positive change to our shared climate.

This historic meeting is being hosted by the International Olympic Committee at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland and will bring together leading sports partners from across the globe ahead of the United Nations Climate Action Summit to be held at UN Headquarters in New York on the 23rd of September.

Confirmation letter from UNFCCC Executive Secretary

The IRF is amongst other leading sports governing bodies taking part such as FIFA, World Rugby, World Sailing, World Taekwondo, United World Wrestling, International Climbing and Mountaineering, International Triathlon Union, International Ice Hockey Federation, International Equestrian Federation, Formula E, National Basketball Association (NBA) and the Beijing 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Organising Committee. Each sports governing body has already committed to the five core principles of the initiative and the aims of the Paris Agreement and this inaugural meeting will seek ways in which all these bodies will work together for the betterment of the planet. Each sports governing body will strive to:

  • promote greater environmental responsibility;
  • reduce the overall climate impact from sports;
  • use our platform to educate for climate action;
  • promote sustainable and responsible consumption; and
  • advocate for climate action through our communications.

The IRF is no stranger to leading on climate action having delivered the first ever certified carbon neutral World Sports Event at our 2011 IRF World Rafting Championships in Costa Rica. We now request all IRF event hosts to make bold moves toward carbon neutral and earth friendly initiatives at each event. Our hosts for the 2020 IRF World Rafting Championships in China have committed to providing a carbon neutral event and we will work closely with the event management team to ensure this promise becomes a reality.

We look forward to working with all of these leading sports governing bodies for betterment of our planet and for the sharing of ideas and common goals to build our common sports fraternity.

 

 

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Risk managing commercial rafting operations with mutliple guide systems

  • International Rafting Federation Raft Guide Instructor and New Zealand Rivers Association Chair Tim Marshall will lead a discussion at the inaugural IRF World White Water Rafting Summit on the challenges faced by commercial rafting operators when dealing with multiple raft guide certification systems.

International Rafting Federation (IRF) Raft Guide Instructor and New Zealand Rivers Association Chair, Tim Marshall will lead a discussion at the inaugural International Rafting Federation World White Water Rafting Summit in Costa Rica from October 8 to 13, 2019, on the challenges faced by commercial rafting operations developing risk assessments when faced with multiple raft guide certification systems around the globe.

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IRF President to welcome hundreds to the inuagural IRF World White Water Summit

International Rafting Federation President Joseph Willis Jones will welcome over 200 participants from nations across the globe to the inaugural IRF World White Water Rafting Summit.

International Rafting Federation (IRF) President and Chair of the IRF Board of Directors, Joseph Willis Jones will open the inaugural International Rafting Federation World White Water Rafting Summit in Costa Rica from October 8 to 13, 2019.

“Joe Willie” Jones, has led the International Rafting Federation since first being elected by the IRF Congress in 2013. He has been at the forefront of engaging rafting on a global scale for over three decades now having been one of the founding participants of the Project RAFT exercise in the late 1980s and a supporter of the IRF’s founding charter.

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