Race Results

WC 2019 Series
Results: OWOM

WC Silokek 
Results: MM, U19M, OM, OW, U23M, U23W

Ibar, Serbia 2019
Results; Video; Photos

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

more archived Race Results

The Great Karnali Quest – 242 kms of epic Downriver racing!

Karnali, the longest river in Nepal, is recognized as world class for whitewater rafting and is still the last free flowing river in Nepal. It originates from the base of mount Kailash, flowing across the beautiful landscape of Nepal before dispersing into the Ganges River.

The Great Karnali Quest- sacred downriver raft race (probably the longest downriver raft race in the world) will be an incredible experience of a lifetime. It would be 242 km of raft racing in the most pristine Himalayan river. This event aims to promote the Karnali Region as a wonderful destination for Eco-adventure tourism. The Great Karnali Quest is not only about the rafting challenge, it’s a campaign to raise awareness amongst the global community to conserve the natural rivers before they are destroyed.

Continue reading The Great Karnali Quest – 242 kms of epic Downriver racing!

IRF GTE Instructor Conference Agenda launched

Hosted in the French alps, over three action packed days, delegates to the 2020 IRF GTE Instructor Conference will discuss and share ideas on the latest developments in raft guiding and safety. Registration is now open and delegates are encouraged to register early to avoid disappointment when tickets sell out.

Full agenda can be found here.

Location: Camping Les Eygas; Fontmoline, 05380 Châteauroux-les-Alpes, France +33 4 92 43 63 80
Date: 27th to 29th April 2020
Host: www.wildwaterschool.nl
Rivers: Durance, Guil and Ubaye rivers
Cost: €300 Per person. This includes 3 nights camping & 3 meals per day along with all river shuttles & equipment hire.
Language of the Conference: English
Pre-requisite: IRF Instructor Certificate
Registration: Complete the registration form here to register
Enquiries: Mark.hirst@internationalrafting.com

Balkan White Water Safety Summit

The Rafting Federation of the Republic of Srpska (Rafting savez Republike Srpske) are proud to announce the first ever whitewater safety conference aimed specifically at the Balkan region. The Balkan White Water Safety Summit will be held in the City of Banja Luka from 18 to 22 May 2020, with a workshop being run on the Vrbas River at the start.
The aims of the conference are to:
  • Promote rafting standards in the Balkan region
  • Unify the rafting industry in the Balkan region
  • Improve the safety on rivers and what the benefits of safe rafting are
  • Cooperation between rafting companies on Balkan
  • Look at floods in the Balkan region and what the role of educated rafting guides in this can be
  • Promotion of the 2021 World Rafting Championship in BiH
  • 18 – 21 May 2020 – IRF Guide and Trip Leader Workshop on the Vrbas River.
  • 22 May 2020  – Conference in the City of Banja Luka (all day)
    • 10:00  Official opening and speakers (Ministries, IRF and Mayors)
    • 10:30 – 11:00 Presentation of BiH’s WRC 2021
    • 11:00 – 11:45 IRF standards and safety on river
    • 11:45 – 12:00 Open discussion
    • 12:00 – 12:30 Break
    • 12:30 – 13:00 ATTA and outdoor industry standards
    • 13:00 – 14:00 IRF standards and the rafting law in Balkan countries
    • 14:00 – 17:00 Different Workshops – more details soon
    • 17:30 Conclusion

Invitations will be extended to all those who are interested in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia, Macedonia, Albania, Bulgaria and Romania. Interested persons are very welcome from regions outside of these regions. Invitations will be extended to key persons in the Ministry of Sport RS and BiH, Ministry of Tourism RS and BiH and Mayors of the City Banja Luka and Foca, as well as companies and authorities from Neretva and Una Rivers, plus the touris boards of all these cities.

Keep an eye on the following website for updates: raftingsavezsrpske.com/balkanconference

Welcome Greece, the most recent country to join the IRF

In an historic announcement, the Hellenic Canoe-Kayak Federation (HCKF) is the most recent national federation to join the IRF. The HCKF identified the IRF as being the only legitimate and globally recognised rafting federation to truly and honestly represent all rafting interests around the world. With HCKF having been recognised by the Minister of Sport to develop the sport of rafting since 2004, the recent growing interest in rafting amongst their 56 clubs and the IRF’s recent approval as a GAISF Observer prompted them to join the IRF family of rafting nations.

The HCKF plan to run their first National races this year during their National Slalom event, as a demonstration of what rafting is about. They also plan to send teams to IRF events this year, in particular the World Rafting Champs in China in August.

Greece has been a long time participant in the IRF’s Guide Training & Education program and we look forward to growth in this area as well.

HCKF are also looking at contacting non-sporting organisations to grow the interest of rafting as a sport, as well as for fun, plus using the sport for team building and encouraging water safety. They are also working on coaching/ trainer’s educational courses.

Their vision is to create the appropriate conditions for international participation for their athletes, and to safe guard the high level of rafting events in Greece.

Greece has a number of beautiful rivers to go rafting on. One of the clearest rivers in Europe, Voidomatis lies amidst a scenery of breathtaking beauty and is ideal for beginners, as the 5 km route presents no particular difficulties.

If you’re looking for something more challenging then try the Arachthos which is one of the most popular spots for river rafting. Entering into the narrow gorge of Arachthos, you will come across breathtaking scenery with vertical steep slopes reaching 700m. In the middle of the route, you have the opportunity to make a stop and walk to the Glyfki waterfall.

We look forward to welcoming Greece to our international events in 2020.

More info:


The Coronavirus and WRC 2020

The following was issued to all national federation contacts on the 30 January 2020. Read the official correspondence to national federations here.

The IRF has been working hard to prepare for our flagship competition, the 2020 R4 World Rafting Championship, scheduled to be held 22-30 August on the Wu Pai River in Ziyuan County, Guang Xi Province, China.

Like the rest of the world, we are closely watching the rapidly developing news about the Wuhan coronavirus that suddenly appeared in the city of Wuhan, Hubei Province, China in December.  Wuhan is geographically located approximately 850 km from the Wu Pai River competition area.  For now, people located in the competition area have not shown any signs of infection.  We are in regular contact with the Ziyuan organisers who will keep us informed if the situation changes.

Thousands of people in China and around the world are working to understand and contain the spread of the coronavirus.  With nobody sure how long the outbreak will last, or when it will be most serious, sporting organisers are under increased pressure to make decisions about events scheduled in China.

With over seven months to go before the WRC, none of the conversations have been about changing the dates or venue. We fully expect to hold the WRC on the Wu Pai River as planned, however, the health and well-being of our athletes, officials and volunteers are our top priority.  At no time will we make a decision that puts anyone at risk.  Therefore, as a precautionary measure, we will begin to examine the possibility of relocating or postponing the WRC if it becomes necessary.

The IRF will continue to monitor the situation and follow the recommendations provided by the Chinese Authorities, the World Health Organisation, and other leading health authorities around the world. The IRF administration and WRC event personnel will keep National Federation (NF) leaders informed as this situation changes and develops. We ask that NF’s pass these updates onward to their teams and athletes.

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River Vrbas draws us back for WRC 2021!

Breaking the mould and proving that raft racing is an enthralling and vibrant sport, the river Vrbas invited teams from across the globe to take part in the 2009 IRF World Rafting Championships. An event which saw racing take place over two rivers in two neighbouring countries and with the most exciting slalom spectacle under night lights, it was one that is recognised as iconic and not to be forgotten.

It is with great delight that we announce the IRF is returning to the Vrbas River for our World Rafting Championships! The last WRC held there was in 2009 and is considered one of the most successful events where we had a total of 53 Open teams (before other categories were introduced), more than 30,000 people attending the opening ceremony, and close to 25,000 spectators at the night slalom!

When: 30 May – 6 June 2021
Where: Vrbas River, Banja Luka, BiH
Host: Rafting Club Kanyon
Race Divisions: U19, U23, Open, Masters
Race Categories: Men, Women
Race Format: R6

Adding to an action packed racing calendar for 2020, Pre-Worlds will take place over the weekend of 03 – 05 July 2020. This event will also be part of the 2020 EC and WC Series. Teams from around the globe are invited to attend the pre-worlds to get a taste of the action – especially the engaging Bijeli Buk rapid in the Tijesno Canyon where teams will take on the pyramid waves and big boils for Sprint and Head-to-Head

More details will be published over the coming months.

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Turn back time and head back to Chuya

AreYouReady to head back to where it all started? Федерация Рафтинга России / Russian Rafting Federation are pulling together their bid to host the 2023 IRF World Rafting Champs on the Katun River (Class 3 and 4) and Chuya River (Class 3 to 5)!

Considered as the founding race that in 1989 pulled together nations from across the globe to bring peace and prosperity at a time of global friction, Project RAFT on the Chuya River saw racing take place on a truly international scale. Now with bigger goals and more determination to share the idyllic and spectacular region with the world, the Russian Rafting Federation, Government of the Altai Republic, Government of the Russian Federation, and Ministry of Sports of the Russian Federation hope to invite you all to their unique and remote corner of the globe.

The bid encompasses racing for all groups with U19 and U23 racing on the Chuya River. Opens and Masters Sprint, Н2Н, Slalom on the Katun River, and the Downriver on the Chuya river.

Check out the promo video here:


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IRF GTE Instructor’s Conference – 2020

We invite all IRF certified Instructors to join us at the 2020 IRF GTE Instructor’s Conference!

Goal of the Conference:

  • Update Instructors regarding current IRF practice and standard
  • Keep currency of their instructor certificate
  • Receive all the GTE program updates at first hand
  • Participate in the dynamic development of the IRF GTE
  • Discuss and find solutions for current challenges of IRF GTE
  • Share industry best practice and knowledge
  • Socialise and network with lead characters of rafting educators

Location: Camping Les Eygas; Fontmoline, 05380 Châteauroux-les-Alpes, France +33 4 92 43 63 80
Date: 27th to 29th April 2020
Host: www.wildwaterschool.nl

Provisional programme:

  • 27th: Conference based at the Les Eygas campsite (landbased) with both IRF and guest speakers
  • 28th: L’Argentière-la-Bessée slalom site (water and land based)
  • 29th: water based on either the Guil or Ubaye rivers

Cost: €300 Per person. This includes 3 nights camping & 3 meals per day along with all river shuttles & equipment hire.

Language of the Conference: English
Pre-requisite: IRF Instructor Certificate
Registration: Please complete the form at this link so as to register for this Conference
Enquiries: Mark.hirst@internationalrafting.com

How to work out what age division you are in for competitions

Having trouble working out what age group you are in for our divisions? Here are a list of ways you can work it out to see if you are eligible for the 2020 year:

You are OLD ENOUGH to compete in the Open division in 2020 if you:

  • are 14 years or older on the 1st of January 2020
  • were born in 2005 or earlier

YOUTH – you are eligible to compete in the U19 division in 2020 if you:

  • are under 19 years old on the first of January 2020
  • were born in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 or 2005

JUNIOR – you are eligible to compete in the U23 division in 2020 if you: 

  • are under 23 years old on the 1st of January 2020
  • were born in 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 or 2005

MASTERS – you are eligible to compete in the Masters (40+) division in 2020 if you:

  • are 39 years or older on the 1st of January 2020
  • were born in 1980 or earlier

Bounding into 2020!

Happy New Year to you all! We hope you all had a Festive Season that rejuvenated you for the coming year.
Our calendar is already building up fast with the key events to highlight:

  • Guide Training & Education (GTE) Instructors Conference: 27 – 29 April in Durance, France. Details
  • European Rafting Championships (ERC): 8 – 13 June in Czech Republic, with the Sprint, H2H and Slalom in Lipno and Roudnice nad Labem, and the Downriver on the infamous Devil’s Stream on the Vltava River. This event will be R4 & R6. Details
  • World Rafting Championships (WRC): 22 – 30 August in China on the Wu Pai River in the town of Ziyuan, Guilin, Guangxi Province. Details
  • Euro Cup Series: there are 10 events in this series so far this year. Each event is indicated on the calendar by “EC” and then whether it is R4 or R6. These events are open to all clubs and teams around the world and there are no pre-requirements other than the team being able to safely race on the class of river the event is on.

There are already a multitude of guide training workshops being offered around the world, from Cardiff to Chile, Brazil to Bulgaria and Bosnia, USA, Morocco, Austria, Switzerland, Scotland, Ecuador, France to Germany. And we are continually adding more!

For racing, the calendar is still filling up, so keep an eye on it for new opportunities.

Please send us the dates and details of any events you are running, like your National Selections, or if you are running fun, festive events that promote rafting in your region.

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