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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- 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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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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International Rafting Federation Raft Guide Assessor and Rescue3 provider Mark Hirst will challenge preconceptions about speech and actions at the inaugural IRF World White Water Rafting Summit.
International Rafting Federation (IRF) Raft Guide Assessor and Rescue3 provider Mark Hirst will run an open session on the use of actions over language in raft guiding at the inaugural International Rafting Federation World White Water Rafting Summit in Costa Rica from October 8 to 13, 2019.
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Huaxteca Expeditions owner Ena Buenfil will share her experiences of running a certified drug-free rafting company in Mexico and how this new culture is being adopted across Latin America. Ena is one of the key note presenters at the inaugural International Rafting Federation World White Water Rafting Summit in Costa Rica from October 8 to 13, 2019.
Ena Buenfil is the owner of the adventure company Huaxteca Expeditions in Huasteca, San Luis Potosi, the first company in Mexico to certify its staff drug-free before a notary public. This they did in 2018, and in 2019, the multi-award-winning company implemented a Zero Tolerance to Alcohol policy to further ensure safety for their customers on their adventure tours.
Continue reading Drugs and alcohol in rafting – is there a line?
The IRF Sport & Competition Committee assesses and updates the IRF Race Rules towards the end of each year.
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.
- When suggesting that a rule be eliminated, a copy of the rule must be included in the proposal.
- When proposing a change to an existing rule, the proposal must include a copy of the existing rule, and the suggested change.
- 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.
- 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.
One year from today, the International Rafting Federation and the peoples of Ziyuan will welcome over 600 athletes, support crew, and officials along with countless spectators to the white water of the WuPai River. The countdown is on!
From 22 August 2020, the world’s best rafting athletes will meet in Ziyuan, China to compete in the prestigious IRF World Rafting Championships. 2020 will historically mark the 19th IRF World Rafting Championship. Top teams from all IRF member nations will be invited to race against their peers on the tropical waters of the WuPai river. Raft teams from non-IRF member nations or from nations where their rafting national federation are unable to hold fair and credible selections may contact the IRF Admin to confirm eligibility.
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Competitive rafting is one of the main realms of the IRF, it is a truly exhilarating sport. It requires teamwork, cohesion, physical endurance and strategy. And it takes place in some incredible locations all around the world. There are four main disciplines involved in competitive rafting: the fast sprint, the tactical head-to-head, the technical slalom and the dramatic downriver.
Teams compete across all four areas and earn points in each, with the team with the highest total points coming out on top. The H2H event is the one that tends to be the most popular among fans. It’s exciting, it all happens right in front of the spectators, and it’s easy to understand and see who wins. There is no question this sport has massive potential, but it is also clear to see that it is not yet mainstream. The IRF has been the official world governing body for rafting sport for over twenty years now, and here we look at three changes in the world of sport that could postively impact competitive rafting.
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The Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA) is a vital leadership voice and partner for the adventure travel industry around the world. If your company is an adventure travel company, or gear supplier to the industry it is a “no-brainer” that you should become a member of ATTA.
Key Benefits of ATTA Membership
Different sectors of the adventure tourism world gain different benefits from being a member of ATTA.
- Tour Operators & Accommodations – we focus on this more below
- Tourism Boards – ATTA assists organizations throughout the world to connect with the adventure travel industry, learn what’s happening in the world of adventure travel, promote local adventure tourism, and secure ATTA assistance for special initiatives that benefit both your interests and those of the greater adventure travel community. Read more …
- Travel Advisors – ATTA membership helps educate you on what destinations have to offer, introduces you to tour operators, accommodations and activities available for your clients. Read more …
- Industry Partners – ATTA membership exposes your organization to thousands of decision makers and influencers in the adventure travel industry, links your business to the global adventure travel industry, provides you with critical resources, and provides awareness of industry trends. Read more …
- Adventure Travel & Outdoor Gear Suppliers – ATTA membership connects your brand to the $683 billion adventure travel industry through tour operators, tourism boards, media outlets, events, knowledge resources and other partnerships. Introduce your brand to thousands of decision makers and influencers in the adventure travel industry. Connect your business to the global adventure travel industry. Receive critical research resources and awareness of trade and consumer industry trends. Read more …
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Immediately following the IRF 2019 Ziyuan (Pre-Worlds) World Cup, 20 competitors from Russia, Chile, Germany, Netherlands and Great Britain headed over to HongKou in Sichuan province, China. These competitors were in for a treat like no other… paddling, pomp and pandas!
Organisers left nothing to spare at this event with 31 teams competing in the IRF 11th International HongKou (Dujiangyan) Rafting Grand Prix. The area was badly hit by a major earthquake in 2008 and despite the tragedy has rebuilt and is now a famous tourist destination located within the Longxi-Hongkou National Natural Reserve, home to protected nature reserves for some of China’s biggest panda populations. And for a weekend in July, home to hundreds of rafters and supporters!
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