EC season 2017 so far and what awaits us before the end

Txus Silva Botan

We are in the middle of the EC season (IRF Race Calendar), and it’s time to sum up the competitions so far and see where you can still take part before the end of the year.

The weather had a big impact with the start of the EC season – at the very beginning we had two cancelled EC competitions due to a lack of water, and at the first EC in Wildalpen we had snow to our knees. Never before have we seen such extreme conditions at an EC, but it added to the adventure! After that we had another cancelled competition in Spain due to the illness of the organiser, Txus Silva Botan, who left us on May 19 (1970-2017). An incredible man, and a big loss for our community. Our sincere condolences to his family.

The competition continued with EC Nisava (SRB) , Banja Luka (BiH), EC Trnavka (CZE) and Struma (BUL).


EC R6 Results so far

EC R4 Results so far

Now we take a look at the rest of the competitions that remain for the seasons:

EC Ivrea (ITA) – Fantastic organisation, fantastic hospitality and kindness from the organiser, fantastic artificial canal – Ivrea, technically a very demanding river – Dora Baltea, in the castle valley, summer in Italy, all this is waiting for you at the EC R4 from July 28th to 30th.

EC R6 Lipno/Češke Vrbne (CZE) – there is a weekend break after Italy and then it’s time to move to the Czech Republic. The Czechs are pros in EC organisation with the longest internship in the same, from 12 to 13 August. They will host EC guests in the R6 category with SPR, H2H, SL. Do not miss this opportunity to test your rafting skills with the best.

EC R4/6 Devil’s Stream (CZE) – what can one say about the toughest Downriver race in the EC competitions, but that such a chance should not be missed. Rafting at its core!! Keep in mind that

the water is released from the lake only a few times a year ….. organised by the very experienced Czechs, the strongest competition in Europe  – a good recipe for your escape for August. Do not forget that, at the end of the competition, you will be honoured with beer, because the Czechs are the best in that too. ;)

EC R4/6 Solkan (SLO) – The EC season ends with the most beautiful river in Europe – Soča. This is a fantastic opportunity to check your form before the WRC in Japan and to fix your overall for the EC scene. Last year’s excellent organiser of ERC R4 will welcome you again. So, don’t miss it! :)

There are still many competitions to date, plenty of time to train and enjoy whitewater rafting. See you at the next EC. ;)