Race Results

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

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

Last Friday, U.S. Ambassador to Costa Rica, Sharon Day, showed her support for improving safety in the rafting industry by going rafting on the Pacuare River during the World White Water Rafting Summit finale.

Ambassador Day was one of 207 people from over 20 nations from across the globe who joined together under the banner message of “One World, One River, One Family” for the closing event of the inaugural IRF World White Water Rafting Summit navigating the world-class rapids of the Pacuare River.

The ambassador’s participation is especially poignant since tragedy struck in October 2018, when four U.S. citizens and their Costa Rican river guide lost their lives during a whitewater rafting trip in extreme conditions on the Naranjo River in Quepos. Since that incident, the Costa Rican rafting industry has united to train and certify river guides to international standards by the IRF, to adopt a nationwide code of ethics for rafting guides and companies, to join an IRF pilot project to certify commercial rafting operators, and other measures to improve safety standards.

Tweeting on October 13th, Ambassador Day said: “At the U.S. Embassy in Costa Rica, we work with the ICT and the Ministry of Health on regulations, inspections and security to increase the safety of adventure tourism for U.S. citizens and all tourists in Costa Rica. I participated in the first World Rafting Summit, in which we analyzed issues such as the best security practices in equipment and rafting.”

“This is a positive message that the government of the United States is supportive of rafting in Costa Rica. That it is not dangerous as long as safety measures are followed. She enjoyed herself with a big smile the whole time,” said Honorary IRF President Rafael Gallo, who joined Ambassador Day on the Pacuare River trip, along with IRF President Joe Willis Jones and other members of the Summit organising committee.

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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

Taking ownership of our environment and rivers while also reducing risk and improving safety were definitely the key messages at the first ever IRF World White Water Rafting Summit.

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

    The U.S. Ambassador to Costa Rica gives a thumbs up to a safer rafting industry.

  • Organisers declare the first World White Water Rafting Summit as hugely successful and agree to hold the conference every two years with rotating locations.
  • The 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 FutaleufĂş?

Five months today, top teams from around the globe will start official training on the FutaleufĂş. 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 FutaleufĂş 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 FutaleufĂş?

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 presentation 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 presented 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 committed 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 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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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 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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Race Rules – proposing updates

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.
    1. When suggesting that a rule be eliminated, a copy of the rule must be included in the proposal.
    2. When proposing a change to an existing rule, the proposal must include a copy of the existing rule, and the suggested change.
    3. 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.

Ziyuan is ready to welcome athletes one year from now

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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