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

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.

#AreYouReady #RaftersAreAwesome #rafting #StrongerTogether #internationalrafting #RiverFamily #WeAreIRF

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

IRF granted GAISF Observer status

GAISF Council grants the IRF Observer Status

To our IRF Member organisations, rafting clubs, athletes, associates, officials, coaches, and friends:

I am delighted to announce the momentous and historic news that the International Rafting Federation (IRF) was officially granted Observer Status by the Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) Council when it convened 27 October 2019.  The IRF recently received a certificate from GAISF commemorating this achievement.

Read the official announcement from GAISF here.

GAISF is the umbrella organisation for International Sport Federations.  GAISF Observer Status will open opportunities to network with the GAISF family and open important doors for the IRF in the world of international sports.  It may also help our national federation members obtain the critical funding they need to support and grow their national organisations.  GAISF states that “The GAISF Observer Status aims to assist and accelerate the International Rafting Federation (IRF) efforts to become a GAISF member, in particular by helping to develop the number of National Federations recognized by National Olympic Committees (NOCs) or by the Highest National Sport Authorities (NSAs).”

GAISF Observer Status is a milestone for the IRF and for the sport of rafting.  It has been a long road to achieve this goal, and those of us involved in the process want to extend our sincere appreciation for your patience and continued support throughout this journey. With this achievement behind us, the IRF is in an excellent position to quickly and proudly take rafting to even greater heights.

As part of our commitment to rafting sport, the IRF Board of Directors and I are adamant in our desire to share our success with all members of the worldwide rafting family regardless of their current loyalties.  It is natural that passionate rafting enthusiasts will have differences of opinions on how to best advance our goals.  However, despite these differences, I believe we all share the same core goals, ambitions, and love of rafting.   A renewed effort will be made in the coming weeks and months to reach out to those who have held differing views so that we remain united, and all of us may move forward together to benefit from this exciting, positive future for rafting.

From those of us who spearheaded the GAISF Observer Status request process – I want to express our sincere appreciation and gratitude to the many IRF member NF’s and individuals who stood firmly by us with loyalty and commitment.  This support was key for keeping us motivated to complete this task. Your loyalty will not be forgotten as we continue to move forward in the years ahead.

I am, you are, we are IRF!  Congratulations to all!!

Sincerely and with respect,

Joseph Willis Jones

International Rafting Federation – President

#RaftersAreAwesome #strongertogether #weareirf #gaisf #internationalrafting

Are you ready for ERC 2020 on Devil’s Stream?

Yes, we head back to the Czech Republic for our Euro Champs in 2020, this time to the artificial course Roudnice on the Labe River for the Sprint, H2H and Slalom, and to the exciting Devil’s Stream for the Downriver.

Details:

  • Dates: 8 – 13 June 2020
  • Organised by: Union of Boaters of the Czech Republic (SVoCR)
  • Team sizes: R4 and R6
  • Divisions and categories: U19M, U19W, U23M, U23W, OM, OW, MM, MW
    • Be prepared that due to the race schedule it will not be possible to combine team members in categories: U19/U23/open and open/masters. This is the same restriction for whole teams as well
    • Team combinations in R4/R6 is possible and recommended
  • Disciplines: Downriver, Sprint, H2H, Slalom
  • Entry Fee: 100 EUR per person at maximum, will be confirmed later
  • Entry Closing Date: 1st April, 2020 for registration and payment via bank transfer
  • Contacts and information:

ERC 2020 Information letter #1 has more details for you, take a read and get planning!

Please note: All countries planning to send teams are to please inform the organiser as to how many teams in each R4 and R6 category they will be sending by 31st January, 2020. This is essential for planning.

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IRF’s World Cup Series 2019 draws to a close in Indonesia

The 2019 World Cup Series saw only 2 events this year due to unforeseen circumstances causing the World Cup in Georgia to be cancelled. The first was in China at the Pre-Worlds, and the second was in Indonesia on the Silokek River recently.

The World Cup Series is aimed at teams at a club level, particularly at teams that don’t qualify for the annual World Rafting Champs or just enjoy having fun in rafting competitions. Teams do not have to qualify, they can just enter and get out there and enjoy the challenge of new rivers, in different countries, meet new paddlers and gain essential experience to improve their chances for future selections.

The Pre-Worlds/World Cup Series event was held on the Wu Pai River, Ziyuan, Guilin, Guangxi Province, China from the 21 to 27 August. There was a total of 30 teams racing at the Pre-Worlds, 15 in the Open Men category and 15 in the Open Women. Teams came from far and wide as China extended their usually hospitality, with 17 countries being represented. Read the full summary of the event: Wupai 2019 – ready for WRC 2020

Links for WC China/ Pre-Worlds:

The Silolek Geofest Rafting World Cup 2019 in Batanag Kuantan Sijunjung was held from the 10 to the 14 of November.

Indonesia has a very large raft racing population and this event had a total of 45 teams racing, spread out through most of the categories.

Three countries were in attendance, the visiting nations being Malaysia and Czech Republic. The Czech Masters won their category, but in the Open Men the usually dominant Czechs didn’t have it their own way, being beaten to 4th place by local Indonesian teams, and closely followed by relatively recent new-comers, Malaysia who are training up Judges and making a big effort to join the international raft racing world.

Results: MMU19MOMOWU23MU23W

2019 World Cup Series winners

In the Open Women category it is the Open Women Indonesia team that have won the series with a total of 992 points, having won H2H, Slalom and Downriver, and a 3rd in Sprint at the Silolek World Cup event.

Second was Czech 1 with a total of 964 points made up from winning the H2H and Downriver, and a 2nd in Slalom and Sprint at the Pre-Worlds WC event.

Third in the series was Russia 1 who won the Sprint and Slalom at the Pre-Worlds and took 2nd there in the H2H and Downriver, with 956 points.

In the Open Men it was a tie on 972 points between the World Champions, Team Brotas/Alaya of Brazil, and DKI Jakarta of Indonesia. Brazil achieved that with wins in Sprint, Slalom and Downriver and a 3rd in H2H, and Team DKI Jakarta achieved it with wins in Sprint, H2H and Downriver and a 2nd in Slalom.

Third in the Series in the Open Men category was Team RGS with 917 points, gaining that with a win in the Slalom, 2nd in H2H and 3rds in Sprint and Downriver.

Overall Results of the 2019 World Cup Series: Open Women; Open Men

Congratulations to all the teams that took part! Enjoy your end of year and hope see you all at the 2020 World Cup Series!

#AreYouReady #RaftersAreAwesome #rafting #StrongerTogether #internationalrafting #RiverFamily #WeAreIRF

 

Colombia’s Farc ex-combatants and police paddling together

Police and ex-combatants practice rafting together in San Vicente del Caguán. UN mission in Colombia. Credit: www.elespectador.com

Colombia’s Rafting For Peace raft team made a big impression on all who attended the 2019 World Rafting Champs in Australia earlier this year (see Rifles for paddles).

They were touched by their amazing story and admired the strength these paddlers showed in not only taking on learning to raft, but to also step away from their previous lives and make a difference for their future and by so doing, inspiring so many others.

Recently this team and their village of Miravalle in San Vicente del Caguán hosted the Colombian National Rafting Championship on the Pato River. This area was previously a strategic rearguard of the Farc. This event was also a selection for the IRF’s 2020 World Rafting Championships which are to be held in China in August. The top teams in each category will be invited to compete at that event.

Planting trees to offset carbon – Sports for Climate Action. Picture credit: www.elespectador.com

At this championship there were police and ex-combatants, who were former enemies, paddling in a team together and competing.

“I can’t explain how symbolic it is to have ex-combatants and the Public Force paddling together, and with the community organizing an event like this.” said Mauricio Artiñano, member of the Verification Mission of the United Nations Organization.

Former combatant, Hermides Linares, was in a team with two policemen and four more composed another team in the men’s open category. However, the teams from San Gil where this sport is strongest, dominated. There were a total of 11 Open Men’s teams. In the Open Women Lorena Leiva, also a former combatant, lead the only women’s team. There were 3 Under 19 Men’s teams and two Master Men’s teams – a total of 17 teams!

The coffee served at the event was produced by ex-militants of the Farc, as were the medals, which were made out of reused wood by a collective called Artisans for Peace.

As part of their reinstatement process, these ex-combatants started Caguán Expeditions which is a tour operator in San Vicente del Caguán, in Caquetá. Their aim is to promote tourism through rafting.

To see more about these amazing peace ambassadors and the results from the event:

www.facebook.com/RemandoporlaPaz/

To read more about this in Spanish: www.elespectador.com/colombia2020/pais/

Zambezi White Water Festival – a bucket list item!

There are a LOT of reasons why this event should be on your bucket list!

Just look at the prizes – a bungi jump off the bridge for first place, a helicopter ride over the falls for second place, a bush drive for third place and a breakfast amongst the elephants for the best flip in Oblivion! And what do you have to do to earn those? Go rafting on the Zambezi!

There are 4 Events with the first 3 earning points for the Overall win, and the 4th having a separate prize.

Event 1 – ZAMBEZI TEST OF THE BEST

Timed race from the Boiling Pot below Victoria Falls to the eddy below rapid #4 “Morning Glory”. Rafts set off at one minute intervals, times are converted into points. Race water distance: 2300m.

Event 2 – ZAMBEZI LE’ MANS SPRINT

Mass start from the pool below Rapid # 5 to the pool above rapid #7. One team member to touch attainment point on river bank at finish. There is a strong element of moving on the rocks here to reach attainment point. Team finishing positions and times accrue points. Race water distance: 700m

Event 3 – ZAMBEZI SLALOM

One raft at a time down the course with attainment areas, start at Rapid #12 pool. Finish-jailhouse eddy Rapid #13. A timed race with time penalties for missing attainment targets, team positions and times accrue points. Race water distance: 900m with attainments excluded

The Overall winners were Team “Gravity” who defended their title in fine form jumped off the bridge. It was Team “Belgian Chips” who took second and enjoyed that helicopter flip!

Event 4 – ZAMBEZI SURF & TURF

Best surf in the iconic rapid #18. To be judged in the Waterfront Bar by the festival goers. Not scored in the overall event. And the winners were “Refugees of Trump”- take a look at their winning flip ….

 

Uniting nations and sports under a common goal for climate change

Presenting to an audience of over 200 from over 20 nations at the inaugural IRF World White Water Rafting Summit, Ian Ponce, Programme Officer of the UNFCCC Programme Secretariat, shared the five key principles of the UNFCC programme and introduced the Sports for Climate Change initiative.

Ian gave an overview of progress to date and highlighted that the IRF will take a lead as one of the two co-chairs of the working group for Principle 5: Advocate for climate action through communication.

The International Rafting Federation (IRF) is one of the initial leading sports federations to be signatories to this United Nations initiative. Fellow international federations (IFs) committed to this Climate Change initiative are the International Olympic Committee, Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF), World Sailing, International Ski Federation (FIS), International Federation of Association Football (FIFA), 2020 Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), and World Surf League (WSL), amongst dozens of others.

The presentation followed on from IRF representative Sean Clarke’s attendance at the first working meeting of the UNFCC Sports for Climate Change in Lausanne, Switzerland in September, hosted by the International Olympic Committee at the Olympic Museum. The meeting was well attended by leading IFs where the ground work was set on defining the remit of each of the working groups to take on each of the Five Principles.

The IRF is committed to green and clean events and has led in the past with the first ever certified carbon neutral sports world championship with their 2011 World Rafting Championship in Costa Rica. The IRF are taking bold steps and working with event organisers to ensure that all their future World and Continental level championships abide by the ethos of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and ask that all event organisers commit to being carbon neutral through actions rather than paid carbon credits.

Changes are proposed to the IRF Race Rules for 2020 to introduce mandatory sustainability obligations on participants in addition to host organisers. The IRF are committed to saving our planet. Rafters can be the forefront for climate action. They see the devastating impacts of climate change every time they get on a river. It’s time to come together with all other sports and share experiences and take positive actions to limit or reverse the impact that humanity has on our planet.

#OneWorldOneRiverOneFamily

#AreYouReady #RaftersAreAwesome #ClimateAction #Sports #Sport4Climate #ClimateChange #ClimateAmbition #Sustainability

 

 

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