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China puts out the red carpet for the IRF’s 2020 World Rafting Championship

We are excited to be heading to the city of Ziyuan, Guang Xi Province, China where we will be holding our 19th World Rafting Championship on the Wu Pai River! This location was used for the 2017 and 2018 World Cup Series and will see another World Cup event later this year. Enjoyed by all, it was a popular choice as a great location for a World Rafting Championship and so we are delighted to present it as the location for WRC 2020.

The National Sports Administration of China, through their Water Sports Management Centre and the Guang Xi Provincial Sports Bureau, are pulling out all the stops to ensure as many teams as possible can attend this great event.

No Entry Fee!
Yes, you heard right! There is no Entry Fee! To ensure a fair registration process each team will have to pay a “commitment” fee of $100 USD which will be refunded when they arrive to compete!

Accommodation and local transfers are free!
Yes! The organisers are covering all your local costs as well! This includes transfers to/from Guilin International Airport (within a week of the competition), all transfers to/from the river, three meals a day and vibrant and engaging opening and closing ceremonies.

What DO you have to pay for?
You must pay for your own flights and visas. To help with that we have secured discounts to both Pre-Worlds and the 2020 WRC (up to 25% off on certain routes) with the oneworld Airlines Alliance.

Prize money!!
You also have the opportunity to win prize money! There will be 350,000 RMB on offer, which is equivalent to about $50,000 USD at today’s rate.

To sum up the key elements: 

  • Location : Ziyuan, Guilin, Guangxi Province, China (closest international airport Guilin – 60 minutes by coach to Ziyuan)
  • River : Wu Pai River
  • Grades : G2/3; DR has one G3+/4 short gorge section with plenty of safety cover
  • Dates : End July, start of August 2020 (exact dates to be confirmed)
  • Entry fee : None!!! However – each team will have to pay a “commitment” fee of $100, which will be refunded when they arrive to compete
  • What is included for teams : all local transport, accommodation and meals for all teams!
  • Not included : Teams pay for own flights AND visas
  • Prize money: 350,000 RMB, which is equivalent to about $50,000 USD at today’s rate.
  • Pre-Worlds/ World Cup in 2019: 28 July to 03 Aug 2019
  • oneworld Airlines Alliance: discounts secured to both Pre-Worlds and the 2020 WRC (up to 25% off on certain routes)

Full event details will be launched at the IRF World Rafting Championship in Tully, Australia this May.

In the meantime, check out the promo video here.

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oneworld® pleased to be appointed as Official Airline Alliance IRF WRC 2019

oneworld® is pleased to be appointed as the Official Airline Alliance for the IRF World Rafting Championship 2019

Registered athletes can now access discounted flights for travel to this year’s IRF World Rafting Championship in Tully, Australia.


Attendee benefits:

  • Discounts on flights for attendees and one travel companion
  • Travel up to seven days before and seven days after the event
  • Flights available from all oneworld member airlines and affiliates
  • Enjoy a user-friendly booking tool showing the most convenient flight options
  • 24-hour support via email or phone
  • Earn rewards and tier status points on eligible oneworld flights
  • Frequent flyer privileges including access to some 650 premium airport lounges worldwide, fast track at security lanes in selected airports and extra baggage allowance*
  • Seamless connections and quality service on oneworld member airlines


Take advantage today
Click on the button below or visit www.oneworld.com/events, select ‘Attendee’ and enter event code OW36A19 to access our online booking tool.




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*Privileges depend on your oneworld tier status level. For more information visit www.oneworld.com/benefits

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European Rafting Champs 2019 – all the details for planning your trip!

It is not only the great Vrbas River and location that makes teams want to go back here, it is also the awesome hosts, Rafting Club “Kanyon”, with their superb club house/bar/restaurant right on the river and their friendly, welcoming style. A great place to gather and catch up with all the other paddlers from around Europe.

Key details:

  • Dates:              01-07 July, 2019
  • Location:        Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Organizer:      Rafting Club “Kanjon” Banja Luka
  • Categories:     R6 (M/F) – Youth, Juniors, Open and Master
  • Competition:  R6 (M/F): Downriver, Sprint, H2H, Slalom
  • River:                Vrbas, Banja Luka, class 3
  • Rafts:                RobFin 425

River: The Vrbas River is a fast mountain river, with several white water sections and pool drops. The length that is used for rafting is 31 km (from dam to downtown). The Vrbas crosses two canyons: Tijesno Canyon (5km) and Podmilacje Canyon (8km). The level of the water depends on the dams, but the usual limits are 25 to 100 cubic meters, and in spring it is around 300 cubic meters. Grade is 2-3. In July water temperature is 16oC, air temperature is over 25oC.

Rafts and equipment: The official raft will be the RobFin 425 (length 425, width 205, tubes 52, thwarts 2 pcs, material PVC, color sky blue) provided by the organiser. Teams are responsible for their own PFD, paddles, paddling clothing, throw bags and any additional paddling accessories they might require. We recommend a 3mm neoprene wet-suit for competitors.

Transport: This is up to you to organise. Most teams arrive in their own vehicles, the rest tend to hire while there. See detailed information sheet for hiring contact.

Accommodation: The Organiser will provide camping places free of charge for all competitors in the Krupa on Vrbas, with hot water, showers and toilets. You need to bring your own tents and other camping equipment. If teams want other types of accommodation with lowest prices in the city then see the detailed information sheet for details.

Meals: The Organiser will provide one meal free of charge for all competitors during the competition. The meal will be combined domestic and international food (and can cater for special dietary requirements).


  • Last date for registration is May, 15th 2019.
  • Registration Form – when completed send to Organiser AND to IRF Admin
  • Entry fee: €600 (EUR) per team,  (€100 per person)


  • Rafting centre “Kanjon” is located about 11 km from the city of Banja Luka. You need to drive through main road M-16 to Jajce, and after 11 km, you will see big rafting centre on the left side, with restaurant, rafts, etc…
  • Camp “Krupa na Vrbasu” is located about 15 km from the rafting centre “Kanjon” or 26 km from the city of Banja Luka, on the same main road M-16 to Jajce.

Rafting, tubing, kayaking and river conservation all in three days

At a loss with what to do with yourself in early July? Why not head to the tropical heat of Malaysia for some raft racing with a spice of tubing and kayaking thrown in. All with an aim to raise awareness of plans to dam the river (not something we condone!). This festival is set to welcome paddlers from near and far and raise community awareness of the proposed dam that will have huge adverse effects on thousands of people.

Join in all the action and sign up for updates on the dedicated website:



Judges course at WRC 2019

A Judges course will be run during the 2019 World Rafting Championship in Australia. Anyone keen to do the course should email IRF Admin

The details are:

Dates: 14 – 20 May 2019 (during WRC)

Place: Event Headquarters, Tully, Australia

Cost: $US30 to be paid to Instructor on the first day of the course. This is a once off payment.

Schedule and what is expected of you:

  • 14th May, 9am to 12am – attend Judges Orientation Workshop with all Judges and Jury
    • 2pm to 5pm – attend Judges course run by Judge Instructors
  • 15th May, 9am to 5pm – attend Judges course run by Judge Instructors
  • 16th – 19th May, all day: work with Official Judges at the event as an Assistant Judge Trainee
  • 20th May: write Judges exam. If you pass the exam and the assessment you will be certified as a General Judge.

What you need to provide: A copy of the IRF Race Rules as it is on the IRF website plus the two addendums. Own pens and paper. All accommodation, meals and transport are also for your own cost.

Register: Please let IRF Admin know if you will be attending so we can be sure to include you in any updates and details and have sufficient space for you.

Athlete’s Committee – time to propose candidates!

The Athlete’s Committee is elected each year to represent the views of the Athlete’s within the IRF. The election will be done during the WRC in May in Tully, Australia. The committee is made up of 7 people from around the world.

We are therefore looking for candidates to stand on this committee. They will be on the committee until the following WRC in 2020.

Candidates must have competed in their IRF Race Rule compliant National Selections and the IRF WRC in either 2018 and/or 2019. And must be prepared to work with the rest of the committee on a regular basis, and to represent the Athlete’s in their region by finding out their opinions on issues.

If you are an IRF Athlete yourself (i.e. have competed in your IRF Race Rule compliant National Selections or IRF WRC in 2018 or 2019) and have a candidate in mind then send in their first name, surname, and country to IRF Admin by the 18 March.

Candidates will then be approached to see if they wish to stand and accept the responsibility. Each candidate will then need to provide a photo and a short CV. The full candidate list will be sent out about 3 weeks before the WRC itself. Elections will then be done during the WRC.

#AreYouReady to race on the legendary Futaleufú River?

Futaleufú Mayor signs the IRF World  Rafting Cup partnership agreement as the Regional Tourism Secretary looks on

It gives us great pleasure to officially announce that in March 2020 the IRF will once again pack our bags and travel to the legendary whitewater of Chile’s Futaleufú river to host an historic 20th anniversary rafting event –  the 2020 IRF Invitational World Rafting Cup!

In 2000, the IRF organised the historic Camel White Water Challenge on the Futaleufú river in Patagonia Chile – a race that stands out in the minds of all who attended as one of the greatest race events in the history of rafting sport.  Since that time, rafting athletes from all corners of the globe have placed the Futaleufú near the top of their ‘wish list’ for where they would most like the IRF to organise our next world-class rafting event.

In 2017, the IRF Administration began discussing plans with the Municipality of Futaleufú for a repeat visit.  We are now very excited to announce that the IRF President recently met on the riverbanks of the Futaleufú with all relevant bodies to sign an historic partnership agreement.  The agreement boasts the signatures of the Futaleufú Municipality, the Los Lagos Regional Government, the Chilean Ministry of Sport, the Chilean Ministry of Tourism, and the Chilean Ministry of Economy, among others; all pledged to make the Futaleufú dream a reality.

Continue reading #AreYouReady to race on the legendary Futaleufú River?

We are river family – meet Team Costa Rica Masters Women

If you thought getting your team together was tough for training, try getting everyone together when it’s not just one side of the country to the other but from three countries! This week we meet the team from Costa Rica looking to bring home medals at this year’s IRF World Rafting Championship in Tully, Australia. Those in Costa Rica have been getting together and training with a coach and competing in the national eliminations for R4. Others have been doing individual training to get ready physically… if not able to get on the water then on bended knee next to the bathtub paddling!! The plan is to meet in April in Costa Rica and train together on the river.

What projects have the team been working on?
Las Machacas is an organisation created by Carol Vargas and promoted by all team members and dedicated to teach and promote rafting among women of any age in Costa Rica. Our goal is to empower women to take risk and work together as a team. Machacas has been around for 20 years
being the first women’s ambassadors throughout the world representing Costa Rica.
As happens everywhere in the world, the building of hydroelectric dams on the rivers, we are working on raising awareness in Turrialba, Costa Rica regarding the latest proposed project of two privately owned hydroelectric dams on the Bonilla River by the company H. Solis, the brother of a former president of Costa Rica. The area is part of a national park system and no permits have been issued by the local municipality of Turrialba. We are hoping to raise enough awareness to stop it as we did with stopping the new dam proposal on the Pacuare a few years ago. Continue reading We are river family – meet Team Costa Rica Masters Women

Are you visa ready for Australia?

Travelling to Australia to compete in the IRF World Rafting Championship this May? Have you checked your visa requirements yet? Most European countries and Commonwealth countries don’t need a letter from the organiser and can apply for a simple tourist visa before travelling.

For those needing a visa letter, the event organisers can assist in providing this letter (only after they have received your registration form).

Specific Australian visa details for teams attending IRF WRC 2019

General Australian visa details for sports teams

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Save the Zambezi – your help needed NOW!

Your action is needed NOW!

Follow the cause, share and promote the campaign – we need to protect one of the planet’s most beautiful yet endangered rivers.

Plans are afoot to recommence the building of a dam in the Batoka Gorge of the Zambezi River. If completed, this will wipe out the major white water section from the base of Victoria Falls, ultimately destroying the livelihoods of those who live and work on the river, the villages that rely on tourism and the local plants and wildlife that will be decimated through the construction and ultimate damming.

The International Rafting Federation is taking the lead on this campaign with full support and backing from International Rivers, Save The Zambezi and local companies.

At this stage we need you to sign up as an interested party for the consultation and also to contribute any funds you can to assist us in the administration of this campaign.


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