Race Results

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

Whitewater, distance and heat put Downriver competitors to the test

Vrbas has once again put competitors through their paces in the gruelling 14 kilometre downriver race at this year’s IRF European Rafting Championship. With a sailing start at Kamp Krupa, teams raced their way down the idyllic Bosnian and Herzegovina countryside pitting their tactics, strength and stamina to the test against fellow competitors.

The open men started racing at 09:00 and 53 minutes later the two Czech teams crossed the finish line followed closely by the Croatian men. Next up the youth men followed closely by the junior women crossing the line with the roars from Team Slovenia drowning out all other cheers!

Next up were the masters division – as the sun stepped up its intensity making racing ever more gruelling and exhausting. Czech masters men one and two took prime positions followed closely by Russia and Great Britain 2.

Junior men and open women sealed the competition with their endurance powering them over the line with Slovenia just beating Czech Republic in the junior men – a gruelling defeat for Team Czech who are here in force with nine teams and their support teams!

The final downriver tallies in each category were:

Youth (U19) Men:
🥇- 🇸🇮 Slovenia 1
🥈- 🇨🇿 Czech Republic
🥉- 🇸🇮 Slovenia 2

Junior (U23) Women:
🥇- 🇷🇸 Serbia
🥈- 🇷🇺 Russia

Junior (U23) Men:
🥇- 🇸🇮 Slovenia
🥈- 🇨🇿 Czech Republic 2
🥉- 🇨🇿 Czech Republic 1

Masters Men:
🥇- 🇨🇿 Czech Republic 2
🥈- 🇨🇿 Czech Republic 1
🥉- 🇷🇺 Russia

Open Women:
🥇- 🇷🇺 Russia 1
🥈- 🇨🇿 Czech Republic 2
🥉- 🇨🇿 Czech Republic 1

Open Men:
🥇- 🇨🇿 Czech Republic 2
🥈- 🇨🇿 Czech Republic 1
🥉- 🇭🇷 Croatia

 

Downriver results:
Junior, Youth, Masters, Open

This now concludes the IRF European Rafting Championship 2019 on the Vrbas River, Bosnia & Herzegovina. A huge thank you to Aleks & Gile for being excellent hosts once again. Thanks to all volunteers assisting in logistics, safety and supporting teams. Big thanks to Dejan, Georgie, Rosie, Zane and Scout for being on water safety! Huge thanks to all our loyal and fair judges. Thanks to all the sponsors including G-Shock!

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Challenging Slalom draws the crowds

The Vrbas canyon drew crowds in their hundreds for challenging Slalom in yesterday’s IRF European Rafting Championship.  Through rigorous national selections, only the best of the best were racing this challenging course. Thus the tradition of raft racing on white water continued with IRF course designers using every feature to ensure the 14 gates did not disappoint for racers and spectators. The most challenging gates proved to be gates 2, 3 and 4 and then 9 through 13 with few teams clearing 11, 12 and 13 without at least one 5 second penalty.

The course proved a worthy opponent to teams from all age categories with Junior and Youth teams having times close to Open categories – these teams will surely be challengers for Open teams in the coming years.

Gate 9 was an upstream right in a narrow eddy that tested teams to spin into the eddy and keep away from the Vrbas gorge wall to ensure they reached the top of the eddy to be able to ferry out over to downstream gate 10 – the wave in the ferry proved a challenge to several teams as it kicked up the back of the raft meaning only teams with a strong ability to track the raft were able to clear gate 10. Downstream gate 11 meant that teams needed to move from river left to river right before the river bent around to the left for gate 12 into the boily eddy behind Mammoth Rock for upstream gate 13. This highly technical move was only completed clean by five teams across all age categories.

The deafening roar from Team Slovenia saw worthy medals for their Junior and Youth teams taking home two gold and one silver. In open categories it was Czech and Russia dominating the medal tables.

The final medal tallies in each category were:

Youth (U19) Men:
🥇- 🇸🇮 Slovenia 1
🥈- 🇸🇮 Slovenia 2
🥉- 🇷🇺 Russia

Junior (U23) Women:
🥇- 🇷🇺 Russia
🥈- 🇷🇸 Serbia

Junior (U23) Men:
🥇- 🇸🇮 Slovenia
🥈- 🇨🇿 Czech Republic 2
🥉- 🇨🇿 Czech Republic 1

Masters Men:
🥇- 🇨🇿 Czech Republic 2
🥈- 🇨🇿 Czech Republic 1
🥉- 🇷🇺 Russia

Open Women:
🥇- 🇨🇿 Czech Republic 1
🥈- 🇷🇺 Russia 1
🥉- 🇨🇿 Czech Republic 2

Open Men:
🥇- 🇷🇺 Russia
🥈- 🇨🇿 Czech Republic 1
🥉- 🇨🇿 Czech Republic 2

 

Slalom results:
Junior, Youth, Masters, Open

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Opening Ceremony of the IRF’s European Rafting Championships

Rafting Center “Kanyon” in Karanovac opened the IRF European Rafting Championship “Banjaluka-Vrbas 2019” last night, where about 250 rafters from 11 European countries will participate over the next four days. 

The championship was opened by the Deputy Mayor of Banja Luka, Srđan Amidžić, who said that water sports are gaining importance and that rafting is seen as an exceptional opportunity for the promotion of the tourist potential of the city.

“Athletes from all over the world come to us. Vrbas is our great sporting and tourist potential. As far as I know, for all these years, no rafter from Banja Luka went unhappy. Everyone is thrilled with the river, which is most important, but we are extremely pleased when we hear they are also very satisfied with our hospitality, our food and our people, “said Amidžić. Continue reading Opening Ceremony of the IRF’s European Rafting Championships

Warm weather and welcomes in Banja Luka for the IRF Euro Champs

Bosnia and Herzegovina has turned up the heat and the welcomes for the IRF’s 13th Euro Rafting Championship which starts in a few short days at the ever popular site on the Vrbas River just outside Banja Luka. Rafting Centar “Kanyon” have previously hosted the World Rafting Championship in 2009, Euro Rafting Championships in 2009 and again in 2015 at this picturesque spot between the steep walls of the Vrbas canyon.

All teams have now registered and are out training on Wednesday and Thursday.

The racing schedule is as follows:

  • Friday 5th = Sprint from 9:00 to 10:00. H2H from 10:00 to 15:00
  • Saturday 6th = Slalom from 11:00 to 15:00
  • Sunday 7th = Downriver U19, U23 and Masters from 9:00 – 10:00. Open from 11:00 to 12:00

Details of the event can be found here and you can follow the event on the IRF’s social media sites

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Short stories from WRC 2019

The 2019 World Rafting Champs on the Tully River in Australia finished more than a month ago. Looking back at the event there are some lovely stories that have come to light.

Teams often say the best thing about rafting is the camaraderie between the teams despite competing against each other. The U23 Women’s Downriver race was a very close race, right to the finish line. New Zealand were out front a mere boat length ahead of Australia, who were half a boat length ahead of Indonesia! As they crossed the line, exhausted but elated, the New Zealand team celebrated. Then turning back they saw things were not right with the Australian so they quickly paddled over and discovered that one of their paddlers was suffering an asthma attack. Suzy, recently qualified as a nurse, quickly jumped into their raft and started helping her, while a men’s team on the shore assisted by pulling the raft into the shore. Continue reading Short stories from WRC 2019

Judges needed for ERC 2019, and Judge course to be run as well

If you are an IRF certified Judge and are keen to Judge at our 2019 European Rafting Championship in Bosnia then please send your details through to IRF Admin.

If you are keen to become an IRF certified Judge then a Judges course will be run during the event as well. Anyone keen to do the course should email IRF Admin

The details are:

Dates: 2 – 7 July 2019 (during ERC)

Place: Rafting Club “Kanjon” Banja Luka

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: Continue reading Judges needed for ERC 2019, and Judge course to be run as well

Thanks to the Cassowary Coast residents and volunteers

We came to Tame the Tully and we’ve left knowing we now Treasure the Tully.
With deepest heartfelt thanks we’d like to acknowledge all the Tully and fellow Cassowary Coast residents and volunteers whom without, our 18th World Rafting Championship could not have been such a success.

We thought we’d share with you some of the stories teams have been sharing with us about their experiences and adventures in and around Tully.

Airing dirty laundry
Most teams had a team “sponsor” which was a local Tully shop or family who made it their mission to make teams feel as welcome as possible to Tully – there was an amazing team of Tully residents who went well beyond and would take team’s laundry and bring it back clean, fresh and dry (which was a welcome relief after the skies decided that Tully didn’t have enough water!)

Expert level bakers!
A couple of teams were fortunate enough to be the lucky recipients of Continue reading Thanks to the Cassowary Coast residents and volunteers

Closing date for 2020 Pre-Worlds is this Sunday! #AreYouReady

Registration for the IRF 2020 Pre-Worlds Rafting Championship closes this coming Sunday (02nd June). Do not miss out on this world class opportunity to practice on the very river you will be racing on in the IRF World Rafting Championship next year!

Join teams from these countries already registered:

Open Men: Brazil, Chile, Czech Republic, Japan, New Zealand

Open Women: Australia, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Denmark, Great Britain, Hungary, Norway, Russia

Remember all you have to pay for is  flights, visas and incidentals – the organiser is covering all accommodation, airport transfers, river transfers and three meals a day.

Full details and application form here

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#Ziyuan #China

Aussie U19 boys are World Champions

Today was a test of endurance for the teams competing on the last day of competition of the 2019 IRF World Rafting Championship, powered by Experience Co.

Downriver combines water reading skills and endurance and the Under 19 Australian Men’s team proved they had plenty of both coming over the finish line well ahead of the second team, which was Indonesia, followed by Costa Rica. This clinched the Overall title of World Champions for this young team, showing great promise for the future of rafting in Australia. Indonesia’s second in the Downriver secured them the Silver Medal Overall, with Czech taking the Bronze.

The Under 23 women had a very exciting and close finish, with New Zealand ahead and hot on their heels were Australia who were being hounded by Indonesia. It was a flat out race for the finish line with the home team being urged on by the excited crowd which turned out, despite the rain and slippery rocks. Indonesia had done enough though to seal the Gold medal for Overall, becoming the U23 World Champions. Second was New Zealand and third Australia, who are actually an Under 19 so deserve extra praise for their incredible performance. This continues to confirm the great future Australia has in rafting.

Czech were fairly dominant in the Under 23 Men’s category, winning Sprint, H2H and Downriver which gave them the Gold Medal and title of World Champions. Although Japan took second in the Downriver and New Zealand third, the latters better placements in the other disciplines ensured they took Silver Overall and Japan took Bronze.

Japan’s very strong Masters Men’s team were declined a full scoop of Gold medals by the Czech team who won the Downriver. Japan were crowned new World Champions and Czech walks away with the Silver Overall medal. Australia’s Master Men performed very well in the Downriver much to the crowds delight, and secured the Bronze Overall. In the Masters Women it was Australia that took a clean sweep of all disciplines over Costa Rica, making them the World Champions.

The new Open Women’s Champions are a very familiar team – New Zealand. They’ve taken this spot a number of times before and are one of the most medalled teams in the history of the IRF. Japan’s second in the Downriver ensured they took Silver Overall, with the defending champions, Czech, taking third.

Brazil Open Men reclaimed the World Championship title from the Czechs, a title they have already held seven times before! They did this with a very thin margin of only 7 points ahead of second placed Russia, Brazil having 909 points and Russia 902. Third place Overall was New Zealand who did this by winning the Downriver, ahead of Russia and then Brazil.

And so we congratulate all the new World Champions – Australia U19 Men, Czech U23 Men, Indonesia U23 Women, Japan Master Men, Australia Master Women, New Zealand Open Women and Brazil Open Men – and we look forward to the next clash of these amazing athletes in China 2021.

A challenging but awesome slalom day on the Tully River

Today teams showcased their strength, precision and determination on the Tully River as the third day of competition of the 2019 IRF World Rafting Championship, powered by Experience Co. kicked off.

The crowds were booming and the atmosphere was electric as the Open and Master teams hit the Tully River to compete in the slalom discipline. The winner is determined by the team who can navigate the course of slalom poles with the least amount of touches and misses combined with a fast time. Competitors and spectators filled the banks of the river to support and cheer on each team.

Gate 6 proved to be very challenging for some of the teams, some getting sucked backwards over the next drop and forced to miss out a few more gates. A few teams strategically chose to miss that one, resulting in points being added onto their score but reducing the risk factor. Another gate the proved tricky was Gate 11 which needed good water reading skills, precision and power to get into it. After that there were 3 gates in the big white water with drops.

Russia Open Men were the only team to get a clear run – twice! An incredible feat. However, it was the Brazilians that pipped them to the win with a blistering speed of 97.2 secs and only a 5 sec penalty. China took third showing that they are a future team to contend with.

It was Japan Master Men team who tamed the Tully River today by taking first place in their division but were only 0.30 seconds ahead of Czechia despite the latter’s first run getting zero penalties.  Russia took third. Australia took the win in the Master’s Women category.

New Zealand Open Women showed their strength and ability to weave in and around the slalom gates having two good runs with their second run of 145.67 including a 10 sec penalty giving them the win. Japan and Czechia also had good second runs which clinched them 2nd and 3rd respectively.

Romania put on the best entertainment with a surf just after gate 12 and a grand finale by flipping!

Tomorrow is the final discipline – Downriver. It’s worth 350 points towards the Overall (the same as Slalom). Brazil Open Men, New Zealand Open Women, Japan Master Men, Australia Master Women and Indonesia U23 Women are all looking very dominant in their categories and will have to have bad day on the river tomorrow to lose the championship, but never say never. The U19 Men and U23 Men still looks wide open.

Results: