After a White Water Slalom career spanning 20 years, Rado switched to rafting. His first contact with rafting was in 1997 for two years. Then he rejoined into in 2004 until now. At first he started with his team on several European and World Championships but then moved onto coaching two of the most successful women’s rafting teams – at first Geronimo from 1999 until 2002 and Mistral from 2009 until they career end.
What motivates you to keep rafting?
I think that rafting is a good sport for people who like to be on the water with some good friends. If you have a good team you can enjoy so much fun and this is the most important thing. All other is bonus – traveling a lot to the interesting destinations, get medals from big competitions and more.
Current manager at the Lee Valley White Water Centre, team captain for the GB Open Men’s team, avid freestyle kayaker (when he gets the chance) and recent convert to the world of Triathlons, this week we meet Pas Blackwell. Pas started getting heavily into freestyle kayaking after university so moved to Nottingham to be able to train more regularly. After working a few different jobs and struggling to find time to get to the river he decided to simply work on the river and loved it.
What motivates you to keep paddling/rafting?
A face familiar to all on the raft race circuit, this week we meet Lucas hailing from Brotas, Brazil – winner of many IRF World Rafting Championship medals. Lucas started rafting in 1999 at Empresa Vaca Nautica, in the city of Brotas-SP, through an invitation from a friend to do guide training. After three months of training, he was approved and started work as a raft guide. After six months working as a guide, he started to train for rafting competitions.
With great sadness we share with you the passing of Frankie Kowaas, but share with you the unstoppable passion and adventures he has inspired in so many. Frankie was the founder of Manado Adventure & Waraney Rafting. It was down to Frankie’s determination and hard work that he established the 1st branch of the Indonesian Rafting Federation (FAJI) in North Sulawesi, Indonesia (Pengprov FAJI Sulawesi Utara) and the 1st Rafting Operator in North Sulawesi (Waraney Rafting).
It was under Frankie’s direction that Indonesia competed for the first time at the 2001 IRF World Rafting Championship in West Virginia, USA.
Not resting with rafting alone, Frankie also established a mountain trekking company to climb one of the Seven Summits, Carstenz Pyramide (Papua, Indonesia). Again setting his sights high, he become the 1st BASE jumper in Indonesia and shared his love of heights through his paragliding activities.
Frankie will be greatly missed by his family, friends and customers. In his name we ask you to live life to the best you can be and share your passions with all who you encounter.
Frankie will always be one of our River Family.
Fate determined Bhupi’s white water career – he was fortunate enough to grow up in the small village ‘Sirasu’ based on the side of India’s holiest river, the mighty Ganges in Northern India. The time was right and since he’s rafted across the globe. This week we meet the globe trotter that is Bhupendra (Bhupi) Singh.
When he was a kid, rafting and kayaking in India was picking up. When someone told him that these raft guides and kayakers actually got paid to play on the river, he was sold. Later he realised that there was a much bigger world out there than he could have ever imagined.
Starting his paddling career in competitive rowing, Gunther Atem has since become a face synonymous with South American rafting – if you’ve been to an IRF World Rafting Championship in the last few years, you’ve definitely met him. You will certainly meet him in November this year as he has been key in the IRF 2018 World Rafting Championship being held in Aluminé, Argentina. Gunther started rafting in 2009 after eight years of competitive rowing. Rowing was a very exciting sport, but he really did not get the adrenaline rush. A friend invited him to go rafting and from the first day he felt the connection with the water in movement. It was really spectacular.
One of the newer formed race teams on the international circuit, Las Correntinas of Chile are a lively, funny group of friends who came together to race and have sparked inspiration in the rafting and paddling communities. This week we meet Las Correntinas, winners of the IRF Rafting Spirit Award in the recent IRF Ziyuan Rafting Festival. Their never ending enthusiasm and group camaraderie have earned them friends across the world.
How did you get started in rafting?
The city of Yushu has just played host to the 2018 IRF Yushu World Rafting Plateau Championship which saw 23 teams from 17 countries from four continents gather together to race with friends old and new in stunning and breathtaking race environments.
At 3,600 metres above sea level, the city of Yushu is well above the altitude of home towns for most competitors. Altitude sickness (hypoxia) can pose problems as your body adjusts. It can take two to three days especially for those who are more used to living at less than 100 metres above sea level. Thankfully the city and event organisers are well prepared for this and recommend a few days prior to the competition to acclimatise. This involves rest, eating, sleeping and if needed medication and oxygen “pillows”.
By Fieke Reijntjes
Putting the equipment sponsorship to the side, the question most people would like to know the answer to is: How do we raise money? There isn’t a straight forward answer and that’s probably because raising money isn’t easy and it will cost time and effort. Finding financial support can contribute massively to more enjoyment by taking pressure away and feeling valued whilst training for and competing in our beautiful sport.
There are a few really successful ways of raising money for rafting showcased by different teams. This article might give you a few ideas’ to start your own projects or find a sponsor. The below is tested by teams from the Netherlands, Belgium, Great Britain and Brazil. Continue reading Sponsorship, how do we get it?
Eight teams were crowned as the European Champions in Slovakia recently. Let’s take a look at the champions and the medal winners.
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