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

Coronavirus COVID-19 Impacts to IRF Events (Update 3)

Contrary to rumours being released by IRF detractors, the IRF is still actively pursuing our WRC, ERC, ECs and WCs this year along with our GTE activities.  The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to wreak havoc on the worldwide international sporting calendar, and the IRF calendar is no exception.  Our immediate concern is for events coming up in the next 8 weeks as government and health authorities react in various ways to contain or mitigate the spread of the virus with protective measures.  The situation is changing daily. Nobody today can say what the developments are tomorrow, what they are in one month, and certainly not several months into the future. The IRF will not be making irresponsible decisions to change our competition calendar based on speculation.  We urge all competitors to stay in touch with their National Federation and to keep watch for updates to this post and to our published calendar.

  • Balkan White Water Safety Summit in Bosnia and Herzegovina – still proceeding according to plans.
  • WRC 2020 in Guilin, Ziyuan China – China (population 1.4 billion) is typically reporting less than 20 new COVID-19 cases a day (all from travelers from abroad). Chinese authorities are now more concerned about infected foreigners entering the country than community spread cases within China.  Ziyuan County, site of the IRF World Rafting Championship (WRC) event, has told us they have zero infections because the virus has never entered their county, making it one of the safest rafting event locations in the world.  We are considering different contingency scenarios, but the IRF WRC is unlike our other events and many other sport championships in that it is scheduled five months away. Local officials in Ziyuan report that they are moving forward at full speed to prepare for the competition as planned!
  • ERC 2020 in Czech Republic – is scheduled for June, when the peak number of COVID-19 cases in Europe are expected to be past.  We will be monitoring the situation carefully, in concert with event organisers and local health authorities.

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A New Member Joins the IRF Family – Ukrainian Rafting Federation

Recognising that we are stronger together, the Ukrainian Rafting Federation (URF), founded in 2009, are the most recent member to join the IRF rafting family. The URF joins the All Ukraine Rafting Federation (AURF) as our second provisional member federation from Ukraine.  The IRF will be working with the two rafting federations to help unify rafting in Ukraine as we continue to unify rafting worldwide. We wholeheartedly welcome URF to the IRF Family!

The URF now conducts National Championships each year in the categories of Juniors, Open and Masters and have been competing in international competitions for a number of years.  In preparation for meeting IRF membership requirements, the URF has added clauses to its organisation statutes, which among other additions, states that the URF recognises, “the International Rafting Federation (“IRF”) as the world governing body of rafting”.

Ukraine has a great range of rivers and rafting locations along with a fast developing tourism industry. Internationally recognised and respected IRF GTE Workshops have been run in Ukraine since 2016, increasing the standard of river safety for all.

However, the forefront and leading work URF are best known for is their pioneering work in para-rafting. They started developing para-rafting in 2017 and in 2018 and 2019 they organised an international Para-Rafting competition in Kiev, Ukraine.  Among the IRF’s core objectives enshrined in our Bylaws, is to promote rafting as a Paralympic sport.  For the past two years the IRF has been working closely with para-athletes and other international sport federations involved in para-sports, to create a well designed and carefully crafted management plan for whitewater para-rafting competitions.  Our objective is to roll out a safe para-rafting structure that incorporates a wide range of disabilities, conforms to International Paralympic Commitee (IPC) guidelines, and stays true to rafting’s origins and history as a thrilling sport conducted on whitewater.  We are delighted to include the URF among our body of experts working on this ambitious project, and welcome their experience and advice as these plans continue to develop.

Ukraine team racing at IRF Kashmir Cup, India in 2008

Oleksandr Bakanychev, President of the federation, tells us the development priorities of the URF are:

  • Strong preparation for the IRF World and European Championships;
  • The reform of rafting;
  • Providing a qualitative and clear system of sporting equipment purchase;
  • Building modern sporting infrastructures for conducting international competitions and involving rafting athletes;
  • Building new sporting facilities in the places that are suitable for conducting rafting competitions;
  • Creation and implementation of the competition system of school children’s and student’s leagues;
  • Realisation of the pilot project  “Money walks after a child” at children’s and youthful sporting school in Scole, Lviv region, Ukraine;
  • Digitisation of sporting sphere: creation of unified electronic registers of competitions, coaches, athletes and sporting facilities;
  • Development of tourist rafting in Ukraine;
  • Training for guides and instructors
  • Training for coaches and judges

We will report more soon about their recent project of developing rafting amongst children aged 10 to 15 years old.

We look forward to meeting all the Ukrainian teams at our upcoming European Champs, World Champs, as well as Euro Cups and World Cups.

Balkan White Water Safety Summit

The Rafting Federation of the Republic of Srpska (Rafting savez Republike Srpske) are proud to announce the first ever whitewater safety conference aimed specifically at the Balkan region. The Balkan White Water Safety Summit will be held in the City of Banja Luka from 18 to 22 May 2020, with a workshop being run on the Vrbas River at the start.
The aims of the conference are to:
  • Promote rafting standards in the Balkan region
  • Unify the rafting industry in the Balkan region
  • Improve the safety on rivers and what the benefits of safe rafting are
  • Cooperation between rafting companies on Balkan
  • Look at floods in the Balkan region and what the role of educated rafting guides in this can be
  • Promotion of the 2021 World Rafting Championship in BiH
Program:
  • 18 – 21 May 2020 – IRF Guide and Trip Leader Workshop on the Vrbas River.
  • 22 May 2020  – Conference in the City of Banja Luka (all day)
    • 10:00  Official opening and speakers (Ministries, IRF and Mayors)
    • 10:30 – 11:00 Presentation of BiH’s WRC 2021
    • 11:00 – 11:45 IRF standards and safety on river
    • 11:45 – 12:00 Open discussion
    • 12:00 – 12:30 Break
    • 12:30 – 13:00 ATTA and outdoor industry standards
    • 13:00 – 14:00 IRF standards and the rafting law in Balkan countries
    • 14:00 – 17:00 Different Workshops – more details soon
    • 17:30 Conclusion

Invitations will be extended to all those who are interested in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia, Macedonia, Albania, Bulgaria and Romania. Interested persons are very welcome from regions outside of these regions. Invitations will be extended to key persons in the Ministry of Sport RS and BiH, Ministry of Tourism RS and BiH and Mayors of the City Banja Luka and Foca, as well as companies and authorities from Neretva and Una Rivers, plus the touris boards of all these cities.

Keep an eye on the following website for updates: raftingsavezsrpske.com/balkanconference

Welcome Greece, the most recent country to join the IRF

In an historic announcement, the Hellenic Canoe-Kayak Federation (HCKF) is the most recent national federation to join the IRF. The HCKF identified the IRF as being the only legitimate and globally recognised rafting federation to truly and honestly represent all rafting interests around the world. With HCKF having been recognised by the Minister of Sport to develop the sport of rafting since 2004, the recent growing interest in rafting amongst their 56 clubs and the IRF’s recent approval as a GAISF Observer prompted them to join the IRF family of rafting nations.

The HCKF plan to run their first National races this year during their National Slalom event, as a demonstration of what rafting is about. They also plan to send teams to IRF events this year, in particular the World Rafting Champs in China in August.

Greece has been a long time participant in the IRF’s Guide Training & Education program and we look forward to growth in this area as well.

HCKF are also looking at contacting non-sporting organisations to grow the interest of rafting as a sport, as well as for fun, plus using the sport for team building and encouraging water safety. They are also working on coaching/ trainer’s educational courses.

Their vision is to create the appropriate conditions for international participation for their athletes, and to safe guard the high level of rafting events in Greece.

Greece has a number of beautiful rivers to go rafting on. One of the clearest rivers in Europe, Voidomatis lies amidst a scenery of breathtaking beauty and is ideal for beginners, as the 5 km route presents no particular difficulties.

If you’re looking for something more challenging then try the Arachthos which is one of the most popular spots for river rafting. Entering into the narrow gorge of Arachthos, you will come across breathtaking scenery with vertical steep slopes reaching 700m. In the middle of the route, you have the opportunity to make a stop and walk to the Glyfki waterfall.

We look forward to welcoming Greece to our international events in 2020.

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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

New GTE Committee appointed

With the IRF’s Guide Training and Education System growing so strongly at the moment a new committee has recently been appointed to help take the system to even higher standards.

This new committee is being led by Gaspar Goncz who is the Chair of the GTE Com and has been driving the system since May 2009 and is based in Hungary. New energy has recently come into the system from Mark Hirst who is an IRF Assessor, an advanced Rescue 3 training provider and First Aid Instructor. Mark has taken up the role as Secretary of the GTE and is uniquely positioned in that he travels far and wide therefore gaining knowledge of the rafting industry in all corners of the world which is necessary when working with a system like the IRF’s. He is based in Finland.

The other committee members are Joe Willie Jones who is also the IRF President and based in Chile, Pieter Bekkers who is on the IRF BOD and based in the Netherlands, Andrew Kellett based in South Africa, Gabriel Cote Vailquette based in Canada, Eneko Yarza based in the Basque region, Neil Newton Taylor based in Austria, Alex (Pongo) Baker based in Costa Rica, Nim Bahadur Magar based in Nepal, Tim Marshall based in New Zealand, and Graham (Fredi) Maifredi based in Australia. Behind the scenes we have Raewyn Larcombe who has been administrator to the system for many years (contact).

The new energy in the GTE System has taken it to new levels and we expect it to become even more dominant world wide and we hope to see it being accepted by even more governments as the official system for all river guides.

Global recognition of the International Rafting Federation

GAISF Membership Manager Davide Delfini and IRF President Joe Willis Jones after a successful meeting during the 2019 SportAccord Convention.

At the International Rafting Federation Congress in Miyoshi City, Japan in 2017, our national rafting federation members voted unanimously that the IRF should continue to pursue its dream of taking rafting to the Olympic Games.  In pursuit of this dream, the Congress also agreed that the IRF must finalise the work needed to apply for recognition by the Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) at the earliest possible date.

GAISF (formerly known as SportAccord) is the gateway organisation through which Olympic recognition is managed – no International Federation is recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) without first becoming a GAISF member.  Meeting GAISF membership requirements is a rigorous task, requiring that the IRF supply detailed, substantiated proof that we are the international governing body of rafting sport.  This proof can only be gained by many years of following GAISF policy guidelines prior to applying for membership.

At the time our application was submitted, there were 42 requirements that had to be met.  This included hosting multiple years of World Rafting Championships and having a record of several years of WADA certified anti-doping testing of our competitors, among the other many requirements.  GAISF does not put time limits on the review of membership applications – the review process can continue indefinitely based on multiple factors which are outside of our control.

Delays to our application occurred because GAISF had changes in their administration team due to the untimely death of GAISF President Patrick Baumann in October 2018.  Additionally, a new online membership application system with additional evidentiary requirements was launched.  These changes required us to restart and update our application. Following discussions at the 2019 annual SportAccord Conference between IRF President Jones, and GAISF, and with the IOC and the United Nations through current sport wide actions on climate change which the IRF have been involved in, GAISF have acknowledged our commitment to membership and have recognised that our interest in membership has been longstanding for many years.

GAISF have informed us they will review our application in October 2019.  We are expecting news of the application in the next few weeks. In the meantime, we continue with all our work in raft racing, guide training and education, sustainability, conservation, and building the river family across the globe.

As always, the International Rafting Federation is, was and always will be the only legitimate governing body for rafting sport around the world. We will rightly defend our claim as such. We make no false promises of Olympic fast tracking – sports for the 2020 and 2024 Games have been revealed and rafting is not amongst them. We hope for positive news on our GAISF application but in the meantime, we continue to take positive steps in the global recognition of rafting and ask you to join us in the journey ahead.

I am. You are. We are. IRF

#OneWorldOneRiverOneFamily #AreYouReady #RaftersAreAwesome #StrongerTogether #internationalrafting #RiverFamily #WeAreIRF

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.

#OneWorldOneRiverOneFamily #AreYouReady #RaftersAreAwesome #guide #raft #rafting #raftguide #whitewater #rapids #StrongerTogether #internationalrafting #RiverFamily #WeAreIRF

Delivering a powerful message: river guides and rafting operators are river guardians

Carlos Manuel Rodriguez, Minister of the Environment and Energy for Costa Rica

The message from several international speakers during the World White Water Rafting Summit 2019 was loud and clear: river guides and rafting companies should be the guardians of the world’s rivers. Not only does their livelihood depend on clean and healthy rivers, they spend a considerable amount of time on rivers and, with clients in their rafts, are perfectly positioned to spread positive conservation messages.

Carlos Manuel Rodriguez, Minister of the Environment and Energy for Costa Rica, delivered a powerful message to Summit participants on Oct. 9 that no more dams should be built in Costa Rica. Instead, he pointed to solar energy as the future power source for the country that currently generates 97% of its electricity from renewable sources (primarily hydroelectric dams).

The following day, Ian Ponce, representative of the UN Climate Change Commission, spoke at the Summit to ratify the participation of the IRF in the Framework of Climate Action for Sport. According to Ponce, sports organizations need to play an active part in achieving the objectives of the Paris Agreement, that is, climate neutrality by 2050.

Both Ponce and Rodriguez were at the Costa Rica Convention Center attending the PreCOP25 international meeting that precedes the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP25) in Chile in December.

The World White Water Rafting Summit did its part in helping preserve the environment and was awarded the Ecological Blue Flag of Costa Rica in the category of special events. The Summit achieved a perfect score of 100 for implementing all the requirements for a sustainable use of resources.

#OneWorldOneRiverOneFamily #AreYouReady #RaftersAreAwesome #guide #raft #rafting #raftguide #whitewater #rapids #StrongerTogether #internationalrafting #RiverFamily #WeAreIRF

IRF and International Rivers in historic agreement to be better stewards to the world’s rivers

At the conclusion of the International Rafting Federation’s inaugural World White Water Rafting Summit, leading global rivers campaign organisation International Rivers and the IRF signed an historic Memorandum Of Understanding to bring together the common goals of both organisations to ensure that all rivers of the world have a voice.

Introducing the agreement, summit MC and IRF Sustainability Lead, Sean Clarke, presented a short film on the impacts of a large global corporation attempting to offset their carbon footprint through the purchase of carbon credits. The unfortunate reality being that the carbon offset is actually funding the destruction of the Alto Maipo river in northern Chile. A stark reminder that our rivers are still at great risk in spite of the current global push for carbon neutrality.

Following the short film, Monti Aguirre, International Rivers Latin America Program Coordinator and Joe Willis Jones, President of the IRF shared with summit participants the common beliefs and goals of both organisations. Recognising that all of us as users and friends of rivers, are the best placed individuals and collectively as organisations and the river family, to be the global voice for rivers across the world. We can unite under a single banner to ensure that our local rivers and waterways are not disrespected or worse. To ensure that any projects large or small that impact the diverse, unique and fragile biodiversity of each and every waterway, need to understand what is at risk and ensure that our waterways have their voices heard.

In a short but earnest and frank statement, both the IRF and International Rivers pledged to work together for the benefit of all rivers and waterways across the globe.

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