Russia is offering an International Youth Rafting Workshop in the form of a rafting camp up in the beautiful Altai Region.
This is a great opportunity for paddlers and coaches to get together, share their knowledge, learn new techniques and skills, plus take their country’s rafting to a whole new level …. while having a whole lot of fun as well!
The workshop is the brain child of Alexey Shirokov, the very successful coach of the WRC and ERC medal winning Russian U-19 Youth team. He has been doing these camps for his own paddlers and would like to spread the opportunity to the rest of the international world.
Ages: The camp is aimed at teenagers from 13 to 18 years of age.
Dates : July, 2- July 15, 2015
Entry fee: USD 100 per person for international teams. That covers: transfer to and from one of International airports (Barnaul or Novosibirsk), full board in the days of the Event, camping, sport and recreational programs, raft rent. That is REALLY good value!
Other activities include: horseback riding in the Altay Mountains and a friendship float on the Chuya and Katun rivers. Those alone sound like a good reason to go!
This workshop has the full support of the IRF as well as the Russian Rafting Federation. The future of rafting lies with our Youth – this is an amazing opportunity to take it to a new level.
Full Details of Russian Youth Camp – 2015
News from the World Paddle Awards –
It’s amazing to see how many wonderful people and achievements there are in our paddlesports community!
The nominees that made it to the next round – can be found here: www.worldpaddleawards.com/nominees. The voting will be open until about mid January so don’t wait to vote!
How to vote:
We believe that the World Paddle Awards is a great initiative to promote our sport globally along with all the wonderful achievements.
And we have one of our own teams up there as a nominee! Take a look and vote!
The U.N. World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA) have released their first Global Report on Adventure Tourism.
“The ATTA worked with the UNWTO on this report to help educate the global leisure tourism industry on the core values of responsible tourism. The report allows all stakeholders in the industry to work from a common base of understanding in one of the most progressive forms of tourism, which both organizations believe will develop into the industry standard.” – says ATTA.
What is significant for the rafting industry is that the IRF is listed as the leading technical certification body for rafting.
This recognition shows that the extra focus that the IRF has been putting on this aspect of it’s organisation recently has started paying off. Over the next year the IRF is working on plans to present some great steps forward with this scheme as well as partnerships that will help take this industry to greater levels of professionalism and recognition.
Keep an eye on our website as we update you as it develops.
Full article on the report from ATTA
We did an article recently on Developing Rafting in your Region, here are some more stories ….
Did you know there is rafting in Mongolia?
Mongolia became a member of the IRF at the end of last year and this year saw them running their first rafting competition.
The event was R4, on the Tuul River (Class 1) near the City of Ulaanbaatar and run according to the IRF Rules. They had a great start with 18 mixed teams (3 men, 1 woman) and there is now a great interest in rafting amongst the youth!
Mongolian Rafting Federation
Argentinian lovers of rafting ….
Germán Bavas tells us: “We are from San Juan, Argentina. Actually we don’t have access to a big or important river nearby, but anyway, we sent 3 teams to the Argentinian Rafting Championship! We train in the lake or travel to the Mendoza River where we rent a boat from the AARAFT and ask a friend to use his paddles.
We do what we can, because we love this sport!“
Developing rafting in a region takes time and commitment. But in the long run the spin off is enormous for the sport – from a competitive side as well as for private and commercial rafting and river tripping in general because once people get hooked on doing rivers they keep coming back for more … and usually bring friends along too!
The 2013 USA raft team took their sport to a local school – take a look at what they did:
Here are some ways that others have tackled this issue:
What are you doing to develop rafting in your region? Let us know.
At our last Congress, the IRF decided to set aside 12 July to be World Rafting Day. And here are some of the ways that this day was celebrated in Serbia, Iran, New Zealand and the USA.
Drina Regatta – Serbia
This regatta gathers together a large number of fans of the river and of World Rafting Day.
Bad weather conditions did not dampen the spirit of the many lovers of the Drina River who came together again to participate in the Drina Regatta which this year, was held on World Rafting Day. A large number of water sports lovers gathered on this beautiful river to paddle down stream from Rogacica to Ljubovija, a distance of 40 km. The regatta was sponsored by the Serbian Rafting Federation and the hosts were Ljubovija rafting club “Drinska regatta”.
The race was started by the firing of the cannon that “pirates from Ladjevci” brought to Ljubovija for many years. This year the race was opened by the State Secretary of the Ministry of Defence and Sports, Nenad Borovčanin. He enjoyed the “flood of optimism, good mood and joy” so much he decided to stay for the full event. A video of the opening of this year’s race is HERE.
Serbian Rafting Federation President, Boris Purjakov, thanked Rafting Club “Drinska regatta” which, he says, has a decade and a half of experience in organizing this event which, unfortunately, Serbia is not yet aware of. “We are working to make this day declared the international day of rafting, and the central event will be held here in Serbia. It is a great honour for us and we want to show that we can gather more than 10,000 people, which has not been done any where else in the world.” said Purjakov. Video here.
Head of the Iranian Rafting Association, Kianoosh Mehrabi said “As a member of international rafting family, we celebrated “World Rafting Day” with the first ever “Moonlight Rafting” in Iran. Our program started in the small hours on the 12 July 2014 with the slogan “Eco-Rafting – to care about Nature and Local People”
This was our plan:-
- Pre-Opening: Safety briefing (11 July 11:30 am)
- Opening: Night Rafting (under moon light on the beginning of 12 July, 00:01 am)
- Lecture by the Province Head of Tourism, Head of Iran Rafting Association (8:30-9 am)
- Training villagers (morning 9:30-11:30 am)
- Rafting for the province Tourism Organization managers and employees and other local organizations-To become familiar with Eco-Rafting and meet the villagers (12 am-2 pm)
- River Swimming Competition for villagers (3-3:30 pm)
- Rafting Competition for villagers- Sprint (4-4:30 pm)
- Workshops for villagers (5-6:30 pm):
- Conserving nature
- Rafting and Employment
- Importance of Safety
One of the advantages in New Zealand is that some of their rivers are geothermally warmed and so are at quite a nice temperature even though it is winter! So they took to the rivers and had some fun on World Rafting Day:
Here is a great photo album of the day.
And here are two videos of rafting on the River Tarawera on World Rafting Day.
American Whitewater – a non-profit organisation which has been “Saving Rivers Since 1954” and whose mission statement is: “American Whitewater restores rivers dewatered by hydropower dams, eliminates water degradation, improves public land management and protects public access to rivers for responsible recreational use.” was also promoting World Rafting Day and this is what they had to say on the 12 of July:
“Today is World Rafting Day! Whatever your choice of craft, get out there, enjoy a river and have a great weekend!
Remember to post your adventuring photos with #MeetTheMoment and Clif Bar will donate $1 to AW each time you do!”
Many of the Euro countries were, understandably, too busy with Euro Champs to have focussed on making this a big occasion – we hope that next year we will see a bigger response from all our member federations and from companies, guides and everyone out there who loves rafting!
The IRF came to the decision that the World Rafting Day should be celebrated each year on the second Saturday in the month of July. This year, that date is July 12th, and we wish for it to be acknowledged on all rivers that participate in rafting.
Celebrating World Rafting Day can be done in numerous ways, such as lectures, video presentations, media appearances, etc., as it is here that our creativity and passion will best be seen.
It is especially our wish to have a large number of participants at these events, and the largest event will receive a special prize. We are inviting all those interested in participating in these events, and for them to first post their ideas and afterwards event reports on the IRF Facebook page wall.
It is our wish to utilize this day in order to promote rafting both as a sport, as well as as a healthy way of spending time in nature with friends and promoting ecological awareness, in the best method possible.
Best wishes to you all,
Our President, Joe Willie Jones, has recently been honoured by being selected as a member of the Academy of the World Paddle Awards (WPA).
He’ll be working with a group of some of the greatest living legends in paddlesports, to vote for the ‘best of the best’ around the globe in 17 different paddlesports categories. The paddlers will be chosen from all paddlesports.
Winners will receive the ‘The Golden Paddle’ award.
Joe says he is looking forward to it. He certainly deserves the honour of being amongst the legends as his profile can attest to.
The most prestigious and glitzy celebration of competitive ‘paddlesports’ has been launched.
The World Paddle Awards (WPA) is an award ceremony held annually, honouring the most remarkable men and women from the world of paddlesports along with their achievements from the previous calendar year.
With an ever-growing Academy made up of the greatest living sporting legends and other figureheads, the WPA will present 17 Awards in different categories, both on and off the water, to incredible individuals and teams from a series of nominees.
Winners of both the Academy’s selection and the People’s Choice, as voted by the general public, will receive the much sought-after Golden Paddle.
A year in the planning, the WPA is a remarkable collaboration between three major players in paddlesports; (by name) the Nantahala Outdoor Center, the largest outdoor activity provider not just in the US but perhaps in the world, Nelo, the world’s largest canoe and kayak manufacturer, and Sportscene.tv, the world’s first professional paddlesports platform.
“I feel grateful and honoured that we can make this contribution to the further development of our sport with the support of our Partners. Our ambition is to make this the most prestigious celebration of competitive paddlesports and develop a greater cause that can be achieved for our sport and community, which goes above and beyond the celebration of success.”
– Director of the WPA, Rob van Bommel
The nomination process will commence in 2014 and the red-carpet event itself will take place in 2015, further details of nominee-selection, date and the location of ceremony will be released in the latter part of 2014.
Unifying all paddlesports and phenomenal achievement in sport, it’s time to get the champagne out!
Evolution of The WPA
The World Paddle Awards (WPA) were started because there has never been an institution and international event that celebrated the most remarkable men and women from the world of competitive paddlesports along with their extraordinary achievements. Simply put, the WPA aims to celebrate and tell the world about YOU – the athletes, coaches, volunteers, media, event organizers, manufacturers, and so on – and the incredible feats you have accomplished or service you have provided during the past year(s).
For more information download one of the press releases below.
Hey Ladies –
A very successful Ladies Paddling Symposium was run last year (read all about it) up in North Wales and so the next one has been scheduled for 5 – 6 April 2014. All paddlers are welcome, whatever country you live in and whatever craft you paddle!
Fran Kohn, who organised the event said:
The main aim was to have a successful event where Ladies from different disciplines could get together and be in the majority for once! I wanted to provide a space where they could network with each other, build relationships and find some more paddling partners – and get some great professional coaching at the same time!
The Ladies were amazing, there was so much laughing and smiling over the whole weekend and the ladies were so enthusiastic, inspirational and supportive of each other and the event. I cannot wait to get started on organising the next one, we will be listening to all the feedback and making it bigger and better 🙂
Booking is essential and there are two options – Residential and Non-Residential. Booking closes on the 3rd Feb for the residential option and closes on the 3rd March for the Non-Residential Option.
Details and booking can be done through the Ladies Paddle Symposium website.