Race Results

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

Gift ideas for rafters

Dry bag

Such a handy item to have in many places, not just on river trips – like going hiking in the rain, canyoning, boating, beaching. Read about five surprising uses of dry bags from managing your laundry, or as a pillow, managing cables and tech stuff, and staying in shape! Take a look at some options that Aquapac offer.

Throw rope

This is an essential peace of gear for a rafter. Beside being critical for rescue and hauling wrapped rafts off rocks it has many other uses as well – clothes line, pillow, to hang sun or rain shelters on. If you’re not sure which one to get, read our article here to find which one would be best suited.

IRF Gear

Give someone some IRF branded gear for their next trip to the World or European Rafting Championships. Great for IRF Official’s and supporters.

There is a large range of sizes and colours, as well as styles. Plus some other gear like bags, bibs, for baby’s, organic tops, long sleeve tops, and beanies.

Take a look at the IRF online store:

Bottles / flasks / mugs

There are some great options out there in the insulated bottle / flask / mug category these days – all designed to keep your drinks at the temperature you’d like them to be at! Keep that beer cool! Try the Keg Cap which can extend the life of the beer for up to five days.

Solar chargers

Its time to avoid using disposable batteries and move over to solar chargers. Here is a site that gives you a comprehensive break down on what is out there: www.outsidepursuits.com/best-solar-charger/.

Power bank

So handy to have for anyone with a Smart phone, and especially someone who is away from power points on a regular basis. With phones now being photo and video cameras, plus the essential connection in times of emergencies, all rafters should have power banks to ensure they have battery life when they need it. Read reviews about PC Worlds best 2019 power banks – the Xiaomi Mi Power Bank Pro being rated as the best portable power bank.

Peli case or smart phone cases

A long time favourite of any rafter, Pelican cases keeps special gear safe and dry inside these virtually indestructible cases. A lifetime warranty comes with one of these and you have over 100 to choose from.

They also sell waterproof smart phone cases that also deal with being regularly dropped!

Comfy, breathable, quick drying underwear

Yeah, getting underwear as a gift sucks, but being able to wear something else other than bathers the whole river trip is very tempting! The ExOfficio Give-N-Go Underwear is highly breathable and quick-drying, perfect for river trips! Check out a review.

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Expanding the IRF River Family in Bhutan

By Zachary Collier
The rivers of Bhutan were first explored by groups of international kayakers in the late 1990s. They discovered some phenomenal runs for both rafts and kayaks ranging from Class I to V+. In the 2000s these explorers brought groups of kayakers to Bhutan for the first commercial whitewater trips.

Bhutan’s first local river guides were originally trained by kayakers. As rafting became more common, these guides trained in Nepal and were mentored by Nepali rafting guides who worked in Bhutan during the busy season.

The past decade has seen a steady increase in the number of international visitors to Bhutan for rafting, kayaking, and/or SUP trips. My company, Northwest Rafting Company, offers multi-day rafting+culture adventures to this Himalayan nation for people who love whitewater. At the same time, day trip offerings on the Mo Chhu and Pho Chhu (chhu is the Dzongkha word for river) for the average visitor to Bhutan has exploded. I remember bringing my guests to the put-in for the Mo Chhu in 2011 and not seeing another raft. These days the put-in for this popular commercial trip is full of rafts, guides, gear, and vehicles.


There are now six rafting companies in Bhutan. Most of them do trips on the Class II Mo Chhu in the Punakha Valley, but they are starting to branch out to many of the nearby Class III, IV, and V rivers. As this industry grows, Bhutanese guides are looking for increased professional training.

In order to assist, we began a fundraiser so that Bhutan’s most experienced river guides, Thinley and Chencho, can take an IRF Instructor Course in Oregon next spring. We also hope to raise enough funds that IRF Assessor Mark Hirst can make a trip to Bhutan next fall to observe the first IRF course taught by Thinley and Chencho and approve them as full IRF instructors.


This training will allow Thinley and Chencho to certify other guides in Bhutan as IRF guides and trip leaders and raise the level of training throughout the Bhutanese guiding community. Please check out our Indiegogo fundraiser and consider making a donation. You’ll be helping this exquisite Himalayan kingdom [or ‘nation’] build its economy and share its rivers with the world.

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The magical 4 letter F word!!

Camel White Water Challenge 1996, Zambezi River

By Mark Hirst

At some point in our raft guiding careers we will all experience a flip! This article aims to highlight some of the key points associated with flipping and will hopefully deliver a few tips to aid in the recovery of a flipped raft along with its crew. Let’s focus on the 3 main areas of a flip:

  • Before
  • During
  • After

BEFORE

One of the subjects often neglected during a safety demonstration is the flip. Raft guides often brush over the subject and only offer a few verbal pieces of information with no visual demonstration. This in turn can lead to a messy clean up as the crew did not receive enough information on what to do during a flip scenario. Continue reading The magical 4 letter F word!!

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.

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.

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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.

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

4 steps to success – from novice to elite rafting

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Rafting, whether for fun as part of a new adventure or for competition purposes, is something that everyone who enjoys an adrenaline rush can enjoy. To be the best, you need determination, perseverance and to remember these four tips to raise your rafting game from novice to elite.

Wear the right kit
A simple but incredibly important thing to remember. Rafting can be unpredictable, just like the rivers themselves. Wear appropriate clothing designed for use in water that are easy to move in. Rafting is a physical activity, so tight and restrictive or loose and baggy clothes are going to inhibit how much you can do. Also, in raft racing you will be required to wear buoyancy aids (PFDs) and helmets, so make sure both can be worn securely with whatever you choose to wear. Continue reading 4 steps to success – from novice to elite rafting

IRF to attend inaugural meeting of UN Sports for Climate Action initiative

Later this week, representatives from the IRF will attend the first working meeting of the United Nations Sports for Climate Action signatories. This initiative brings together the world’s leading sports governing bodies under a global initiative to influence the way that sports can effect positive change to our shared climate.

This historic meeting is being hosted by the International Olympic Committee at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland and will bring together leading sports partners from across the globe ahead of the United Nations Climate Action Summit to be held at UN Headquarters in New York on the 23rd of September.

Confirmation letter from UNFCCC Executive Secretary

The IRF is amongst other leading sports governing bodies taking part such as FIFA, World Rugby, World Sailing, World Taekwondo, United World Wrestling, International Climbing and Mountaineering, International Triathlon Union, International Ice Hockey Federation, International Equestrian Federation, Formula E, National Basketball Association (NBA) and the Beijing 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Organising Committee. Each sports governing body has already committed to the five core principles of the initiative and the aims of the Paris Agreement and this inaugural meeting will seek ways in which all these bodies will work together for the betterment of the planet. Each sports governing body will strive to:

  • promote greater environmental responsibility;
  • reduce the overall climate impact from sports;
  • use our platform to educate for climate action;
  • promote sustainable and responsible consumption; and
  • advocate for climate action through our communications.

The IRF is no stranger to leading on climate action having delivered the first ever certified carbon neutral World Sports Event at our 2011 IRF World Rafting Championships in Costa Rica. We now request all IRF event hosts to make bold moves toward carbon neutral and earth friendly initiatives at each event. Our hosts for the 2020 IRF World Rafting Championships in China have committed to providing a carbon neutral event and we will work closely with the event management team to ensure this promise becomes a reality.

We look forward to working with all of these leading sports governing bodies for betterment of our planet and for the sharing of ideas and common goals to build our common sports fraternity.

 

 

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Risk managing commercial rafting operations with mutliple guide systems

  • International Rafting Federation Raft Guide Instructor and New Zealand Rivers Association Chair Tim Marshall will lead a discussion at the inaugural IRF World White Water Rafting Summit on the challenges faced by commercial rafting operators when dealing with multiple raft guide certification systems.

International Rafting Federation (IRF) Raft Guide Instructor and New Zealand Rivers Association Chair, Tim Marshall will lead a discussion at the inaugural International Rafting Federation World White Water Rafting Summit in Costa Rica from October 8 to 13, 2019, on the challenges faced by commercial rafting operations developing risk assessments when faced with multiple raft guide certification systems around the globe.

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In a raft, actions speak louder than words

International Rafting Federation Raft Guide Assessor and Rescue3 provider Mark Hirst will challenge preconceptions about speech and actions at the inaugural IRF World White Water Rafting Summit.

International Rafting Federation (IRF) Raft Guide Assessor and Rescue3 provider Mark Hirst will run an open session on the use of actions over language in raft guiding at the inaugural International Rafting Federation World White Water Rafting Summit in Costa Rica from October 8 to 13, 2019.

Continue reading In a raft, actions speak louder than words