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

IRF GTE Instructor’s Conference – 2020

We invite all IRF certified Instructors to join us at the 2020 IRF GTE Instructor’s Conference!

Goal of the Conference:

  • Update Instructors regarding current IRF practice and standard
  • Keep currency of their instructor certificate
  • Receive all the GTE program updates at first hand
  • Participate in the dynamic development of the IRF GTE
  • Discuss and find solutions for current challenges of IRF GTE
  • Share industry best practice and knowledge
  • Socialise and network with lead characters of rafting educators

Location: Camping Les Eygas; Fontmoline, 05380 Châteauroux-les-Alpes, France +33 4 92 43 63 80
Date: 27th to 29th April 2020
Host: www.wildwaterschool.nl

Provisional programme:

  • 27th: Conference based at the Les Eygas campsite (landbased) with both IRF and guest speakers
  • 28th: L’Argentière-la-Bessée slalom site (water and land based)
  • 29th: water based on either the Guil or Ubaye rivers

Cost: €300 Per person. This includes 3 nights camping & 3 meals per day along with all river shuttles & equipment hire.

Language of the Conference: English
Pre-requisite: IRF Instructor Certificate
Registration: Please complete the form at this link so as to register for this Conference
Enquiries: Mark.hirst@internationalrafting.com

Bounding into 2020!

Happy New Year to you all! We hope you all had a Festive Season that rejuvenated you for the coming year.
Our calendar is already building up fast with the key events to highlight:

  • Guide Training & Education (GTE) Instructors Conference: 27 – 29 April in Durance, France. Details
  • European Rafting Championships (ERC): 8 – 13 June in Czech Republic, with the Sprint, H2H and Slalom in Lipno and Roudnice nad Labem, and the Downriver on the infamous Devil’s Stream on the Vltava River. This event will be R4 & R6. Details
  • World Rafting Championships (WRC): 22 – 30 August in China on the Wu Pai River in the town of Ziyuan, Guilin, Guangxi Province. Details
  • Euro Cup Series: there are 10 events in this series so far this year. Each event is indicated on the calendar by “EC” and then whether it is R4 or R6. These events are open to all clubs and teams around the world and there are no pre-requirements other than the team being able to safely race on the class of river the event is on.

There are already a multitude of guide training workshops being offered around the world, from Cardiff to Chile, Brazil to Bulgaria and Bosnia, USA, Morocco, Austria, Switzerland, Scotland, Ecuador, France to Germany. And we are continually adding more!

For racing, the calendar is still filling up, so keep an eye on it for new opportunities.

Please send us the dates and details of any events you are running, like your National Selections, or if you are running fun, festive events that promote rafting in your region.

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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


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.

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.

Continue reading Risk managing commercial rafting operations with mutliple guide systems

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

Drugs and alcohol in rafting – is there a line?

Huaxteca Expeditions owner Ena Buenfil will share her experiences of running a certified drug-free rafting company in Mexico and how this new culture is being adopted across Latin America. Ena is one of the key note presenters at the inaugural International Rafting Federation World White Water Rafting Summit in Costa Rica from October 8 to 13, 2019.

Ena Buenfil is the owner of the adventure company Huaxteca Expeditions in Huasteca, San Luis Potosi, the first company in Mexico to certify its staff drug-free before a notary public. This they did in 2018, and in 2019, the multi-award-winning company implemented a Zero Tolerance to Alcohol policy to further ensure safety for their customers on their adventure tours.

Continue reading Drugs and alcohol in rafting – is there a line?

What is the ATTA and why should we know more?

The Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA) is a vital leadership voice and partner for the adventure travel industry around the world. If your company is an adventure travel company, or gear supplier to the industry it is a “no-brainer” that you should become a member of ATTA.

Key Benefits of ATTA Membership
Different sectors of the adventure tourism world gain different benefits from being a member of ATTA.
  • Tour Operators & Accommodations – we focus on this more below
  • Tourism Boards – ATTA assists organizations throughout the world to connect with the adventure travel industry, learn what’s happening in the world of adventure travel, promote local adventure tourism, and secure ATTA assistance for special initiatives that benefit both your interests and those of the greater adventure travel community. Read more …
  • Travel Advisors – ATTA membership helps educate you on what destinations have to offer, introduces you to tour operators, accommodations and activities available for your clients.  Read more …
  • Industry Partners – ATTA membership exposes your organization to thousands of decision makers and influencers in the adventure travel industry, links your business to the global adventure travel industry, provides you with critical resources, and provides awareness of industry trends. Read more …
  • Adventure Travel & Outdoor Gear Suppliers – ATTA membership connects your brand to the $683 billion adventure travel industry through tour operators, tourism boards, media outlets, events, knowledge resources and other partnerships. Introduce your brand to thousands of decision makers and influencers in the adventure travel industry. Connect your business to the global adventure travel industry. Receive critical research resources and awareness of trade and consumer industry trends. Read more …

Continue reading What is the ATTA and why should we know more?