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Looking for a race to attend in Europe?

Many of you are desperate to get out and race again, to meet up with fellow rafters, and have some fun on and off the river and to enjoy some raft racing. Aren’t we all! Well, if you take a look at our racing calendar you will see there are quite a few for you

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Dracula Race bites EC 2021
Racing

Dracula Race bites into the Euro Cup season

The now annual pilgrimage of race teams to Transylvania has made its mark as the Dracula Race bites into the Euro Cup racing calendar. Race Director and regular face on judging and racing circuits at Euro and World level, Mihai Mares gives us some insight into the race that is now a regular on the

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2021 IRF World Rafting Championship
Racing

Update on the status of 2021 IRF World Rafting Championship

A message from IRF President, Joe Willis Jones: Dear IRF Athletes, Officials, Coaches, Supporters and Rafting Enthusiasts, As you are aware, in the last weeks many IRF member countries around the world have re-imposed travel restrictions and lockdown measures due to rapidly growing cases of Covid-19.  Several effective vaccines have been developed to combat the

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Rafael Gallo
Guide / Safety

Rafael Gallo leaves us in body but never in spirit or mind

The IRF, and indeed the entire rafting world, has been deeply saddened by the passing of Rafael Gallo, Honorary President of the IRF. The outpouring of messages has been huge and an indication of the respect that so many held for Rafa. A true show of the vast number of people from all round the

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World Rafting Championships 2021
Racing

World Rafting Championships 2021 in an unpredictable year

As we move through February the IRF finds itself answering regular queries about our World Rafting Championships 2021 in China – is it happening or not? This is understandable during this time of continual change of plans and the massive fluctuation of the effect of the pandemic on world sporting events. We would like to

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World Championship on the Chuya
Racing

Long live the World Championship on the Chuya River!

Georgy Nikitin, one of the participants of the first historical international rafting event – the World Championship on the Chuya River, shares some memories and highlights with us. At the last Russian Rafting Federation (RRF) conference, Federation President, Aleksei Shirokov, reported that the rafting community restored historical justice in that Russia (more precisely, the USSR)

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Para Rafting Committee
Para Rafting

IRF appoints inaugural Para Rafting Committee members

The IRF is proud to announce the formation of its inaugural Para Rafting Committee. News of the committee’s formation has been greeted very positively within the rafting community and the wider para sports communities. The first key steps for the Para Rafting Committee are to finalise the Athletes Classification Code and Classification system. These standardised

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Reimagine training strategies
Racing

Limited events has helped reimagine training strategies

Almost one year since we first heard about the coronavirus and so many teams have had to reimagine training strategies. We might be nearing the end of the calendar year, but down in New Zealand, summer is warming up and race teams are getting ready to get back in with their training plans. We catch up with

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