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Rafael Gallo's legacy
Sustainability

Thank you! Rafael Gallo’s legacy campaign exceeds goal

Rafael Gallo’s legacy whitewater partnership will support river sustainability projects and a whitewater digital archive The Rivers and Forests Alliance (RAFA) is thrilled with the success of the fundraising campaign conducted with the World River Centre, International Whitewater Hall of Fame (IWHoF) and the IRF to further the conservation work of Rafael “Rafa” Gallo, RAFA

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Argentina National
Racing

More action to come in the Argentina National Series

The 2nd race in the Argentina National Rafting Championship was successfully held on the Atuel River on the 25 and 26 September. There were 23 teams competing with paddlers coming from Buenos Aires, Bariloche (Río Negro), Alumine and Villa Peuhenia de Neuquén, Potrerillos and Mendoza capital and the hosts of San Rafael. The two divisions

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IRF becomes official WADA signatory
Anti Doping

IRF accepted as official WADA signatory

It is with great pleasure that we announce that the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has officially accepted the IRF as a signatory of the WADA Code. In his congratulatory letter to IRF President Joe Willis Jones, WADA Director General Olivier Niggli noted: “WADA congratulates you on this important step in the fight against doping in

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Ibar 2021
Racing

Ibar 2021 draws the Euro Cup Series to a close in Serbia

Ibar 2021 was the final R6 Euro Cup of 2021! It was held in Ušće on the Ibar river in Serbia last Sunday. Ibar is fast becoming a raft racing destination as this was the second Euro Cup (last year was the first) but also the third competition held here and organised by Rafting Asocijacija

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Rafael Gallo was honoured at Paddle Sports Show 2021
IRF

Rafael Gallo was honoured at the Paddle Sports Show 2021

On 30 August 2021, IRF Honorary President, Rafael Gallo was honoured during the industry dinner at the 2021 Paddle Sports Show in Lyon, France. Risa Shimoda of International Whitewater Hall of Fame (IWHoF) presented the annual inductees for the 2021 year at the show and concluded with a short presentation where Rafael Gallo was honoured.

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Development

2021 World Virtual Youth Festival

The second World Virtual Youth Festival will be happening in November 2021. Time to get your youth into action! Registration to be done by 30 October latest. This festival is brought to you by United Through Sport (UTS) which is an alliance of many organisations working together through sports to bring unity and peace to

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Racing

Katun River delights as always

Russian Rafting Cup on the Katun River The first event to delight on the Katun River was the Russian Rafting Cup which was held from the 26 to the 31 August. The Katun River lies in the Alta region of Russia and the section of the Katun River that was raced upon was from the

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Trnávka 2021
Racing

Trnávka 2021 brought sunshine, smiles and friends

Trnávka 2021 European Cup R4 + R6 @ Trnávka Slalom Course, Želiv 🇨🇿 The second weekend of September closed this year’s Czech raft season. One of the most difficult slalom courses in the world hosted the European Cup and the Czech Chamiponship, with the participation of the top Czech rafting teams and several foreign crews.

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Universal Declaration of the Rights of Rivers
Sustainability

A wave of new support for the Rights of Rivers

Advocates from across the globe gathered at the IUCN World Conservation Congress (both in person and remotely) to highlight the precipitous growth of the movement to recognise the rights of rivers and watersheds. The conference also marked the approximate one year anniversary of the formal launch of the Universal Declaration of the Rights of Rivers

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