Get to know your IRF BOD – Kianoosh Mehrabi

Kianoosh Mehrabi was first elected to the IRF BOD in 2015 when he became Co-head of the Recreation and Conservation Committee. In 2017, with the growth of importance of conservation this committee was split to form two committees and Kianoosh became Chair of the Conservation Committee, which became the Sustainability Committee in 2021. We spoke

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We are river family – meet Kianoosh Mehrabi

Cast your mind back to 1985, now imagine the Persian Gulf, the seaside port of Bandar Abbas in southern Iran. Somewhere out there on the water is a young Kianoosh Mehrabi! For many years he’d watched videos of white water rafting and kayaking but didn’t know how or where to get into whitewater sports. So

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Taking people with disabilities out onto the water in Iran

For a long time we, the Iran Rafting Association (IRA), have been thinking about how to grow water sports for all. That’s why we formed the “Para Rafting” Committee in our association with the cooperation of Mr. Saeed Zarori, who is a well-known person, with disabilities, in the field of adventure activities. We had already

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Tragic loss of Payam Banihashemi

by Kianoosh Mehrabi, Iran Rafting Association. Our best river friend, Mr Payam Banihashemi, lost his life on the Haraz River on Friday 19 August 2016, while he was trying to rescue people. The selfless way that he endangered his own life to save others is something that will always be remembered. He was a great

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Rafting in Iran

Iran, also known as Persia, is home to one of the world’s oldest civilizations. It’s a country in Western Asia surrounded by Armenia, Azerbaijan,  Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Russia, Caspian Sea, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Persian Gulf and gulf of Oman with over 77 million inhabitants. Iran is the world’s 17th most populous nation and the 19th largest country in the world. Its area

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