Farewell to Raewyn

Gratitude and fond farewell to Raewyn

As we draw a close to 2020, we also say a fond farewell to Raewyn Larcombe. Raewyn has been the IRF’s Guide Training & Education (GTE) Administrator since 2009. At the time, the IRF had about 400 certified guides around the globe. Over the next decade this number has grown more than 500%. Chair of

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Reimagine training strategies

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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Guide / Safety

We are river family – meet Tim Marshall

Owner/operator of Ultimate Descents in the land of the long white cloud (New Zealand) since 2002, Chair of the New Zealand River Association since 2014 and trip leader since 2000, this week we meet Tim Marshall. No stranger to the raft race circuit nor the IRF Guide Training & Education system, Tim is a senior

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Tyler Fox

We are river family – meet Tyler Fox

This week we meet Tyler Fox, one of the original Tribe Rider paddlers, New Zealand raft racer, raft guide, fireman and maple syrup loving Canadian at heart. We started by asking him how he got involved in paddling…. In High School I took an Outdoor Ed class and we learnt whitewater canoeing (in NZ they call

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Tour rafting

The Shotover – Queenstown’s majestic whitewater

Situated along the breathtaking shores of Lake Wakatipu on New Zealand’s South Island, Queenstown is often hailed as the ‘adventure capital of the world’.  This incredible tourist mecca offers innumerable adventure experiences to suit everyone’s imagination. Adventure options include everything from bungee jumping, mountain biking, and horseback riding to being the gateway to many of

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World Cup Rafting – Guilin, China 2017

The second World Cup this year will be held in China, on the Wupai River, Ziyuan County, Guilin City, Guangxi Province, from 16 to 21 August. Teams from Czech, Serbia, New Zealand, Germany, Australia, Russia, Hungary and Italy will compete in this event. Here is a schedule for the event: For many this is their

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Rafter tests positive at WRC 2015
Anti Doping

Rafter tests positive at WRC 2015

Paul Roozendaal, who is captain of the New Zealand Open Men’s team, tested positive for substances that are listed on the WADA (World Anti Doping Agency) prohibited list after the Downriver discipline during the 2015 World Rafting Championships in Indonesia. It was found that he had levels of Pseudoephedrine and Cathine in his urine that

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Wrapping up WRC 2015

Bali must be wondering about the sudden influx of fit looking athletes, some with funny tans, many wearing T-shirts proclaiming WRC 2015 Indonesia! As we all come down off the high of another WRC we can look back at a great event held on the Citarik River. For many it started with a feeling of

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New Zealand scoop up Slalom medals in all categories

All the teams say they love Slalom. It is the most challenging of the disciplines, demanding team work, water reading skilsl as well as stamina and endurance. Getting one’s six paddlers working well together gives them enormous satisfaction, even if they don’t win medals. The course was excellent with great challenges – the most notable

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