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Newsletter - early Dec 2012
Great article on Pre-Worlds and WRC 2013 in NZ
Posted: 03 Dec 2012 10:03 PM

From the December issue of Adventure magazine: Wet and Wild, a look back at the Pre-Worlds at Labour Weekend and a look forward to the 2013 Worlds…4-page feature…

Photos by Graeme Murray and Alan Ofsoski (big thanks again to the guys for coming out and doing the mahi for the love)…

words by Graeme Simpson …. take a look at full article 

Updates to Euro Cup Schedule for 2013
Posted: 03 Dec 2012 08:45 PM

Euro Cup Serbia – Picture Yanne Golev

There have been a few changes and additions to the 2013 Euro Cup racing schedule. For instance, the Austrian Wildapen event is now being held on the 26 to 28 April so as to not clash with the Slovakian event.

There are 10 events on this Euro Cup calendar and all fall in the months of April, May and June – so get planning as they new year will be soon upon us and April will be making fools of us all if we’re not careful.

Updated Euro Cup 2013  (as of 4 Dec 2012)

Rafting training and competing indoors anyone?
Posted: 30 Nov 2012 04:09 PM
Rafters doing training and competitions indoors?! If you think this sounds unusual and impossible, then read on ….

Serbia have recently come up with the idea of a rafting ergometer (exercise machine which can measure the amount of work performed when exercising on it) and they have added competitions to it as well. In an interview with Boris Purjakov, President of the Rafting Federation of Serbia, we learn more about the project on which they have been working, and are keen to hear your opinions on this. Boris, tell us about this project and what plans you have for it? “Our work and research has been conducted over the last two years. In the first year, with an eminent manufacturer of treadmills (cycling, rowing, kayaking and canoeing), we worked on the construction of the mechanical components and software parameters for a machine specific for rafters. In the second year, . . . → Read More: Rafting training and competing indoors anyone?
Riverboard / Hydrospeed standards introduced by the IRF
Posted: 28 Nov 2012 11:44 PM

The growing activity of riverboarding / hydrospeeds around the world has seen the need to bring some structure and standards to ensure quality trips are being run.

Riverboard guides approached the IRF to look into developing an international scheme that could provide commercial operators, industry organizations, national federations, government regulators and other interested parties worldwide with a common standard for all whitewater professionals. And so the IRF will be adding this newly developed Assessment Scheme as a new section under its Guide Training & Education portfolio!

There is also now a Guide Training Program to provide riverboard/hydrospeed instructors with a checklist of the essential skills and knowledge that a riveboard/hydrospeed trainee guide must learn in order to be a competent riverboard/hydrospeed guide.

Keep an eye on the new page for riverboard / hydrospeed for updates to the scheme.

Thanks to Huw Miles for his work on these documents. Huw will be heading up the newly formed . . . → Read More: Riverboard / Hydrospeed standards introduced by the IRF

Petawawa Raft Team Canada have their eyes on WRC NZ 2013
Posted: 20 Nov 2012 08:54 PM

A crew from Manitoba and Ontario that came together on the Ottawa River, in Foresters Falls Ontario, will represent Canada at the 20 13 World Rafting Champs in New Zealand in November. The “Magnificent Seven” are: Gwyn Ashcroft, Graham Ball, Jon Booren, Andy Hill, Bill Leslie, Lars Romeskie and Tim Wintoniw.

Most of the members have been working as raft guides for at least 6 years; with the rest for more than double that. But what is interesting about them is that New Zealand is not unknown to them, as is explained in this interview with Jon:

-”We’re very excited about representing our country at the world championships in 2013. A number of us have worked as raft guides in New Zealand in the past (and present), so in a way it’s like a small homecoming for those of us who haven’t been to NZ in a number of years. . . . → Read More: Petawawa Raft Team Canada have their eyes on WRC NZ 2013

2013 race schedules start coming in … start planning your year
Posted: 10 Nov 2012 08:00 PM

The 2013 schedules for races have started coming in.

The Euro Cup schedule includes events in Austria, Netherlands, Slovakia, Slovenia, Bosnia, Norway, Finland and Czech Rep. The  schedule is now being handled by Zdeslav Karlovac – so if your event is not on there or if anything is incorrect please contact him as soon as possible. (Note – Austria event changed to 26 – 28 April.)

The Finnish race series has been finalised and these dates can now be seen as well. One of these events will also be a Euro Cup event.

Send us your events so we can put them on our race calendar. Also send us a link or a pdf for the rest of the information if you have it.

Connect your Club or Team to the IRF!!!
Posted: 08 Nov 2012 08:16 PM

To ALL teams – we’d like to know what your Facebook or website pages are. So far we have found the following ones. If your team is not there or if you have an updated link – please email the link to Nada.

Here is the full list of links to teams that we have so far.

Equipo Cascada Rafting Chile
Posted: 06 Nov 2012 10:45 PM

Quiénes somos 

El  Equipo  Cascada  Rafting Chile.  esta  compuesto  por  guías  con  varios  años  de experiencia en diferentes ríos deChile(río Maipo, Trancura, Futaleufú y Bio-Bio). Todos ellos con niveles de dificultad iguales o superiores a clase IV.

Lorenzo Andrade Astorga. 24 años. Estudiante Administración en Ecoturismo. Guía de Rafting. 7 años de experiencia. Pangal Andrade Astorga. 27 años. Técnico en Construcción. Guía  de  Rafting  y  kayakista  de  seguridad.             9   años  de experiencia. Benjamín Astorga Leiva. 30 años. Ing. En Recursos Naturales Renovables. Guía de Rafting y kayakista de seguridad. 11 años de experiencia. Pedro Astorga Leiva. 23 años. Estudiante Publicidad. Guía de Rafting y kayakista de seguridad. 7 años de experiencia. Vicente  Astorga  Carneiro.     18  años.  Estudiante.    1 año  de Experiencia. Tomas González Astorga. 24 años, Licenciado de Ingeniería en Recursos Naturales renovables. Guía de Rafting 3 años de experiencia. Simón Yerovi Astorga. 30 años. Guía de Rafting y kayakista de seguridad. 12 años de . . . → Read More: Equipo Cascada Rafting Chile
R4 Euro Cup 2012 is concluded in Augsburg
Posted: 06 Nov 2012 01:01 AM

The final 2012 R4 Euro Cup event was held in Augsburg, Germany, recently. This was the final event in the series and sees 2012 as a very successful year for Germany. 

Pciture – Rafting Team Belgium

They were crowned the 2012 R6 Euro Champions and now Team Bavaria RTA 1, Augsburg have been crowned the R4 Euro Cup champions. Not only that,  Team RTA 2 Germany placed second with AKV Damen 2 placing 3rd in the women’s section.

Waterproof Raft Team from Belgium won the series with a great performance in Augsburg and also getting key points at Wildapen, both events having a high number of points up for grabs as they have all 4 disciplines. Team Mistral Bratislava of Slovakia came in 2nd with a dominant display in Austria where they won all 4 disciplines.

Third in the men’s section was Czech team – Hanace Rafters.

The Č. Vrbne event in . . . → Read More: R4 Euro Cup 2012 is concluded in Augsburg

IRF WRC 2011 is first Certified Carbon Neutral World Sports Event ever!
Posted: 04 Nov 2012 08:15 PM

The International Rafting Federation delivers the first certified carbon neutral World Sports Event with the Costa Rica 2011 World Rafting Championships. This article explains how they did it. A model for the world.

Costa Rica raises the bar in global sustainable environmental initiatives once again. The World Rafting Championships (WRC), held October 4-11, 2011 in Costa Rica, is the first ever Certified Carbon Neutral world championship sporting event. EARTH University certified Costa Rica’s WRC as Carbon Neutral as a direct result of the leadership of the International Rafting Federation and Rios Tropicales , along with a team of Costa Rican host sponsors, communities, and organizations, including Turrialba Chamber of Tourism, and The Costa Rica Paddle and Adventure Association.

The organizers of the 2011 WRC realized they could successfully deliver a first-ever Carbon Neutral event, with over 600 participating athletes from 35 countries in the host country Costa Rica. They contacted the . . . → Read More: IRF WRC 2011 is first Certified Carbon Neutral World Sports Event ever!

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