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Newsletter - October 2017
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Pre-WRC Australia 2018 – Info letter #1
Posted: 03 Dec 2017 09:57 PM

So many beautiful competitions are waiting for us in the 2018 season, and one of them is Pre-WRC Australia.

As Australia are the hosts for the 2019 World Rafting Championship R6, the Pre-Worlds are done one year before as a big test for the organisers and a great opportunity for the competitors to get to know the river through a competition. The organiser will be able to test their organisation skills, transporting of competitors, boats, accommodation, food, logistics, and so on ….

To help you with your planning here is the first info letter for you, so that through this letter you will get to know all the information you need to get a better picture of where you will be going for WRC 2019.

The . . . → continue reading . . . Pre-WRC Australia 2018 – Info letter #1

See you in Argentina from 3 – 10 November 2018
Posted: 26 Nov 2017 11:32 PM

We have a date for the next WRC R4 competition. From 3 – 10 November 2018 Argentina will host the best rafters from around the world. It’s time to reserve tickets and start planning to go to beautiful Argentina.

We know that most countries have already selected their representatives to take part in this competition, therefore, paddle in the hands and in the training – you have enough time to prepare yourself well for this competition.

Natural springs coming from the Andes Mountains in Moquehue, flow into Moquehue and Aluminé Lakes in Villa Pehuenia. Pure running water passes by Lonco Luan and Aluminé and become the tributary of . . . → continue reading . . . See you in Argentina from 3 – 10 November 2018

Struma River (Kresna Gorge) needs your support
Posted: 23 Nov 2017 10:33 AM

Rafting in Bulgaria is currently at risk of no longer being possible. Plans are in play to create a motorway across the only section of the Kresna Gorge suitable for competitions, amateur rafting and other white water disciplines.

Voice your concern by signing the petition!

The current plans involve a motorway connecting Germany with Turkey and Greece. Unfortunately, these plans mean building over the most exciting 17 kilometre section of the river.

At risk are a large array of flora and fauna native to the area and rare in the biodiversity of eastern Europe. The area is part of NATURA 2000, home to the . . . → continue reading . . . Struma River (Kresna Gorge) needs your support

Brazil Rafting Forum – March 2018
Posted: 14 Nov 2017 07:47 AM
A unique immersion experience in the world of competitive rafting with multi world champions: Brazil!

The objective of this forum is to share the best techniques of competitive rafting, get to know the environment that made Brotas the world capital for competitive rafting and enjoy the lifestyle and beauty of Brazil’s inner landscape.

Dates: March 16th-25th, 2018 Location: Brotas-SP, 220Km NorthWest from São Paulo Participants: Min: 20 – Max: 35 Aimed at: Rafting athletes, coaches and sports administrators Coaches: Members of Alaya Competition team, multifold rafting world champions Registration open from October 1st to January 31st

Day by day: Day 1: Transfer from São Paulo Airport GRU to Brotas . . . → continue reading . . . Brazil Rafting Forum – March 2018

Big Thank You Miyoshi, Takuya, Daigo and Japan!
Posted: 05 Nov 2017 11:23 PM

Miyoshi City, Tokushima is the gateway to the Yoshino river… home of Japan’s biggest and best white-water rafting. The abundance of crystal clear water combined with amazing scenery and the powerful, challenging rapids of the Oboke and Koboke sections all add up to an ideal setting for race rafting.” – and it was. This was the introduction on Japan’s WRC website – and we can add that the entire ambience, with mountains covered in forest, and the really beautiful Yoshino River flowing through, takes the breath away.


Many federations were introduced into new categories, and it was Mongolia’s first time competing at the WRC competition. There were entire families competing in different categories! And then there was the new generation coming . . . → continue reading . . . Big Thank You Miyoshi, Takuya, Daigo and Japan!

Race Rules updates
Posted: 04 Nov 2017 12:20 PM

IRF small logoThe IRF Sport & Competition Committee will shortly be assessing and updating the IRF Race Rules.

The process is as follows:

Rule proposals may be submitted only as one of the three possible options. 1) Eliminate a rule, 2) change a rule, or 3) add a rule. When suggesting that a rule be eliminated, a copy of the rule must be included in the proposal. When proposing a change to an existing rule, the proposal must include a copy of the existing rule, and the suggested change. When suggesting a new rule, the submission must include a copy of the new rule written in a rule format. All proposals must include Clear REASONS as to why this change has been suggested. Submissions without clear reasons will be rejected. All proposals must include the name of the person/organisation making the . . . → continue reading . . . Race Rules updates


New H2H format tested out at Pre-Worlds
Posted: 03 Nov 2017 06:15 PM

The report back from Pre-Worlds as to the running of the new-format H2H is all good! See video …

Joe Willie Jones is there and had this to say:

“The spectators loved it… a very good show with lots of contact at the buoys. A few surprises … good strategies trumped strength on a number of occasions. Even before the race there was an immediate change as teams carefully scouted the course to plan their strategies.

What made it even more interesting is that Argentina ran their National Selections H2H the previous day – so we had the old and new format to compare in quick succession. It was night and day to compare them on every metric. The difference in the reactions between the two systems was extreme. The old system scarcely got a reaction. The new system had everyone shouting through the entire run. . . . → continue reading . . . New H2H format tested out at Pre-Worlds

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