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News and views - February 2019

It's been a busy launch to the year for the IRF.

We ask for your help to Save the Zambezi from a dam that will destroy the whitewater we love; we look at teams from Japan, Great Britain and Russia who are heading to the 2019 WRC in Australia; the dates of the IRF's 2019 Congress are announced; we give you the details of what is included in the WRC 2019 package, as well as reminders about visas; then take a look at what's on offer in the IRF's  online gear store; and lastly we have an in depth look at the Ex-FARC Guerillas who have turned to rafting to help them achieve peace, and a team of them will be attending the IRF's 2019 WRC!

See you on a river soon,
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Exchanging rifles for paddles: Ticos and ex-guerillas of the FARC

Pato River in the background, Rafael Gallo (front) poses with ex-guerrillas Duberney (far left) and Hermides (far right). Centre are Costa Rican guides Max Solano (left) and Roy Obando

A Costa Rican rafting mission led by the company Rios Tropicales and the United Nations traveled to Colombia to meet with a group of ex-guerrillas from the FARC. Teaching them to tame the rapids of the Pato River, in complete peace, was the reason for the singular adventure.


By Alexánder Sánchez

It’s a quiet and a particularly cool night. A pair of crickets hum through the bushes and the river roars imposingly through the mountains. All is good without bullets, all is good without anyone dead. It is a quiet evening in the heart of the Caquetá jungle, a . . . → continue reading . . . Exchanging rifles for paddles: Ticos and ex-guerillas of the FARC

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Are you visa ready for Australia?

Travelling to Australia to compete in the IRF World Rafting Championship this May? Have you checked your visa requirements yet? Most European countries and Commonwealth countries don’t need a letter from the organiser and can apply for a simple tourist visa before travelling.

For those needing a visa letter, the event organisers can assist in providing this letter (only after they have received your registration form).

Specific Australian visa details for teams attending IRF WRC 2019

General Australian visa details for sports teams

#AreYouReady #RaftersAreAwesome #StrongerTogether #RiverFamily #WeAreIRF

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Save the Zambezi – your help needed NOW!

Your action is needed NOW!

Follow the cause, share and promote the campaign – we need to protect one of the planet’s most beautiful yet endangered rivers.

Plans are afoot to recommence the building of a dam in the Batoka Gorge of the Zambezi River. If completed, this will wipe out the major white water section from the base of Victoria Falls, ultimately destroying the livelihoods of those who live and work on the river, the villages that rely on tourism and the local plants and wildlife that will be decimated through the construction and ultimate damming.

The International Rafting Federation is taking the lead on this campaign with full support and backing from International Rivers, Save The Zambezi and local companies.

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#Areyouready to join our river family?

Now you can order high quality IRF branded kit at reasonable prices!

We’ve got more t-shirts than you can poke a paddle at and jumpers and hoodies for everyone in the family – there’s even a bandana for your dog! Purchase in the next seven days, and you’ll get 15% off your order!

Some of the items available – search the shop for more (including other colours in each product):

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IRF World Rafting Championship – what’s in it for me?

As the deadlines for entering into the 2019 World Rafting Champs in Australia are drawing near we bring you some details you need to know.

Team Entry deadlines!

15th February 2019 – for any teams who require an invoice to to pay the entry fee. Registration form AND invoice details must be in by this date 1st March 2019 – for all teams NOT requiring an invoice to pay 8th March 2019 – ALL entry fees MUST be paid by this date Late Entries may be accepted on a case by case basis with addition of a Late Fee Registration Form

What’s included in the Entry Fee?

Transport from Cairns Airport to Athletes Village (days will depend on numbers) Athlete’s Village and Showg . . . → continue reading . . . IRF World Rafting Championship – what’s in it for me?
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We are river family – meet Team Costa Rica Masters Women

If you thought getting your team together was tough for training, try getting everyone together when it’s not just one side of the country to the other but from three countries! This week we meet the team from Costa Rica looking to bring home medals at this year’s IRF World Rafting Championship in Tully, Australia. Those in Costa Rica have been getting together and training with a coach and competing in the national eliminations for R4. Others have been doing individual training to get ready physically… if not able to get on the water then on bended knee next to the bathtub paddling!! The plan is to meet in April in Costa Rica and train together on the river.

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We are river family – meet Team Russia Open Women

Training as a team in a country with eleven contiguous time zones is no easy feat. The current Russian Open Women’s team is spread across the country meaning meeting to train involves travelling by train for 4 or 5 days or up to a 6 hour flight. With such distances between them, training sessions involve meticulous planning and dedication from each team member. This week we meet these dedicated women planning to win medals in Australia at the IRF World Rafting Championship in May. We asked Team Captain, Katerina Kozhanova who is heading to Australia as the Russian Open Women’s team.

Who is in . . . → continue reading . . . We are river family – meet Team Russia Open Women
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IRF 2019 Congress to be held in Tully, Australia
The IRF’s 2019 Congress will be held in the evenings of the 13 and 15 of May, at the WRC 2019 Event Head Quarters in Tully, Queensland, Australia.

Please Note: Proposals to be put before Congress:

Who can put proposals in? Each IRF Member (Full, not Provisional), IRF Executive Officers, and IRF Committee Chairs have the right to submit proposals (which must include detail with reasons and supporting documents) and reports to the Ordinary IRF Congress.

Authorized proposals: Proposals originating from an IRF Member must be signed by their president or authorized representative.

Provisional Proposals: To ensure all members have sufficient time to examine and discuss all proposals Provisional Proposals are now requested ahead of time – these need not be fully detailed yet but are to give the Exec Com enough information so that they can decide whether it complies with . . . → continue reading . . . IRF 2019 Congress to be held in Tully, Australia

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We are river family – meet R.E.D.

This week we meet R.E.D. (Retired, Extremely Dangerous), the GB1 Masters Men team hoping to make their mark at their first IRF World Rafting Championship. The team came together to compete in the British Rafting selections in March 2016 as Lee Valley Paddlesports Club Masters Men. They didn’t make GB status that time so trained hard and got selected as GB2 for the IRF R6 European Rafting Championship in Georgia 2017.

Maybe their name change to R.E.D. (Retired Extremely Dangerous) helped with their determination to win but also the delivery of a British Rafting Bull Raft made it so much easier to train regularly. You may have seen them compete last year in the IRF R4 European Champs in Slovakia. This year they return having . . . → continue reading . . . We are river family – meet R.E.D.

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We are river family – meet The River Face

One of the first teams to register for the IRF World Rafting Championship in Tully, Australia this coming May, River Face have been growing strength on strength each year with an impressive medal tally of Bronze (Sprint), Silver (Head-to-Head), Gold (Downriver) and Overall Silver at last year’s Championship in Argentina. So do you want to know who you’re up against in the competition? This week we’re meeting the Japanese Open Women’s team – The River Face.

Who is in the team for Australia and have we met them before? Four of the team are the same team who competed in Argentina. . . . → continue reading . . . We are river family – meet The River Face
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