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News and views - April 2019
In our April newsletter, we announce oneworld® as the Official Airline Alliance for our upcoming big events.
Most excitingly though, we announce China as the hosts of our 2020 WRC!
We introduce more of our river family as well as the new Athletes' Committee and WRC 2019 athletes are reminded of important things to bare in mind. We launch the opening of registration for Pre-Worlds iin Ziyuan, China.
And we tempt you to join in one of our many upcoming races or GTE courses around the world. We've had a great start to the IRF Euro Cup races this year and look forward to the growing participation numbers at each one.
Read on and see you on a river soon, International Rafting Federation
Closing date for 2020 Pre-Worlds is this Sunday! #AreYouReady
Registration for the IRF 2020 Pre-Worlds Rafting Championship closes this coming Sunday (02nd June). Do not miss out on this world class opportunity to practice on the very river you will be racing on in the IRF World Rafting Championship next year!
Join teams from these countries already registered:
Open Men: Brazil, Chile, Czech Republic, Japan, New Zealand
Open Women: Australia, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Denmark, Great Britain, Hungary, Norway, Russia
Remember all you have to pay for is flights, visas and incidentals – the organiser is covering all accommodation, airport transfers, river transfers and three meals a day.
Announcing the inaugural World White Water Rafting Summit
San José, Costa Rica. Under the theme, “Risk management for a prosperous future”, the first-ever World White Water Rafting Summit (WWWRS) will be held at the National Conference and Convention Centre in San Jose, Costa Rica from October 8 to 13, 2019.
The historic event was announced on Saturday, May 18, 2019, during the IRF World Rafting Championship at the Tully River in Australia by Rafael Gallo, Honorary President of the International Rafting Federation (IRF) and President of the Costa Rica Sports Association for Adventure and Paddling (ADAR). The Summit has the backing of the Costa Rican Tourism Board (ICT).
The WWWRS will convene experts involved in the regulation, certification and operation of rafting with the mission to modernise rules and procedures of the IRF worldwide. Rafting dignitaries attending . . . → continue reading . . .Announcing the inaugural World White Water Rafting Summit
Today was a test of endurance for the teams competing on the last day of competition of the 2019 IRF World Rafting Championship, powered by Experience Co.
Downriver combines water reading skills and endurance and the Under 19 Australian Men’s team proved they had plenty of both coming over the finish line well ahead of the second team, which was Indonesia, followed by Costa Rica. This clinched the Overall title of World Champions for this young team, showing great promise for the future of rafting in Australia. Indonesia’s second in the Downriver secured them the Silver Medal Overall, with Czech taking the Bronze.
A challenging but awesome slalom day on the Tully River
Today teams showcased their strength, precision and determination on the Tully River as the third day of competition of the 2019 IRF World Rafting Championship, powered by Experience Co. kicked off.
The crowds were booming and the atmosphere was electric as the Open and Master teams hit the Tully River to compete in the slalom discipline. The winner is determined by the team who can navigate the course of slalom poles with the least amount of touches and misses combined with a fast time. Competitors and spectators filled the banks of the river to support and cheer on each team.
Today saw sleek moves and great clashes on the Tully River as the second day of competition of the 2019 IRF World Rafting Championship, powered by Experience Co. rolled on by.
The crowds were roaring as junior teams (U19 and U23) hit the Tully River to compete in the slalom discipline. The winner is determined by the team who can navigate the course of slalom poles with the least amount of touches and misses combined with a fast time. Whilst Open and Master teams battled it out in the head to head in the afternoon. Competitors and spectators filled the banks of the river to support and cheer on each team.
Today marked the first day of competition of the 2019 IRF World Rafting Championship, powered by Experience Co. on the River Tully.
Tully is playing host to over 400 competitors and support crew from 19 different nations.
The excitement was electric as teams hit the river to compete in the Sprint discipline – the winner is determined by the fastest team from start to finish. Competitors and spectators alike lined the banks to cheer on teams with the loudest cheers for the home nation crews.
Australia Masters Women came first in their division, eight and a half seconds ahead of Costa Rica.
Australian Under 19 Men tamed the Tully river by taking first place followed by Indonesia and Czech Republic.
IRF gets a great GTE workshop done in Oregon, USA!
by Mark Hirst
Welcome to the IRF family Zach, Aaron, Dustin, Emily, Ellie, Michael, Brodie, Thomas, Santiago, Dave, Will, Sarah, Heidi!!!
I had been email in email contact with Zachary from Northwest Rafting in Oregon USA for over 2 years trying to find the time for Zach to attend an instructor workshop. His drive and enthusiasm were really impressive We both finally decided that Zach & his crew at Northwest Rafting should host their own IRF workshop in the states.
Considering that the rafting industry in the USA is probably the largest in the world the IRF is massively under-represented in the USA, but this is changing fast.
This is a summary of the Jirrbal story. The Aboriginal Traditional Owners of the Tully region would like to ensure that they promote and share their land, language and culture to visitors from around the world and locally. They wish to share the importance of their unique and different perspective of the country and how they see and read the land, in particular the Tully River. Their connection to the Tully River and other tributary rivers in the local areas are seen through this “The Water Story”.
Once there was a time when the animals wandered the land looking for water.
They searched and searched but couldn’t find enough for even the smallest animals to drink. Bangarra (blue tongue lizard) was the Keeper of The Water, so . . . → continue reading . . .The water story – by a Jirrbal Elder
Tully, Australia, is slowly filling up with rafters from the far corners of the world. Some are arriving early so as to be familiar with the river and location once the racing starts. Others will stay on afterwards to sample the attractions of this far north section of Queensland. And all will enjoy typical Aussie fair while there … but what is typical of that part of Australia?
Tully Golden Gumboot
To see and do in and around Tully:
Tully Gorge National Park and rafting – well the races are right in the park, so you’ll be able to tick both those off quickly! The Golden Gumboot! Right there in Tully town, next to the Event Head Quarters at the Show Ground. Tully Sugar Mill Tours . . . → continue reading . . .Aussie! Aussie! Aussie!
British Rafting looking to host 2022 IRF World Rafting Champs
The IRF are delighted to have received an “Intention to Bid” from British Rafting who aim to host the event in the world renowned Lee Valley White Water Centre (LVWWC). The course is a purpose built white-water course, that was constructed to host the canoe slalom events of the London 2012 Olympic Games. During the torch relay for the London 2012 Olympic Games, the Olympic torch made its way down the course on a raft!
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