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News and views - Jan/Feb 2020
Welcome to 2020! A new year, a new decade and a big year ahead!
2019 was a momentous year for the IRF culminating in our approved Observer Status of GAISF. Together we achieved a successful Euro Cup Series season, a highly successful and pivotal World Rafting Championship in Australia, a trip down memory lane to River Vrbas for our Euro Rafting Championship and a year on year increase of new guides from across all corners of the globe into the IRF's globally recognised Guide Training & Education (GTE) System.
As we begin 2020, we announce the Balkan White Water Safety Summit to bring together rafting companies and government organisations from the Balkans to ensure high quality raft guide consistency across eastern Europe.
2020 sees big growth for our highly respected and globally recognised guide training system with the 2020 GTE Instructors Conference taking place in France - be sure to book your place soon. We have over 45 guide training workshops already in the diary this year and this number will increase as we move through the year - be sure to check the calendar for a workshop near you.
For our raft racers we have an update on the Coronavirus and its impact on our 2020 World Rafting Championship; our long time friends and supporters in the Russian Rafting Federation share with us their intention to bid for the IRF World Champs in Chuya in 2023; and we formally announce that the 2021 World Rafting Champs will be returning to the site of the most well attended WRC ever, the Vrbas in Bosnia and Herzegovina!
Be sure to put dates in your diaries, we have 10 Euro Cups already this year with several more just confirming dates now.
And finally, we welcome Greece, the most recent country to join the IRF! It truly is shaping out to be a momentous and historic year for the IRF. We look forward to welcoming you to the IRF River Family and can't wait to see you on a river soon.
From everyone in the IRF River Family, we wish everyone a safe and prosperous 2020.
International Rafting Federation
Balkan White Water Safety Summit
The Rafting Federation of the Republic of Srpska (Rafting savez Republike Srpske) are proud to announce the first ever whitewater safety conference aimed specifically at the Balkan region. The
Balkan White Water Safety Summit will be held in the City of Banja Luka from 18 to 22 May 2020, with a workshop being run on the Vrbas River at the start.
The aims of the conference are to:
Promote rafting standards in the Balkan region Unify the rafting industry in the Balkan region Improve the safety on rivers and what the benefits of safe rafting are Cooperation between rafting companies on Balkan Look at floods in the Balkan region and what the role of educated rafting guides in this can be Promotion of . . . → continue reading . . .Balkan White Water Safety Summit
Welcome Greece, the most recent country to join the IRF
In an historic announcement, the Hellenic Canoe-Kayak Federation (HCKF) is the most recent national federation to join the IRF. The HCKF identified the IRF as being the only legitimate and globally recognised rafting federation to truly and honestly represent all rafting interests around the world. With HCKF having been recognised by the Minister of Sport to develop the sport of rafting since 2004, the recent growing interest in rafting amongst their 56 clubs and the IRF’s recent approval as a GAISF Observer prompted them to join the IRF family of rafting nations.
The IRF has been working hard to prepare for our flagship competition, the 2020 R4 World Rafting Championship, scheduled to be held 22-30 August on the Wu Pai River in Ziyuan County, Guang Xi Province, China.
Like the rest of the world, we are closely watching the rapidly developing news about the Wuhan coronavirus that suddenly appeared in the city of . . . → continue reading . . .The Coronavirus and WRC 2020
Breaking the mould and proving that raft racing is an enthralling and vibrant sport, the river Vrbas invited teams from across the globe to take part in the 2009 IRF World Rafting Championships. An event which saw racing take place over two rivers in two neighbouring countries and with the most exciting slalom spectacle under night lights, it was one that is recognised as iconic and not to be forgotten.
It is with great delight that we announce the IRF is returning to the Vrbas River for our World Rafting Championships! The last WRC held there was in 2009 and is considered one of the most successful events where we had a total of 53 Open teams (before other categories were introduced), more than 30,000 people . . . → continue reading . . .River Vrbas draws us back for WRC 2021!
Considered as the founding race that in 1989 pulled together nations from across the globe to bring peace and prosperity at a time of global friction, Project RAFT on the Chuya River saw racing take place on a truly international scale. Now with bigger goals and more determination to share the idyllic and spectacular region with the world, the Russian Rafting Federation, Government of the Altai Republic, Government of the Russian Federation, and Ministry of Sports of the Russian Federation hope to invite you all to their unique and remote corner of the globe.
We invite all IRF certified Instructors to join us at the 2020 IRF GTE Instructor’s Conference!
Goal of the Conference:
Update Instructors regarding current IRF practice and standard Keep currency of their instructor certificate Receive all the GTE program updates at first hand Participate in the dynamic development of the IRF GTE Discuss and find solutions for current challenges of IRF GTE Share industry best practice and knowledge Socialise and network with lead characters of rafting educators
Location: Camping Les Eygas; Fontmoline, 05380 Châteauroux-les-Alpes, France +33 4 92 43 63 80 Date: 27th to 29th April 2020 Host: www.wildwaterschool.nl
27th: Conference based at the Les Eygas campsite (landbased) with both IRF and guest speakers 28th: L’Argentière-la-Bessée . . . → continue reading . . .IRF GTE Instructor’s Conference – 2020
Happy New Year to you all! We hope you all had a Festive Season that rejuvenated you for the coming year. Our calendar is already building up fast with the key events to highlight:
Guide Training & Education (GTE) Instructors Conference: 27 – 29 April in Durance, France. Details European Rafting Championships (ERC): 8 – 13 June in Czech Republic, with the Sprint, H2H and Slalom in Lipno and Roudnice nad Labem, and the Downriver on the infamous Devil’s Stream on the Vltava River. This event will be R4 & R6. Details World Rafting Championships (WRC): 22 – 30 August in China on the Wu Pai River in the town of Ziyuan, Guilin, Guangxi Province. . . . → continue reading . . .Bounding into 2020!
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