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News and views - June 2021
What a great month of raft racing in Europe! There were Euro Cup races, a World Cup race and some national races.
For World Oceans Day 2021 we took a look at what we can do in our rivers to help protect our oceans; and we hear about Ducky Madness - An Adventure Down Pine Creek by Monica Nigon.
After a series of many canceled spring races, sport rafting finally arrived in Czechia in Roudnice nad Labem. Plus the Russian Rafting Championship "Inter-Rally-Belaya-2021" was held on the Toporiki and Moskovskaya Bochka rapids of the Belaya River, Republic of Adygea.
The Rohozec Cup 2021 in České Vrbné, Czechia saw a large number of Czech crews taking part as it was a selection for the World Rafting Championship in China next year.
Always a favourite - the IRF World and Euro Cup 2021 Banja Luka, BiH, brought top international teams to the Vrbas river. With many of them then moving over to the Tara River for a stunning downriver race.
We also introduce you to the Hellenic Association of Tourism Enterprises in Outdoor Activities (HATEOA) who have joined the IRF Family as an Associate Member. Welcome HATEOA!
As we continue to shake off the grip of this pandemic, we hope you all continue to stay safe, healthy and get wet on a river soon!
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Growing the #RiverFamily: HATEOA joins the IRF membership
30 Jun 2021 06:00 AM
HATEOA joins the IRF as an Associate member
The Hellenic Association of Tourism Enterprises in Outdoor Activities (HATEOA) represents the companies that offer tourist services of outdoor leisure activities and are active both in the countryside and in the urban environments of Greece. Founded in 2012, it is a member of SETE and the European Federation of Outdoor Businesses (EC-OE). which is an organisation in Greece.
The participation in the formation of the institutional framework for the development of outdoor tourism activities and the intervention to the state services for the defense of the interests of its members.
On a mission to win more medals, the Russian Rafting Federation sent teams to make a return to Tara Canyon to compete in the Tara Cup 2021. The stunning Tara Canyon forms 36kms of the border between Montenegro and Republika Srpska in Bosnia & Herzegovina. It was here that the 2009 IRF World Rafting Championship Downriver discipline races were held.
Earlier this month, the Tara Cup saw teams from Bosnia, Latvia, Serbia and Russia meet and compete in glorious sunshine.
The IRF World Cup 2021 Banja Luka, Bosnia & Herzegovina brought top national teams to Vrbas river! From 18 – 21 June this year, Republika Srpska once again hosted the Rafting World Cup. Rafting Klub Kanyon were the formidable hosts that all rafters have known for decades as the home of rafting in eastern Europe.
This year’s IRF World Cup saw many challenges from the global pandemic and the overriding goal of ensuring everyone’s health and safety.
Last weekend’s Rohozec Cup 2021 in České Vrbné, Czechia, tested the most experienced rafting competitors. During these times of coronavirus, quality raft races are limited. In České Budějovice, everything turned around for the positive.
A large number of Czech crews took part in Rohozec Cup 2021. After all, this event wasn’t just a Czech Cup, it was also nomination for the World Rafting Championship in China next year.
Inter-Rally-Belaya-2021 brings the #riverfamily together for the 46th time!
20 Jun 2021 03:42 AM
Earlier this month the Russian Rafting Championship “Inter-Rally-Belaya-2021” was held on the
Moskovskaya Bochka rapids of the Belaya River, Khamyshki, Republic of Adygea.
The excellent and warm weather along with traditional North Cacasus hospitality greeted a massive number of 41 crews participating in R4 and R6, men’s and women’s divisions. Teams came from Moscow, St. Petersburg, Ryazan region, Belgorod region, Krasnodar region, the Republic of Adygea, Tomsk region, Lipetsk region, Krasnoyarsk region and the Altai Territory, the Altai Republic.
After a series of many canceled spring races, sport rafting has finally arrived. The 2021 season began at the beginning of June with the R6 Championship of the Czech Republic in Roudnice nad Labem. This event was also the first of the series of races in the IRF’s Euro Cup Series in R6.
The organizers of this year’s first race in Roudnice nad Labem (KV Viking Mladá Boleslav) were still limited by pandemic restrictions, so the race had to take place in a more modest form, without spectators and award ceremonies.
A ducky is perhaps the most absurd of whitewater crafts. Elitists might call it an inflatable kayak, but I find it more akin to a high-buoyancy bathtub. It combines the best qualities of a raft and the best qualities of a kayak to make something incredibly mediocre. In a raft, the most uncomfortable part is wedging your feet under the rubber thwarts and letting them marinate in cold water all day.
World Oceans Day 2021: what, why and how to get involved
08 Jun 2021 06:00 AM
For World Oceans Day 2021 we take a look at what we can do in our rivers to help protect our oceans. Rivers come in all shapes and sizes. One thing they have in common is they start somewhere higher than they finish. Rivers finish their journey in bodies of water. For many, this is lakes or bodies of water – but the rest finish their travel in one of the world’s oceans.
Oceans produce at least 50% of the planet’s oxygen.
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