With the final event of the series recently being held in Slovenia on the Soca River near Solkan, the 2018 European Cup Series has drawn to a close.
There were 6 events in the R4 series with some locations opting for R4 so teams planning to attend the ERC or WRC this year had opportunities to race against each other. Some federations also use these events as their National Selections.
Raft Club Gimpex Straza 1 of Slovenia took the 2018 Euro Cup R4 Men’s Series title with a convincing win of 3 disciplines at the Solkan event, the H2H at EC Wildalpen and Slalom at EC Vrbas – so a well deserved win!Â RK Hodonin of Czech attended and performed well at EC Wildalpen, Vrbas, Lipno and Trnavka, which gave them plenty points to choose from to take 2nd place.Â Nektar Dajak Club’s great performances in the Downriver at EC Wildalpen and VrbasÂ (winning Gold in both) secured them 3rd place. Continue reading 2018 Euro Cup Rafting Series comes to a close
The International Rafting Federation areÂ very sad to hear of the untimely and sudden loss of Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) President, Mr. Patrick Baumann last Friday. The IRF would like to offer all staff, and members of GAISF our deepest condolences. Our thoughts are with Mr. Baumann’s wife, children and family.
By all accounts, Mr. Baumann was widely considered one of the most influential sports leaders of his generation; an inspirational leader whose vision, drive and enthusiasm characterised his work on behalf of GAISF, the IOC, Fiba, and sport worldwide. It is difficult to imagine what a shock this must be to all who knew him personally.
The IRF recognises him as the driving force behind the transformation of GAISF following his election in 2016. These visionary changes are directly responsible for the opportunity that the IRF has been given to apply for GAISF Observer Status, and to eventually join our kindred sport federations as a member of the GAISF fraternity. For this, the IRF shall remain eternally grateful, and it is with great regret that our federation did not have the good fortune to work with Mr. Baumann as a GAISF member.
With our sincere sympathies and on behalf of all IRF members,
Joe W Jones
International Rafting Federation – President
No stranger to racing, guiding or safety training, this week we meet Steve Nomchong. Steve grew up in southern reaches of Australia, experienced rafting at a relatively young age and got hooked.
Steve was too young to vote in 1983 when a proposed dam that would have flooded the Franklin River in Tasmania became a major issue in that year’s federal election. It took a few years but he got the chance to raft the Franklin in early 1986 and see what all the fuss had been about. That trip changed the course of his life.
Now that flights and accommodation are booked for the WRC it is time to look at Argentina and specifically the Neuquen province in more detail!
Most of the teams and officials will be based in the tourist town of Villa Pehuenia and there the favoured activities are rafting and kayaking or boat tours down AluminÃ©, Ãorquinco, Moquehue and PulmarÃ rivers, or sport fishing in AluminÃ©, LitrÃ¡n, and NompehuÃ©n lakes, as well as horseback riding, climbing, big game hunting or trekking excursions through green trails that wander between mountain ranges and forests like the centenary pehuenes forest.
Eating and drinking
Food is a big social focus in Argentina. It is an opportunity to get together and socialise and this can be seen in their Asado’s and drinking yerba matÃ©.
- Asado (grilled meat) is like a barbeque and is very popular not only for the food but the social interaction while the meat is grilling. and is usually beef steak or ribs. In Argentina “carne’ tends to refer to beef only, whereas in other Spanish speaking countries they will specify what animal the meat is from, for instance “carne de vaca” (beef), “carne de cordero” (lamb).
- Yerba MatÃ© is a strong herbal drink that isÂ quite bitter and strong in caffeine. It isÂ massively popular in Argentina (the average Argentinian drinks about 5kgs a year!) and is very social. It is drunk out of a gourd which can be very basic like a hollowed out squash, to fancy decorated ones made from wood or other natural materials. It is drunk through a straw (bombillo) with a sieve on the end to prevent the herb being swallowed.It is normal practise for the person making the yerba matÃ© to offer it to others, even strangers. If it is offered to you – take it, don’t touch the bombillo with your hands, and drink it down, then pass it back to the original person who will then refill it and pass it to the next person!
Continue reading Argentina – what to eat, see and do in Neuquen
We hope you’re looking forward to this event as much as we are!Â Below are a few reminders to make your championship memorable for all the right reasons!
If you have not paid that to the Argentina Organisers yet I suggest you do that urgently! It is OVERDUE and they will start adding extra on for late payments now.
Planning for your trip
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Citizens of most European nations, Australia, Canada and USA don’t require visas for travel to Argentina – however, it is best to check now and apply for a visa now if you need one!
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A face familiar to all on the raft race circuit, this week we meet Lucas hailing from Brotas, Brazil – winner of many IRF World Rafting Championship medals. Lucas started raftingÂ in 1999 at Empresa Vaca Nautica, in the city of Brotas-SP, through an invitation from a friend to do guide training. After three months of training, he was approved and started work as a raft guide. After six months working as a guide, he started to train for rafting competitions.
You love it. We love it. We’re going back to River Vrbas in Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina for the IRF European Rafting Championship 2019.
Hosts to the World Rafting Championship in 2009, Euro Rafting Championships in 2009 and again in 2015, this popular stretch of river regularly sees teams from across the globe come together as one river family to test their skills. As if hosting these large scale events isn’t enough, Rafting Klub Kanyon also play host to the Branka Å tuliÄ Memorial Euro Cup on an annual basis.
The picturesque steep walls of the Vrbas canyon will again see all the action of the Sprint, Head-to-Head and Slalom. Downriver will commence upstream closer to the campsite where most teams will be based, and finish atÂ Rafting Klub Kanyon located on the outskirts of historic city of Banja Luka.
Exact dates are being firmed up now but the plan is for late June / early July.
As always the competition will be open to the top two teams in each age and gender categories from each European IRF member nation holding national selections in accordance with the IRF Race Rules. National teams from outside Europe are welcome to compete but will not be eligible to win European medals.
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Trentino Wild, one of the biggest rafting companies in Italy, are looking for IRF certified guides to work for them on theÂ Noce River next season. They run trips on a class IV river andÂ sometimes they run class V too. They are also a river rescueÂ school, so the rescue part is essential for them. Their season is very long, itÂ starts half way through April and finishes half way through September.
They are looking for:
- GOOD guides, with a good river sense,Â and a good curriculum, good river rescue skills (they are a river rescue school)
- Guides that are professionals of the river (IN the river and OUTSIDE the river)
- They must have a knowledge of the Italian language, and with Italian or European citizenship (so the correct work contract can be arranged)
- Must be IRF Class 4 / 5 certified
They are offering:
- Insurance through the company
- A home to stay in and serious work
If you’re interested and can satisfy the requirements – contact Trentino Wild
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With great sadness we share with you the passing of Frankie Kowaas, but share with you the unstoppable passion and adventures he has inspired in so many. Frankie was theÂ founder of Manado Adventure & Waraney Rafting. It was down to Frankie’s determination and hard work that he established the 1st branch of the Indonesian Rafting Federation (FAJI) in North Sulawesi, Indonesia (Pengprov FAJI Sulawesi Utara) and the 1st Rafting Operator in North Sulawesi (Waraney Rafting).
It was under Frankie’s direction that Indonesia competed for the first time at the 2001 IRF World Rafting Championship in West Virginia, USA.
Not resting with rafting alone, Frankie also established a mountain trekking company to climb one of the Seven Summits, Carstenz Pyramide (Papua, Indonesia). Again setting his sights high, he become the 1st BASE jumper in Indonesia and shared his love of heights through his paragliding activities.
Frankie will be greatly missed by his family, friends and customers. In his name we ask you to live life to the best you can be and share your passions with all who you encounter.
Frankie will always be one of our River Family.
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If you are planning to bid for the IRF 2021 World Rafting Champs then read on …
Intention to Bid FormsÂ are to be returned to IRF Admin by 31st October 2018. This form does not commit you to bidding but does help by letting us know that you want to bid. In this way we can assist you with various parts of the bidding process.
This is an R6 event and so is ideal for natural rivers and big water.
The due date for the FULL bid to be in is 31st December 2018. Please email IRF Admin for the latest bid documents.