At the beginning of the Pan-American rafting championship the first Pan-American Council in history has been elected in the Valle de San Josè, Santander, Colombia.Martin Martinez, the WRF representative...
The 980 m venue in Çekerek district in the Yozgat province, Türkiye, is the second WRF Centre of Excellence. From 15th to 20th July, after months of careful planning and construction, the venue had a successful...
The World Rafting Federation has concluded a free technical workshop for the Delegations of Morocco and Iran in the city of Villeneuve, Italy from 10-12 July. The workshop is part of the WRF Developing...
Croatia was supposed to host the first international competition of the WRF season in the breathtaking spot of Slunj, 18th-21st March.
The race has been suspended due to low rainfall and snowfall during the winter season: Slunjčica river has no minimum water level to paddle.
There is the chance to pospone the event in the first weeks of April, depending on the weather conditions.
Hoping to see you all paddling soon, WRF confirms the Euro Cup in Bulgaria: 25th-28th March.
WRF is proud to announce the new partnership agreement with Aquadesign, becoming the latest addition to the prestigious group of Official WRF Partners.As Official WRF Partner, Aquadesign will be present at and involved in all World Rafting main events including the 2022 Junior & U23 World Championships in Zubin Potok, Kosovo (25-31 July 2022) and the 2023 Senior World Championships in Valtellina, Italy (26 June - 2 July 2023).
WE ARE VERY PROUD AND EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE THE SIGNATURE OF OUR NEW PARTNERSHIP WITH AQUADESIGN. AQUADESIGN IS A GLOBAL LEADER IN OUR SECTOR AND IT IS CURRENTLY ONE OF THE STRONGEST TEAM IN THE WORLD WHICH MAKES THIS PARTNERSHIP A PERFECT FIT. WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO CONTINUING OUR SUCCESSFUL PARTNERSHIP AND TO SUPPORTING THE NATIONAL FEDERATIONS IN THEIR FUTURE SUCCESSES THANKS TO THIS AGREEMENT.
DANILO BARMAZ , WRF PRESIDENT
Aquadesign was one of the official partners of the 2021 Senior World Championships held in L-Argentière-la-béssée in France
As part of the agreement, Aquadesign will provide with new rafts to WRF, manufactured according to WRF Sport Rules.
The special price for the "race raft" by Aquadesign is 920,00 Euro (+VAT): orders can be made by contacting
For Aquadesign this important partnership will allow a strategic expansion of its brand recognition internationally by organisation with the world’s top rafting events that are followed by significant global audiences.
On 13rd January the President of the Comité Olimpico Peruano, Dr Renzo Vitto Fabrizio Manyar Velazco certified that "the Peruvian Canoeing Federation is the representative of the rafting discipline in the country as a national sports representative for the fulfillment of the international agreements assumed between the International Canoeing federation and the World Rafting Federation.
In addition the President of the Peruvian Canoeing Federation, Sr. Jorge Tàvara Mariàtegui certified the full membership with WRF, taking the opportunity to express "my special consideration and esteem".
Whitewater rafting on Rio Chili
The incredible variety of freshwater Perù varies from the enormous drainage basin of the Amazon river and the whitewater rivers like Rio Chili and Urubamba that, flowing from the Andes Mountains towards the Pacific Ocean, create a natural paradise for rafting.
"I am honored to welcome this beautiful country in our community and I lood forward to develop positive sinergies with this amazing rafting reality." WRF President declared.
Rio Urubamba, that runs through the Sacred Valley of Incas
World Rafting Federation, with the collaboration of its stakeholders, has launched a joint fundraising appeal to help our Ukrainian friends and members.
A first donation from World Rafting has been done on 3 march 2022 to Ukrainian Rafting Federation directly to the Ukrainian Rafting Federation. But it’s just the first step.
“I do not know about tomorrow but your support will help us to buy food and water. Sometimes it is not possible to reply at once due to absent of light and internet” said the President Bakanychev.
Your help is invaluable to our friends in Ukraine.
"We condemn war in all its forms and aim to support the Ukrainian rafting community in any way we can; our focus remains the wellbeing of our athletes”, says the Board of Directors “Sport has the power to unite the world. We must use our position to send a strong message of peace”.
The WRF Board of Directors unanimously invite to all Affiliated Members to share this initiative.
"We are in touch with both President Oleksandr Bakanychev and General Secretary Tatyana Kulbaka about how we can coordinate aid so that it can directly cover the needs of the rafting family" says the WRF President Barmaz "The situation is critical, we are working with them to guarantee their safety and help them in the best possible way. But we need the support from our amazing community".
Following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, on 2nd March 2022 the Board of Directors met to discuss the breach of the Olympic Truce by the Russian government and the government of Belarus, deciding to suspend from competing at any event the Russian and Belarus Federations until further notice. Read more
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UNIQUE AWARDS TO MARK A DIFFICULT YEAR OF SPORTWorld Rafting is delighted to announce the nominees for the World Rafting Athletes & Coach of the Year 2021.
The World Rafting Awards will recognise athletes who have performed at the highest level across the year, taking into account not only the Senior World Championships, but also the national events."The Awards will celebrate the achievements of sportsmen and women and their impact on society - Danilo Barmaz, WRF President said - We do recognise that rafters in some parts of the world faced greater challenges than others in accessing international competition this year".
Voting procedure for 2021 World Rafting Athletes & Coach of the Year 2021
The World Rafting Family and fans can vote online via the World Rafting website and platform.
Voting will close on 31 January 2022.
The best Athletes and Coach of the Year will be announced on 10 February.
The finalists are:Matias Maximiliano Cordero (ARG) Pedro Aversa (BRA) Zeno Martini (ITA) Cyril Audoit (FRA) Sebastián Chacon (COL) Marko Manojlović (MNT) Luka Palčič (SLO) Franco Javier Gomez Rodriguez (CHI) Isaac Camilleri Liberto (MLT) Ivo Kisyakov (BUL) Geri Spathara (ALB) Nikita Zhuravlev (RUS) Viktor Kveták (SVK) Aydin Aksoy (TUR) Manuel Bufalino (BEL)
The finalists are:Louise Grigny (FRA) Zoya Karadachka (BUL) Nina Šuchová (SVK) Francesca Leonardi (ITA) Jenita Gobel (NRD) Nicole Plagemann (CHI) Deniz Dinler (TUR)
The finalists are:Rodrigo Toledo (CHI) Massimo Giandinoto (ITA) Benjamin Pillerault (FRA) Riccardo Novella (ITA)
The finalists are:Savaş Izmirli (TUR) Tomislav Crnković (HRV) Freddy Hernando Merchan (COL) Andrea Gatti (ALB) Medhi Deguil (FRA) Paolo Benciolini (ITA) Rastislav Zbořil (SVK) Simon Bobnar (SLO)
The Board of Directors discussed again today the breach of the Olympic Truce by the Russian government and the government of Belarus, deciding to suspend from competing at any event the Russian and Belarus Federations until further notice.
Following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Board of Directors met to discuss the sanctions for Russia and Belarus. The IOC recommends “International Sports Federations and sports event organisers not invite or allow the participation of Russian and Belarusian athletes and officials in international competitions” in order “to protect the integrity of global sports competitions and for the safety of all the participants”, therefore the following measures will be taken until further notice:based on the exceptional circumstances of the situation and considering the extremely grave violation of the Olympic Truce and other violations of the Olympic Charter by the Russian and Belarus government, the “Russian Rafting Federation (RRF)” and the “Belarus Rafting Federation” are suspended;
WRF welcomes and appreciates the many calls for peace by athletes, sports officials and members of the worldwide River Community. The WRF admires and supports in particular the calls for peace by Russian athletes, therefore, the Russian and Belarus teams are allowed to compete at the international events at the following conditions: registered athletes do not cover any official role/position within the respective National Federation; the Russian and Belarussian national flags will not be displayed; the Russian and Belarussian anthems will be not played; Russian or Belarusian nationals, be it as individuals or teams, will be accepted only as neutral. Being the NFs suspended, registrations will be done directly by the Clubs;
WRF confirms that it will not allocate any event to Russia or Belarus.
“We condemn war in all its forms and aim to support the Ukrainian rafting community in any way we can; our focus remains the wellbeing of our athletes”, says the Board. “Sport has the power to unite the world. We must use our position to send a strong message of peace”.
The ICF Congress was held from 3rd to 7th November 2021 in Rome, Italy. On the other side of the elections the meeting has been an opportunity to discover new realities and create new sinergies. In those days the WRF President and Secretary fist met and made contact with the Nigerian Rowing, Canoeing and Sailing Federation.
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In recent years the canoe sport in Nigeria has been growing exponentially and WRF is proud of becoming part of this movement. In the last 3 months WRF and the Nigerian Federation have been cooperating for the membership that now is official: President Rear Adm. Festus Porbeni and Secretary Olubumni Ola Oluode welcome rafting as a new discipline and Nigeria becomes a full WRF member.
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WRF President Danilo Balrmaz declared "As the official motto of the Nigerian Rowing, Canoeing and Sailing Federation says, together we make more waves and waves are an opportunity to grow: facing them, paddling through them, surfing them and moving forward. A hughe thank you for the effort during the last months and a warm welcome to the Nigerian Rowing, Canoeing and Sailing Federation".
The entry of Switzerland in WRF has been an enormous result for our community, since they has a lot of river experience and is an active movement.
President Angerlo Sanna, who cooperated from Switzerland in signing the WRF membership, answered three questions by the WRF.
We are convinced that collaboration between small and large federations can create positive synergies in both directions: how do you see our movement in the years to come? What are you expecting at your national level?
In Switzerland, everything remains to be done. If rafting is well known commercially, the rivers being particularly suitable for the practice of this activity, there is very little experience in competition. All the guides are professionals of the commercial branch who do not want to lose days of wages to participate in competitions that bring only glory but nothing financially.
The aim of our Federation is therefore to create rafting clubs throughout Switzerland focused on leisure or slalom and downhill competition. To achieve this, these sports clubs must be financially supported by their canton. A lot of money is available for sport thanks to Loterie Romande for the French-speaking part of Switzerland, while for the Swiss-German-speaking regions and Swiss-Italian regions, the Swisslos lottery is involved.
The second problem in Switzerland is that rafting is headed by two associations: one, the Swiss Outdoor Association SOA is a multi-sport association whose members are commercial rafting companies. The other, the Swiss Rafting Federation SRF is a Federation of people (guides, competitors and members of leisure clubs). It would be necessary to arrive at a collaboration between the two associations, which is not won in advance!
Rafting has developed all over the world over the years, connected to several territories with particular differences. What could be the result of a world union? What are the potential benefits of the resulting structure, both agonistically and commercially?
It is obvious that the development of our sport has every interest in being done in collaboration between all the nations. It is a long time ago between the 1990s when the Russians built crazy rafts to descend the crazy rivers of Siberia and today when an international collaboration makes it possible every day to innovate for the good of all, both in terms of equipment and Security.
As in all sports, competition brings innovations which are then taken up by the industry. On the other hand, the meeting between nations makes it possible to get to know each other better, to exchange ideas and ultimately to create a large family of lovers of nature and living waters.
What do you think of the WRF innovations in the rafting world?
We are in favour of Para-Rafting and we totally support this inclusive category. Furthermore, since our sport can take place in the same slalom pools as those created for canoeing and with very similar rules, I think we will benefit from this new adventure and the two sports, rafting and canoe, can learn from each other.
WRF being a member of the International Canoe Federation ICF, which is itself a member of the IOC, made our membership confident.
WRF President Danilo Barmaz declared "We are satisfied about the ongoing path of the WRF movement, this important step confirms us that we are moving forward and in the right direction. I warmly thank Mr Weber and the Swiss movement, on behalf of the Federation that I have the honor to represent, for the willingness and effort that they are putting in this new path, and I look forward to seeing them at our events".