WRF has revealed the venues that will play host to the Rafting weekends during the 2023. Next year, the Senior World Championships will be held in Italy (Sondrio) and the registrations are already open....
Today RX has been the last discipline of the Pan-American Champs and many countries with a lot of river experience competed through the strategic gates for the first time: it has been demanding...
Last night heavy rain strongly increased the water level and the put-in of women and mix teams has been moved after the two 4 level rapids that are in the first km. The men paddled the 8 km downriver that...
First day of competition was the literal definition of slalom!The RX qualification inaugurated the race weekend with a fast sprint on the slalom course. Best time (91.77) was scored by the home team of...
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...
2 days of selections officially opened the agonistic season in Italy: the 3rd level river Sesia, in the alpine valley Valsesia hosted the first stage of the National Rafting Championship 2021.
2 of the 5 disciplines that will select the athletes for the World Championship in France took place on 8th and 9th May.
Sesia gorges, Piedmont region, North Italy
The first day saw 14 gates for 2 challenging manches of Slalom: Pietro Fratton, Zeno Martini, Fabio Martini And Lorenzo Mastella of Rafting Team Verona won in the men category with 142.64 seconds, with only 3.65 seconds ahead of Sesia Rafting Team with Dario Morandi, Michele Pattoglio, Francesco Regina and Giordi Sarteur. Third place for the athletes of Tigerle - ASV Sterzing from Vipiteno with 158.55 seconds: Damiano Casazza, Robert Schifferle, Martin Unterthurner and Michael Zanella.
Rafting Team Verona
Downriver confirmed the men podium, with a close battle between the first three teams that concluded in the same position: gold for Rafting Team Verona with 24’32.30, silver for Sesia Rafting with 24’34.41 and bronze for Tigerle - ASV Sterzing with 24’43.13.
Also in the women category the steps of the two podiums saw the same teams in the same positions: Letizia Lauri, Elodie Lumignon, Gaia Mascarello and Carlotta Scalvino, Rafting Aventure Villeneuve, won the Slalom with 175.50 seconds. With 30 cents further back Martina Bonomi, Christa Gruber, Francesca Leonardi and Miriam Waldboth got the second place for Sesia Rafting-DRD4. Third place for Sara Amonini, Francesca Fontanive, Silvia Venturini and Valentina Volo, Adda Viva Indomita Valtellina River with 188.79 seconds.
Rafting Aventure Villeneuve
Downriver gave another gold to Rafting Aventure Villeneuve who stopped the chronometer at 27’03.59, followed with almost a minute of advantage by Sesia Rafting-DRD4 with 28’00.56. Another bronze for Adda Viva Indomita Valtellina River with 28’57.82.
2 Para-Rafting teams, with athletes who already participated at the World Para-Rafting Championship in Kiev 2019, paddled in the same disciplines: gold for M&N Movimento e Natura - Asd Pescantina and silver for M&N Movimento e Natura - Adda Viva.
Now all the athletes keep their eyes on the next weekend of selection (5th and 6th June) on Avisio river that, with 3 other competitions on different disciplines, will confirm or overturn the National spots for France, 2 teams per category: men, women, para and mix. 1 month and 16 days to go!
To the start of the marathon are allowed maximum 1500 boats, the registratsion begins 1-st of january at 12:00:01 am (in Estonian time) Registration runs until the 31-st of march or until 1500 boats are filled.
If your desire is to see pristine nature and spend one athletic day paddling, this is the marathon for you. 100km in one day. Remember! "You Can Do More Than You Think". Every kilometer you recall later on the sauna deck is pure pleasure. You want it over and over, it may not be right now, but it won't give you peace anymore.
WE WILL MEET May 22, 2021 in Võru.
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Following the project of the ICF International Canoe Federation we have created some games too for our younger rafters!
The effects of the Covid-19 pandemic were felt by all, but perhaps the most affected by the changes of this period were the kids. This is the reason why - while we all wait to be able to go back to the river to have fun we can spend some carefree moments playing these little games.Click on the files to find free activities and game to keep you entertained until you are allowed outside again. You can work online or print, share the result using our tag #WorldRafting - we would love to see the result. Tag @WorldRafting on Instagram, Facebook
We will be adding new activities regularly, so don't forget to bookmark the Rafting-Games page and come back! Click here to download: Rafting-Games
After the opening race on Rio Pejibaye in February and the second stage on Rio Pacuare at the end of March, the National Championship of Costa Rica is finally over. Sarapiquì hosted the third and final stage on Rio Puerto Viejo.
In the women category the winners of the first two races confirmed the gold, with a first place in every discipline (300 points): Chicas del Pacuare are definitely ready for France.
The second women team, who will compete in France too, is Black Mambas (270 points, 2nd place in every discipline).
The bronze in the Downriver, RX and slalom gave a third place to Open Mambas (240 points).
The overall Men category saw a harsh exchange between the first teams. Quepos won the downriver, got the 2nd place in RX and the 3rd in Slalom, ripping the top step of the podium with 268 points, after a challenging race with Volcano.
Volcano won the final knock out stage of RX, got a silver in the downriver and a 5th place in Slalom, that gave them 262 points, an Overall silver and the ticket to the World Champs, shared with the winners.
The bronze went to Hijos del Volcán, with 250 points from a 3rd place in Downriver and RX and a 2nd place in Slalom.
The National Champions are already focusing on the next big challenge: the national title is a great result as well as a starting point for the international level: four teams from Costa Rica (one more team as mix) will paddle in Durance river in less than 2 months, for the world title in France.
The world is still struggling with the Covid-19 pandemic and most of us are still locked home thinking on how nice would be to do some rafting with our team, friends or family.
Trying to give you some relief we decided to tiktok-ing a bit! Are you with us? We need your support!
We will start posting videos from all over the world to give you the possibility to take some imaginary worldwide journeys with us. Everyday a new spot to discover and add to your trip list for the moment when the pandemic will be over!
The wild Costa Rica, the high Croatian waterfalls, the Grand Canyon, the crystal clear Chilean waters... send us your videos on @worldrafting!
We solemnly promise you not to ruin any kind of song by overusing it... but we can’t wait to meet you all in person again and test the skills of our expert athletes! Only -73 days to the WRF World Rafting Championships - L'Argentière-La Bessée 2021!
Every cloud has a silver lining - see you soon rafters!
April 6 was declared as the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (IDSDP) by the UN General Assembly in 2013, creating a historical link to the first modern Olympic Games in 1896.
This decision represented a significant step in recognizing the transformative power of sport and its great potential in advancing positive social change.
Due to its vast reach, unparalleled popularity and foundation of positive values, sport is ideally positioned to contribute towards the Sustainable Development Goals.
Ever since its creation, many organizations and individuals have celebrated on this day the role that sport plays in society and its power to foster dialogue, understanding, social inclusion and peace.
April6 is a celebration of the work being carried out every day by sport organizations, athletes, coaches and NGOs that play a fundamental role by transmitting the educational values of sport to people of all ages throughout the world.
In the current circumstances, April6 provides the opportunity to highlight the unique power of sport in supporting people and communities to overcome the challenges imposed by the pandemic.
As a reference to the yellow and the red card in the sporting world, since 2014 a #WhiteCard is a symbol, created by the organization Peace and Sport, representing the positive power of sport for peace and social inclusion.
Every year, through the #WhiteCard campaign, Peace and Sport mobilizes the sports world as well as governments and civil society to celebrate the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace.
The core message of the 2021 #WhiteCard campaign is “Behind each #WhiteCard, there is a story”. It seeks to highlight and draw attention to the stories of individuals and communities who have been positively impacted by sport all around the globe.
Through a #WhiteCard, each of us can advocate on the unique power of sport for social development and peace, and share a story on how sport supported us to overcome challenges.
To participate, take a picture of yourself while holding a white card, register your story on the www.April6.org platform and share it on all your social networks using the hashtag #WhiteCard and the tags @peaceandsport and @worldrafting.
World Earth Day is the biggest environmental event dedicated to the planet and has been celebrated every year for 51 years. Founded in 1970 to sensitize the world to the importance of conserving the Earth's natural resources, in recent years it has managed to mobilize over one billion people in the 193 countries involved.
Each edition has its own theme for this year’s #EarthDay is: “Restore Our Earth” because it is true that today we celebrate our great planet, but we also wanna start a new project for its protection from threats like climate change!
Soon we will publish news - stay tuned!
ICCE President John Bales and the Board of Directors welcome WRF as a new partner.
The International Council for Coaching Excellence (ICCE) is a not-for-profit, global organisation established in 1997 with the mission of leading and developing sport coaching globally. ICCE operates in 50 countries believing that international collaboration and exchange can accelerate positive change in the realm of coaching development and help these coaches give athletes around the world a chance to pursue excellence.
With the mission of a worldwide cooperation towards a continuous improvement WRF has developed the WRF Training Programme covering all the aspect of the rafting sport for its river guides and coaches, from recreational to competitive activities, on all class of river difficulties that can be safely run.
The aim of the Training Programme is to implement a federal worldwide system based on the competences and knowledges of the different levels of river rafting guides and coaches.
WRF share the main ICCE issues, aiming:To promote sport coaching as a profession. To promote international relationships, social and cultural, with those who are engaged in coaching education. To promote sport and sport-values. To promote and utilize research in the field of training and competition. To exchange knowledge in the field of coaching. To disseminate information about curricula, qualifying standards etc. amongst members. To co-ordinate coach education courses and resources across member countries. To promote a moral code in coaching. To improve relationships among Coach – Management – Athlete. To publish a professional publication in the field of coaching education. To encourage and to assist countries, in the field of coach education
The international mobility for rafting guides, technicians and athletes is encouraged by the rafting’s seasonality due the weather events according to the period of the year. This aspect represents a tool for a global and dynamic exchange that, with a proper structure and the mutual support of ICCE, can lead to joint benefits.
We believe that this membership is the first step of a collaborative pathway where our associations will grow and promote positive synergies among the different, unique and precious realities of the sports world.
The Indian Rafting Foundation, founded by India’s rafting trailblazer Shaukat Sikand, held the 14th National Rafting Championship on the river Sutlej in Himachal Pradesh from 23 to 27th March 2021. The event, attended by Mr Divesh Kumar (IAS), Secretary Tourism from Himachal Pradesh, also selected two teams who will carry the Indian flag in France at the World Championships.
Four teams from the Indian Army, three from BSF including a women’s team joined teams from Himachal, Arunachal, Punjab and Jammu for four days of exhilarating races overseen by WRF accredited judges of the Indian Rafting Foundation. The Indian Rafting Foundation judges, trained by WRF Chief Judge Stefan Purjakov, came from Jammu, Arunachal, Kashmir, Goa, Delhi, Telangana and included the Secretary General Ahsan Ul Bandey as well as the Chief Judge Sushil K Sharma.
The Indian Army teams led by the coach Col Sachin Nikam stood out in the male category with their preparedness and team effort: despite the third place in the RX, the two golds of Slalom and Downriver guaranteed the overall victory to the Indian Army team; Mr Devaiah KN, Mr Joga Singh, Mr Hansraj, Mr Samy Murugan and Mr Sreejith KS (reserve) will be the first team representing India in France next June.
Indian Army team
The second team got a ticket to the world championships and is from the Army too, Army Adventure Wing: Mr Ravi DR, Mr Arul Kunar G, Mr J Pothanna, Mr Rajkumar Karki and Mr Rajinder Aher (Reserve) took the overall silver, with a second place in every discipline.
The third step of the podium went to Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports (ABVIMAS) from Manali.
Two women teams participated: BSF finishing first, followed by ABVIMAS.
Women winning team BSF
Therefore two teams already have their “tickets” to France, but four other will follow: 2 women and 2 mix teams will be selected soon, paddling in the next weeks.