The final start lists will be available on 15th April.
Taking place 26 June - 2 July 2023, the event is the main competition of the season.
The World Rafting Championships is held every two years and provides 5 action-packed days of intense competition, in a new semi artificial venue where fans can witness the raw athleticism and talent of many of the world’s best athletes at close range.
After the great show in France, WRF confirms that RX finals will be held on friday night, guaranteeing an electrifying atmosphere.
Also, today the event’s new brand mark has been revealed.
World Rafting showed confidence in the hosting city and in the LOC to host this prestigious global championships and in 100 days we - working alongside our partners - will give our best to deliver an event to remember. “We’re hyped for the season and looking forward to welcoming spectators, athletes and friends to Adda river”.
Next year, the Senior World Championships will be held in Italy (Sondrio) and the registrations are already open.
Massimo Desiati,President of the Sport Department: “Following strong collaboration between the WRF and Pan-American Council, we are pleased to reveal two great events in Pan-America for the 2023 season. World Cup will be held in Aluminé, Argentina (1-5 november) and Costa Rica will host the first Pan-American Cup (11-15 May). We look forward to this exciting sport year”.
The European calendar confirms the weekend in Serbia and announces an exciting competition in Val Di Sole with the ICF collaboration.
The calendar will be updated constantly.
Read the full 2023 Sport Calendar
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 Colombia 3 in the men category. William Fernando Sarmiento, Diego Tapias, Diego Mejia, Jorge Gomez and Sebastian Rojas will face Brasil, with the 5th time (94.15), in the knock out. Second time for Colombia 1 by Diego Arenas Duarte, Sebastian Chacon, Walter Gomez, Andres Moreno and Sebastian Rojas Sarmiento (93.42) and third time for Chile 2 by Daniel Reyes, David Reyes, Gabriel Espinos, Benjamin Benavides and Claudino Sanmartin (93.72).
In the same section the gates were moved designing a demanding path: the most difficult passage seemed not to be among the eddies, trying to chase the upstream gates, but rather the 4, 5 and 6 green gates. The entrance in this chicacan from the downstream 3 was fundamental and selected the teams who could do the left-right-left in the following rapid.
First 100 points in the men category, with the gold in the slalom, go to Colombia 1: Diego Arenas Duarte, Sebastian Chacon, Walter Gomez, Andres Moreno and Sebastian Rojas Sarmiento run 2 clean lines with no penalties (128.74).
90 points for Brasil in the second place: Pedro Aversa, Thiago Saldanha Serra, William Ferraz and Thiago Diniz Barne Ganeo (129.72 in the first run, they got a 50 penalty in the second that costed a lot).
Slalom men bronze for Argentina 1of Matias Maximiliano Cordero, Denis Orlando Gelves, Mauro Solano, Juan Martin Martinez: 80 points with 131.02 in the first run. Many teams changed tactics in the second manche but got penalties: the river is faster that it
First two steps of the women podium taken by Chile: gold for Chile 2 with a clean first run for (156.03) Maritza Gajardo, Antonia Bande, Maria Jesus Inzunza, Paloma Molina and Valentina Aliago.
Silver for Chile 1, again with no penalties in the first attempt: 164.03 for Yisseth Moralez, Marina Saez, Magdalena Muaoz, Marlene Epulef and Tabata Araya Soto.
Women bronze to Colombia 1 with the best time with one penalty in the second run: 212.22 for Dayana Bayona, Paola Sanchez, Milyei Nuãez and Milagros de Valle Morales.
William Delgado, Luswing Millan, Yayson Rojas, Milyei Nuãez and Milagros de Valle Morales earned a Colombian gold also in the Mix category: with a touch on the 2 green gate they got a good time of 145.11.
Silver for Chile 2 with best manche in the first clean run: 164.30 for Arantxa Bahamondez, Javiera Alfaro, Teresa Calvo, Amaru Parini Lavanchy and Camilo Soto.
Bronze to Colombia 2: 203.34 due to one missed gate for Mayerli Gamboa, Lorena Barragãin, Edison Olaya, Jhon Narvaez and David Gamboa.
The course was the definition of slalom itself! Many different strategies available depending on the strength and technique required the perfect coordination between the front and the back athletes, that always had to paddle together, especially backwards, to change direction.
Now it’s downriver time!
During the first 10 days of March the Fédération Royal Maroccaine de Rafting held a course of for river guides.
Two experienced guides cooperated with the local organisation: Mr Zach is an international rafting trainer and assessor from United Kingdom with over 30 seasons of experience working in outdoor adventure, and he is one of the instructors and founders of the Royal Moroccan Rafting Fédération;
Mr Alex Aitkin has been padding rivers for 40 years in 46 countries. He is member of the WRF training committee, a rescue 3 instructor and an expert advisor for the Royal Moroccan Rafting Fédération.
The courses were near the in cathédrale of Tilouguite, province of Azilal, translated from English to Arabic and berberian by Abdullah Yassine and Mr Mustapha Outili and Mustapha Amaguar kindly offered a complete accomodation.
24 rafters took part in the event, including 3 women, and the President El Mamoun expressed full satisfaction about the active participation.
The programme included the activity we should always take time for: cleaning the river and it's environment.
Furthermore the agonistic field is growing in Morocco: 2 male teams will compete at the world champs. See you in the river!
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 but satisfying.
On the first day of the event the qualification phase on the Arenera rapid at Puente Miranda decided the RX matches. In the men category Brazil won the last knock-out against Colombia 1 who got the overall second place: 272 points for Diego Arenas Duarte, Sebastian Chacon, Walter Gomez, Andres Moreno and Sebastian Rojas Sarmiento.
The Brazilians Alan Annibal Schmidt, Thiago Saldana Serra, William Ferraz, Thiago Diniz Barne Ganeo and Pedro Aversa got the overall gold, thanks to the second place in slalom and downriver. They celebrated 282 points after a challenging afternoon defined by the last red gate.
Third place for Antonio Guzman, Carlos Lobo, Jean Carlo Castillo, Jean Carlos Andrades and Eduard Erazo: Venezuela with 242 total points won the final B against Colombia 2.
The slalom winners of women of Chile 2 got the first place in RX that was enough to gain the champions’ title: Maritza Gajardo, Antonia Bande, Maria Jesus Inzunza, Paloma Molina and Valentina Aliagowon 290 points and the overall women.
The teammates from Chile 1, who won the downriver, finished with a second place in RX that confirmed the silver overall with 260 points in total for the Slalom winners Yisseth Moralez, Marina Saez, Magdalena Muaoz, Marlene Epulef and Tabata Araya Soto.
Winners of final B are Costa Rica 1 with 243 points Estercita M. S., Marianela Castro Arguedes, Citya Escobar Valverde, Camila Segura Castro and Johanna Rojas are third, in the RX and overall.
Mix category’s gold will stay at home: the local Colombia 1 got the best overall score: William Delgado, Yeison Rojas, Luswing Millan, Milagros Del Valle Morales and Milyei Nuaez are the PanAmerican mix champs with 292 points.
Chile 2 (Arantxa Bahamondez, Javiera Alfaro, Teresa Calvo, Amaru Parini Lavanchy and Camilo Soto) got the second place in RX and the overpalle silver.
Finally Colombia 2 won against Argentina and earned a third place thanks to Mayerli Gambo, Lorena Barragãin, Edison Olaya, Jhon Narvaez and David Gamboa.
Now we are going to celebrate at the closing ceremony!
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 of the athletes, welcomed the delegations and opened the meeting, presenting the members:
President Freddy Merchan (Colombia)
Vice-president Alex Segura (Costa Rica)
Secretary Carolina Soto (Chile)
Board Ariel Domínguez (Argentina), Veronica Medici (Brazil), Gregory Perez (Venezuela), Jhelder Justi Alcala Delgado (Perù)
WRF President Danilo Barmaz declared “This is a great step for the rafting movement: this council put together newborn realities in the agonistic rafting and decades of experience in the river from the different commercial fields. Sport has nothing to take away from the river dimension; indeed it is a transversal tool for the common growth and I am happy to see that the everything started from the different realities in a spontaneous way. The common desire to genuinely grow gave birth to this project and I am ready and proud to be a part of it. It is a great pleasure to see that projects are not only words: with passion we can make things happen.”
Now, for the first time in history, San Gil will host an international rafting competition, after a solid 20 years experience of commercial rafting working on the big local rivers.
Tonight the opening ceremony officially inaugurated the Pan-American Rafting Championship 2022 in the Plaza principal de San Josè.
The recently elected President of the Pan-American Council Fredy Merchan, the Director of the Inder Santander, the local Mayor of San Josè and the event director Alba Salazar, after the introduction of the Sport Minister Maria Isabel Urrutia, attended the ceremony with 35 teams celebrating on the beats of the local music and dance.
The “PanAmericano” is officially on: nos vemos al Rio mañana!
Earlier this month the African Rafting Council was elected and for the first time in history the continent has a shared river movement that can connect and develop every rafting reality in the different member nations.
The outcome of the meeting displays:
President: Belabbas El Mamoun (Morocco)
1st Vice President: Ady Fall (Senegal)
2nd Vice President: James Savage (Kenya)
Secretary: Salim Fari (Ghana)
Vice Secretary: Colline Kaboyo (Uganda)
Treasurer: Marewen Karengi (Tunisia)
Vice Treasurer: Aymen Chouiteh (Egypt)
Counselor: Kamal Sulley (Ghana)
Counselor: Christiana Ashley (Ghana)
Counselor: Nadia Ammar (Morocco)
Counselor: Rensen Mburu (Rwanda)
We asked a few questions to the newly elected President from Morocco, who is already President of Fédération Royale Marocaine de Canoe-Kayak:
“As President of the canoe federation I always gave importance to the outdoor sports. Through the synergies between WRF and Minister of Sport in Morocco we put together the experience in canoe agonistic discipline and the commercial rafting. Now we finally achieved the same result at Continental level thanks to the help of the other members of the council. We all agree on the fact that rafting has a lot to teach: from the team spirit to the respect for environment.”
Secretary Salim Fari Yakubu
"This is a call to duty and a test of my commitment. I pledge to work assiduously with other executives of CAR to push rafting to a reputable level by getting more countries on board” Secretary Salim Fari Yakubu said expressing his eagerness to commence office soon. He is the first Ghanaian to attain a position on the continental body.
WRF President Barmaz declares “It is another step forward for the rafting movement: every new viewpoint is a point of strength and WRF is proud and happy to see this team already working on point. The Board and the athletes can’t wait to meet at the upcoming World Champs in June”.
Se you all in the river!
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 required the combination of fast paddling in the slow parts and clean technique in the long demanding rapids.
Venezuela - Derrumbe rapid
The best absolute time was earned by Venezuela: Antonio Guzman, Carlos Lobo, Jean Carlo Castillo, Jean Carlos Andrades and Eduard Erazo got a well deserved downriver gold in the men category at their first WRF competition with 35:32.44, 5 seconds ahead of Brazil who got the second place. Finally third place to the Slalom winners of Colombia 1.
In the women category the 80 golden points go to Chile 1: Yisseth Moralez, Marina Saez, Magdalena Muaoz, Marlene Epulef and Tabata Araya Soto closed with 21:00.16.
With a gap of 15 seconds Magdalena Alonso, Virginia Gisela Dubosca Carra, Camila Gonzalez Guzman and Agustina Micaela Magnaterra (Argentina) got the second place, followed by Chile 2 one second later that decided their third place.
Mix category has been taken by Chile 2: Arantxa Bahamondez, Javiera Alfaro, Teresa Calvo, Amaru Parini Lavanchy and Camilo Soto with 20:14.87.
23 seconds later Colombia 1 stopped the chronometer, followed by Argentina with 21:06.48: Melani Ailen Kindenet, Julieta Ana Beatriz Vilte, Arian Torres, Tomas Capelar Ferrer and Ignacio Julian Bravo.
Tomorrow is the last race day and RX is going to define the PanAmericano: Rio Fonce is more than listo!
One day to go!
33 teams landed in San Gil, in the Valle the San Josè. The department of Santander, Colombia, is hosting the Pan-American Rafting Championship from 28 September to 2 October. Teams from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Mexico, Perù and Venezuela arrived and are ready to paddle in rio Fonce. Italy sent a mix team and the male team who is actually the world champion with the overall gold in France. They who will not compete for the title but take part in the event.
On 30th September the competition will be on with the qualification phase of the RX.
The Pan-American council will be elected during a board of directors and we will announce the members soon.
WRF President declares “I am very happy to see a great participation in this event, after 2 challenging years of sacrifices and doubts for the athletes. I wait for all of you in San Gil and for now I wish you good luck with the training, discovering the big rapids of rio Fonce”