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“It is not the will to win that matters, everybody has that. It is the will to prepare to win that matters” with this strong words the first WRF Asian Rafting Championship in history take off today. After months of preparation we are in northern India, in the capital and the largest city of the Himachal Pradesh state: Shimla.
100 rafters from 8 countries walked on the historical streets surrounded by the colourful hills of the city. “Among these beautiful countries, we are happy to welcome the teams from Nepal and Tajikistan, competing at a WRF event for the first time” Mr Shaukat Sikand, President of the Indian Rafting Foundation announced.
The teams are 21 in total and are ready to paddle in Kullu river, which waters will decide, through the downriver, slalom and RX categories, the first WRF Asian Champions ever.
Mr Hadi Ghazi from Iran, on behalf of World Rafting Federation, thanked and congratulated every athlete for the effort that everyone put in order to be here today: “21 teams here today demonstrate the great unity of our continent that is growing, through and thanks to the challenges of the river. Also, the presence of a consistent number of Men, Women and Mix teams is a satisfying result for WRF”
Finally the General Officer of the Indian Army Mr Manjinder Singh officially opened the games declaring “it is not about winning or losing, it is about enjoying and learning. Good luck rafters, compete in the spirit of a great game.”
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Gear up for an adventurous journey down Europe's challenging rivers as the 2024 Rafting Cups Series unfolds in a series of exciting events. From Uzice in Serbia, to Val di Sole in Italy and Pau, France; the continent is set to witness top-notch rafting competitions.
1. May 4-5 - European Cup -Pau, France - Bulletin
The launch of the Rafting Cups Series is the event at Stade d'Eaux Vive, Parc Aquasports in Pau, on May 4th, 2024. The Stade d'Eaux Vive will be all set to welcome teams from across Europe for the first continental clash on European soil. Get ready for an exhilarating showdown as participants and spectators alike gather to witness the excitement and skills on display at this renowned venue, which has hosted numerous worldwide events in the past.
2. June 7-9 - European Cup - Uzice, Serbia - Bulletin
We move into the southwest of Serbia: Uzice, from June 7th to June 9th. Surrounded by the stunning landscapes of Zlatibor mountain and Vrutc lake, after the success of the past 2023 edition Uzice sets the stage for fierce competition on the Djetinja River.
3. June 21-22 2024 - European Cup - Val di Sole, Italy - Bulletin
The action continues in Val di Sole, Italy, from June 21st to June 22nd, 2024. Situated in the heart of the Italian Alps, this leg of the series offers not only a formidable course but also a captivating setting. Teams will demonstrate their teamwork, precision, and passion for rafting as they navigate the rushing waters against the stunning backdrop of Val di Sole mountains.
As the Rafting Cups Series unfolds across these European destinations, participants and fans are in for an incredible experience. From the initial warm-up in Pau to the challenging waters of Val di Sole, this series is a celebration for the world of rafting. So, mark your calendars, secure your tickets, and get ready to ride the waves of the 2024 Rafting Cups Series!
As already confirmed this year promises to be a standout year with the eagerly awaited Continental Championships. The series will serve as a platform for teams to assert their dominance and vie for recognition on the global stage. Among these highly anticipated events, the spotlight is undoubtedly on the upcoming Asian Rafting Championships 2024.
Mrs Mansi Thakur IAS will be the Overall incharge from the government of Himachal Pradesh; the championships is set to take place against the backdrop of breathtaking Himalayan landscapes, adding an extra layer of challenge and beauty to the competition. Rafters will navigate the tumultuous waters, showcasing their prowess in maneuvering through rapid currents and overcoming obstacles strategically placed along the course.
As of February 20, 2024, the confirmed lineup for the Asian Rafting Championships includes formidable teams from Iran, Iraq, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Kazikasthan, and India. This diverse roster highlights the broad geographical representation and growing popularity of rafting across the continent. As these nations gear up for the competition, the stage is set for an intense showcase of talent and determination on the challenging rapids, making the championships a true celebration of Asia's rafting culture.
The anticipation surrounding the event is not limited to the participants alone. Fans, sponsors, and enthusiasts alike are eagerly awaiting the showdown, ready to witness the spectacle of skill, endurance, and teamwork that defines competitive rafting. The championships are poised to captivate audiences, bringing the thrill of the sport to a global stage.
Get ready to ride the waves – the Asian Rafting Championships are right around the corner!
Buckle up for a new adventure: Bosnia and Herzegovina proudly announces the hosting of the WRF European Rafting Championships 2024 - on Neretva River, Konjic.
From June 10th to 15th, this picturesque destination will become the battleground for the continental's top rafting teams The pristine Neretva River is the blue heart of Europe; it carves its way through Bosnia and Herzegovina’s impenetrable forest. A mesmerizing blue-green, that runs 225 kilometers from deep within the Dinaric Alps to the Adriatic Sea – at some points disappearing into subterranean channels before re-emerging in bubbling springs. Renowned for its crystal-clear waters and stunning hues, will be the stage for this exciting competition. Characterized as a typical mountain river, the Neretva boasts an incredible drinkable clarity upstream from Konjic, a rarity in itself. In June, the water levels will be optimal for an exhilarating competition, ranging from third-degree to intermittent fourth-degree challenges along the course.
The city of Konjic is ready to welcome all the strongest rafters from all over Europe to discover its cultural heritage and local cuisine; the city is approximately 50 kilometers south of Sarajevo. The accommodation & food will be free of charge if the Team is registered on time. See the Official Sport Programme below.
June 10th: Welcome to KonjicAccreditation Procedures for Teams Slalom Official Training Opening Ceremony
June 11th: Getting Ready for ActionDownriver Official Training
June 12th: The OvertureDownriver Race RX Qualification Race
June 13th: Navigating the Rapids
RX Knockout Phase Mixed and Para-Rafting - RX Knockout Phase Women & Men
June 14th: A Grand Finale and FarewellSlalom Race Official Closing Ceremony Departure
We remind everyone the deadline to register:
Numeric Entries: April 30th, 2024
Nominal Entries via WRF Platform: May 15th, 2024
Croatia: on the picturesque Adriatic Coast, near small town of Omiš - once a pirate town - we are calling all the rafting lovers! Infact the Euro Cup Series will open with the new added Croatian stage of the circuit on the stunning waters of the Cetina River from April 12th to 14th.
Find out all the details here: Bulletin
The wild waters of the Paiva River are about to get even more exciting with the 4th edition of the Arouca Rafting Summit from January 24th to 28th. This event aims to showcase and celebrate white-water activities, especially rafting on the Paiva River, with a mix of thrilling experiences.
The event starts with an inclusive rafting session: "Rafting for All," organized for people with visual impairments. Another activity, "Rafting x Future," involves 12th-grade students from Arouca and Escariz schools, offering them a chance to experience and learn about rafting on the renowned Paiva River.
Focal point of the event will be the "Portuguese Rafting Cup - Open," organized by the Portuguese Canoe Federation and set for January 27th. Athletes can register at www.fpcanoagem.pt.
During the summit an another highlight is the "Mountain Heli-Rescue" seminar and rescue simulation on January 26th. This event is for professionals from tourist companies, sports clubs, and security forces. It includes representatives from the Portuguese Air Force and the National Authority for Emergency and Civil Protection (ANEPC).
The event concludes on January 28th with a promotional rafting session open to public and private entities involved in tourism.
The Paiva River is considered one of Europe's best white-water tracks. With the Arouca Rafting Summit, the organization wants to showcase the potential of the natural heritage, especially in winter, offering memorable experiences for both visitors and locals, including young people trying rafting for the first time during this event - says Margarida Belém, the Mayor of Arouca.
The Arouca Rafting Summit is organized by the Municipality of Arouca in collaboration with the Portuguese Canoe Federation, Clube do Paiva, Just Come, LusoRafting, NaTour Way, and AGA - Arouca Geopark Association. Support comes from the Canoeing and White-Water Club of Portugal, the Alvarenga Parish Council, and the Union of Canelas and Espiunca Parishes.
New year, new beginnings for the global rafting community! The Czech Republic (The Union of Boaters of The Czech Republic) has officially joined the World Rafting Federation (WRF), bringing a rich blend of river culture and enthusiasm to the already diverse mix of nations united by the sport of rafting. This new collaboration not only strengthens the global rafting community but also emphasizes the significance of unity in promoting water sports and fostering a deep appreciation for the world's rivers.
The inclusion of the Czech Republic in the World Rafting Federation marks a significant milestone. The Czech Republic adds a distinctive touch to the worldwide rafting community with its extensive river system and profound cultural ties to water. The tradition of water sports, coupled with a passion for nature, promises to infuse the World Rafting Federation with a powerful identity. The rafting community gains not only a nation rich in river heritage but also taps into the vibrant energy of its rafters. This injection of energy ensures not only the sustainability of the sport but also opens doors for innovative approaches and fresh perspectives within the federation.
The World Rafting Federation keeps serving as a platform for nations to come together, share experiences, and build lasting relationships through the common passion for rafting. So, welcome aboard, fellow rafters! Cheers to the exciting journey ahead!