“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...
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The spotlight is currently shining on the Asian continent as it hosts the first international competition of the year! The WRF Asian Championships 2024, Satluj Valley, Himachal Pradesh, India; held from March 3rd to March 9th in the breathtaking backdrop of India's Himalayan foothills, this event promises a week of adrenaline-pumping action and intense competition. See the official sport programme below.
March 4th: Welcome to the HimalayasParticipants' Arrival at Hotel Koti Resort (transport included from Delhi Airport for all the teams) Accreditation Procedures for Teams Flag Parade in Shimla Opening Ceremony at HPTDC Hotel Peterhof, Shimla
March 5th: Getting Ready for ActionDownriver Official Training Rx Qualifications Race
March 6th: The OvertureDownriver Race Slalom Official Training
March 7th: Navigating the RapidsSlalom Race
March 8th: A Grand Finale and FarewellRX Knockout Phase Race Official Closing Ceremony Departure
We remind everyone the deadline to register:
Numeric Entries: February 10th, 2024
Nominal Entries via WRF Platform: February 15th, 2024
Shaukat Sikand - President of the Indian Rafting Foundation | WhatsApp Contact: +91 9810857600
The World Rafting Federation takes the opportunity to makes a warm appeal to river lovers and enthusiasts, encouraging them to participate in the Olympics with a sporting spirit and enthusiastically supporting the canoeing athletes of the International Canoeing Federation (ICF) involved in the competition.
The healthy and passionate cheering helps to create an atmosphere of celebration for the most important event of all times. The Olympics are the symbol of peace and brotherhood between peoples who come together in the name of sport and compete fairly. This is the time when the world unites through sport.
Olympic Solidarity is an opportunity to demonstrate that water sports deserve to share the world stage paving the way for a future where rapids and wild waters find their place at the heart of the Olympics.
Tickets for canoe slalom events at the Olympic Games Paris 2024 are officially on sale. It's your chance to be part of the action and experience world-class competition first-hand as the very best in our sport strive for podium success on the world’s biggest stage, the Olympic Games.
Canoe slalom events will captivate audiences from the 27 July to the 5 August, featuring:Kayak Singles (women’s / men’s) Canoe Singles (women’s / men’s) Kayak Cross (women’s / men’s)
These competitions will be hosted at the state-of-the-art Vaires-sur-Marne Nautical Stadium, a venue that was inaugurated in June 2019.
Do not miss this chance to be part of the excitement! Purchase your Olympic Tickets for Paris 2024 today and be a part of history.
How to Get Your Tickets:
You can now purchase your tickets for the canoe slalom events on the following link: https://tickets.paris2024.org/en/events/jeux-olympiques-225/canoe-kayak-slalom-2243/?affiliate=24R
In an exciting development for adrenaline enthusiasts and water sports aficionados, Pucon - Chile, has been chosen as the vibrant host city for the upcoming PanAmerican Rafting Championships in 2024. This announcement heralds the convergence of top-tier athletes and the breathtaking natural beauty of the region, promising an exhilarating event that will leave a lasting impression on participants and spectators alike. The president of the Chilean Rafting Federation, Cristian Huenchuleo, announce that the international event is scheduled for the end of October and beginning of November 2024:
''Through this, we confirm that the PanAmerican Rafting Championships in 2024 will be held in Chile - Pucón on the Trancura River (October 30-31, November 1-2-3), organized under the umbrella of the World Rafting Federation ( WRF).''
With this the countdown began for the Chilean Rafting Federation, to begin with the not simple organization that involves bringing about 40 teams from 20 countries that will face each other in the river to win the title of PanAmerican Champions.
''The PanAmerican Championships holds immense importance in our calendar, marking a significant milestone for us. Our dedicated team, comprising judges and athletes, eagerly anticipates showcasing you the offerings of the stunning Trankura River basin and the breathtaking Araucania region. We are committed to ensuring this occasion becomes a truly memorable one. Our focus lies not only on the quality of competitive performance but also on fostering an athlete-centric atmosphere, impeccable event organization, and an enriching experience for spectators. With unwavering dedication and experience, we aim to deliver a championships that befits the stature of world-class athletes set to compete.
Recognizing the invaluable contribution of volunteers, both locally and internationally, we extend our sincerest gratitude to these committed individuals. Our heartfelt appreciation also goes to the IND (National Sports Institute), Regional Government of Araucania, National Rafting Federation Board, University of the Frontier, Federated Clubs, Pucón Transport Association, Tourism Guilds, Local and National Media, as well as sponsors and supporters. Our commitment is resolute in ensuring the resounding success of this event, ensuring that all participants carry away the most positive and fulfilling experiences.''
The activity will give an early start to the 2025 summer season. And this, obviously, will bring a potential increase in economic income on dates that are, generally, complex and with low attendance of tourists and visitors. There is a fairly large number of people who could come for the event, including participants, competitors, leaders, attendees, family members, etc.
There are a lot of people who also adds that there will be an important media factor, since there will be a lot of expectations on the part of the media to cover the event in the area: ''When you mention Pucón anywhere in the world, it is known that we have spectacular rivers and the conditions for an event of these characteristics and brands are enthusiastic''. According to Huenchuleo, holding the event in Pucón is to further position the place as the center of activity, adventure tourism and sports - Pucón is not only touristic, but also sports. In essence, Pucón isn't just an adventure; it's an immersive journey that seamlessly combines the thrill of exploration with the tranquility of nature, leaving an indelible mark on all who venture into its captivating embrace; the community will benefit from this event.
Here the first Bulletin of the event: BULLETIN 1 - PANAMERICANO 2024
Here the interview for La Voz de Pucón: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AFhQEGZk5Ak
In a triumphant return to the waters, Mexico recently hosted an exciting rafting competition in mid-December 2023. The event saw the participation of 8 teams in the men's category and 3 in the women's category.
The captivating moments of this competition were brilliantly captured by the talented photographers from "Somos Rios." Their work, showcased on Instagram under the handle @somos_rios, beautifully encapsulates the energy, determination, and sheer thrill of the competition!
What makes this event particularly special is that it marks the first of its kind since 2017. The palpable excitement and passion exhibited by the participants reflected the long-awaited return to competitive rafting on these waters.
Chevy Rodriguez, the enthusiastic voice behind the event, expressed gratitude for the support and shared excitement about the upcoming National competition in the first semester of 2024. Stay tuned for further updates on the competition as the rafting community in Mexico gears up for yet another riveting chapter.
Following WRF guidelines set to better define the standards of river guiding worldwide, a new and comprehensive Training Programme has been launched for river guides and coaches in collaboration with National Federations.
This initiative transcends borders, welcoming participation from River Guides and federations worldwide. Collaborations with river associations, environmental organizations, and tourism boards ensure a diverse and inclusive approach to training.
The launch of this training program signals a commitment to the continual professional development of River Guides, enhancing their capabilities and ensuring a higher standard of service for adventure seekers globally. By investing in the education and empowerment of River Guides, the initiative aims to create a network of knowledgeable and responsible professionals who contribute to the sustainable growth of the sport of rafting.
Recognizing the crucial role that River Guides play in ensuring the safety and enjoyment of adventurers, the launch of this program comes as a response to the growing need for standardized, high-quality training. The WRF National Training Programme will be managed in three distinct ways:
Autonomous Management by a National Federation (WRF Member)
A National Federation (“NF”), recognised by WRF, retains the autonomy to manage the national programme if the following conditions are met:•the NF has appointed a national Training Commission or a National Responsible; the national instructors have to be registered on the WRF platform, unless otherwise agreed by WRF; •the NF has an ongoing training programme; •the NF applies exclusively the WRF programme. Authorization of WRF Instructors by a National Federation (WRF Member)
If the above-mentioned conditions are not met, a National Federation, recognized by WRF, has the authority to grant permission to WRF Instructors to operate within the Country on its behalf.
Permission is granted automatically without formalities.
The WRF Instructors are just required to notify the National Federation and WRF Secretariat of their intent to organize a course/exam through the designated form. The National Federation can oppose the organization of the course/exam, informing the WRF Instructor and the WRF secretariat. The National Federation should promote the calendar of courses and exams at national level.
Under the umbrella of the NF, the WRF Instructors can run course and exam according to the specific regulations. Upon exam/course completion, the National Federation is responsible for validating the certifications issued by the Instructors (according to the indications referred to point 5 of this document).Management by WRF Instructors in Countries without WRF Member
In countries where a WRF Member does not exist, WRF Instructors are empowered to run courses and exams. WRF Instructors are required to notify the WRF of their intent to organize a course/exam through the designated form (Annex A).
The WRF Instructors can run course and exam according to WRF Rules. A comprehensive final report (using the specific template) for each course/exam conducted must be submitted to WRF Secretariat.
At the conclusion of the course, the WRF Secretariat will validate the certifications granted by the Instructors.
The picturesque Kresna Gorge in Bulgaria has long been a site of ecological importance and a hub for outdoor enthusiasts, particularly the rafting community. However, a recent proposal to build a highway through this pristine natural landscape has raised concerns from environmentalists and the rafting community.
Protecting a Biodiverse Oasis
Kresna Gorge is a biodiversity hotspot, home to a diverse range of flora and fauna. The proposed highway construction could lead to habitat fragmentation and loss, potentially endangering several species. Environmentalists argue that it may disrupt migration routes, harm local populations, and damage the overall ecological balance in the region. The pristine natural environment of Kresna Gorge is a precious asset, and many argue that its conservation should take precedence over development.
The site is situated along the riverbanks of the Struma River in Southeast Bulgaria and passes between the Pirin and Malashevska Mountains. The unique site provides a home for an extraordinarily high number of rare and endemic species protected according to the EU “Habitats” Directive, including 4 types of habitats, 23 types of birds, 17 species of bats, and 31 species of reptiles and amphibians.
This is the most important place for the breeding, migration and hibernation of a great number of species. The River Struma is also a very important corridor for the seasonal and the long-term migrations of plants, insects, amphibians, reptiles, birds, bats and mammals in the South – North direction. This migration, however, is concentrated in the lower reaches of the gorge nearby the river. Thus, the location of the current road there is often fatal for them. Thousands of insects, birds and bats crash into the trucks barreling down the road every day. Road traffic also kills those animals that live permanently in the gorge and periodically move upwards the slopes: tortoises, snakes, lizards, frogs, voles, dormouses, hedgehogs, etc. The nesting birds and the bats in the region, with their colonies extremely close to the road, are also threatened. The stone-martens, foxes and otters also faced grave peril as they feed on the killed animals during the night. If a motorway is constructed through the gorge that will increase the animal slaughter many times causing nearly a 100% death rate of the non-flying animals in the valley.
Navigating the Rapids of Change
The rafting community has a vested interest in preserving the natural beauty of Kresna Gorge, as it is a popular destination for whitewater rafting and outdoor adventure enthusiasts. Rafting through the picturesque gorges and pristine rivers is not only a source of revenue but also a way to connect with nature and promote a sustainable outdoor lifestyle. The federation advocates for responsible development that maintains the ecological integrity of the region.
The Need for Sustainable Infrastructure
In a world where infrastructure development is often essential for economic growth, finding a balance is critical. Environmentalists and organizations argue that a compromise can be reached. Mitigation measures, such as wildlife corridors and sustainable construction practices, can be implemented to minimize the environmental impact.
The debate over the proposed highway through Kresna Gorge encapsulates the broader struggle between development and conservation. It's imperative that all stakeholders, including environmentalists, local communities come together to seek a balanced solution.
The creation of the highway must prioritize sustainability, ensuring that Kresna Gorge remains a biodiverse oasis and a hub for outdoor enthusiasts. While challenges lie ahead, finding common ground and pursuing a path that harmonizes development with environmental preservation is essential for safeguarding this remarkable natural landscape and maintaining the world-class rafting experience that it offers.
Find out more on: https://kresna.org/en/home/
Get ready for a thrilling year of rafting competition as 2024 unfolds with a series of prestigious Continental Championships across the globe. From the heart of Asia in March to the shores of South America in late October, this year promises a sporting spectacle like never before.
The journey begins in March as Asia takes the spotlight, hosting its own Continental Championships. From March 3-9 - Shaukat Sikand - President of the Indian Rafting Foundation invite us all to join us for the 2024 Asian Rafting Championships in Himachal Pradesh, India an enchanting realm nestled amidst the majestic Himalayas.
Asia, the birthplace of various cultures and histories, is ready to demonstrate not just its athletic excellence but also the unity that accompanies continental competitions. Countries will unite to compete for fame and make their mark in the records of sports history.
As the warmth of spring transitions into the vibrant days of summer, the focus shifts to Europe (TBD) and Africa (May 13-17). These continents will host their own championships, inviting the top teams to compete on the big stage.
The grand finale unfolds in the colorful landscapes of South America (October 30-31, November 1-2-3). As the leaves fall on one hemisphere, the intensity of the rapids rises in the other. Chile, known for its passionate embrace of adventure sports, will host a rafting spectacle like no other. Nations will race for the title in a quest for the victory. Registrations are open - join now!
WRF AFRICAN RAFTING CHAMPIONSHIPS 2024 - BULLETIN 1 soon
Dear WRF Friends,
As we welcome the new year, it's time for reflection! 2023 finally marked the return to sporting normality after years impacted by the Covid pandemic. Unfortunately, our world remains in turmoil with ongoing economic, social crises, and persistent wars, making it challenging to foster dialogue and sports. Yet, we persist in organizing and participating in sports, hoping to contribute, albeit modestly, to the cause of peace.
I'm here to share the remarkable events of this year, filled with satisfaction for all of us. From a sporting perspective, alongside various national and international championships, our senior World Championship stood out as the highlight of the year!
The event, hosted in the stunning Valtellina valley in the Alps near Milan, on the Swiss border, was a tremendous success. We extend immense gratitude to Mr. Benedetto Del Zoppo, the Italian President, and his rafting company for the impeccable organization. The event received substantial public and media attention, and the weather favored us greatly!
However, the true measure of success lies in the participation: 32 nations, with over 90 teams competing. In the annals of rafting history, these numbers are unprecedented. Notably, the youth component in these teams is significant. Countries like Japan, Brazil, Chile, Argentina and Italy showcased exceptional performances, amid a rising competitive standard. The margin between podium contenders and others is narrowing, emphasizing the sport's increasing competitiveness.
Africa's presence with teams from Morocco, and delegations from Uganda and Senegal, underscores our movement's global representation. Major sporting institutions have recognized and admired the high level attained by our events. I'd like to acknowledge the Czech Republic, a pivotal nation in the river world, whose expertise has contributed significantly to our progress.
This recognition is well-deserved by the WRF team for their unwavering dedication and passion to the rafting movement. While there's room for improvement and corrections, our enthusiasm and status as a continuously evolving laboratory keep us optimistic. Recent board decisions have embraced numerous alterations and enhancements, always considering the feedback from our base.
Gratitude extends to our volunteers, young media handlers, judges led by Stefan Purjakov, and Massimo Desiati, who leads the sports movement with remarkable competence and passion. Kudos to the coaches for sharing their knowledge, all the athletes, disabled participants who bring immense sporting satisfaction, and everyone contributing to spreading joy.
On the training front, significant innovations have been greenlit concerning workshop conduct and methods. Alex Aitken joining the coordination managed by Alejandro Buzzo has formed a group of approximately 30 experienced instructors, all eager to contribute their river expertise. In the upcoming developments, crucial information and a dedicated team will spearhead the execution of River Guide workshops, courses, and exams worldwide, adhering to WRF regulations and in collaboration with the National Federations. This initiative aims to provide many individuals with the opportunity to benefit from the WRF Training Programme associated advantages.
Our commitment to environmental sustainability and gender equality remains unwavering. Initiatives like the WhiteWater Wonder Woman community project, led by our vice-president Blerina Ago and Blendina, continue to grow, addressing crucial issues in women's sports. The "Bee a Rafter" project supporting bees, essential for the global ecosystem, encourages everyone to purchase a hive from https://www.3bee.com/en/owner/world-rafting-federation/. We've also aided the establishment of the Vjosa national wild river park in Albania and seek support for our Bulgarian friends to preserve the "Kresna Gorge."
Our continental boards are making strides: South America, Africa, Asia, and Europe, all progressing steadily. Special thanks to the ICF and other international sports organizations for their belief in us and their unwavering support.
Lastly, my heartfelt thanks to our incredible General Secretary Matteo Benciolini, the Executive Board, the Board of Directors, Continental Councils, National Federations, judges, and all our commissions. Their commendable work, driven purely by passion, earns my utmost respect. We deliberate, produce, make mistakes, all while striving to serve the interests of the great rafting family. I wish you a joyous holiday season, surrounded by the love of family and friends.
In a heartwarming display of sharing and environmental awareness, athletes from around the world came together during a recent WRF World Rafting Championships 2023 Valtellina, Italy to support the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and contribute towards the adoption of a panda. Participating in the WRF athletes' lottery their collective efforts resulted in the adoption of a charming panda named Adda - like the marvelous river where the event took place that hosted the 400 athletes during the WRC week.
The World Champs, renowned for its global participation - served as an ideal platform to raise awareness about the pressing need for conservation. Recognizing this unique opportunity the World Rafting Federation collaborated with WWF to encourage athletes and spectators to make voluntary donations towards wildlife conservation initiatives. Recognizing the power of their influence, many athletes willingly contributed towards the adoption of a WWF panda.
WWF mission is to build a future in which people live in harmony with nature. From our experience as the world's leading independent conservation body, we know that the well-being of people, wildlife and the environment are closely linked. That's why we take an integrated approach to our work. WFF projects are innovative, collaborative and based on scientific evidence. WWF think big, running a number of Global initiatives focussing on the regions and challenges where they can make the biggest difference - from the Arctic and the Amazon to responsible fishing.
The adoption of Adda, the WWF panda, stands as a testament to the power of unity and compassion. The athletes' contributions have made a tangible difference in the conservation efforts of the WWF, reinforcing the belief that every individual, regardless of their background, has the potential to contribute towards safeguarding our environment. We hope that the adoption of Adda will continue to inspire future generations and serve as a reminder of the importance of nurturing a harmonious relationship between humans and wildlife.
Thanking our fantastic athletes once again - we remind you that is possible to support and adopt endangered species from your WWF National Website.
Check-out for more: www.wwf.org