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Gates on Struma river inaugurated the WRF race season on 26th March: in Bulgaria 2 manches of SLALOM on Saturday morning awarded the first 100 points to Italy 1 (men category) who got the gold, with 2:15.62. Second slalom place to Italy 2, 90 points with 2:29.98. The new young team from Croatia got a bronze in their first international competition with 3:19.10: Jan Katic, Mislav Obrovac, David Zivcic, Tin Vukosic, Mihovil Cindic and Luka Rakocija, trained by Mr Antonjo Puskaric in Slunj, Croatia.
Pietro Fratton, Fabio Martini, Zeno Martini and Lorenzo Mastella
Men Italy 1 - Slalom gold
The women category saw Italy 1 leading the upstream gates that guaranteed them the slalom gold with a time of 3:02.39: Martina Bonomi, Giulia Liuzzo, Marianna Tedeschi and Miriam Waldboth, trained by the Italian coach Mr Paolo Benciolini.
Second place for Italy 2 with 4:31.08 and 90 points scored by Sara Amonini, Francesca Fontanive, Carlotta Scalvino and Valentina Volo. Bronze to Bulgaria with 4:43.22.
Martina Bonomi, Giulia Liuzzo, Marianna Tedeschi and Miriam Waldboth
Women Italy 1 - Slalom gold
RX qualifications followed with a fast lap on the slalom course section: the men’s slalom winners who had the fastest time in the first stage (00:53.50) ended the game with a silver in the RX, leaving the final gold and 120 points to their teammates named Italy 2: Emanuele Cerchi, Riccardo Colombo, Luca Liuzzo and Dario Morandi.
Winner of the final B was the ParaRafting team from Italy with Carlo Benciolini, Marco Montagna, Riccardo Novella and Nicola Speri. They won the knock-out paddling with Croatia.
Riccardo Colombo, Luca Liuzzo, Dario Morandi and Emanuele Cerchi
Men Italy 2 - RX gold
Italy 1 women won also the RX against Italy 2 in the final, leaving the third step of the podium to the local team from Bulgaria: Zoya Karadachka, Martina Naydenova, Simona Palazova and Margarita Paunovska.
MIX teams, who compete in the RX only, saw Italy 1 winning the gold, Italy 2 with the silver and Bulgaria on the third place.
Carlo Benciolini, Marco Montagna, Riccardo Novella and Nicola Speri
ParaRafting team from Italy
On Sunday 27th the DOWNRIVER on Struma river awarded the last points that confirmed some rankings and overturned others.
In the men category 3 seconds of advantage were decisive for the overall gold of Italy 1, who won the downriver stopping the chronometer on 16:53.37, ahead of Italy 2 (overall silver) who led the downriver until the last minutes where the 2 teams changed the ranking immediately before the last rapid.
At 17:51.42 Bulgaria crossed the finish line with the third best time, 5 seconds ahead of Croatia that ended up fourth in the final ranking scoring 224 points in total.
Sara Amonini, Francesca Fondtanive, Carlotta Scalvino and Valentina Volo
Women Italy 2 - Downriver gold
In the women category 80 points and the gold in the last discipline assured the overall silver to Italy 2, who finished the downriver in 17:47.64. 19:34.25 for Bulgaria on the third position (downriver and overall).
Second place in the downriver with 28:34.25 confirmed the overall gold to Italy 1.
2022 season is officially on: eyes on the next event, expecially on the upcoming World Champs at the end of July.
A warm thank you to the local organisation and the Bulgaria Rafting Federation, see you in the river!
Local team of guides working on Struma joined the event
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.
Welcome back to the river rafters! Training day in Bulgaria at the first Euro Cup opens the 2022 season.
After several abundant snowfall last winter on Vitosha mountains, first snow started melting and is now allowing a great water level for the competition in Kresna Gorge.
Struma river welcomed the athletes for the training this afternoon: they started with the slalom, scouting and paddling the rapids that will host the slalom and the RX tomorrow, and after the gates they paddled the 5 km section of the downriver that will be on Sunday, the last and decisive discipline.
Race days: 26th-27th March
Around 40 athletes will compete tomorrow in women, men, mix and Para-Rafting categories.
The race will official begin tomorrow at 10.00 am, local time zone: good luck rafters! The season is finally begins!
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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15 teams arrived in Arunachal, at Pasighat in East Siang district, in the Noth-East of India, to take part in the 15th edition of National Rafting Championship of India from 4th to 6th March.
Chief Minister Pema Khandu inaugurated the event, in presence of Sports Minister Mama Natung, Health Minister Alo Libang, MP Tapir Gao and MLA Zingnu Namchoom. The autorities outlined that Siang river is the identity of Adi tribe, and they thanked the community for their wholehearted support in conducting the national level event.
WRF President Danilo Barmaz was there: "First and foremost I would like to thank the president of the Indian Rafting Foundation Mr Shaukat Sikand for the hospitality and the effort he is making in the developement of our sport in the country. Congratulations for bringing 4 women teams, 5 men teams and 6 mix teams: I can't wait to see these inspiring athletes at international races!"
The three Indian Army teams leaded the three disciplines of the men categories gaining all the podium:
Indian Army team B (300 points), Indian Army team A (270 points), Indian Army team C (240 points).
In the women category BSF team won with 300 points, stopping the chronometer of the downriver at 32:57.62, almost 4 minutes before the second team (36:30.89). Overall silver to Karnataka with 248 points. Bronze medal to Uttarakhand with 244 points.
Mix teams competed in the RX discipline: gold to BSF-B team, second place for Uttarakhand-B and third place for BSF-A.
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.
ICF 2018: the exciting growth of canoeing in Nigeria
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.
Tokyo 2020: Nigeria's Ayomide Bello is the first female canoeist from the African continent to qualify for the Olympics
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".