Race Results

EC 2016 Final Results:
R4 WomenR4 MenR6 Men; R6 Women

EC Italy
Results; Photos: SlalomH2H/SP, DR
WC Yushu, China
Results; Photos: -1-; Videos: -1-; NED OW
EC Struma, Bulgaria


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Real female role models – USA Open Women’s team

I know how much effort it takes to get a team to the IRF World Rafting Champs. So, Bre Rocksund (Captain) – Back Right, Julie Sutton – Back or Front Left, Rachel Day – Front Right, Meghan Robertson – Front Left, and Mia Carrasco-Songer  – Alternate, are the true heroes and an example of perseverance and love for this sport, which motivates them to overcome all the problems and obstacles on that road. The award for their usa-ow-2016-1dedication is the honour to fly the USA flag at the most prestigious competition of the rafting world, and to compete against the best in the world in the Open Women’s category.

Bre Rocksund chatted to us about the team.

“Back in Black Raft Team, though officially formed in 2016, is made up of women who have been racing together in various configurations, under multiple team names since 2010. Life and geography took them on different rivers and boats but now they are back together, crystallized as the US Women’s Raft Team, Back in Black.

 The women of Back in Black are incredible athletes who share a competitive spirit and the hope to increase the participation of women in whitewater raft racing.  

 As the team continues to morph, we strive to be competitive regionally and nationally (and now internationally), increase exposure of whitewater raft racing – specifically for women, increase women’s participation in this great sport, and be positive female role models.”

How does your team prepare for the competition?

“Our team training consists of on water paddle practice 2-3 times per week along with cross training off water at least 3 times a week. This consists of cross-fit, running, swimming, yoga, mountain biking and high intensity interval training.”

usa-ow-2016-2Do you have any expectations as far as results?

“We are coming in with a really strong team. I think the results will follow. As an R-4 unit we all work together really well. We are all or have been raft guides and most of us have years of raft racing experience. I think what we lack for not being experienced on a manmade course, we will make up for by our strength and whitewater knowledge.”

Do you follow the work of other participants?

“Absolutely. Watching successful, good countries is a motivational tool to train that much harder. We also like watching women’s’ teams in other countries to cheer them on. It’s great to see this sport progress and more countries get involved.”

Which discipline does your team like the most?

“Our team discipline is downriver. We all have been training a lot for endurance so hopefully running with our boat and the flat water will be the easy part! The heat and sun of the desert may be a different story!”

usa-ow-2016-4Is there anything in particular you want to see and experience in the UAE?

“We want to ride camels!!!”  

That’s a great idea!

Are their sponsors that you’d like to thank?

“We would first like to thank our friends and families for being our biggest sponsors. Anyone involved in this sport knows that it takes a lot of time, energy, and money for training and competing. So a big thanks to everyone that has backed us up and gave us support throughout our journey!

usa-ow-2016-3Thanks to your sponsors, and thanks to you for chatting to us.

The USA will have a record number of teams at this WRC competition. They will have their representatives in the four categories of Open Men and Women, Masters Men and Under 23 Men. A great sign of progress in the sport rafting in this country. These girls will cross their paddles with another 16 countries, not an easy task on an artificial course in the desert of the Middle East. I think they have the strength and determination to achieve a great result for the USA. We are looking forward to seeing them compete in this competition.

Their Facebook page: RLRRacing

Germany back on the World rafting stage!

Germany has missed the last couple of WRC competitions, but now they are back and determined, with a new, young force that we will see at this year’s World Rafting Champs. The new Open Men’s squad includes Ludwig Wörl, Fabian Bär, Siegfried Beier, Jonas Hegge and Sebastian Bundt who will compete under the supervision of Coach: Peter Micheler.



With the championship starting later this month, we spoke to Siegfried so as to get to know the team better.

Siegfried, nice to have Germany back at a WRC again. Since there are some changes since you last competed at the WRC can you introduce us to this new team, and the history of the German team in the WRC competitions?

GER Rafting Team won the World Championships in 2001 and the European Championships in 2012, but for the 2016 World Rafting Championships most team members are new in rafting so except for Ludwig and Fabian we’ll all be having our first Championships. With Peter as an experienced coach we’ll do our best. Only Ludwig has been to the UAE before, for professional reasons, so the WRC will be a big experience for all of us and we are really looking forward to the event. “

Do you all come from Augsburg and the white water channel?

“Yes, we’re all from Augsburg and the Eiskanal is our main training channel.”

ger-om-2016-2Do you see it as an advantage that you are coming from an artificial channel?

For sure a competition on an artificial channel is completely different to a natural white water river. But all artificial courses are different too so I think the advantage isn’t that big. We’ll see.. 😉 “

We saw that you were in Čunovo with the Italians – I asked the Italians if the Germans are good sparring partners, so are the Italians good sparring partners? 🙂

“Our Training Camp in Cunovo with the Italian was quite nice, we trained a lot and hopefully learned something from the Italian guys too.”

Are you able to arrive early for extra preparation in Al Ain?

Unfortunately we’ll not arrive much earlier so we have to deal with this short preparation on the channel.

This Video is from our national Qualification in Wildalpen (AUT) in April 2016

What expectations do you have?

With our new team we want to achieve experience and have fun together. Hopefully we’ll not flip in the first Rapid.”

Is there something particular you want to see and experience in the UAE?

It’s a big experience to be in the UAE and our first night we’ll stay in Dubai so we’ll see those big skyscrapers, we think that’s impressive.”

ger-om-2016-1Anyone you’d like to thank?

We want to thank all our Sponsors and as well our Bavarian canoe association – Bayrischer Kanu Verbrand and our club Kanu  Schwaben Augsburg e.V. Thanks also to: DSI – DYWIDAG Systems International GmbH , Rafting Tours Augsburg, Deuter, Bollé, Kober Paddle.

For sure we’ll keep all of you up to date with our training and preparation for the WRC on our Facebook page: RaftingTeamGermany

It will be our pleasure to watch Germany in action again at a WRC competition. We also hope that this experience will be a good motivation to inspire them and that we’ll see them in Japan. They will be attending the biggest WRC competition so far, and since they compete in the most competitive category, we wish them a good stroke and most of all a good time in the UAE at the World Rafting Champs at Wadi Adventure.

World Cup 2016 Series finishes in Japan at the Pre-Worlds

There were three events in this year’s World Cup Series – Austria, China and the last, just finished, in Japan.

Japan Pre-Worlds and World Cup

As the event was quite close to the 2016 World Rafting Champs not many international teams were able to attend the Pre-Worlds this year. One team that did was the Australian Open Men’s team and Kris Kingston had this to say about it:

“Was a fantastic competition. It is a beautiful river and location. Perfect for the world championships. We had great water levels that required you to have very good water reading skills to be able to pick the quickest and safest lines as well as needing good power and endurance. Just what a world championships require. The people are also amazing. Very friendly and hospitable and will do anything to help you. The food is fresh and healthy which is great during competition. The whole event was organized very professionally and everything ran on time. A fantastic event and cannot wait for the world champs next year. Teams would be silly if they missed this event next year.”

So that bodes really well for next years 2017 R6 World Rafting Champs!

The organisers had to deal with a typhoon passing close by which caused the river to rise considerably and for them to have to move the course at the last minute, but it was done quickly and efficiently, another great positive for next year’s event.



World Cup Series conclusion

The World Cup Series was designed as an open event to encourage teams to travel to new destinations, and as an opportunity for organisers to present their locations to all rafters and to test out their skills for running future big events like the World Rafting Champs.

Rafting Team VIR in China

The 2016 Series, Men’s category, has been won by Rafting Team VIR of Serbia, who, by competing at the World Cup events in Austria and China, came away with a total of 1128 points. Well done to Team VIR, a nice feather in their hats (the nice ones they bought in Yushu 😀 ). Second was RT Alliance of Japan with 1000 points – a full house achieved at WC Japan. TR Hiko of Czech, with 952 points which they gained by winning the China WC event, takes third.

Dutch Ladies winning Gold in Sprint in China

Dutch Ladies winning Gold in Sprint in China

In the Women’s category the Dutch Ladies Rafting Team have taken a convincing win with 1665 points which they gained with their second place overall at WC China and third place overall at the WC event in Wildalpen, Austria. Well done to them, they are always a force to be reckoned with. Second place goes to Hungaroraft with a total of 1260 points which they gained from taking part in the World Cup’s in Austria and China. Third place goes to The River Face of Japan with 1000 points, also a full house at the Japan WC.

That concludes the World Cup Series for this year. Next year the first event in the Series will be the EC event in BiH on the Vrbas – so get yourself there!

GB Open Men ready to build on ERC success

The GBR Mens Rafting Team has a prolific history of athletes and is well respected on the European and World stages. The Team is made up of a group of passionate individuals, sharing their love for the sport, full dedication to training and desire to gain medals in the process.

The squad . . . → continue reading . . . GB Open Men ready to build on ERC success

R6 OW champs, Czech, want to take R4 crown too

Michaela, a year ago, before your participation in the R6 World Rafting Championship Indonesia 2015, we were talking about your successes (Born with a paddle) that you have had during your career – and there you won bronze in the H2H, gold in the Downriver and gold in the Overall. Congratulations on that . . . → continue reading . . . R6 OW champs, Czech, want to take R4 crown too

Italy Open Men ready for WRC 2016

The R4 raft of the Italian Open Men’s team has a mix of the older, experienced paddlers at the back and the young, new forces in the front. This winning combination is made up of the Tyrolean men who have dominated on the national level. Patrick Agostini (front right), . . . → continue reading . . . Italy Open Men ready for WRC 2016

WRC 2016 Racing Schedule

Here is the racing schedule for the World Rafting Champs which starts in less than two weeks.

A more detailed schedule will be available shortly, but this should help you with your planning.


Monday, 31st October 2016

8:30 am – 5: 00pm Team Registration 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm Captains Meeting

Tuesday, 1st . . . → continue reading . . . WRC 2016 Racing Schedule

First Kazakhstan women’s rafting team coming to the UAE

Anastassiya Gubkina, Alexandra Berestova, Kristina Seryankina, Kristina Resnyanskikh (captain), Yana Khokh with help of Coach Vitaliy Drobizov will be representing Kazakhstan at the upcoming World Championships.

It’s always a pleasure to see a new team amongst us at the WRC competition. This time it is the Open . . . → continue reading . . . First Kazakhstan women’s rafting team coming to the UAE

Raft Cross race to be held during WRC 2016

Always looking for new, fun ideas, the concept of Raft Cross has been around for a while –

Raft Cross debuts at Vail’s GoPro Mountain Games

for example the Teva Mountain Games 2012. It is a concept used in a number of other sports, like Ice Cross, Kayak Slalom Cross, . . . → continue reading . . . Raft Cross race to be held during WRC 2016

Pejibaye Raft Team looking forward to WRC 2016

Costa Rica has a long tradition in the sport of rafting having organised a Project Raft and two World Rafting Championships (WRC). Their athletes have brought medals home from around the world, and the best indication that they have a good future is looking at the youth which every year is growing . . . → continue reading . . . Pejibaye Raft Team looking forward to WRC 2016