World Rafting Champs Go to R4/R6 Format


- Advertisment -

The cards have been laid down for the next two years of world championships raft racing.

In an effort to better secure rafting’s place as an Olympic event, the International Rafting Federation will now be running R4 and R6 World Championships in alternating years. In 2009 the R6 World Champs will be held in Bosnia & Herzegovina. In 2010 it will be the R4 World Champs, with Netherlands winning the final bid.

“We received great bids from Chile, Italy and Netherlands,” says the IRF’s Sue Liell-Cock. “After the first round we still had Italy and Netherlands, and both countries put in great bids. Italy’s bid was to hold it on the Noce River in the Val di Sole region and the Netherlands on the artificial course in Zoetermeer. While both locations offered great viewpoints for spectators, easy logistics and similar team packages, the artificial course in Zoetermeer offers rafting the road to Olympics.”

“We feel the organizers will do an great job of ensuring great media coverage, exposure for the IRF, great deals for the teams, and most importantly of all – organize a great R4 world rafting event where the teams are challenged and spectators taken care of,” she adds.

Liell-Cock adds that this will mark the first time that the event will be held on an artificial course. “The R4 is felt to be the road to Olympics, whereas the R6 is felt to be where we get out into the scenic countryside and play on big rivers – the classic adventure raft racing,” she says. “Those that like the punchy, easy to get to, smaller rivers and artificial courses are pleased, and those that like the feeling of it being an adventure to a new river are a buit disappointed. But we plan to have the 2011 R6 event on a great big river again – so all will be happy eventually.”

Staff Post
Staff Post
Paddlers writing about all things paddling.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

- Advertisement -

Latest news

Missing Kayaker Arrested in Georgia After Faking His Own Death By Drowning

Kayaking made the headlines in Georgia recently, but not for the usual reasons. According to a press release issued by...

Paddling, Not Prisoners, Top of Mind for Iran Slalom Kayaker

While the world is wrapped up in the news of the five U.S. citizens being freed from prison in...

The Fantasy Flash: PL Checks In on Dane Jackson’s Speed Run of Cali Classic

The Fantasy Flash, an Edit by Bren Orton Well, he's done it again. Jackson Kayak's Dane Jackson is turning heads...

Level Six Emperor Drysuit Review

By Judah Harms It was day three on the Middle Fork Salmon. After paddling 14 miles to Loon Creek, then...
- Advertisement -

Alpacka Releases New Film “Sheri” Paying Tribute to Founder

Alpacka pack raft founder Sheri Tingey defied the odds by starting a company at age 50 that has revolutionized...

Bootie Beta: Astral Hiyak Review!

  (By Judah Harms): The best pieces of gear are the ones that you don’t have to think about. You can...

Must read

Win a DownLoader Kayak Carrier with Tie-Downs from Malone

The DownLoader™ Kayak Rack is Malone's premium all-in one kit...

Missing Kayaker Arrested in Georgia After Faking His Own Death By Drowning

Kayaking made the headlines in Georgia recently, but not...
- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you