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US Women and Men Rock the World!

The US WOMEN and MEN finish in the top ten at Worlds! The Timberline Women’s and Men’s rafting teams training out of Vail Colorado http://web.me.com/dvogeler/USRT/Home.html have again provided incredible representation of the United States Rafting Association (USRA) and the good ‘ole red white and blue. Despite overcoming a variety of adverse circumstances which included a reportedly unfriendly crowd in Bosnia, a non-existent winter race schedule, and having to pay out of pocket to make the trip overseas, our ladies finished 8th, and the men finished 6th. 53 teams from 35 countries were in attendance. The resiliency of the American spirit…

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Creek Racing in the Pacific Northwest!

The Oregon Rafting Team was fortunate in pulling off a first place finish on the East Fork of the Lewis River. Of the 12 R2 teams entered 4 of the boats were manned by ORT crews. The pictures are from Sunset Falls which was a mere 100 meters downstream from the starting area. The next race in the Western Whitewater Championship Series is this weekend, April 18th and 19th on the Upper Klamath River. Check out ORT’s Events page for details:oregonraftingteam.com

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EF Lewis Race this weekend!

This is part of the Western Whitewater Championship Series (WWCS).The pic is from last weekend’s practice run, ORT dropped three rafts at once!The 3rd is lookers right, not captured in the photo. The WWCS continues April 18th and 19th with a race on the Upper Klamath.Check out the ORT site for details:http://www.oregonraftingteam.com/

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2011 R6 Worlds to be held in Costa Rica!

2011 IRF World Rafting Champs The 2011 IRF World Rafting Champs is to be an R6 (six-man raft) event. And the calls over the last few years have been to get back to really big water in remote areas which is what the original Project Raft and Camel White Water Challenge were about. As these were the birthing places of today’s World Rafting Champs the IRF Sport & Competition Committee heeded this call when assessing the bids that came in. This Committee is made up of 13 experienced rafters and event organisers who are selected every two years by the…

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Wind Festival Results!

The 2nd Annual Wind River Festival in Stabler Washington provided the setting for a number of great memories as 51 participants enjoyed the rugged Class IV+ whitewater of the Wind River Canyon. Next up in the Western Whitewater Championship Series (WWCS) is the EF Lewis Race April 11th followed up by some big water action on the Upper Klamath April 18th and 19th.Check out the details at:http://www.northwestcreekcomp.org/http://www.oregonraftingteam.com/ Upper Wind Festival 2009ResultsKayak 8.6+NAME-PLACE-TIME-2009 WWCS POINTSJoe Stumpfel- 1- 21 : 24- 5 : (2008, 2009 Wind Long Boat Champion ) Kayak 8.6-Greg Mallory- 1- 23 : 40- 5 : (2008, 2009 Wind…

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Whitewater Designs

Ken from Whitewater Designs out of Eugene Oregon has been making high quality river and safety gear for years. All materials are bought and produced from suppliers in the United States. Ken has also been an active supporter of river communities as evidenced by providing prizes at each of the events during the course of the 2008 Western Whitewater Championship Series. Ken has been running rivers longer than most of us are old and actively researches better and more innovative products each year. See his work at: http://www.whitewaterdesigns.com/

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National Championship

On January 19, 2009 the United States Rafting Association (USRA) Board voted unanimously to make this years National Championship event an R4 race. The International Rafting Federation (IRF) has recently moved to an alternating R6 (2009 Bosnia), R4 (2010 Netherlands) format, thus the USRA shall follow suit by making this years Nationals a qualifier for the Netherlands. The downriver discipline will be on the Youghioghney River, while the Sprint and Slalom disciplines will take place at the Adventure Sports Center International (ASCI) whitewater park located in McHenry, Maryland. Friday, August 14th an R4 exhibition race will take place on the…

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National Rafting Championships

Due to the need for timeliness in making a decision on the location for this year’s event, the USRA elected to forego a public bid application process for the next two years only. A public bid application process will go into effect when selecting the 2010, and 2011 venues, just as soon as the USRA amends and approves the bylaws in this area. The USRA has decided that the 2009 event will be hosted in Maryland. The USRA made an internal decision for the next two nationals events so that event coordinators, organizers, and sponsors could effectively and thoroughly promote…

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