International Rafting Federation

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International Rafting Federation
Founded atAugsburg, Germany
TypeSports federation
Legal statusNonprofit NGO
PurposeSports governing body
HeadquartersLegal address: Boise, Idaho, United States
Region served
Official language
Joseph Willis Jones
Main organ

The International Rafting Federation (IRF) is the official umbrella International Sports Federation for national rafting organizations worldwide, and administers all aspects of rafting sport worldwide. The World Rafting Championships (WRC) the European Rafting Championships (ERC), the Pan American Rafting Championships, and the Euro Cup rafting series are governed by the IRF. The IRF works closely with national organisations and government bodies by offering the only raft guide certification program accepted worldwide. In 2019 the IRF was awarded Observer Status by the Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF). [1][2][3]


Old Logo of the International Rafting Federation
  • Raft Sprint (formerly Time Trial)
  • Raft Head-to-Head
  • Raft Slalom
  • Raft Downriver

Age Divisions[edit]

  • Masters - ages 40+
  • Youth - ages 15–19
  • Junior - ages 15–23
  • Open - ages 15+

Executive Board[edit]

  • Mr. Joseph Willis Jones, President and Chair of Board of Directors
  • Mr. Eric Boudreau, First Vice President, Chair of Sport and Competition
  • Mr. Gaspar Goncz, Second Vice President, Chair of Guide Training and Education
  • Mr. Pieter Bekkers, Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer
  • Ms. Sue Liell-Cock, Secretary General
  • Mr. Kianoosh Mehrabi, Chair of River Conservation


  1. ^ "International Rafting Federation (IRF) - Organisation - World Paddle Awards - The Global Awards for Canoe, Kayak and other Paddlesports".
  2. ^ "Adventure Park UAE - Water Park Dubai Abu Dhabi al Ain".
  3. ^ "Costa Rica hosts World Rafting Championship -". 27 September 2011.

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