Competition News

The 2013 ICF Wildwater Canoeing Juniors World Championships are officially opend. On Tuesday Evening Joao Tomasini, 3rd Vice President of the International Canoe Federation (ICF), declared the competition as open. Lofer celebrated at the marketplace an enthusiastic and colorful opening ceremony. The mayor Mrs Bettina Mitterer gave a warm welcome to the 15 participating nations, their standard bearer, the specattors, fans und guests and:

„Lofer is very proud to organise the Championships together with Germany“, said Mitterer. „I wish good luck for all athletes and a successful and fair competition.“

Lofer at the Saalachtal is attractive to everybody. A simple fact, proved by history.   Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was in Lofer in December 1769. The beautiful view up to the mountains of Lofer were part of a James Bond Movie. Clint Eastwood, Richard Burton and Erol Sander were guests in Lofer for their holidays.

Interview with Jens Perlwitz, Chairman at the ICF and Vicepresident at the German Canoe Federation, about the future of Wildwater Canoeing.

Canoeworlds: Jens, the 2013 ICF Wildwater Canoeing Junior World Championships will start soon. Is the organisation well prepared?

Jens Perlwitz: The conditions and the water level are excellent. The City of Lofer did everything for us to get a well prepared course and in the organisation team everybody looks forward. I am very happy to be a part of this team.

An all-time uniqueness will establish at the 2013 ICF Wildwater Canoeing Junior World Championships in Lofer (Austria), when the German Canoe Federation will organise the Championships together with town of Lofer as a german-austrian cooperation.
„This cooperation was a perfect conclusion, when we got the acceptance of the International Canoe Federation“, means ICF Chairman and Vicepresident of the German Canoe Federation Jens Perlwitz. „Lofer has this wonderful course, an ideal infrastructure and enthusiastic supporters. Together with the organisation of the german team I expect fantastic World Championships.“

Sun and blue sky in the early morning greeted the 100 athletes competing last weekend for the Wildwater Canoeing World Cup finals.

Impeccable as always the Adda, blue arena of water, now famous in the world of canoeing
thanks to decades of international activities Indomita Valtellina River, chaired by Benedetto Del Zoppo. Also this time the fundamental technical and economic support of A2A and Enel. The water drainage level of the Adda has earned the praise of the vertices of the International Canoe Federation.
It was, therefore, a great day of sport but also a big test for the wildwater canoeing world championship in 2014.
But the greatest praise goes to the athletes, as always, the real stars.
Gold in the men's K1 for the Frenchman Remi Pete, silver for the Austrian Gerhard Schmid, while the Bronze goes to the Slovenian Nejc Znidarcic.

Germany dominated the races in Banja Luka with 4x Gold, 4x Silver and 1 Bronzemedal


The World Cup 2013 started this weekend in Bosnia – Herzegovina on the river Vrbas. One weekend after the WWC – Sprint Worldchampionships in Solkan / Slovenia competitors of 18 Nations fighted for the medals in the Sprint and Classic events.

The competition started with the WWC – Sprint under floodlights in the canyon. It was the first time, that a worldcup race was organized in the night. After the heats during the day competitors from 14 nations started in the final. It was spectacular to see, how the competitors fight against the waves and eddies under the glaring lights.