So I wanted to get an update posted so that everyone knows where things are at with the 1st Riverboarding World Championship in Indonesia from November 6th to 10th, and the credit for putting the logistics on the ground together thus far goes to the Indonesian Riverboarding Association, who have really taken ownership of this event!
I saw the way they run events last September and I’m excited to be working with them over the next 6 months to streamline and perfect this event.
THE 1ST RIVERBOARDING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP ~ INDONESIA 2013
presented by Face Level Industries
Date: November 7th – 10th, 2013
Location: Citarum River, Central Java Province (*changed from originally reported river)
Organizer: Indonesian Riverboarding Association (IRA) and Face Level Industries
Organizing Committee Chairman: Josh Galt
Committee Advisors: Randi Roswenda, Huw Miles, Raphael Besson, Charl van Rensburg
Race Director: Rahim Asyik Budhi Santoso
Categories: Men / Women / Juniors
– Endurocross (mass-start long distance race)
– Slalom (solo timed race using gates)
– Boardercross (head to head sprint race)
– Freestyle (surfing or downriver freestyle depending on features)
More information here.
UPDATE – The event will take place at the Citarum river an hour and a half outside of Bandung. Please see Update 2 for more information.
Serayu River is a high volume river with flows of 50 – 100m3/sec. The water level is determined naturally by rainfall, and the rapids become more challenging during rainy season from November to April.
Like rivers in any other tropical area, the water temperature is between 20 – 22 degrees Celsius and the air temperature is between 25 – 30 degrees Celsius. Athletes may or may not want to use a wetsuit, and wetsuits will be left up to the competitor’s choice.
The Serayu has both class III and IV rapids which may be IV+ during rainy season.
This event is presented by Face Level and the Indonesian Riverboarding Association as the first ever official Riverboarding World Championship, and race formats and freestyle judging criteria will be governed by the FLRC riverboarding / hydrospeed competition rules.
USD $100 per athlete
This fee includes transportation from and to the airport, accommodation, all meals, transport to and from the river during the event, and a trip to Borobudur Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site and often included as one of the Seven Wonders of the World).
Riverboards / Hydrospeeds and other gear rules:
Details can be found on the FLRC rules page here
For all competitors who will arrive by plane, the event organizer will provide transport free of charge from the airport Adi Soetjipto / Jogjakarta, to the place of accommodation. Additionally, transportation will be provided to the Progo River and back, along with all other transports to the competition area.
For international competitors who fly directly to Jakarta, there are many flights from there (the Soekarno Hatta International Airport) which fly to Jogjakarta, or competitors may choose to travel from there by train.
There are also some flights to Jogjakarta from Singapore and Kuala Lumpur (Air Asia and Garuda Indonesia).
Travel time is 2.5 hours from Jogjakarta to Wonosobo.
Organizer will provide accommodation free of charge for all competitors and participants registered during competition on the Serayu River (from the 7th to the 10th of November, 2013).
For athletes who arrive before the event, there are options for alternate accommodation and those will be posted in the coming days.
Organizer will provide three meals per day plus a snack free of charge for all competitors and registered participants during competition and transportation, beginning with dinner on the 6th of November through breakfast on the 11th of November, 2013.
When registering, please include special food instructions, i.e. Moslem or vegetarian.
The event will be televised by Indonesian national television and Asian print media will be invited as well. It will also be covered with daily updates and live streaming by a professional media company, and we’ll have more announcement on this soon!
There are sponsorship opportunities available, please contact email@example.com for more info.
Online registration will be available soon!
Please share this info with your friends who are interested in coming, we have had interest now from more than 12 countries, which is exciting!
~ Josh Galt
Get outside and FLI!