World Rafting Championships - Tully River, Qld, Australia. May 2019

PRESS RELEASE – Big Water Safety Equipment and The IRF 2019 World Rafting Championships....

Big Water Safety Equipment has been announced as an Official Sponsor of the IRF 2019 World Rafting Championships.

The excitement is electric as 400 white-water rafters, support crews and their families from up to 30 countries will soon arrive in the region in an attempt to Tame the Tully at the IRF 2019 World Rafting Championships.

The Australian Rafting Federation (ARF) will be represented by seven teams competing on home soil. The current Australian U19 Men and Women, U23 Men, Open Men and Women and the Master Men and Women have all secured their spot to take on the world.

Local Cairns business, Big Water Safety Equipment was established by Alan Carrette in 2004 and provides whitewater paddling and safety equipment for all adventure sports, stocking only quality and reliable gear.

Big Water has grown into one of the largest providers of safety equipment to emergency services and commercial water adventure companies across Australia.

Their website also sells directly to the Australian paddling community.

The event has been officially sanctioned by the International Rafting Federation and will attract over 1,000 competitors from 50 countries all over the world, injecting over $7 million into the Cassowary Coast Region.

Event Snapshot:

IRF 2019 World Rafting Championships - Tully River, Queensland, Australia.

Monday 13 May – Sunday 19 May

  • The World’s Best White Water Rafting athletes.
  • The event is an Official IRF sanctioned event.
  • The International Rafting Federation is the governing body for Rafting globally.
  • The Australian Rafting Federation is the governing body for Rafting in Australia.

Event Director Graham Maifredi said ‘We’re delighted with the support from Big Water Safety Equipment who was also a sponsor at the 2018 Pre World Championships and we look forward to having Big Water be part of the IRF 2019 World Championships in 2019.”

Big Water Safety Equipment Owner Alan Carrette said “We are very pleased to sponsor this world class event, and hope the local community gets behind not only the Australian Teams but also all those involved with the event. Big Water is proud to be the supplier of the ARK rafts for the IRF 2019 World Rafting Championship and look forward to watching the competition in May next year. We will be offering special benefits to athletes, members, team supporters and their families and look forward to making them feel welcome to our region.”

ARK the Unsinkable Inflatable

As mentioned above, Big Water is proud to be the supplier of the official event boat, the ARK rafts, for the IRF 2019 World Rafting Championships.

Big Water became the exclusive ARK Inflatables Distributor in 2012 and has enjoyed being part of growing the brand and extending the reach of these amazing products.

Here is a little sneak peak at the unboxing of the event rafts when Big Water delivered them to event organisers recently.  Keep an eye out on our social channels for more backstage sneak peaks.