Rios Tropicales To Sponsor 2011 World Rafting Championships in Costa Rica

San Jose, Costa Rica (PressExposure) March 20, 2009 -- Rios Tropicales, ranked the #5 rafting company in the world by National Geographic Adventure Magazine, has agreed to be lead sponsor of the 2011 World Rafting Championships, to be held in Costa Rica on the Rio General.

“As the largest and oldest rafting company in Costa Rica, it makes sense for us to lead our country’s hosting of the 2011 World Rafting Championships.” Says Rafael Gallo, co-founder of Rios Tropicales.

Rios Tropicales has achieved international renown in the rafting world. Led by expert paddler Rafael Gallo, who wrote the 1988 classic “The Rivers of Costa Rica”, Rios Tropicales has participated in international rafting competitions since they began as Project RAFT in 1989. Mr. Gallo, through Rios Tropicales and its sister non-profit organization Rios Tropicales Foundation, has long been at the forefront of efforts to promote rafting, protection of rivers, and international sustainable adventure development through international competition.

The World Rafting Championships developed out of Project RAFT, an international competition and bridge-building event which drew 50 international teams from 1989-1993. In 1998 the International Rafting Federation took over the event, turning it into the World Rafting Championships. Races have been held throughout the world in past years, including the US, Costa Rica, Siberia, South Africa, and South Korea, among others. The 2011 World Rafting Championships will take place on the Rio General, in the San Isidro Valley, Costa Rica, in September of 2011. The World Rafting Championship competitions consist of 3 disciplines – Sprint, Slalom and Downriver. The points earned in each discipline are added to determine the Overall winner and final positions. Each team has 6 members with the option to have a reserve.

About The International Rafting Federation The International Rafting Federation (IRF) is an assembly of national associations and organizations with the goal of harmoniously developing, organizing and assuring rafting's future and that of international competition

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Contact: Julie Thorner Rios Tropicales San José, Costa Rica 828-488-3420

About Rios Tropicales

In 2007, and again in 2009, National Geographic ADVENTURE ranked Rios Tropicales the #1 Rafting Company in Costa Rica, and one of the top 5 Rafting Companies in the world. Rios Tropicales was an award winner in the 2008 National Geographic Ashoka Changemakers Geotourism Challenge and a finalist in the 2008 Conde Naste World Savers Award. Established in 1985, Rios Tropicales is the most experienced and largest rafting adventure company in Costa Rica. Led by its local founders, Rios Tropicales has expanded into a complete eco-adventure company offering Costa Rica vacation packages whitewater rafting, eco-lodge, sea kayaking, jungle kayaking, hiking, canopy tours, ecotours, wildlife safari, mountain biking, and tree-planting and sustainable development tours. Tour locations include the most treasured natural areas of Costa Rica: Central Costa Rica, La Fortuna, Canas, and Quepos.

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Press Release Submitted On: March 18, 2009 at 5:42 am
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