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The evolution of Rafting until today.

The history of Rafting: humble beginnings to an international sport

From its humble beginnings with Native Americans to its current recognition as an international sport, Rafting embodies audacity, connection with nature and the quest for adrenaline. Let's explore together the fascinating evolution of this aquatic activity, where each wave tells a story of adventure and discovery.

The beginnings of Rafting: from simple tree trunks to rudimentary rafts

Before revealing the evolution of Rafting through the ages, let's quickly go back to the definition. Rafting comes from the word raft which means “inflatable raft" in English. 

The history of Rafting dates back to ancient times, even very distant times, when the first human civilizations discovered the potential of waterways and how useful they could be for transportation and exploration. The first steps of this activity date back to the time when Native Americans used hollowed-out tree trunks to navigate, in order to move around, feed or explore the surroundings. These pioneers initiated a tradition of aquatic exploration who would shape the future of the sport.

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The hippie era: The advent of a culture of adventure

Rafting, in the 19th century, was then used for military purposes to transport men and equipment, but the real boom in rafting occurred in the 1970s, a decade marked by unprecedented cultural excitement. It was the hippie era, rebels without a cause thrill seeking and a deeper connection with nature

For them, Rafting was not just a trip down the river, but a shared adventure, a communion with nature and a celebration of freedom. Armed with inflatable rafts, paddles and an intrepid spirit, these modern explorers embarked on epic journeys through the world's wildest rapids. They brought a new dimension to Rafting, making it not only a sport, but also a way of life and an expression of the desire to live fully and unhindered.

Professionalization: Guides, competitions and safety

Faced with this growing popularity, it has become necessary to supervise this activity to ensure the safety of participants. Of the professional guides began training, bringing with them valuable expertise on whitewater navigation and rescue techniques. These guides have become iconic figures in the Rafting industry, sharing their passion for the rivers and their commitment with their crew. 

At the same time, competitions were organized, showcasing the world's best rowers in frantic races through raging rapids. These events helped popularize the sport and draw attention to the skills required to succeed in this demanding field.

The practice of rafting has therefore become popular throughout the world to emerge in France in the 80 years. The appearance of kayaking, with white water descents, at the Munich Olympic Games in 1972, also helped to make Rafting known. Did you know that the first descents in France took place on the rivers of Isère and Ubaye ?

Come sail in the footsteps of these pioneers with Crazy Water! 

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Rafting today: an international sport in its own right

Nowadays, Rafting is considered as a international sport, attracting enthusiasts from around the world to exotic destinations and legendary rapids. Iconic rivers such as the Colorado in the United States or Zambezi in Africa have become places of pilgrimage for adventure enthusiasts looking for thrills. 

Navigation equipment and techniques have continued to improve. Rafting companies are thriving in many regions, offering guided excursions and all-inclusive vacations for Rafting enthusiasts of all experience levels. Whether you're a beginner looking for a shot of adrenaline or a seasoned veteran looking for the next challenge, there's always a river waiting for you, ready to provide you with an unforgettable adventure.

Environmental impact: Preservation of ecosystems and awareness

Rafting has become very popular, it is crucial to protect natural environments in which this sport takes place. Rafting companies and environmental organizations have started to collaborate to promote sustainable practices and minimize the ecological impact of this activity

Measures have been put in place to reduce waste, preserve local flora and fauna, and raise awareness among participants of the importance of conserving river ecosystems. Thus, rafting is not only limited to the excitement of the rapids, but also becomes a way to discover and protect the natural treasures of our planet.

👉 Read also : The impact of Rafting on the environment

From the modest tree trunk to international competitions, the history of Rafting is a saga full of twists and turns! Rafting is defined not only as a sport, but also as a way of life, an invitation to explore the wonders of our natural world and to push the limits of our own courage.

Caroline Aalbers
Caroline Aalbers
Wat een geweldige ervaring, raften over de Ubaye! Prachtige natuur, mooie afwisselende tocht (inclusief zwemmen en in het water springen!) en geschikt voor elk niveau. Onze kinderen (6 en 9 jaar) hebben een super eerste raft ervaring gehad, mede dankzij onze leuke en goede gids. Ze willen zeker nog een keer :-)
Ziga Budja
Ziga Budja
Wonderfull family rafting experience. Just a little bit too much for my sensitive eight year old, but great overall. The river is beautiful with nice surroundings. The guide was excellent (forgot his name 🙄) and the whole team was very nice. The trip down the river took about one and a half hour with some stops. If you visit this place, your're not gonna be sorry! 👍🏻
Un lieu calme et agréable, accueillit par une équipe sympathique. Mise à disposition du barbecue pour le repas du midi avant le rafting. Tout est là pour votre bonheur.
Jerome Henry
Jerome Henry
Merci @CrazyWaterRafting pour les moments géniaux en famille. Nous avons fait rafting, rando aquatique et kayak avec 2 adultes et 2 ados : génial !! Guides super sympa, très pro, Contrairement à ce que l'on entend a la télé, le niveau d'eau dans cette rivière et plus que suffisant pour s'éclater ! Nb: la rando aquatique n'est pas très connue mais super aussi, descente de la rivière en nageant, dans un secteur plus calme que celui pour le rafting. Explication sur la nature, superbe paysages, surprise à la fin... Encore merci. Jérôme, Caroline, Charlotte et Manon.
Shameer Habibi
Shameer Habibi
Really fun, and a really good guide! Overall amazing
Melanie Macias
Melanie Macias
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Lorenzo Van Loon
Lorenzo Van Loon
We did two descents, one by raft and one by kayak, both with Julien as a guide. He seems totally crazy when you first meet him, but he was a great guide and made our day. Really spectacular river, with a lot of rapids and great views. We got out of the boats to swim a bit in one of the rapids and they took us to a rock where we could jump in to the water. Julien and the crew of Crazy Water are real professionals, but in for a laugh and a joke. A pity we could'n do the 'sport' descent, because of bad weather. But we sure come back. One remark; their 'bar' is quite empty, so make sure to bring your own drinks and food if you're planning to stay for a day.
verriez virginie
verriez virginie