|Kayaking down the Kampar River|
|Kg Jahang, Gopeng on the Kampar River where the event was held|
|Tourism Exco Tan Kar Hing ( 6th from right) and tourism officials|
The event was organized by local Gopeng adventure company Radak Adventure with collaboration from Tourism Perak and the Ministry of Youth and Sports.
The three day international festival held from July 5 till 7 featured three main races Rafting, Kayaking and tube racing.
The three events attracted 128 international participants who came from Singapore, Indonesia, Brunei, Australia, Pakistan, Germany and Malaysia.
|Mohd Adib of Radak|
An administrator with Radak Adventure, Mohd Adib Othman said this was the first time a white water competition was being held in Gopeng.
I had noted that all the judges were Indonesian and enquired about this. Adib confirmed my observation explaining that Malaysia didn’t have a body to cover white water activities
“In Malaysia we have an association covering kayak and canoeing activities but it does not cover white water activities. We collaborated with Federasi Arung Jeram Indonesia (FAJI, the white water federation of Indonesia) who in turn is affiliated to the International Rafting Federation (IRF).
We invited FAJI to collaborate as they had experience, provided officials and knew the IRF regulations. In this way we intend to learn of their setup and subsequently setup a Malaysian white water association with Kampar River Festival as our platform”.
That is the plan and hopefully we will have this event again next year and beyond.
The overall champion this year was won by local Gopeng adventure outfit called Rex Kayak School while the runner up was FAJI Kota Bogor from Indonesia.
Looks like we are off to a good start.
|Lots of view points along the river|
|Local drink vendors, thirsty Singaporeans|
|Friendly food vendors|
|services on site|
|meet the local residents|
|Perak Tourism's ambassador 'KOPIRO' at Dataran Kg Jahang|
|Secretariat and Station|
|Kayak for sale $800|
|Kg Jahang, Gopeng ... kembali lagi ....|