Event Guide


Please note that the running order and timings are subject to change due to variable surf conditions. BUCS advises that you keep checking the event website, visit the event noticeboard at the competition desk and listen to the commentary team for important announcements.


14:00- 16:00

Registration for all competitors.


After Party – Hosted by Outgoing



Men’s Round One & Women’s Round One



Beach Clean

After Party – Hosted by Outgoing



Completion of Round 1

Knockout rounds (if time allows)

16:00 (approx.)


Please note these timings are subject to change.


Each member of each surf club must bring their own student ID to registration on Friday 18th October between 14:00 – 16:00pm. This will take place at the lifeguard tower. Failure to register within this time AND before your heat will mean that you are not able to compete. To register you must bring a valid student card. There will be a £20 fine for all no shows in the heats, and £25 for no shows for quarter final, semi-final and Final.


Competitor withdrawals must be made by a competitors athletic/ students union by emailing Amy Clayfield.

Withdrawals before the entry deadline, 3 October 2019 at 11:59pm will not be charged.

Competitors who do not withdraw before 4pm on the 18 October 2019 and do not attend registration will be classed as a late withdrawal/ no show and therefore will be charged the entry fee and will also be fined £20 which will be charged after the event to the competitor’s athletic union.

Should a withdrawal be accompanied with a valid doctor’s note, no fine will be given but the entry fee will still be charged.

Reserve List

If you have been added to the reserve list please visit the BUCS registration tent during registration. Your name will be added to a reserve waiting list. If we have withdrawals reserve surfers will be selected in the order that they have been registered. This will be a first come first served basis. Entry into the competition will not be guaranteed, and students will only be charged if they have been added to the competition. If you would like to be withdrawn from the reserve waiting list please email Amy Clayfield before the competition. You will not be fined or charged. 

Competition Information

Judging Key Concepts:

Surfers must perform to the BUCS Judging Key Concepts to maximize their scoring potential.Judges analyse the following major concepts when scoring waves:

- Speed, Power and Flow
- Innovative/ Progressive Manoeuvres
- Combination of Major Manoeuvres
- Variety of Manoeuvres
- Commitment and Degree of Difficulty

It is important to note that the emphasis on certain concepts is contingent upon the location and the conditions on the day, as well as changes of conditions during the day.

Competition information:

Heat length: 20/15 minutes (please confirm with beach marshal/ listen to the announcements)

Horns: one to start the heat and two to finish.  There will be a gap of at least 30 seconds between each heat.

Disc: Green at the start of the heat, then red for the last five minutes. No disc between heats.

Disc position: If you are not sure of the position of the timing disc, please ask the beach marshal to show you.

Wave maximums: Best 2 waves are scored from a maximum of 15. If you ride over the wave maximum you will not be scored for those waves. If you then take waves that could have been taken by another surfer (who has not had 15 waves) then you could be called for interference.

Please confirm the wave maximums from the Beach Marshall prior to your heat as they could change due to conditions. If possible we will endeavour to inform surfers when they have surfed their penultimate waves but we can make no guarantees - It is up to the surfer to count his/her own waves.

Paddle out time: 5 minutes before the end of the heat in the water. During the paddle out please keep well clear of the surfers competing or you could be called for interference.

Vests: You must wear your heat vest in the correct way, i.e. the right way round, from the Beach Marshall’s area and keep your vest on until you return at the end of your heat. Please be prompt in returning your vest.

Interference: As per the ASP rulebook, i.e. surfer on the inside has unconditional right of way. Prone in at the end of the heat. Please note, all interferences will be called. Once you have scored two interferences then you will leave the water or else disqualification will occur.

Disqualification: At the discretion of the Contest Director and Head Judge(s) based on conduct during the event under the rule “Bringing the sport into disrepute” (See rule book). Protest forms and to be lodged at the Beach Marshall within One Hour of the notification of the decision, in exceptional circumstances this deadline can be extended but the heat draw will not, under any circumstances, be replayed.

Caddies: No caddies in the water. Caddies only allowed when a surfer loses or breaks a board.

General surfing safety information:

  1. All surfers must be able to swim at least 50 metres in open water.
  2. Keep your surfing equipment in good condition.
  3. Always wear a surf leash to prevent you from losing your surfboard.  For you your board is a safety device, to others it may be a lethal weapon.
  4. Have consideration for other water users including anglers.
  5. Never surf alone
  6. Never surf immediately after eating a meal.
  7. Always return to the beach before nightfall.
  8. Never mix surfing with alcohol or drugs.  Anyone suspected to have consumed either will be removed from the competition immediately.
  9. Always wear a wetsuit when surfing in Britain.
  10. If you are new to the sport never hire a surfboard without first having a surfing lesson. (Given by a qualified instructor)
  11. Be considerate of other beach users especially when carrying your board to and from the water.
  12. When possible use a lifeguard patrolled beach. Obey the lifeguard’s instructions and be prepared to assist them if required.
  13. Where possible, surf in a recognised surfing area (e.g. in between the black and white checked flags).
  14. When paddling out avoid surfers who are riding waves.
  15. When taking a wave see that you are clear of other surfers. Remember, if someone else is already riding the wave you must not take off.
  16. Be environmentally friendly. Always leave the beach and other areas as you would wish to find them.

Team competition and BUCS Points available

Surfing points can be found in REG 6

Individuals will automatically be entered into the team competitions, provided there are enough eligible individuals from that institution to comprise a team. Please note the following team compositions:

Men’s Overall Team – The team placing shall be determined by the highest cumulative score for three surfers from the same institution.

Women’s Overall Team – The team placing shall be determined by the highest cumulative score for three surfers from the same institution.

Please note that BUCS points will not be allocated where the minimum number of competitors has not been reached, and where there are not enough individual scores to extract a team score. Furthermore, an individual/team must have beaten another individual/team to score BUCS points (i.e. if 3 individuals finish an event, only 2 will score BUCS points). Similarly, medals will be awarded according to the accrual of BUCS Points. For example if there are only three entries in an event only Gold and Silver medals will be awarded.

Photography and broadcast

During this event various filming, photography and broadcasting may take place. By your presence at this event you grant your permission for your likeness and voice to be included in pictures and / or on film, and their advertising without compensation or credit.

Head to Fistral Beach Surf Hire for Board and Wetsuit hire throughout the competition!