The best of the country's student surfers head to Newquay to fight it out to become the champions!

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, BUCS social media channels, visit the event noticeboard at the competition and listen to the commentary team for important announcements. Any changes to the schedule in the week before the event, BUCS will endeavour to communicate via email to all competitors.

Friday 8th October TBC

07:45 - 08:30 Registration for all competitors

08:45 Captains Briefing

09:00 Men's Round One 

TBC from 13:30 Women's Round One on standby 

16:30 Beach Clean

18:00 Event Close

Saturday 9th October TBC

09:00 Men's Round Two

Women's Round One

Men's Round Three

Women's Round Two

Men's Round Four

17:00 Beach Clean

Sunday 10th October TBC

09:00 Men's Quarters

Women's Semis

Men's Semis

Women's Final

Men's Final

14:00 (approx.) Presentations

Please note these timings are subject to change.


Each member of each surf club must bring their own valid student ID & Covid Pass Information (detailed below) to registration on Friday 8th October between 07:45– 08:30am. This will take place on the beach in the BUCS tent. Failure to register at the start of the day AND before your heat will mean that you are not able to compete.  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.  


We cannot wait to welcome you to BUCS Surf, but need to make sure that you and rest of the competitors, staff and volunteers are safe. Therefore at registration on Friday competitors must demonstrate their Covid-19 status to gain entry in one of the following ways: 

Status Evidence 

Please present your status by providing ONE of the following: 

Full Vaccination 

COVID Pass via NHS app or NHS website 


Letter via NHS website or call 119 


Vaccine card and photo ID 


Negative PCR/LF test within the 48 hours prior to attendance 

COVID Pass via NHS app or NHS website 


NHS-Self Report Tool confirmation email and/or text message 


Natural Immunity 

COVID Pass via NHS app or NHS website 


Letter via NHS website or call 119 


Any competitor that is unable to demonstrate this at registration will be denied entry to the event, and willl not be allowed to compete.

In the event of any delays to the competition schedule, competitors will be updated as to what will be required. It is highly recommended that competitors bring lateral flow tests with them/travel with them. 

Face masks are not compulsory but are encouraged when registering and when using the beach bar and facilities at Fistral Beach. 


A competitors athletic / students union must make competitor withdrawals by emailing Alice Robinson. 

Stage 1: Withdrawals after the entry deadline, 23rd  September 2021 at 11:59pm [Stage 1] and before midday on the 29th September will be fined £10 and will still be charged the entry fee.  

Stage 2: Withdrawals after the entry deadline, 30th September 2021 at 11:59pm [Stage 2] and before midday on the 5th October 2021 will be fined £10 and will still be charged the entry fee. 

ALL: Competitors who do not withdraw before midday on the 5th October 2021 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.

Events and BUCS Points Available

BUCS Points allocation for Surfing Championships can be found here in Appendix 1.

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. 

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. 

Competitor 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. 

Board and Wetsuit Hire

This is available from Fistral Beach at the following costs for BUCS Surf Competitors: 

Beginner surfboard and wetsuit

Daily £15pp 

3 days £40pp 

Just board Daily £10 

3 days £25 

Improver surfboard and wetsuit,  

Daily £17pp 

3 days £45 

Just board Daily £12 

3 days £28 

Intermediate board and wetsuit,  

Daily £20pp 

3 days £50 

Just board Daily £15 

3 days £32 

Limited availability of chest zip suits to hire / Bag and valuable storage at Fistral beach surf hire free with hire 

Opening times extended to 8am - 6pm 

Range of Overherd 8ft and 7’6 foam boards for sale from £140 
An improver board is a refined foam surfboard made for faster paddling and more manoeuvrability. Along with the hire students will also be able to leave valuables and bags with us at the hire shop on Fistral beach. We will be opening for a bit longer so 8am - 6pm, boards can be taken away overnight or left back at the shop. 

To pre book equipment students should call or email Fistral Beach to avoid any disapointment on the day:

Call: 01637850737

Email: [email protected]


Spectators are welcomed at this event. It is not ticketed and Fistral Beach is open to the public. As per government guidelines, it is recommended that spectators undertake regular testing for COVID 19 in order to keep yourselves, local residents and competitors as safe as possible.


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

If you are interested in photographing this event, you must contact [email protected] to express your interest by Thursday 6 October.

Covid-19 Measures

The safety of students, volunteers and staff remains paramount as we move into the 2021-22 season, therefore for the time being we will still be implementing a series of Covid-19 Measures at our events. Although certain safety measures surrounding Covid-19 will be dictated by a venue or specific sport requirements we will be continuing to implement the following general measures across all of our events. 

  1. Event Disclaimer includes specifics around Covid-19 
  2. Whist inside staff members and volunteers interacting with competitors will be wearing appropriate face coverings  
  3. Covid-19 questionnaire completed prior to arrival at the event by all competitors, officials, volunteers and support staff. 
  4. Access to hand-washing facilities, or hand sanitiser  

What’s expected of competitors: 

  1. Event competitors should stay home if they have any Covid-19 symptoms, live in the same household with someone with Covid-19 symptoms or have been diagnosed with, or suspected to have, Covid-19 in the past 10 days 
  2. Competitors should stay home if they have been instructed to quarantine due to international travel restrictions or by NHS Track and Trace 
  3. Competitors must follow direction from event staff, venue staff and volunteers.  
  4. Competitors must complete Covid-19 questionnaire prior to arrival at the event 
  5. Competitors must show their Covid Pass at registration as detailed above under 'Registration'  
  6. Competitors should ensure they are following hand hygiene practices at all times 
  7. Competitors are encouraged to wear a face covering when indoors and moving about the building 
  8. Competitors should follow the guidance and safety procedures outlined for the event you are attending.  
  9. Competitors unable to attend event due to Covid-19 must contact the event lead 

Details on testing and vaccination status can be found above.