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 SUR i In the event that these regulations contradict the BUCS general regulations these sport specific regulations will supersede, unless specifically stated otherwise.

SUR ii In the event that these regulations contradict those of the national or international governing body these sport specific regulations will supersede, unless specifically stated otherwise.

SUR iii Dispute at events: In line with REG 4.4.3, should a dispute occur at an event the event appeal panel for Surfing shall comprise of Tournament Director and BUCS Event Coordinator.


SUR 1 Event judging criteria


SUR1.1 A surfer must perform radical controlled manoeuvres in the most critical sections of a wave with speed, power and flow to maximise scoring potential. Innovative and progressive surfing as well as variety of repertoire (manoeuvres) will be taken into consideration when awarding points for waves ridden. The surfer who executes these criteria with the maximum degree of difficulty and commitment on the waves shall be rewarded with the highest scores.


SUR 2 Competition Rules   


SUR 2.1 Heats will be started on a single horn blast. Competitors to be standing at the water’s edge, knee depth maximum.  Water starts may be permitted at the discretion of the Contest Director, but competitors must not infringe on the contest area.


SUR 2.2 Heats will end with two horn blasts.  There will be a minimum of 30 seconds between heats.  The head judge will indicate when a heat is to commence.


SUR 2.3 A flag or disc system will also be used, with one flag raised at the start of a heat.  With 5 minutes to go, a different coloured flag will also be raised.  At the end of a heat, both flags will be lowered.


SUR 2.4 If a disc system is used the disc must be 1 metre in diameter.  It must have a light colour on one side and a darker colour on the other.  The dark colour indicates that the heat is in progress.  The light side is shown to indicate that the heat is in its last 5 minutes. At the end of the heat the disc is turned edge - on to the sea so that no colour is visible.  N.B. The start of the horn blast signifies the start or end of the heat.  The flags or disc are for guidance only.


SUR 3 Heats


SUR 3.1 Heats will normally be of 15-20 minutes duration and finals 20-30 minutes duration.  The Contest Committee will determine heat times.  Any alterations will be announced before a heat commences. A heat cannot be extended while in progress.


SUR 3.2 The Contest Committee will decide how many waves will count towards a surfer’s score.  NORMALLY it will be best 2 waves.


SUR 3.3 Competitors in heats may only ride twelve waves and should leave the water after doing so.  The penalty for riding more than twelve waves will be a five point deduction from their total score for each extra wave ridden.


SUR 3.4 A surfer who has ridden more than 12 waves may also be liable to an interference penalty if they remain in the water and interfere in any way with the other competitors in that heat.  Finalists (but not quarter or semi finalists) may ride 15 waves.


SUR 3.5 When the air horn sounds for the end of a heat a surfer must be clearly in possession of the wave (e.g. for board riders hands having left the rails)  for a ride to be scored.


SUR 3.6 When heats are in progress, and at the beginning of the days surfing, any surfer in the defined competition area may be penalised. The penalty will be immediate disqualification.


SUR 3.7 Contestants are to check in with the Beach Marshal at least 5 minutes prior to the start of their heat. Singlets are to be worn both from and back to the Beach Marshal and must be returned immediately after the heat has been concluded.


SUR 3.8 At the completion of each heat, surfers will return to the beach in a prone position.  A surfer will incur an up-after penalty if he/she stands up after the end of their heat and remains standing into the next heat.  If they drop to a prone position or pull out before the start of the next heat that wave will not score and neither will they be penalised.  If a surfer stands up before the end of their heat they may finish their ride and be scored for it even if it ends after their heat has ended and/or the next heat has begun.


SUR 3.9 Heats will normally be made up from a maximum of four surfers, although five man heats may be used.  A minimum of 50% of the surfers will normally advance.


SUR 4 Judges


SUR 4.1 Judges and tabulators sheets will be available for scrutiny by competitors, but must not be removed from the contest control area.


SUR 4.2 Judging panels for each heat will consist of three, four or five judges who will be rotated. Each judging panel will officiate under the control and direction of a head judge.


SUR 4.3 Judges will score each ride out of 10 points with .1 increments (from 0.2 to 10).


SUR 4.4 A ride will commence when a competitor’s hands leave the rails (board riders).  In the case of kneeboards when the rider moves to his knees and in the case of bodyboarders when the rider has completed one manoeuvre.


SUR 4.5 Judges should check in to the head judge at least 10 minutes prior to the start of their judging session.  This allows time to get a realistic view of the conditions.


SUR 4.6 The name/number of the judge together with the division, event and heat number should be entered in the appropriate sections of the judging sheet before the heat commences.


SUR 4.7 Judges sheets should be handed in promptly at the end of the heat.


SUR 4.8 Judges should not tally the sheet or alter scores.  If a score is unclear, or must be changed, blank out the square and use the next one.  All alterations should be signed. N.B. if a judge thinks they have missed a score they must place an M in the appropriate block.


SUR 4.9 Each judge must give 100% effort.  Maximum concentration is essential to ensure personal bias is cut out and that top efficiency is reached. Judges should score every ride by each competitor.


SUR 4.10 Where possible the judges to be used in the finals will be those who have shown the highest degree of consistency over the contest.


SUR 4.11 Judges are responsible for ruling interference situations.


SUR 4.12 Judges finishing their session should remain on hand until their last heat has been tallied in case of query or protests.


SUR 5 Anyone who is guilty of unsportsmanlike conduct may be liable to disqualification at the discretion of the Contest Committee.


SUR 6 Team Championships

There will be a men’s team and a women’s team championship.  A team comprises of 3 competitors of the same sex.  The top 3 scoring competitors from the same institution will make up the 1st team.

Competitors score points for the team competition by progressing through the rounds in the individual event.  For example, for participating in the 1st round but not making it through to round 2, competitors will receive 1 point for their team score.  By being knocked out in round 2, competitors will receive 2 points.  

In the final, the 4th placed competitor will receive the number of points as equivalent to the round number, with the 3rd place competitor receiving one more and so on.  For example if the final is the 5th round , the 4th placed competitor would receive 5 points, the 3rd place competitor would then receive 6 points, 2nd would receive 7 points and the 1st placed competitor would receive 8 points to add to their team score.

The top 3 scoring competitors from an institution would have their team points added together to give the total team score.

Competitors must sign in for their heat and enter the water to obtain team points for that round.


By entering into the individual event, competitors are automatically entered into the team competition (as long as they have 3 surfers of the same sex entered).  Competitors do not need to enter the team competition separately on BUCScore.


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