Scholastic Surf Series Judging Criteria, Format, and Basic Rules
All heats will be 15 minutes. A max of 10 waves may be ridden. The best 2 waves will be tallied in all heats.
Surfers must perform to the ASP judging key elements to maximize their scoring potential. Judges analyze the following major elements when scoring waves.
Shortboard and Bodyboard:
Commitment and degree of difficulty in critical section of the wave
Innovative and progressive maneuvers
Combination of major maneuvers
Variety of maneuvers
Speed, power, and flow
The surfer must perform controlled maneuvers in the critical section of the wave utilizing the entire board and wave using traditional longboard surfing. The surfer who performs this to the highest degree of difficulty with the most style, flow and grace will receive the highest score for a ride. Further to that above, the following are key elements for judges to consider:
Nose riding and rail surfing
Critical section of the wave
Variety of maneuvers
Speed and Power / Commitment
Control / Footwork
It is important to note that the emphasis of certain elements is contingent upon the location and the conditions on the day, as well as changes of conditions during the day.
The following scale may be used to describe a ride that is scored:
0- 1.9 = Poor
2- 3.9 = Fair
4- 5.9 = Average
6- 7.9 = Good
8- 10 = Excellent
INTERFERENCE – BASIC RULE: The surfer deemed to have the inside position for a wave has unconditional right of way for the entire duration of that ride. Interference will be called if during that ride a majority of judges feel that a competing surfer has hindered the scoring potential of the surfer deemed to have right of way for the wave. Anyone who stands up in front of a surfer with right of way has the chance to ride or kick out of the wave without being called interference, UNLESS they hinder the scoring potential of the surfer with right of way by any means. These include paddling, excessive hassling, leg rope pulling or breaking down a section in a manner that hinders scoring potential. NOTE: If an interference is called on a team member on the same team in the same heat, the interference will not be counted by the tabulator. This only applies to the team vs team portion of the event.
INTERFERENCE PENALTY: Under 2 best waves, the interfering surfer will be penalized with a loss of 50% of his/her second best scoring ride. The wave that the interference was called on by the majority of the judges will count in the final tally as a zero. If this surfer incurs another interference penalty during the same heat, his/her best wave score will also be halved. An attempt will be made to remove the surfer with 2 interferences from the water.
The Scholastic Surf Series is a division of the
Western Surfing Association (WSA). The rulebook of the
WSA will apply in instances that are not covered by the SSS
LONGBOARDS are to be a minimum of 9 feet or 3
feet over the head of each surfer. SUP’s are not
SHORTBOARDS are to be 7 feet 6 inches or less. SUP’s are not allowed.
BODYBOARDS should be no more than 2 inches above or below the belly button. Beaters are not acceptable in the bodyboard division.
COACHES ARE RESPONSIBLE to make sure their surfers are riding the appropriate equipment. Surfers may be disqualified by the beach marshall if the proper equipment is not adhered to from the point of discovery.
A SURFER MUST CATCH A WAVE to be scored in order to advance. No waves – no advancement. In the event a surfer does not catch a wave and does not advance, that surfer will still get their team points and/or rating for the event.
A surfer must be a member of your team prior to
the last event of the series to be eligible for State
SCHOLASTIC SURF SERIES
UNSPORTSMANLIKE BEHAVIOR will not be
Any display of poor sportsmanship by either a competitor,
coach, or parent, shall be cause for automatic dismissal from
the contest. This also applies to unsportsmanlike conduct
directed to another competitor or official.
No official of an event, in any capacity, shall at any time be
subjected to unsportsmanlike conduct in either word or
deed. Any display of poor sportsmanship by either a
competitor, competitor’s parent or coach, shall be cause for
automatic dismissal of the competitor and or coach from the
contest. This also applies to unsportsmanlike conduct
directed to another competitor or coach by any SSS
competitor or coach. A second infraction will result in
dismissal for the remainder of the season. Included is any
correspondence via email, text message, FaceBook Postings
or phone calls that are determined by the SSS to be
threatening in nature, abusive or detrimental to the SSS in
Any competitor practicing in the competition area or
demonstrating unsportsmanlike conduct will be disqualified
from the event, loss of points/standing in the event and a
possible disqualification for the next event. Anyone surfing
or in the water in the competition area without a jersey on
will be disqualified and if it is a parent, the son/daughter
competitor may also be disqualified. Coaching needs to
come from the designated coach from the beach, not in the
water, in a manner that is not disturbing or distracting to the
other competitors, the judges, contest officials and the
Boys Shortboard - 9 entries, 3 alternates
Boys Longboard - 3 entries, 3 alternates
Girls Shortboard - 3 entries, 3 alternates
Girls Longboard - 2 entries, 2 alternates
Co-Ed Bodyboard - 2 entries, 2 alternates