SUP Series Surf Rules

Below are the rules for the 2017 season.

1) Entry & Eligibility

  • All Competitors wishing to compete at any of the three events will need to be members of BSUPA
  • Entry Fee must be paid in full prior to entry competition
  • The Four Divisions to competed will be as follows:
    Open Men
    Open Women
    Under 16 Boys
    Under 16 GirlsSub Divisions
    Senior 28 – 35
    Master 35 – 45
    Grand Master – 45 plus
  • Age Categories – Ages are taken from January 1st in the year of participation. E.g. Under 16. Individuals must be under 16 years of age on January 1st in the year of competition.

2) Seeding for the 2017 BSUPA Sup Surf Series

For the first event at Saunton seeding will be taken from 2016 overall seeding. For Watergate Bay & Fistral the seeding will be taken from the pervious event. E.g. Saunton for Watergate , Watergate for Fistral.

3) Judging Criteria

N.B. For this year’s SUP Surf Series Competitions, BSUPA will be following the judging Criteria as set out in the current I.S.A Rule book.

  • Key elements for competitors to be fully aware of prior to competitions
  • Stand Up Paddle Surf -SUP performance uses the normal judging criteria of the ISA rulebook.
  • Judges however will reward as higher level manoeuvres, those that are done with the obvious use of the paddle to give greater degrees of leverage and thus the creation of increasingly radical moves.
  • SUP surfing is unique and can be done many ways but for competition it is important to set criteria’s that set it apart from just long boarding.
  • Only a single blade paddle is to be used in SUP. The paddle is a tool and a big part of the sport therefore it is not just used to help catch a wave, but is necessary as a tool [aid] for riding the waves [similar to a Ski pole when skiing].
  • Entry into the wave should be by paddling in the standing position to enable the maximum score.
  • Paddling out and whilst waiting or choosing a wave should be done standing up. Prone position paddling or sitting the board should only be used if conditions dictate (EG if it is dangerous not to do so)
  • Surfing – average scores for all manoeuvres will be allocated unless the paddle is used as a pivot or tool in manoeuvres, then power, radical moves, critical sections and degree of difficulty are the deciding factors.
  • “Using the paddle”: The paddle is correctly used in SUP surfing to do three main things: it is used in turns as a brace, a pivot, and a force multiplier.
  • A surfer will be scored higher when he uses the paddle in some or all of these three ways to achieve sharper or more powerful turns.
  • N.B Tricks such as twirling or otherwise using the paddle in a non-functional manner will earn little or no extra score for the surfer.
  • Traditional long board surfing compared to progressive SUP surfing techniques: Because the paddle allows large SUP boards to be turned with high rates of speed and power, stand-up paddle surfing is deemed to be, at the competition level, a performance-centred branch of surfing, much like conventional short boarding. Footwork, nose riding and style points will be scored, but this will be done in their relationship to the criteria of degree of difficulty and critical nature of wave positioning to ensure all competitors develop a standard approach and understanding of what is expected from an elite performer in SUP.

3a) SUP Surfing

  • Judging Criteria: A surfer must demonstrate board-handling skills in the transition phase [description below] and the surfing phase [description below] of their performance, for it to be considered complete.
  • A surfer must perform radical controlled manoeuvres, using the paddle as a key tool, in the critical sections of a wave with speed, power and flow to maximise scoring potential. Innovative / progressive surfing as well as variety of repertoire [manoeuvres], wave negotiation and use of the paddle to increase the intensity of the manoeuvres, will all be taken into account when awarding points for SUP surfing.
  • The SUP surfer who executes these criteria with the maximum degree of difficulty and commitment on the waves will be rewarded with the higher scores.
  • For StandUp Paddle Surfing [SUP] a wave is deemed to be begun when in the opinion of the judges, the rider is no longer solely under paddle power but rather has harnessed and begun to be carried along by the power of the wave.

4) Scoring:

  • Length of Heat – each Heat will be a minimum length of 15 minutes and not excess 20 minimum.
  • Each competitor with will have a maximum of 10 scoring waves per heat, with the top two waves forming the bases of their overall heat score.
  • Any competitor that exceeds 10 waves in their heats will have their second highest score halved.
  • The judging scale will be 10 points with normal ISA contest rules applying.
  • The aggregate of the best rides will decide the final score for each surfer and interferences adjudicated according to the ISA Surfing Rulebook.

5) Board Length

SUP Design for Surfing: Maximum 10’5 in length . In the spirit of traditional surfing, no structural device to maintain foot contact with the board is allowed

6) Heat Timing

  • The Head Judge  will do by the Commentator, or in the absence of a Commentator, official timing of all heats.
  • A five minute visual and PA warning will be given when 5 minutes remain in a heat.
  • Siren or horn blasts must be used to start and finish heats. One blast to start and two blasts to finish. The Head Judge will indicate when a heat is to commence.
  • A large disc system at least 1 meter square must also be used. Green to start and yellow for the last 5 minutes.
  • The commentator must give a five second countdown at the beginning and end of each heat, and when he reaches zero the heat must start or end immediately.
  • The first of the two sirens must blow immediately when the commentator reaches zero. The official end of the heat is when the siren is first audible to the Head Judge, who will indicate to the judges that no more rides are to be scored for that heat. The siren takes precedence over the disc.
  • The coloured disc must be in the neutral position with no colour showing when the commentator reaches zero in the countdown. The disc must remain in the neutral position between heats.
  • In the event of siren failure the coloured disc will be the indicator for heat timing.
  • During and at the end of any heat the surfer must be clearly in possession of the wave on the wave face, making a movement to stand, his hands having left the rails (rail grabs excluded) for the wave to be scored.
  • If the Contest Director wishes to use the minimum time delay between heats (of 10 seconds)
    he must provide a marshalling area in the water outside of the line up.
  • In the case of a water start the maximum time between heats shall be 5 minutes, unless unforeseen circumstances arise.

7) Contestable Surf Conditions

There must be a minimum of 40 inches (1.0m) of wave height before surf can be deemed contestable for Team England selection event. A special allowance may be made on the final scheduled day of an event, if the surf is rideable. This will be determined by the Contest Director, BSUPA Event Director in conjunction with the riders committee and Head Judge. The event Director deciton is final.

8) Interference Situations and Rulings

  • Basic Interference 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 a ride a majority of judges feel that a fellow competitor has hindered the scoring potential of that surfer deemed to have right of way on 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. This includes excessive hassling, leash pulling or breaking down a wave section.
  • When an interference has been called, the hindered surfer has the right to take the option to keep the score of the hindered ride or be eligible for an additional wave within the heat time limit. The announcer will say the score (What if no announcer) and the surfer will signal if he wants to keep the ride [by raising both arms vertically] or not [by raising and crossing arms].
  • The Right of Way [ROW] Criteria
    The choice of right of way criteria for each of the above possible situations is the responsibility of the Head Judge or the available Senior Judge in that order.
  • Right Of Way (ROW) Priority
    Wave possession or right of way will vary slightly under the following categories as determined by the nature of the contest venue. It is the responsibility of the judge to determine which surfer has the inside position based on whether the wave is a superior right or left but never on which surfer is first to their feet. (should be on their feet already) (Exception): If at the initial point of take-off neither the right nor left can be deemed superior, then the right of way will go to the first surfer who makes a definite turn in their chosen direction (by making an obvious right or left turn).
  • Any competitor that enters the designated competition zone whilst it is not their heat will be disqualified.

9) Competition Rash Vest

  • It is the responsible of the individual competitor to collect their correct coloured competition rash vest for their individual heats during competition from Beach Marshall
  • It is the responsible of the individual competitor to return their coloured competition rash vest to Beach Marshall straight after completion of heat.
  • Should a competitor become disconnected from and loss their competition rash vest during paddle out, heat, and paddle back to beach. It is the responsibility of the individual competitor to make Beach Marshall aware straight away and collect a replacement competition rash vest.
  • Any competitor who continues to compete without wearing competition rash vest will not be scored for the remaining time of heat, and would also result in the individual competitor being disqualified from heat.

10) Medical Exclusion from Competition

Should a competitor require medical assistance during any stage of the competition having received a blow to head or face from contact with board or paddle or fellow competitor, and symptoms of concussion shown. The Medical Advisor & Competition Director reserve the right to withdraw individual from the remainder of competition or the grounds of personal safety such as drowning or secondary drowning.

11) Registration

  • It is the responsibility of the individual competitor that they attend registration between set times as posted by Competition Director. Failure to do so will result in the individual being disqualified from competition.
  • Should a competitor be not be able to attend registration, due to unforeseen circumstances. It is the individuals responsibility to contact the Competition Director before closure of registration to avoid disqualification.

12) Prize Giving

  • All competitors are expected to attend Official Prize Giving Ceremony.
  • All finalists in Open Men, Open Women, Under 16 Boys and Under 16 Girls must attend Prize Giving Ceremony. Failure to do so, will be deemed as unprofessional and un sportsmen like behaviour and could result in individual fore fitting result and lose of points from Overall Title Scores.
  • If an individual is wishing to leave before Official Prize Giving they are asked to speak with Competition Director, to make them aware.

13) Doping, Drug & Alcohol Policy

  • Competitors must inform Competition Director if they are on or taking any prescribed medicine or drugs.
  • Any Competitors seen to be taken any none prescribe drugs by officials will be disqualified from competition, and possibly banned from future BSUPA competitions.
  • Any Competitor seen to be taken any performance enhancing drugs
  • Competitors seen to be drinking alcohol during competitive heats by officials will be disqualified from the reminder of competition.

13a) Points Scoring For National Overall Titles

  • Points will be awarding to competitors based on their final place at individual events.
  • The awarded points from each event competed in will be added together to give an combined score , then lowest scoring result from one event only if all three events have been entered can then be discarded with a +1 score added. In turn giving a overall ranking position at the end of the three events.
  • The competitor with the highest score will be award BSUPA Surf Sup Series Champion.

13b) Points Table

Overall PositionPoints Awarded