Tour Rules

Chapter – 1:   Introduction
  1.1   The 2015 IFWA World Championship is restricted to stand-up class. Points from all events count towards the World Title. In case of tie, best finishes in the overall events prevail. Nevertheless, each organization can run a sit-down competition as a 2015 IFWA International Event.
  1.2   Two members of the IFWA steering committee must be present to validate the event. Each event has autonomy to create partnerships with their respective federations or associations. IFWA representatives are present at each event to supervise the rulebook applications, as well as to give support to the organizers. IFWA also intends to make possible the presence of international media to create an international impact and to get good coverage for the sponsors.
Chapter – 2:   Competition format
  2.1   Head to head format; It allows judges scores to reflect the changing conditions and enhances the understanding for the public and media.
  2.2   Bracket system developed for up to 20 riders; If more than 20 riders are registered, a pre-qualifying round will determine the riders advancing to the brackets. Riders present with the top 8 IFWA points do not need to compete in the pre-qualifying round and will automatically advance to the brackets.
  2.3   For the pre-qualifying round, riders compete in 6 minutes heats (2 riders per heat); Top 10 scores overall along with 2 wildcards (determined by IFWA jury) will advance to the brackets. As time allows, those riders not advancing to the brackets will continue in a consolation round. Finally, as time allows, all riders get at least 2 heats.
Chapter – 3:   Judging and scoring system
  3.1   Judging criteria is overall impression focused upon top 4 manoeuvres in surf and top 4 manoeuvres in tricks. A rider’s entire run in considered in overall impression. Final scores are given based upon judges overall impression of both rider’s runs. Judges are considering the best performance possible in the given wave conditions.
  3.2   Criteria includes:

  •  Amplitude: Determined by the height, size or extension of manoeuvre;
  •  Degree of difficulty: Determined by complexity and extension of  manoeuvre;
  •  Overall impression: Determined by the general performance, diversity,  creative value of manoeuvres and fluidity of entire run;
  •  Others: Manoeuvres must be performed in the critical point of the  waves with speed and strength; Riders must maintain physical contact  with the jet during completion of manoeuvres. If rider loses the jet, the  manoeuvres is not scored.
  3.3   Scoring System:

  •  All rounds except pre-qualifying round are judged head to head;;
  •  Pre-qualifying scoring system: Judges scores with the high and low scores are dropped. Judges scores are 50% wave riding and 50% wave tricks. Each judge gives a score from 1-10 points for surfing, and a score from 1-10 points for tricks. Surf and trick scores are added for each judge total score. In the pre-qualifying round, riders with the top scores advance to the head to head brackets. In case of tie, jury count the entire judge’s scores;;
  •  Head to head scoring system: Judges evaluate the riders’ performance. Judges record the scores for each rider, 1-10 surfing, 1-10 tricks. Scores for each rider are totalled, rider with the highest score receives judges vote. Rider with the most number of votes will advance to the next round. Winners will be announced immediately after the riders exit the water. The head judge will display the final results by showing the winning riders lycra color.
  3.4   Event points given for final rankings:

  •  Only the 20 riders advancing to the brackets receive IFWA points for the event;;
  •  Riders not advancing to the next round will tie at their last round:
    • Final: 1st: 23 points; 2nd: 20 pts
    • Consi final: 3rd: 17 pts; 4th: 15 pts
    • Losers of 1/4 finals (4 riders): 5th: 12 pts
    • Losers of 1/8 finals (8 riders): 9th: 9 pts
    • Losers of LCQ (4 riders): 17th: 5 pt
  •  In case of Disqualification (DQ) or Did Not Start (DNS), the rider will receive a lower placing than riders who completed the round.
Chapter – 4:  Protests
  4.1   Any rider who wants to protest the results has 15 minutes after display of the results by the head judge; He must write his protest and give it with a fee of 100 euros to the race director. No official discussion of the claim will occur without these directives. Claims will be discussed at the end of the appropriate round. Riders will be given maximum 15 minutes to discuss claims.
  4.2   Any rider with an aggressive behaviour (physical or verbal) or any rider who is not present on the podium of the award ceremony can be sanctioned by the IFWA.
Chapter – 5:  Other information
  5.1   $45 USD per event or $150 USD for annual membership.
  5.2   Category: Stand-up, any watercraft smaller than length 230cm height 750cm width 75, with or without seat, handle pole may be fixed or not. Must be pre-approved by IFWA.

Category Sit-down, any watercraft with seat and fixed handlebar, any size. Must be pre-approved by IFWA.

  5.3   Equipment rules: Small rope is mandatory on the nose and in the back of each jet to facilitate rescue operations. Each jet must have the appropriate flotation to assist with water rescue operations. All free modifications allowed if security is conserved. A technical control can be done by IFWA during the first day of the registration. Jets can be excluded if the previous conditions are not respected. Watersafety first priority is the rider’s safety, the jet will be secured when possible but not the ultimate responsibility of the organization.
  5.4   Riders must wear the official contest jacket, supplied by the organization, during the heats and award ceremony. If not, riders are stopped immediately and can be excluded from the event.
  5.5   During practice and competition, riders must use the following equipment: Mandatory = Wetsuit, Life Vest, Dorsal protection, Helmet, Official contest lycra.
  5.6   Before each heat, riders must have their jet ready in the competition area on the beach. To go in the water, riders must await the sign of the beach marshall; Heat beginning given by sound of the siren and the green flag, and heat finishing given by sound of the siren and the red flag. After that, riders must return immediately to the beach; Yellow flag used to indicate the last 2 minutes of the heat.
  5.7   Priority on the wave given to the rider who prepares his wave riding or wave trick first and then at the most critical part of the wave; if the other rider interferes, he may receive an interference call or can be disqualified.
  5.8   Any rider who has a mechanical problem in the heat must cross his arms toward the race director; If the race director recognizes the problem, the heat doesn’t start and the rider has 3 minutes to repair. In any case, the heat begins after these 3 minutes. In a similar case, any rider who has a mechanical problem during the 1st minute of the heat must cross his arms in the water toward the race director. If the race director recognizes the problem, the chronometer is stopped and the rider needs to come back on the beach with his jet. After that, the rider has 3 minutes to repair. In any case, the heat continues after these 3 minutes, considering the time already passed in the first part of the heat. A rider is allowed to change his jet before or during a heat. If the rider wishes to change the jet during the heat, he must come back on the beach with his jet. If the rider leaves his broken jet in the water, the rider is disqualified.
  5.9   Some differences in the schedules may happen in the events. For example, in case of bad weather conditions, each organization can decide to modify the schedule and competition according to the IFWA validation. In case of major force, organizers can modify the event dates or cancel the event.