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10 January, 2019
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Surfing Rules and Regulations

Surfing Rules

Now that we can’t post about rankings and surfing events because the season is over, we might as well talk about the Surfing Rules and Regulations in order to understand everything to do with this marvelous sport that we all love. Remember you can read the whole Book of Rules here. If you think this is simple, think again 😉

The World Surf League is the organization in charge of coordinating all professional competitions: men’s and women’s Championship Tours (CT), the Qualifying Series (QS), the Longboard Championships, the Junior Championships, the Big Wave Tour and the XXL Big Wave Awards.

Judging and Points

Just as the WSL says on the official page, “Events are comprised of rounds and those rounds are made up of heats with anywhere from two-to-four surfers looking to lock in their two highest-scoring waves — both out of a possible 10 points for a possible 20-point heat total. A panel of five judges scores each wave on a scale of one to ten. For every scoring ride, the highest and lowest scores (of the five judges) are discounted and the surfer receives the average of the remaining three scores. There is no limit on the number of waves that will be scored, but the two best scoring waves (each out of a possible 10) are added together to become a surfer’s heat total (out of a possible 20)”.

Judges analyze the following elements ir order to score waves (these don’t apply to Longboard or BWT Events):

  • Commitment and degree of difficulty
  • Innovative and progressive maneuvers
  • Combination of major maneuvers
  • Variety of maneuvers
  • Speed, power and flow

Judging scale:
[0.0 — 1.9: Poor]
[2.0 — 3.9: Fair]
[4.0 — 5.9: Average]
[6.0 — 7.9: Good]
[8.0 — 10.0: Excellent]

Rankings (This is quite difficult to understand, positions aren’t normal, there are no 4th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 10th, 11th or 12th positions. There will always be a single 1st, 2nd and 3rd, but there can be many of the others.)

  1. 10,000 points
  2. 8,000 points (Sometimes 7,800 points)
  3. 6,085 points
  4. There is no 4th
  5. 4,745 points
  6. There is no 6th
  7. There is no 7th
  8. There is no 8th
  9. 3,700 points
  10. There is no 10th
  11. There is no 11th
  12. There is no 12th
  13. 1,665 points

Take a look ar the Men’s or Women’s Table to understand it better and check what we’ve just said. And if you want to read more about how surfing works, who can qualify for each event and more, go and read the WSL Article about it. Want to learn to surf? Come to Atlantik Surf in Tenerife.


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