Rules

Surfers must check in at the competitors tent 20 minutes prior to their heat.

Boards may be scrutinised prior to heats.

All “Old mals” and “logs” will be scrutinised before your heats.

Quarter, semi-finals and finals are 20 minutes..

A green flag indicates heat in progress.

A yellow flag indicates 5 minutes or less remaining.

A red flag indicates no heat in progress/between heats

Competitors may paddle out once the yellow flag has been raised in the prior heat. Interference in the prior heat may result in a penalty.

A single hooter marks the end of the heat in progress, but also the start of the next heat. So once that hooter goes the surfer in the previous cannot stand up and ride a wave in.

At the end of the heat surfers must return to the beach in a prone position.

Competitors are judged on their best two waves in all heats , semis and finals. No matter how long there heat goes for. Tied results are decided on a + or – count-back system.

Substitutions may occur if there is a failure to check in. There are no refunds with no guarantee of placement in a later heat.

“Free surfing” in the contest area may result in penalties.

All queries, questions, complaints and protests are to be directed to the contest director. The competition may be held up at any time by displaying the red flag SNOWY rules.

Priority is generally established by the surfer in a position closest to the peak or breaking part of the wave, however, if a surfer stands up and completes a manoeuvre on the face of the wave before the surfer closest to the peak stands up, then the first surfer to complete a manoeuvre has priority.

If a judge considers that an interference has occurred, he must mark it on the judging sheet. The interfering surfer should have the score for that wave marked with a triangle with an arrow pointing to the surfer whose ride was interfered with.

If a surfer believes that they were subject to an interference by another surfer in their heat, he or she must lodge an appeal with the head judge within 20 minutes of the conclusion of the heat.

An interference will be upheld if the majority of the judges agree that an interference has occurred. No action will be taken if the above procedure has not been observed.