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The NWL Wakesurf Nationals will be held on August 18 and 19 in Dayton, Ohio. Jeff Walker has been helping me with rules development. The rules are more of a list than a stand alone document. All I’ve really done is group Jeff’s AWSA rules and add a little official’s structure. These rules should provide Nationals competitors an idea of what to expect at the competition. We, Jeff and I, may tweak these rules on event day as needed. These rules should be considered a draft, I’m more than willing to discuss these rules to help further mature them.

Big thanks to Jeff and the American Wake Surf Association (AWSA) for developing these core rules and helping spin me up on many of the leading issues.

The Draft Rules:
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2007 AWSA and NWL Wakesurf Nationals Rule List
• Event Organizer
......Secures the venue
......Promotes the event
......Solicits sponsors
......Assigns key staff including Registrar, Safety, Drivers, and Judges
• Registrar
......The registrar organizes sanctioning body registration and related paper work
• Safety Coordinator
......Safety is the first and most important aspect of any wakesurfing event
......A first aid kit must be available on site
......The location of the nearest rescue medical facilities must be posted or available on site.
......Trained safety personnel are strongly recommended for any competition
......Sport event insurance is strongly recommended for any competition
......The Safety Coordinator inspect the tow boats for safety
......The Safety Coordinator inspect the course
• Driver
......The driver ensures safe operation of the competition tow boat
......The driver pilots the tow boat course through in a consistent manner for each rider
......The driver adjusts boat speed as directed by the boat judge
......The driver shall not adjust the boat speed to "save" a rider
• Chief Judge
......Chief Judge's rulings are final
......Chief Judge may alter rules to fit the venue as appropriate (Rules are more like guide lines)
......Chief Judge holds a judges meeting and instructs all judges
......Chief Judge collects scores and reports final standings
......Chief Judge may promote or demote riders in to other competitive divisions
......Chief Judge may disqualify riders for unsportsmanlike like conduct or other conduct disturbing the competition
......Chief Judge may deem equipement as unsafe or unsuitable for the competition
......Chief Judges hears and settles all protests
......Chief Judge may delay or cancel the competition to ensure a safe event
......The Chief Judge will rule on Skim/Surf board classifications are required
......Weather or other conditions may be deemed unsafe by the Chief Judge
• Boat Judge
......The highest ranking Judge in the completion boat. May or may not be the chief judge
......The Boat Judge may offer re-runs if the course presented an interference
......The Boat Judge compiles the scores of all other judges on board the competition boat
......The Boat Judge positions passengers for the best surfing wake
......The Boat Judge may be authorized by the Chief Judge to break ties.
......Every attempt should be made to provide a reasonable opportunity for a rider to repair equipement
......The Boat Judge may permit or deny request to repair equipement on the competition boat
• Judge
......Judges evaluate rider Execution, Intensity, and Composition
......Judges work with the Boat Judge to compile a unified score for riders in a division
• Rider
......Anyone willing to compete in a sporting manner many enter a competition
......Enter a competitive division appropriate with skills
......May submit protests
......Ride in a safe manner
......Follow judging and safety guidance
• Divisions
......A broad range of divisions encourages all to enter and enjoy the competition
......The Event Organizer defines the competitive divisions
......The Event Organizer and Chief Judge may alter these divisions on event day as needed to best fit the event entries
......The Event Organizer and Chief Judge may set and alter maximum entries for the competition and for divisions
......A minimum of two riders are required for divisions to remain open
......The Chief Judge may permit riders in closed out divisions to fun ride or demonstrate a closed division.
......Competitive divisions can be organized by age, sex, skill level, and style
• Age Divisions
......Boys - Males under 16 years as of January 1 of the event calendar year
......Girls - Females under 16 years as of January 1 of the event calendar yea
......Masters - Men and women over 40 years as of January 1 of the event calendar year
• Open Divisions
......Men's Open Surf
......Women's Open Surf
......Men's Open Skim
......Women's Open Skim
• Skill Divisions
......Surf - Males and females riding Surf Style boards
......Skim - Males and females riding Skim Style boards
......Long Board - Males and females riding Long Board style boards
• Surfboard Definition
......Identification of Surf Style boards is required for division separation
......Surfboard must be greater than 4'4"
......The shape of the nose and tail must be different
......The core board thickness must be more than 1 inch
......Multiple fins are required on the tail
......A nose rocker of at least 3.25 inches is required
......Fin depth must e at least 3.25 inches.
......One exception to the above criteria is allowed.
• Skim Board Definition
......Identification of Skim Style boards is required for division separation
......The skim board must be less than 5' in length
......The skim board must be slightly symmetrical to symmetrical
......The skim board is 1 inch thick or less
......No more than 2 fins in total
......Nose rocker must be 2 inches or less
......One exception to the above criteria is allowed.
• Longboard Definition
......Longboards are a minimum of 8 feet in length.
• Surfstyle Definition
......Surfstyle will be defined as a riding style that is principally composed of hard carving turns, snaps, cutbacks, aerials, surface 360's and working the full length of the wake.
• Skimstyle Definition
......Skimstyle will be defined as a riding style that is principally composed of surface rotational tricks and shuv-it based tricks, such as shuv's shuv 3's, big spins, fire hydrants all with limited use of the length of the wake.
• Personal Equipement
......Personal Floatation Device (PDF) must be worn by riders
......USCG Approved PFD are strongly encouraged
......It is the responsibility of the rider to ensure that the PFD is safe for use
......Riders may use their own starting rope
......The rider is responsible to provide a safe ride able surfboard/wakesurf board
......The rider is responsible for any damage occurring to personal equipement during the competition
......Paddling gloves are not permitted
• Competition Equipement
......The tow boat or tow boats show be configured for fair port and starboard wakes
......The tow boat must have an inboard engine configuration with a swim platform
......Carbon monoxide mitigating equipement is encouraged
......Two way radios or cell phones are strongly recommended
......A wakesurf suitable rope must be used for starting
• Course
......Length from start to end buoy from 800 to 1500 feet
......Last fall buoys may be placed on course 150 feet before the course exit
......Regardless of the number of falls the ride ends if the rider falls past a last fall buoy
......Number of falls set by Chief Judge
......As a guide two falls are suggested
......The Chief Judge may permit one fall off course, additional falls count against on course falls
......One on course speed change permitted per competitive run
......One off course speed change permitted per competitive run
......No equipement changes permitted for any single run

• Riding - Observing
......Ride order will be randomly selected, names drawn form a hat or other random method
......Judges should be placed for best observation of the competing rider
......In queue competitors must sit as directed by the Boat Judge
......Passengers are not permitted to sit in an unsafe position
......Passengers must not interfere with a competing rider
......Riders may not start from the swim platform
......Riders may not end on the swim platform
......Riders may choose a port or starboard wake to ride
......Rider wake choices may only be changed with a protest request
......Tricks executed outside the course will not be scored
......Riders may not swim back up course after a fall to increase run length
......Riders may not perform tricks leaving or possibly leaving equipement on course
• Scoring General
......Falls will not be reflected in the score
......The net effect of a fall may be a reduced course
......Video or video replay will not used for scoring or to settle protests
......Riders must file protests in a timely manner
......A composite score consisting of Execution, Intensity, and Composition score will be made for each rider
......Each element of the composite score totals 33%
......An Additional 1% is allocated to the Chief Judge or Boat Judge to break ties
• Scoring Execution:
......Performed well - beginner to expert
......Excessive recovery effort?
......Loss of balance?
• Scoring Intensity:
......Height
......Speed
......Slashing and thrashing
......Amount of wake used
• Scoring Composition:
......Range of tricks
......Division appropriate tricks
......Compound tricks?
......Style - Grabs - Embellishments
......New tricks or rider unique tricks
......Skim / Surf style appropriate per division
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