Hey Scott, no that wasn't us. James and Chase have been wanting to get Chase out behind our boat, but we just haven't made that happen as yet. I have ridden a two boat setup, but that was in...shoot, Idaho or Washington, I think. I do believe it's technically illegal in CA. I had to laugh at the darkside reference, THAT is what all goofy stance riders should do is wear a skull and cross bones t-shirt and call thmselves the darkside riders
Ed, we stole the rules that Tim Lopes and Jerry Price created for the original Worlds. Two passes through a set course, up and back. You get one fall outside the course and two ON the course per pass. So after your second fall, the boat takes you to the other end and if you are set up for a two pass run, you'd start back on the second pass. With our current time constraint we pick up the fallen rider and motor to the opposite end and put the new rider out. As such there isn't a time limit per rider, just a length of course and fall limit.
We currently are limiting the number of riders to 20, within 4 divisions. (to try and stay within the 2 hours we are alloted) To keep the weight within the USCG weight recommendations, we limit the number of riders to 4 per boat and...load all the riders in the boat for that heat. Then set off. We try to group all riders in a division together so the judges can get a clean cutoff...it doesn't always work.
The world's last year had a chase boat and riders staged at a dock. After your last fall, the chase boat picked you up and the towboat went off to get the next rider. Nice if you can afford it
The most FUN contest I enetered was in New Mexico last year, they didn't hold it this year. What they did was drive in a huge circle and you could ride as LONG as you wanted, but you only got two falls. After your second fall you were done. So in that situation, you could gradually warm up and then start ripping after you were comfortable with the wake. That contest, for...less than 20 riders took about 6 hours...but like I said, it was the single most fun contest I have entered.
The trial or practice run would help just about everyone out. The advanced riders can toss a three or an air and then make adjustments to the launch location when they are in the contest. For newbies, they can get some assistance during practice on where to stand and locate the board. Plus the time in the boat with everyone just hanging out is worth the price of admission.
You'll have plenty time at your Scioto Wake Fest, so I would certainly recommend the practice run...make sure that everyone knows when it starts, or you'll get grousing from folks that arrive late.
(Message edited by surfdad on July 02, 2006)