Comp rules



  1. Surfers should check the whiteboard for heat details and shirt colour
  2. Heats are 15 minutes long unless otherwise specified.
  3. Heats start from the water, you will get a 5 minute paddle our on the yellow flag. NB beginners have a beach start.
  4. Green flag means a heat is on. A yellow flag means 5 minutes to the end of the heat. A red flag signals the end of the heat. NB: Please do not catch a wave before you see the green flag go up. When the red flag goes up come in lying down. The hooter sounds at the beginning and the end of each heat.
  5. Your best two waves are counted for your total score.
  6. Don’t drop in on a surfer already standing up – the surfer who takes off closest to the breaking part of the wave has claimed that wave. Two surfers may ride the same wave is one rides left and the other rides right as long as they don’t cross paths.
  7. Do not free surf in the competition area and check when you are surfing next before you go out.
  8. When you come out of the water after your heat, you are expected to judge the next heat to go out (you will have about 10 minutes to get ready). Make sure you are down at the judging tent by the time the yellow flag is up. Please make sure you judge at least two heats over the course of the day.
  9. Pick up any rubbish and check your belongings before you leave.





  • Surfers are judged on every ride to a maximum of 10 waves per heat. Judges give 0-10 on each ride. Guidelines for scoring vary in each division (see below). There are 3 judges per heat, plus a fourth person as a spotter (who helps with identifying which coloured surfer is paddling for the wave). No more than 1 inexperienced judge to be judging at any one time.
  • Only experienced judges to judge advanced heats and finals.
  • Please come and learn how to judge as it will improve your competition surfing and your results.
  • Throughout the heat ‘the surfer must be clearly in possession of the wave on the wave face, making movement to stand, her hands having left the rails for the wave to be scored”
  • A manoeuvre is not to be scored unless it is completed.
  • Interference rules also apply – please see WSL rule book or ask a committee member



OPENS (An experienced shortboard surfer, boards under 7 ft) WAHINE MASTERS (born 1984 or prior) AND LONGBOARD: (any age, Malibu boards over 9 ft)

“A surfer must perform radical controlled manoeuvres in the most critical section of a wave with speed, power and flow to maximize scoring potential. Innovative and progression surfing as well as a variety of manoeuvres will be taken into consideration when rewarding points for waves ridden. The surfer who executes the criteria with the maximum degree of difficulty and commitment on the wave shall be rewarded with the higher scores”

Standard judging criteria Surfing Australia/Australasian Rule Book 2009 edition.


JUNIOR BEGINNER: (A novice surfer mainly catching white wash waves.) Surfers are judged on standing up and long rides. Extra points are given for going left or right and catching green waves and bigger waves. Surfers in this heat must be independent in the water – parents can be in the water but are not permitted to push surfers on the waves.


SNR BEGINNER: (A novice surfer catching white wash waves.) Surfers are independent in the water. Surfers are judged on standing up even if only briefly, length of rides, doing turns catching bigger waves and going out the back and catching green waves as they improve. Both hands must leave the board. (no board size restrictions)


JUNIOR AND SENIOR INTERMEDIATE: Catching green waves, doing turns. Surfers are judged on left and right rides with backhand and forehand turns done with enough speed to finish the manoeuvre. Extra points are given for taking off out the back, steeper take offs, bigger waves and good manoeuvres.


NOTE:If a surfer commences in a lower grade but it is deemed after the first round to be better placed in a higher division, they can take points earned from the results to the higher division for their first round only



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