Surf Rules

Category Specifications

Stand Up Paddleboard

Design: Unlimited.

Length: Unlimited.

Safety Equipment: A leash must attach the rider to their board. Helmets optional.

Notes: Our judging is looking for high performance, short board style, maneuvers.

High Performance Class Surf Kayak

Boat Length: 2.74m or under, as measured in a horizontal plane.

Fins: Unlimited size, quantity, and placement.

Hull design: Unlimited.

Construction and Deck design: The kayak shall be of hollow construction, with the paddler sitting in, not on, the kayak. Any material is allowed for construction. In addition, each kayak must utilize a fabric type sprayskirt/spraydeck, which completely encircles the paddler’s waist, and the boat’s cockpit to attain “watertight” status from the waist down.

International Class Surf Kayak

Boat Length: 3-4 meters, as measured in a horizontal plane.

Fins:The kayak can have up to 4 fin boxes, as long as there are no fins in them. Fin boxes must be covered OR empty, and may be no longer than 25 cm and no wider than 2 cm.

Hull design: The hull may be any shape as long as the maximum concave depth under a straight edge, placed perpendicular to the long axis of the kayak at any point on the hull, is less than 10mm.

Construction and Deck design: The kayak shall be of hollow construction, with the paddler sitting in, not on, the kayak. Any material is allowed for construction. In addition, each kayak must utilize a fabric type sprayskirt/spraydeck, which completely encircles the paddler’s waist, and the boat’s cockpit to attain “watertight” status from the waist down.

Masters Surf Kayak

Boat Design: Boats must comply by HP or IC standards.

Waveski

Length: Under 4 meters.

Design: Unlimited.

Safety: A leash must attach the rider to their board, or the rider must wear a pfd. Helmets are required.

Whitewater

Boat Length: Under 4 meters.
Design: Any plastic production closed deck kayak.

Construction and Deck design: The kayak shall be of hollow construction, with the paddler sitting in, not on, the kayak. Any material is allowed for construction. In addition, each kayak must utilize a fabric type sprayskirt/spraydeck, which completely encircles the paddler’s waist, and the boat’s cockpit to attain “watertight” status from the waist down.


 Safety Regulations for all Kayak Categories

Must have rounded ends: All kayaks must have a minimum diameter of 50mm (allowing for 6mm protuberance) in the plan view at the front of the kayak.                          

Kayaks Must Not have an “Extended End”: Kayaks must be more than 10cm wide, 10cm back from the front end of the kayak in plan view.

All kayaks must have buoyancy and float if filled with water; the kayak must have full buoyancy in the back of the boat and some buoyancy in the front, to keep the kayak floating level when flooded. This buoyancy can be; Full foam, a bulkhead or a proper manufactured airbag (i.e. No wine boxes, beach balls, swim aids, etc)

All kayaks must have tails fitted. Tails must be at least 20cm long with a knot in the end, must reach past the end of the kayak and must not form an entrapment (i.e. not a loop that a finger or hand can fit through). The tail, if webbing, must have a minimum width of 25mm, if rope, must be 8mm diameter or more (as measured, not manufactured). Tails must be of permanent attachment so not to break off when used.

Helmets are required while surfing in this competition and must be approved by your country’s governing body. (CE Approved or equivalent)

For Kayaks Buoyancy Aids / PFD’s (Personal Flotation Devices) or Impact vests are required to be worn while surfing in the competition. Inflatable life jackets are not allowed. PFD’s and Impact vests must be coast guard approved and of foam construction. Inflatable vests will not be allowed. It must have an official flotation rating, equivalent to (BS) EN 393, this requires a floatation of 50N. This could be checked at the contest. (By putting a 5kg weight on the item, and seeing if it floats).

The Competition Committee will have the final decision on any dispute, based upon whether any non-conformance is due to a bad repair/warp or a deliberate attempt to break/bend the rules.