Judging Criteria

 THE WBC JUDGING CRITERIA

“A surfer must perform radical controlled manoeuvres  in the critical sections  of a wave with speed, power and flow. 

Innovative/progressive  surfing as well as the combination and variety of repertoire (of major manoeuvres) will be taken into consideration when rewarding points for a surfers performance.

The surfer who performs to the criteria above, exhibiting the maximum degree of difficulty and commitment  on the waves shall maximise his/her scoring potential.”

The fundamental importance of what you have just read is that each judge understands what they are looking for and each surfer knows the points on which they are going to be judged.

There are some variations to the surfing criteria; for example: the ASP new criteria and wording. These variations are only significant in regards to explaining the key words/elements of the criteria. The main meanings and principles of both criteria is the same.

The above criteria can be broken into three important paragraphs and the key words of each paragraph must be considered when scoring a surfers ride.

We can dissect this part of the criteria further by looking at the key words and explaining exactly what each means.  The key words and elements of the criteria are:

 

RADICAL CONTROLLED MANOEUVRES

CRITICAL SECTIONS

SPEED, POWER AND FLOW

 

Radical Manoeuvres

Modern day manoeuvres basically constitute changes of direction of the board on the wave Such major manoeuvres would include re-entries, cutbacks, floaters, aerials, snaps and tube rides etc.

When performed with a high degree of control and commitment, they are the highest scoring part of the criteria.  When performed with all the factors of the criteria (i.e. speed and power) in the critical section, they will be rewarded highly by the judges.

 

Most Critical Section

This part of the criteria describes the position on the wave manoeuvres should be performed to score maximum points.  The critical section of the wave is the pocket (closest to the curl).  The degree of commitment and the risk involved in performing close to the curl is the reason that it scores higher.

The first sections of the wave is usually considered to have a high scoring potential and is regarded by the judges as one of the first and most important critical sections.

How-ever it is vital that the judges reward the surfing performance of the ride on the wave, NOT the quality of the wave.

 

Speed, power and flow

Speed and power will become more apparent when performed in the critical section of the wave.  Generally speaking, the greater the speed the more powerful the manoeuvre will be when performed in the critical section of the wave.

Flow has been included in the new criteria and relates to how the surfer links his turns together on the wave and how the manoeuvres are functional in regards to where the manoeuvres are being performed.

 

Innovative/progressive surfing as well as the combination and variety of repertoire (of major manoeuvres) will be taken into consideration when rewarding points for a surfers’ performance.

 

INNOVATIVE/PROGRESSIVE

COMBINATION AND VARIETY OF REPERTOIRE (of major manoeuvres)

 

Innovative/progressive

Including the words “innovative” and “progressive” to the criteria allows the surfers to be more expressive with the more dynamic and futuristic manoeuvres that are constantly being created by the elite surfers of our sport.

 

Combination and variety of repertoire (of major manoeuvres)

Combinations of major manoeuvres are extremely important when considering very good and excellent scores for a surfers’ performance. The way a surfer transitions into the next major manoeuvre is crucial to an excellent combination.

 

If a surfer can complete a combination of major manoeuvres with elements of the progressive and innovative areas of the criteria this should be scored highly as this performance has an unusually high degree of difficulty.

To do this on the first section of a wave is considered to be of the highest scoring value.

 

Another of the most important aspect of this part of the criteria is the words “variety of repertoire”. A surfer is required surf with a variety of manoeuvres on the waves as this sort of performance has a higher degree of difficulty. This will be taken into consideration when rewarding points.

 

The surfer who performs to the criteria above, exhibiting the maximum degree of difficulty and commitment on the waves shall maximise his/her scoring potential.”

 

DEGREE OF DIFFICULTY

COMMITMENT

Degree of difficulty and commitment

The maximum degree of difficulty and commitment are the most important part of this final paragraph.  To perform manoeuvres that will be rewarded highly by the judges, the surfers must commit themselves to performing high-risk manoeuvres in the critical sections with control.

DEGREE OF DIFFICULTY & RISK (commitment) = REWARD

Emphasising key words of the criteria to suit the conditions

It’s important to note that the emphasis of certain key words and elements of the criteria is contingent upon the location of the event and the conditions on the day, as well as changes of conditions during the competition day.

The skill level of the surfers’ and the age division need to be considered. The age of the competitors and will have a bearing on emphasising the scoring areas of the criteria that are appropriate to the age division.

These days there is less emphasis put on wave size in small to medium conditions due to the fact that the best waves may not necessarily be the biggest.

However, in a contest with big wave conditions or re-known tube locations, the most important part of the criteria would be the size or the critical tube riding. The surfer, who is prepared to catch the biggest waves or gets the longest and deepest tube rides, shows the greatest commitment.