* Denotes a Surfing America Prime qualifying divisions
Top surfers in these divisions will be invited to surf the Surfing America Prime series to qualify for the Surfing
America USA Championships and USA Surf Team. Top positions will be determined
by totaling the best 5 regular season event scores (global points) plus the
previous seasons ASF Championship results as long as the surfer is eligible
to compete in the same division. The ASF Champion will receive the top slot if
eligible. Top surfers in these divisions of ASF will receive periodic
invitations to fill open slots as alternates in Surfing America Prime based
on their ASF ratings at the time the slots become available. Slot allotments
per division int0 Surfing America Prime will be determined by Surfing America
and posted on the ASF website as soon as they are received. Surfers in these
divisions will not earn slots into the Surfing America USA Championships.
All slots for these divisions into the USA Championships are through Surfing
Surfing America Prime Surfer’s Eligibility for Regular ASF:
There are no restrictions on Surfing America Prime surfers surfing in regular ASF. Surfing America Prime
surfers only hold onto their slots in Prime if they finish in the top half of
the ratings. If they are not comfortable with their position they need to make
sure they re-qualify through regular ASF or NSSA contests. This way there are
always a set number of slots for ASF surfers to advance into Prime, and the
very best surfers in Prime won’t feel it is necessary to surf in ASF or NSSA
to re-qualify. This is similar to the ASP model with the Championship Tour
surfers surfing the World Qualifying Series events to make sure they prequalify
for the Championship Tour if they are on the bubble in the CT ratings.
2. Additional ASF Competition Divisions
These divisions will receive points and be invited to the Atlantic Surfing Federation Championships, but do not qualify for the Surfing
America USA Championships:
• Open Shortboard - all ages and gender
• Ladies Shortboard – 30 and older
• Boys Longboard U14
• Boys & Girls Shortboard U10
3. In addition to the divisions listed above each chapter
may run additional divisions such as “Novice” or “Grom” divisions
B. ATLANTIC SURFING FEDERATION CHAMPIONSHIPS (ASFC) ELIGIBILITY
All ages are determined as of January 1st of
the year of the Atlantic Surfing Championships. Every contestant must have competed in at least 3 contests
in a single ASF chapter in order to be eligible for the Atlantic Surfing Championships.
2. Point System:
ASF will assign points for each contest based on a weighted point system.
Each surfer will receive 25 base points multiplied by the number of competitors in
their division in each contest plus performance points based upon their placing in
that contest. The performance points begin with 1000 for first place and are
reduced to 90% of the previous place points for each following place
(1st=1000, 2nd=900, 3rd=810, 4th=729,
5th=656, etc.) Example: A surfer places 3rd
in a contest with a total of 8 surfers in their division. The surfer will receive
200 base point (25x8) plus 810 performance points for a total of 1010 points for
3. Ratings and Event Heat Seeding
Ratings will be posted to the ASF website in the following manner: Finalists will be posted immediately after the event so results may be sent to the media. The remaining competitor’s points will be posted in a timely manner after the event. It is up to the competitor to check their ratings and make sure they are correct. ASF reserves the right to sort ratings based on whatever criteria they choose on the ratings page on www.atlanticsurfing.org. During the regular season, points are sorted based on total points within each chapter and heats are seeded in this manner. For ASF Championships slots will be assigned as follows: 25% of the slots in each division will be based on the top 5 global point totals and these surfers will receive the top seeds. The remaining 75% of the slots for each division will be distributed to the top finishers in each individual chapter. ASF may sort ratings and leave them posted online in any manner we choose.
All boards are measured from end to end, using a straight
edge on the top of the board.
1. In shortboard age division events, surfboards shall not
exceed 18 (eighteen) inches above the competitor’s height.
2. Longboards must be a minimum of 9 ft. in length. Boys
and Girls Longboard “Under 18” Divisions will be at least 3 ft. above the
3. It is recommended and encouraged that all competitors
in Surfing America USA Championship/Surfing America Prime qualifying
shortboard divisions surf on modern, high performance equipment.
4. Additional equipment, such as leashes and helmets may
be used. All other aids such as communication equipment are prohibited.
D. JUDGING AND SCORING,
1. The subjective judging system will be used
(0-10 points using .1 integrals). There will be an active judging panel
of three scoring judges and one rotating judge. A Head Judge may be used
to oversee the judging panel. One of the 4 scoring judges may be deemed
head judge for each panel of judges.
2. When judging surfing, a ride will begin to be scored
when a surfer’s hands leave the rails of their surfboard.
3. The judging criteria shall be:
• Shortboarding: A surfer must perform radical controlled
maneuvers in the critical sections of a wave with Speed, Power and Flow to
maximize scoring potential. Innovative/ Progressive surfing as well as
Variety of Repertoire (maneuvers) will be taken into account when rewarding
points for waves ridden. The surfer who executes these criteria with the
maximum Degree of Difficulty and Commitment on the waves shall be rewarded
with the higher scores.
• Longboarding: A surfer must perform radical controlled
maneuvers in the critical sections of a wave with Speed, Power and Flow to
maximize scoring potential. Traditional surfing as well as a variety of
modern maneuvers will be taken into account when rewarding points for waves
ridden. The surfer who executes these criteria with the maximum Degree of
Difficulty and Commitment on the waves shall be rewarded with the higher
• Fundamental Surfing (U10 and U12 Divisions):
i. In amateur competition, competitors do not always perform maneuvers. ASF
judges are trained to score fundamental surfing. For example: surfers who
paddle out and catch open faced waves will always be scored higher than
surfers who catch whitewater (waves that have already broken and do not
reform into open faced waves).
ii. The surfer that catches an open faced wave and travels right or left
will score higher than a surfer that catches an open face wave and goes
neither right nor left.
iii. The surfer that catches an open-faced wave and performs a maneuver
will be scored higher than a surfer that rides an open faced wave right
or left but does not perform a maneuver.
iv. The surfer that catches an open face wave and travels right or left
and attempts to perform a maneuver, but fails by not completing the
maneuver at 100 percent (maneuvers must be completed at 100 percent)
will normally score higher than the surfer that travels right or left
on an open face wave without attempting to perform a maneuver.
v. Surfers who perform maneuvers in whitewater will only score higher
than surfers who ride whitewater without performing maneuvers. The
natural progression of a novice surfer is to catch inside whitewater
with assistance, then to catch whitewater without assistance. The next
step is to catch waves that have not yet broken (open faced waves).
The natural progression of learning to surf is the basis of the
criteria for judging fundamental surfing.
4. The individual judge’s scores should be consistent
with one another. If a judge is consistently inconsistent, he/she
may be replaced. Please refer to the ASP Judges Handbook for detailed
policy, instructions and guidelines for judging.
5. The HEAD JUDGE shall oversee and be responsible for:
- Determining consistency on rides scored
- Determining wave possession
- Maintaining an accurate wave count
- Notifying judges of missed rides
- Assisting judges in making accurate scores for the missed rides.
6. The Head Judge cannot call interference or a paddling
interference for the panel as a unit but can do so on his own wave count
sheet. The Head Judge can call: an up after the commencement of the next
heat penalty and for the removal of jersey penalty.
7. All missed rides should be indicated by the letter
“M” in the appropriate box to be averaged by the Head Judge according
to the individual’s scoring scale (interpolation). This should be done
at or before the end of the heat, as time allows. Judges, who are
consistently missing rides, may be replaced.
8. Wave counts to be used for tabulation of results
are 2 highest waves per heat. The maximum number of waves for any surfer
in a heat is 15. Any wave surfed beyond the wave limit in a heat will
not be scored and a interference penalty will be imposed. Every effort
will be made to inform the competitor that they have exceeded their wave
limit and should return to the beach immediately. Upon receipt of the
completed judge’s sheets, the tabulators will immediately check to see if:
- All judges’ sheets have been turned in.
- The correct number of waves has been scored on each sheet.
- Identify interference or other penalty calls, if any.
- If a ride has been missed, an attempt will be made to identify the
missing rides by referring to the other judge’s sheets. If the ride
is identified to the satisfaction of the head judge, a score will be
given the missed ride by: AVERAGING THE MISSED WAVE ACCORDING TO THE
SCORING LEVEL THAT THE JUDGE IN QUESTION USES (INTERPOLATION).
9. Upon completion of these formalities, the judge’s
sheets may be totaled. The scoring waves shall be circled, totaled,
and interference penalties deducted. The total shall be placed in the
total column. The heat places are then calculated and entered on the
judge’s sheet. The competitor with the highest score will receive first
place, the second highest will receive second place and so on. If a
judge ties two or more competitors, the places awarded to each of the
tied competitors will be the average of the affected placing points
added together. EXAMPLE: If 2nd, 3rd and 4th are tied, add 2, 3, and
4 together (9) and divide by 3 = 3rd place for each tied competitor.
PLEASE NOTE: The head judge, along with a majority
of the judges will determine the “official” wave count. When no
further calculations are required on the judge’s sheets, the results
are transcribed on the tally sheet, which is completed in the
- The competitor’s names are entered.
- The judge’s names and or initials are entered on the tally sheet.
- Places are copied in a row next to each judge.
- The places are totaled and entered.
- The competitor who receives the lowest point place total in the final
point place column places 1st, 2nd, and so on.
10. If, at this point, a tie situation occurs, the
tabulator will proceed to break the tie as follows:
i. Compare the relative position of the tied competitor’s on the
tabulator sheet using the plus/minus system. If not broken, then
ii. Tabulate the one highest wave on the TIED
judge’s sheet ONLY.
If the tie still exists see F.10.iii.
iii. Go to the second, third, fourth, etc. on the TIED
judge’s sheet ONLY until the tie is broken.
iv. If the tie is not broken by these methods, go back to top 2
waves and repeat the process on ALL judge’s sheets.
v. In the case of three or more athletes tied, repeat this procedure
with the goal of deriving one individual who will be the highest
placing tied athlete. Once this individual has therefore been
eliminated from the procedure, repeat the formulae for the remaining
athletes a clear order of finish for the heat is obtained. If the
tie is still not broken by these methods, there will be a ten-minute
surf off (top 2 waves). The surf off will only take place to
determine an advancing surfer.
11. JUDGES MAJORITY OVERRIDE:
If a heat’s final point totals would result in the
elimination of a competitor favored by the majority of the judges
in the heat, that competitor will advance in place of the competitor
favored by the minority of the judges, regardless of point totals.
The tabulator will indicate this situation by placing a circled
M next to the point total column of the advancing
competitor. NOTE: The competitor with the “largest” number of advancing
scores from judges will advance over a surfer with “less” of a majority.
For Example: If Surfer A has 3 judges advancing him but surfer B has 4
judges advancing then Surfer B will advance over Surfer A.
12. Competitors may check the results for errors for
each heat up to twenty minutes after those results are made public.
This applies to all heats, including finals. If an error is found, the
contest director should be notified to have the error corrected. Unless
there is an unresolved protest, all results become final after the
twenty- minute time period
E. WAVE POSSESSION, INTERFERENCE AND PENALTIES
1. Right of Way - Wave possession or right of way in these
situations will vary slightly under the following categories as determined
by the nature of the contest venue. Basically it is the responsibility of
the judge to determine which surfer has the inside position based on whether
the wave is a superior right or left, but never on which surfer is first to
their feet. If at the initial point of take-off neither the right nor left
can be deemed superior, then the right of way will go to the first surfer
who makes a definite turn in their chosen direction.
2. Point Break - When there is only one available
direction on any given wave, the surfer on the inside shall have
unconditional right of way for the entire duration of that wave.
3. Reef or Beach Break
i. One Peak Situation - If there is a single well defined
peak with both a left and a right available, at the initial point of
take-off and neither the right or left can be deemed superior then the
right of way will go to the first competitor who makes a definite turn in
their chosen direction (by making an obvious right or left turn). A second
surfer may go in the opposite direction on the same wave without incurring
a penalty, providing they do not interfere with the first surfer who has
established right of way (i.e. they may not cross the path of first surfer
in order to gain the opposite side of the peak unless they do so without
possibly hindering, in the majority of judges opinion, the inside surfer).
ii. Multiple Peak Situations
1. With multiple random peaks wave possession may vary slightly according
to the nature of an individual wave:
2. With two peaks, there will be cases where one swell will have two
separate, defined peaks far apart that eventually meet at some point.
Although two surfers may each have inside position on those respective
peaks, the surfer who is first to their feet shall be deemed to have
wave possession and the second surfer must give way by cutting back or
kicking out before hindering the right of way surfer. Two surfers stand
at the same time on two separate peaks that eventually meet, then:
3. If they both give way by cutting back or kicking out, so that neither
is hindered, there will be no penalty.
4. If they cross paths and collide or hinder one another, the judges
will penalize the surfer who has been the aggressor at the point
5. If neither surfer gives way, by cutting back or kicking out,
and both share responsibility for the confrontation, then a
double interference will be called.
The surfer who is farthest inside at the initial point of
take-off and has established wave possession is entitled
to that wave for the duration of their ride, even though
another surfer may subsequently take off behind them.
The judges will not penalize the surfer because they have
right of way even though they are in front. The second
surfer has not hindered the original surfer with right
of way then the judges may choose not to penalize them
and will score both surfers’ rides. If, in the opinion
of the judges, the second surfer has interfered with
(snaked) the original surfer with right of way, by causing
them to pull out or lose the wave, then interference may
be called on the second surfer, even though they were behind
the first when the penalty was called.
5. PADDLING INTERFERENCE
Another surfer paddling for the same wave should not
excessively hinder a surfer who has inside position. A
paddling interference may be called if:
i. The offending surfer makes contact with or forces the
inside surfer to change their line while paddling to catch
the wave causing possible loss of scoring potential.
ii. The offending surfer obviously causes a section to break
down in front of the inside surfer which would not normally
have done so causing loss of scoring potential.
iii. When a surfer is put in a position while paddling out
that they cannot get out of the way and a collision happens
due to this, it is up to a majority of the judges to call
interference based on whether it is felt to be accidental or not.
6. INTERFERENCE PENALTY
If a majority of judges call interference, then that wave will
count in the final tally as a zero score.
This applies to a riding interference or a paddling interference.
A majority of judges must call the interference for it to count.
Interference will be shown as a triangle on each judge’s scorecard,
(the triangle placed around their score if caused by riding, above
their score if they ride a wave but cause interference while paddling
for that wave ridden, or between scores if caused by paddling for that ride)
with an arrow drawn to the rider’s score who was interfered on.
i. Under 2 best waves, the interfering surfer will be penalized
with a loss of 50% of his second best scoring wave. The wave that the
interference was called on by the majority of the judges will count in the
final tally as a zero. If this surfer incurs another interference penalty
during the same heat his best wave score will be halved also.
ii. Any interfering surfer must be penalized and a drop-in decision once
made is irrevocable. All discussion about an interference call must be
directly with the Head Judge, if he wishes to discuss the situation.
The rider who is interfered with will be allowed an additional wave beyond
their wave maximum, within the prescribed time limit. Exception to this
is a double interference where neither surfer gets an extra wave. An extra
wave or heat delay as decided by the Head Judge at the time will also apply
to interference from water photographers, water security personnel or other
outside interference. Where any surfer incurs two or more interference
penalties they must immediately leave the competition area. Failure to do
so may result in banishment from future ASF events.
F. HEAT PREPARATION AND STRUCTURE
1. All contestants must report to the ready area 15
minutes prior to the start of their heat to be checked in and receive their
instructions. When possible, the competition area will be defined by the
use of flags, barriers, points, piers, jetty’s and/or buoys. In the event
a competitor does not check in by the 5-minute warning, their position will
be given to the first alternate. There will be no refunds of entry fees for
missed heats. Any contestant arriving late for their heat may compete in the
remainder of their heat if space available. Posted heat times are subject to
change. It is the surfer’s responsibility to remain on the beach in the
contest area so they are aware of changes. Heats will only be rerun under
extreme circumstances and only if all judges and participants agree to the
rerun. Heat lengths will be determined by the contest director and head
judge, based upon the conditions. Administration’s time clock will be deemed
the “official time,” regardless. A ‘buffer’ delay between heats ending and
heats starting of no more than 15 seconds is highly recommended. This helps
alleviate the possibility of an ’up after’ penalty. All heats will start
with 1 blast and stop with 2 blasts of the horn 2. All
heats in Surfing America USA Championship and Prime Divisions will be
4-person heats. Heats in additional ASF Competition Divisions will
consist of a 4-person or 6-person format (4-person is preferred). There
will be a minimum 50% advancement from each heat except in situations
defined in Item 12 below.
3. If a contestant misses their 1st round heat, they
will not be allowed to enter in a second round heat, even if space is
available. There will be no refunds of entry fees for missed heats.
4. WATER START - All heats will begin
with one blast of the horn and/or the raising of the green flag or change
of color of the competition ‘disc or sign’ to green. The raising of the
yellow flag or change to yellow on the disc/sign and a verbal warning will
indicate the five-minute warning. At the five-minute warning, or at a set
time to be determined by the head judge and contest director, the next heat
of competitors may start paddling to the designated standby area, being careful
not to interfere with the heat in progress. If the contest director decides
conditions warrant. When the horn sounds ending the heat in progress, the
standby heat may paddle into the take off zone, but not catch any waves until
the horn sounds starting their heat. Surfers up before the start of their heat
or after the start of the next heat may be penalized.
5. BEACH START - All competitors in the
“on deck” heat may gather at the water’s edge anytime between the five-minute
warning for the “heat in progress” (raising of the yellow flag/change to yellow
on the disc) and the start of their heat. Competitors must go no further than
ankle deep water before the start of the heat. The “heat in progress” will end
with two horn blasts. The “on deck” heat will begin with one horn blast and/or
the raising of the green flag/change to green on the disc.
6. BUOY START - In the instance of exceptionally
large surf or an extremely long or difficult paddle to the lineup, a buoy technique
may be employed with the competitors “on deck” using a marker buoy, located some
distance from the line up, instead of the water’s edge for a starting point for their
heat. The flag, horn and timing system are the same as used in other types of starts.
7. END OF HEAT - When the heat has ended with
two blasts of the horn, competitors are required to paddle, ride prone, or on
their knees, (WITH NO MANEUVERS) to the beach when the signal is given that their
heat has ended. All heats end with two blasts from the horn and the change of the
flag or disc from yellow to green. The count-down clock is provided as a convenience.
It is up to the individual competitor to keep track of time remaining in their heat
with their own watch or by watching the flag or disc.
8. DANGER OR PROBLEM - In the event of danger
or a problem, there shall be multiple blasts from the horn and/ or the red flag
or disc will be raised. All competitors must leave the water immediately under this
condition. If a competitor starts a scoreable ride after their heat ends, they must
return to the non-scoreable position before the start of the next heat or risk being
9. JERSEYS - All jerseys are to
be worn back to the beach where it was received, and returned in a sportsmanlike
manner by all competitors. Jerseys must be worn with the imprint clearly showing.
(Must not be worn inside out) Any competitor who removes their competition jersey
while still in the water may be subject to an interference penalty.
10. UP AFTER HORN - Any competitor who starts
surfing after the horn and flag is presented to start the following heat, will be
assessed an interference penalty. A majority of the judges including the head
judge must call the up after.
11. COMPETITORS PRACTICING IN COMPETITION AREA –
Any competitors practicing in the competition area or demonstrating unsportsmanlike
conduct will be disqualified from the event, lose their points/standing in the
event and possible disqualification for the next event.
12. NO WAVES RIDDEN – If during a heat less
than 50% of the surfers get scoreable waves, only the competitors with
scoreable waves will advance. No waves, no advancement.
G. SPORTSMANSHIP CLAUSE:
No official of an event, in any
capacity, shall at any time be subjected to unsportsmanlike conduct in either
word or deed. Any display of poor sportsmanship by either a competitor or,
in the case of a minor, the competitor’s parent, shall be cause for automatic
dismissal of the competitor from the contest. This also applies to
unsportsmanlike conduct directed to another competitor by any ASF competitor.
A second infraction will result in dismissal for the remainder of the season.
Included is any correspondence via email, text message, website or social
network postings or phone calls that are determined by the ASF official to
be threatening in nature or abusive.
Awards will be presented to all finalists.
I. COMPLAINTS AND PROTESTS:
Complaints and protests by competitors shall be in writing
and handed to the ASF Competition Director / Contest Director before
action can be taken. All written protests must be received within 20
minutes of the heat results being made public. The ASF Competition Director,
Contest Director, and/or the Head Judge will handle all written protests.
THEIR DECISION WILL BE FINAL. Videotape of the wave(s)
will not be watched or considered by the judges. No heat that involves
a competitor whose advancement is under protest will take place prior to
the resolution of the protest.
J. JUDGES CODE OF ETHICS
Judging schedule will be posted by the Head Judge each morning with
heat schedule. Failure of any judge to fulfill his/her obligation will
lead to immediate dismissal and forfeiture of any payment due. This
would include, but not be limited to: tardiness, excessive low percentages,
inability to score accurately, failure to consistently call interference
calls, discussion outside panel of competitor’s scores, interference calls,
quality of administration and performance of the event. Each judge may be
required to submit a reference sheet, a letter of recommendation, and sign
a contract with the competition director and/or judging coordinator
(head judge). It is recommended that judges selected to premier and post
season competitions be the highest qualified experienced individuals that
can be obtained by utilizing a performance formula based on previous
experience, deportment, and adherence to the ASP judge’s course, without
regard to geographical location.
1. Head Judge Position of the ASF: Acts, when at all
possible as Head Judge to premier and post season events. The Competition
Director or Contest Director of the ASF assigns this position.
K. ASF Surfing America USA Championships Slots:
1. Slots Available: Slots in Surfing
America USA Championships available to ASF surfers will be determined by
Surfing America. The slots will be awarded as noted below.
2. Slot Allocation to ASF Competitors:
Slots will be given to the competitors in each division with the
highest point total based on their top 5 regular season event scores
(global points) plus the previous seasons ASF Championship results as long
as the surfer is eligible to compete in the same division. The ASF Champion
will receive the top slot if eligible. This does not apply to the Surfing America Prime divisions:
- Boys U18
- Boys U16
- Boys U14
- Girls U18
- Girls U16
All slots for these divisions into the USA Championships are through Surfing
3. Surfing America USA Championships Eligibility:
All ASF members in good standing are eligible for Surfing America USA
4. Slot Allocation to ASF Competitors in Surfing America Prime
Top competitors in these divisions:
- Boys U18
- Boys U16
- Boys U14
- Girls U18
- Girls U16
will fill open slots in Surfing America Prime for the following season. Slot
allotments per division into Surfing America Prime will be determined by Surfing
America and posted on the website as soon as they are received. ASF surfers in
these divisions cannot advance directly to the USA Championships. The only
invitations to USA Championships in these divisions go to surfers in Surfing
L. Effective Date:
These rules are effective May 7, 2013.