General surfing etiquette applies – Closest to the peak has priority, no dropping in. Each surfer is scored on their top two waves, and can have a maximum of 10 waves per heat. Any waves caught after 10 waves will not count towards their heat total.
Most heats are 15 minutes long, and consist of 6 people. Some of the semi-final and final rounds may have longer heats.
Horn & Flag Info:
One horn starts the heat (A solo green flag will be flying).
Two Horns signals 5 minutes left in the heat, plus the paddle out for the next heat up (A green & red flag will be flying together)
One horn ends the current heat, and starts the between heat break period (Red flag up). This break between each heat will usually last 1 minute, as the judges catch up scoring any last minute waves ridden in the finished heat. Sometimes this break will be longer than one minute, sometimes it will be shorter. If we are running behind schedule, we will try and make this break as short as possible. If you are in the next heat in the water, remember to wait for another single horn blast to start your heat before riding waves. Any waves ridden during the break period will not count towards your score, or towards your wave total.
Three horn blasts signals a delay of contest, stop of contest, or emergency (No flags flying). If you hear three horns in a row blast, please exit the water immediately.
It is your responsibility to keep track of when your heat starts and ends. Do no rely on posted heat times, as they are subject to change throughout the day. While your heat time on our live heat system will automatically update as the contest moves through the day, it is best to check in with the beach marshal to be sure. If you miss your heat, it is no one’s fault but your own.
If a surfer drops in on another surfer, or interferes with their ability to surf the wave, their top wave score will be cut in half for that heat. If the same surfer interferes twice during the heat, their top wave score will be completely dropped.
Interference’s are determined on a case by case basis by the judges, and are final. Besides dropping in, you can receive an interference call by being in the way during your paddle back out (always go toward the white wash), or by paddling for a wave and snowballing a section in front of an already riding surfer.
In the event of a tie score, the heat will be decided by the top scoring wave between the two surfers tied. In the event that both surfers have the same top scoring wave, it will go to the top second scoring wave.
Check in with the beach captain 10 minutes prior to your heat. Return jerseys immediately after your heat has finished, staying in the water and surfing with your jersey after your heat has ended may disqualify you.
End Of Heat:
As soon as your heat is over, please exit the water promptly. Since there is a break period between heats, you do not need to belly ride in, you can stand and ride a wave in without fear of disqualification. If however the next heat starts while you are still attempting to exit the water, please do not stand up, and belly ride in. Standing up during the next heat may disqualify you.
We use a live scoring system, so you will know exactly what is happening during your heat with your score. If weather conditions are foul and you are unable to hear your score in the water, you will have results posted immediately upon exiting the water.