Changes to PWA Rule Book 

 

The following rule changes will replace and supersede the PWA Rule Book. In the case of any conflict between rules in the Rule Book and those stated herein then the rules contained in this document shall take precedence.

 

 

{1.6.2}  Entry Allocation (ALL DISCIPLINES)

 

(c) At each PWA sanctioned event places shall be allocated according to the tables published in the conditions of entry for the specific event as published in the Sailor Information or Notice of Race.

{1.6.4}  (c) Seeding and Elimination Procedure – All disciplines. The final seeding and elimination procedure to be used at each event shall be decided by the race committee at all times taking into account the number of competitors registered, the prevailing weather conditions, maintaining the fairness of competition and promoting the best interests of the sport, the event and the sport of windsurfing.

(d) If a top 40 ranked sailor is unable to compete at an event or events due to injury, the seeding of that sailor will be protected for a period of 12 months from the point that injury is sustained. The seeding shall be calculated for that sailor based on the current rules, results and rankings on the date of injury, as if registering for a new event on that day. After 12 months, the sailors seeding shall be calculated according to the standard method in the rulebook.

 

{1.8}     EQUIPMENT (ALL DISCIPLINES)

 

(a) There are no restrictions on equipment other than those defined in the PWA Rule Book. The PWA reserves the right to impose further restrictions on equipment in the interests of safety or fair competition. No such prohibition shall be made without stating such in the Notice of Race.

(b) Only sailboards are eligible for use in competition at PWA sanctioned and recognized events. Competitors may not compete on equipment using a kite system. A sailboard is a surfboard using a free sail system. A free sail system means a swivel-mounted mast not supported in a permanent position while sailing.

(c) Equipment which in the opinion of the Race Director could cause injury to competitors must be prohibited. It is the responsibility of each competitor to check this aspect of his/her equipment with the Race Director. Under this Rule, rigging on the mast and sharp nosed boards which could cause injury to competitors must be prohibited. Competitors failing to obey instructions in this regard may be penalized under Rule 1.12.

(d) Competitors may only use boards and sails manufactured or branded by brands that are in membership of the PWA.

Competitors may use boards that are not manufactured or branded by brands in membership of the PWA provided that they are plain white or black and do not carry any other identifying marks, logos or graphics except where specific discipline rules state otherwise or where registered production equipment must be used.

Competitors may not use sails manufactured or branded by any brand not in membership of the PWA.

A list of registered industry member brands can be found here:

http://nor.pwaworldtour.com/PWA_Industry_Member_Brands_2018.htm   

  

{1.9}     Sail Numbers (ALL DISCIPLINES)

 

(a) Each competitor must mark his/her sails with his/her registered sail number. The number shall be at least 18 centimetres in height, displayed clearly above the wishbone, and above the area reserved for the event sponsor. The number shall be placed at different heights on both sides with the number on the starboard side being uppermost, except when the sail is of clear material, when the numbers may be placed on the starboard side only. Numbers must be clearly visible, in a solid contrasting colour, and identifiable from both sides of the sail.

(b) All characters must be displayed horizontally and not in a column. A competitor may not be disqualified for infringing the provisions of this rule without prior warning and adequate opportunity to make correction. The number shall not exceed seven digits and shall include a national abbreviation recognized and approved by the PWA. 

(c) Further details of discipline specific rules and criteria shall be included in the relevant discipline subsection of the PWA Rule Book and / or the Rule Changes

 

{1.15}   Annual Ranking

All competitors at PWA events shall be allocated ranking points based on their finishing position according to the table at the end of these Rule Changes except:

(a)   The final ranking points structure for 2018 shall be announced in the Notice of Race for the 2018 Japan World Cup.

 

(b)   In Wave, sailors shall be allocated points according to the table titled Wave Ranking Points at the end of these Rule Changes

 

{1.15.3} Events Counting and Discards (ALL DISCIPLINES)

The number of scores which count towards the PWA Annual Ranking list of each discipline is dependent upon how many times the respective disciplines have been completed at World Cup / Grand Slam. The Ranking list begins when the first Grand Slam/World Cup has been completed for that discipline.

The number of discards shall be in accordance with the table below.

number of events

Category

number of events discarded

1-3

All

0

4-6

Women Wave

Slalom

Freestyle

 

1

Men Wave

 

0

5

Men Wave

 

1

7 or more

Slalom

Freestyle

2

 

Wave

1

 

 

{1.20}   cOMPLAINTS pROCEDURE / Protests (ALL DISCIPLINES)

 

            If any sailor wishes to make a complaint or lodge an official protest against a competitor whom they feel has infringed them in any way breaching the rules or against the Race Committee if they feel that an act or omission of the Race Committee has materially prejudiced their finishing position, they may do so by approaching the person(s) designated in the Sailing Instructions and calmly and politely stating their complaint or the protest they wish to make, sticking only to the facts.

 

            Such protests or complaints should only be made if there is a tangible and objective reason such as a manoeuvre being missed or a timing error. Protests made on purely subjective grounds where a sailor simply disagrees with a Race Committee decision shall be instantly disallowed.

 

            Protests or complaints made for the following reasons shall be instantly disallowed:

i.              Wind strength / Suitability of conditions

ii.             Start line / PMS calls

iii.            Abusive or threatening protests or any kind of protest or complaint that is in breach of the rules and principles of good sportsmanship.

Having heard a sailor’s testimony, the designated committee member shall decide if the matter requires further consideration by the committee. If it is deemed that the protest or complaint meets the criteria for further consideration, the matter will be referred to the relevant Head Judge or Race Director who shall consult with the appropriate judges and officials. If the relevant Head Judge or Race Director rules that a protest or complaint is valid, they shall make as equitable an arrangement as possible for all competitors concerned. This may be to let the results of the heat stand, to adjust the point score of the prejudiced competitor, to abandon and eventually re-sail the heat or to have a sail-off between certain competitors in the heat or to adopt some other means.

 

 

SLALOM

{2.2}       Conditions (Slalom)

(a) Minimum Wind Conditions

(b) For all races in the Slalom discipline, the wind minimum shall be 7 knots. The race shall then be abandoned if the wind drops below the minimum of 7 knots, over the course area.  It is recommended to have boats at various buoys around the course to determine if the wind is suitable.

(c) In all cases the Race Director shall ensure that the wind is measured over the whole course area, i.e. at the start, on both sides of the course, close to course markers. If the wind drops below 7 knots where measured or if the Race Director feels that conditions are not suitable for competition to take place in a fair and even manner then they shall abandon the heat or race.  The race director shall take into consideration not only wind strength but also current, size of equipment being used, time spent not on the plane, changes in position, and overall image of the race taking into account that it is a planing discipline.

(d) If all sailors who started in a heat or race have crossed the finish line or have retired and have returned to the beach in suitable conditions then that heat or race shall not be abandoned.

(e) Protests regarding wind strength and suitability of wind direction or wind conditions shall be disallowed and the Race Directors decision shall be final.

(f) Sailors shall not approach the Race Director or any member of the Race Committee with regard to wind strength or suitability of wind conditions during racing or immediately after racing. Sailors who breach this rule may be fined or disqualified from the current race, future races or from the entire event.  

 

{2.5}       Equipment Restrictions (slalom)

(a) A sailor may compete with 3 boards and 6 sails for the Slalom discipline at any Race event. A sailor may only use equipment which is registered in his/her own name.

(b) Competitors may only register boards from the PWA Registered Board list.

(c) Competitors may only register sails from the PWA Registered Sails List

(d) Boards shall be no wider than 85cm

(e) Sails shall be no bigger than 10 square meters

(f) Boards and sails must be registered by manufacturers according to the standard PWA registration process, details of which are available from the PWA office and may be altered from time to time at the discretion of the PWA.

 

 {2.5.1}   Equipment Registration (slalom)

(a) Competitors will register 3 boards.  Competitors must then race on any of these boards unless the protest committee permits the exchange of a board due to damage beyond reasonable repair.

(b) Competitors shall register 6 sails. Competitors must then race on any of these sails unless the protest committee permits the exchange of a sail due to damage beyond reasonable repair.

(c) Equipment shall be registered by competitors at or before the registration of the first Slalom competition of the year that they take part in. The equipment registered by each competitor during this time shall be the total amount of boards and sails that they may use for the remainder of the season. If a competitor registers less than the total amount permitted, then that competitor shall not subsequently register any additional equipment at future events even if this means that they have less than the maximum permissible number of boards and sails.

(d) All equipment must be registered during the times published in the Notice of Race for the event unless this time is extended by the Race Committee on site at the event. Failure to register equipment during these hours shall prohibit the use of that equipment from use at PWA Slalom events for the remainder of the year. Equipment may be stamped or marked.

(e) If a competitor does not have an individual item of equipment that they wish to register them at their first event of the year, then they may register the item by submitting the model name and size at registration. However, they must submit the item for stamping / marking as necessary before they actually use it in competition. 

 

 {2.5.2}    Equipment Replacement (slalom)

(a) If a board or sail is damaged, by no foul means, the protest committee may allow the sailor to exchange this board or sail with another identical board or sail. Board or sail replacement may only be sanctioned by the protest committee. If possible the original registered board or sail may be repaired and used again. Reinstatement of a board or sail may only be sanctioned by the protest committee. If an identical board or sail is not available, then a board or sail of a closely similar type and size may be used at the discretion of the protest committee.

(b) Equipment may be replaced by identical models of boards and sails between events without scrutiny, however any replacements should be notified to the protest committee at the registration of the next event where serial numbers may be noted and equipment may be marked or stamped.

(c) In the case that a competitor has a significant sponsor change in either boards or sails during the year, then they may apply to change the equipment they have registered, to equipment manufactured by the new sponsor. Applications for equipment change under this rule must be accompanied by proof in the form of either sponsorship contracts and / or a letter of confirmation from both the old and new sponsors and must be submitted at least 10 days before the start of the next event. Such applications shall be considered by the PWA Management Board which may or may not grant permission for an equipment change at their own discretion. If permission to change equipment is granted under this rule, then a competitor may only register equipment of a closely equivalent size and type to that originally registered. The final decision of whether to accept the registration of any specific items of equipment under this rule shall be at the discretion of the PWA.

 

 {2.5.3}     Equipment Scrutinizing (slalom)

(a) Scrutinizing of equipment will be performed either by a PWA Representative, or any member of the PWA Race Crew. A sailor must make his/her equipment available for scrutinizing at any time whilst the event is in progress. Failure to present equipment for scrutinizing may result in disqualification from the respective race or from the entire discipline.

(b) Equipment used by sailors must meet all registered specification and shall not have been modified in any way without prior approval from the protest committee. Modification from the normal specification as delivered by the manufacturer shall not be permitted. For the purposes of this rule, the addition of any extra tack or clew cringles or positions, puncturing of the sail to allow any attachment to provide tension other than devices supplied with the sail as standard or any other attachment or modification that is designed to alter the shape or performance of the sail from the standard supplied configuration shall not be permitted. For the avoidance of doubt, brochure / website specification and or the majority specification of other identical items of equipment may be used as evidence of the standard supplied specification by the protest committee.

(c) Batten types and tension, mast type and tension, adjustment of camber inducers including sanding / filing and the addition of any spacers or other optional devices that are supplied as standard for the adjustment of battens, masts or camber inducers, shall be excluded from this rule and may be adjusted at the discretion of the sailor in question.

(d) Any sailor found to have been using equipment that has not been registered, or equipment that does not meet the registered specification for that particular item of equipment, including the conditions outlined above, shall be disqualified from the entire race discipline for that event.

(e) If a sailor is in anyway unsure as to the legality of any modification or piece of equipment, then they must seek and obtain permission to use that equipment, either from the PWA in advance of the event, or from the protest committee, before using that item of equipment. Otherwise they may be disqualified as described in the rules. 

(f) If boards are equipped with the capability of adding any standard accessories to the hull of the board that affect the board in a way that changes the hull shape of the board or the way that the board interacts with the water, such as but not limited to plates that fit into the cut outs or onto the deck around the waterline, then these accessories and their method of attachment to the board must also be registered along with the board. Non registered accessories shall not be permitted.

For clarification, there is no restriction on the use of different fins and foot straps which may be changed at the sailor’s discretion. However the addition of nonstandard deck pads, moving fin boxes or foot strap inserts or replacing them with non-standard versions shall not be permitted.

Any fin or other accessory that uses a hydrofoil or similar principal to raise the board from the water in such a way that the underside of the hull is continually out of contact with the water’s surface for prolonged periods of time and rides on the hydrofoil instead, shall be strictly prohibited.

The final decision on whether to permit any item of equipment or any attached accessory shall be at the discretion of the protest committee who may prohibit the use of any item if it breaches the rules or if they feel it is an attempt to significantly alter the performance of the board or sail in question from its intended design.

 

{2.5.4}  Equipment repair (slalom)

              Damaged equipment may be repaired, but repairs must be completed in a way that complies with the original specification of the board or sail as registered with the PWA. If a board or sail is found to be outside of the registered specification when produced or after use, then adjustments may be made to the board to bring it back within correct tolerances provided that these adjustment are made before it is used at a PWA Slalom event.

 

{2.6}     Distribution of competitors

            (a) An elimination format in which the top 16 sailors are seeded through to later heats of the elimination may be used. The seeding allocation for such eliminations can be found below

            Max 52 Man Fleet

            Max 56 Man Fleet

            Max 64 Man Fleet

            Full Seeding Chart

 

            (b) Should it be impossible to clearly identify the top 16 sailors in an elimination due to multiple PMS or similar disqualifications resulting in equal placed sailors, then all sailors placed equally affected by that situation shall be reseeded into the following round in the order that they were seeded at the start of the event.

 

  (c) Should it be impossible to identify the top 16 sailors in the initial event seeding due to there being equally placed sailors in the most recent slalom ranking, then all sailors placed equally affected by that situation shall be seeded based on their final Slalom ranking from the previous year.

 

  {2.7.16} Slalom Finals – Media (SLALOM)

All sailors that qualify for either Loser or Winner’s Slalom Finals must carry an on-board camera during the finals if required to do so by the PWA Media team. This is in the interests of the promotion of the sport for media distribution. If instructed to do so, all sailors who qualify for the finals shall come to a specific designated area on the beach or the water, with their equipment, before the finals take place, in order to attach cameras. Competitors may have a choice of different mounts although not all mounting positions may be available. Further details may be published on the Official Notice Board.

 

 {2.13.4} NO RULES PRINCIPLE (slalom)

(a) If indicated in the Sailing Instructions and / or Notice of Race then racing maybe conducted using the No Rules principle.

(b) Under the No Rules Principle, all forms of Protest and Direct Refereeing are removed and sailors shall not be penalised for infringing another competitor whilst competing.

(c) Competitors must start and finish as prescribed in the rulebook and the sailing instructions and must sail the course in compliance with the rule book, the sailing instructions and the course diagram (Rule 2.7).

(d) Competitors attention is drawn to rules 1.1.3 “Safety”. Whilst competitors shall not be penalised for infringing other competitors whilst racing, rule 1.1.3 is still applicable to all aspects of PWA competition. Any competitor who breaches the fundamental principles of safety may still be penalised under Rule 1.1.3 and Rule 1.12.14 “Unsportsmanlike Conduct”

(e) Competitors judged to have deliberately impeded a competitor through their own choice of actions or to have attempted to do so in a way that is avoidable and not as a direct result of a racing situation shall be penalised according to the list below. For clarity, offences under this rule shall include but not be limited to grabbing hold of another competitor or their equipment or pushing and / or pulling another competitor or their equipment whilst racing or immediately before or after a race or heat has finished.

(f) Any competitor deemed to have acted in a dangerous manner by the Race Committee shall be subject to penalties according to the following list:

i.           First offence, €250 plus DSQ from the race.

ii.          Second offence, €250 fine plus DSQ from the event.

 

 {2.14.6}   DISCARDS (SLALOM)

Dependent upon the number of discards permitted, the highest then second highest scores are discarded. The lowest total score, with discards, if any, taken into account, wins. Scores may be discarded as set out in the following table.

Discards in single or double discipline:

 number of race / eliminations

number of discards

1 -  3

0

4 - 6

1

7 - 11

2

12 – 15

3

 

{2.14.2}   Validity of Scoring (SLALOM)

(a) The minimum number of races or elimination series to constitute a valid discipline scoring at an event and to distribute the prize money is one race or elimination where a final winner has been reached. When elimination formats are run, the winner’s final must be completed for the race to be valid, but the losers final need not be completed for that elimination to be valid.

(b) Once one elimination or race has been completed to a final result, then subsequent eliminations or races will not be considered valid unless the fleet has been eliminated to the top 8 for men and women.

 

 WAVE PERFORMANCE

{3.1.5}     Possession (WAVE)

(a) A board which is the first to sail shoreward immediately in front of the wave/swell is said to have possession of that wave. When it is impossible to determine possession based on the above, that board which is to windward shall have possession (in the event that two competitors gybe simultaneously).

(b) In side shore conditions or where there are clearly defined waves, the first sailor to pass over the wave or line of swell in front of a wave a shall be considered to have the possession of the wave behind, regardless of when they turn on to that wave. Once a sailor has passed a wave, they shall lose possession of that wave.

Interference

If a sailor is judged to have interfered with a rider who was in possession of a wave, that was considered to have been potentially a high scoring wave then they will automatically lose their highest wave score., but ONLY if they have been judged as interfering and ONLY if it could potentially have been a high scoring wave for the other sailor. This applies whether it is in their heat (i.e. a or b) or not.

 

{3.4}       Entry Allocation

  Entries into wave events shall be allocated according to the tables at the following link Conditions of Entry. These tables and entry allocation may be amended at time to time with the approval of the PWA Management Board should it be considered to be in the interests of the fairness of competition.

 

 

{3.10.2}   Scoring / Judging Procedure [WAVE]

Wave performance heats may be judged using an average points system instead of the more traditional win / lose system. If an average points system is to be used, then sailors shall be informed on the Official Notice Board or at the skippers meeting.

The total counting points, for each category, from each judge, shall be listed twice, giving a total of six scores for each sailor in each category. The highest and lowest single scores from the six scores will be discarded and the remaining 4 scores then added together to provide a total score for each category before being divided by 4, to give an average score.

In the case that the live scoring system is used, then each individual manoeuvre will be tabulated as described above, with each specific jump score or wave ride being listed twice, before having the highest and lowest single scores discarded and the remaining 4 scores then added together before being divided by 4 to give an average score.

This highest average jump or wave scores will then be taken as the counting scores in each case. This means that if the average score for a jump, form all the judges, after tabulation is the highest scoring jump, it will count, even if it is not necessarily the highest scoring jump on a particular judges sheet.

 Any factoring will then be applied to the scores for each category before the scores are added together to give final heat score.

The sailor with the higher final heat score will be declared the winner of the heat.

In case of a tie in total overall points:

a)       The tie shall be broken in favour of the competitor who has the higher combined tabulated score in the priority category i.e. wave riding or wave jumping for any individual wave or jump. If these categories are weighted evenly, then the highest score in wave riding shall be used. If the tie still remains:

b)       The tie shall be broken in favour of the competitor who has the higher total overall score in the priority category i.e. wave riding or wave jumping. If these categories are weighted evenly, then the highest overall score in wave riding shall be used. If the tie still remains:

 c)      The tie shall be broken in favour of the competitor who has the higher total overall score in the priority category i.e. wave riding or wave jumping, taking into account all scores allocated for that category including any discarded scores. If these categories are weighted evenly, then the highest overall score in wave riding shall be used. If the tie still remains, it shall be decided in favour of the competitor with the higher total overall score in the category which does not have priority i.e. wave riding or jumping, taking into account all scores allocated for that category including any discarded scores. If the tie still remains:

 d)      The tie shall be broken in favour of the competitor who has the highest combined score from any single judge in the priority category i.e. wave riding or wave jumping. If these categories are weighted evenly, then the highest combined score from any single judge in wave riding shall be used. If the tie still remains, it shall be decided in favour of the competitor with the highest combined score from any single judge in the category which does not have priority i.e. wave riding or jumping. If the tie still remains:

 e)      The tie shall be broken in favour of the competitor who has the highest single score for an individual wave or jump, from any single judge in the priority category i.e. wave riding or wave jumping, discarded scores included. If these categories are weighted evenly, then the highest single score for an individual wave, from any single judge shall be used. If the tie still remains, it shall be decided in favour of the competitor with the highest single score for an individual wave or jump, from any single judge in the in the category which does not have priority i.e. wave riding or jumping, discarded scores included. If the tie still remains:

 f)       The heat shall be re-sailed.

 

{3.6.4}    Assistance (WAVE)

Each competitor’s efforts on the water shall be individual according to the following criteria:

(a)      When a competitor suffers an equipment breakage during a heat another windsurfer, known as a “caddy,” may assist by supplying replacement equipment, and shall keep clear of all competitors except for the one being assisted. A caddy shall attempt to remove the equipment, which the competitor has abandoned from the competition area.

(b)      A caddy may also assist with an equipment change during a heat of a competitor whose equipment is not damaged.  The caddy shall not enter further than the edge of the water when providing such assistance.

(c)      A competitors whose equipment is damaged and cannot reasonably be sailed back to the beach may use the rescue Jet Ski to come back to the beach to get new equipment. The availability of the rescue Jet Ski is not guaranteed and may not be able to assist at all times and the Race Committee, Judges and event Organiser shall not be responsible if the rescue Jet Ski is not available to provide this service. Protests regarding the availability of the rescue Jet Ski for this purpose shall be disallowed even if the service has been available for one competitor in a heat but not the other.

 (d)     Items such as radio communication devices and other electronic forms of communication shall be prohibited along with any purpose built mechanical communication system. This will be considered outside assistance, which could lead to disqualification from that round or heat if, in the opinion of the judges, such assistance materially prejudiced the result.

(e)      Hand signals may be given.

 

{3.8.4}     Heat Rollover (WAVE)

               When conditions become unsuitable for competition during a heat, the Head Judge may choose to “Rollover” a heat in order to save time. If a heat rollover is used, the current heat shall be abandoned, but the sailors in that heat shall remain on the water and the timing sequence shall continue. The rollover flag (code flag Z unless otherwise specified) shall be raised alongside the green flag and the current heat shall be considered abandoned. The normal flag sequence shall continue alongside the rollover flag until the red flag comes up to signify the end of the heat / beginning of the timing sequence for the next heat which will be the re-sail of the heat previously abandoned. At that time the rollover flag shall be lowered and the normal flag sequence shall continue.

 

{3.11.4}    Video Evidence (WAVE)

               When there is video evidence available for any protest or request for redress, or where the head judge feels the result of a heat may have been materially prejudiced in any way contrary to the rules, normal procedures or against the interests of fair competition, the head judge may opt to review such video evidence at their discretion to determine the best outcome for all competitors involved. Should the head judge determine that the result of the heat has been materially prejudiced as described herein based on video evidence then they may opt to adjust the result, re-sail the heat, or take any other action they deem necessary in order to create the most fair and correct outcome for all concerned.

 

FREESTYLE

{4.12.2}   Validity of Scoring (freestyle)

(a) The minimum number of elimination series to constitute valid discipline scoring at an event and to distribute the prize money is one Freestyle single elimination where the fleet has been eliminated to the top 16 for men or top 4 for the women’s division.

(b) After one Double Elimination has been completed, any further elimination shall only become valid if a final winner has been reached in the Single Elimination side of that elimination. However if a single elimination is run after a double elimination then the scores from the single elimination shall be adjusted so that they are worth roughly 50% of the double elimination. If after a second single elimination has been run, the double elimination is started, the results of the double elimination shall only become valid if the double elimination has been completed all the way to a final winner. In order to facilitate the combination of single and double eliminations, a maximum points scoring system may be used in place of the normal minimum points system.

 

{4.12.9}   Event Ranking (FREESTYLE)

   (a) When there is one elimination in an event, the overall discipline results for the event will be taken from that elimination round.

(b) When there are several eliminations for each discipline during the event, the points scored in the eliminations will be added together for each sailor.

 (c) The winner of the overall event disciplines rankings will be the competitor who gets the lowest number of points. The second of the overall event disciplines rankings will be the competitor who gets the second lowest score. In order to facilitate the combination of single and double eliminations, a maximum points scoring system may be used in place of the normal minimum points system.

 (d) Discards shall be awarded according to the following table 

number of eliminations

number of discards

1 - 2 Double Eliminations

0

1 - 3 Single Eliminations

0

3 - 4 Double Eliminations

1

4 Single Eliminations

1

 

{4.2}       Conditions

The Freestyle discipline shall be run in suitable conditions. As a guideline, conditions shall be considered suitable when and average sized male sailor can attempt the required number of moves during the heat on a sail size of no less than 5.4 sqm and a board of no less than 100L volume, regardless of whether the moves are big air or power moves. If 1 average sized sailor in the heat is able to sufficiently attempt the required number of moves as described above with a sail of 5.4 sqm and a board of no less than 100L volume, then the heat shall be considered valid even if the other sailors have not completed or attempted their moves. Protests regarding suitability of conditions shall be disallowed.

 

{4.6.3}    Identification of competitors

  (a) Competitors shall be required to carry sail numbers. Sailors not carrying sail numbers will receive a default fine of €20 for the first offence, €50 for a second offence and €100 for all subsequent offences.

 

{4.10.2}   PWA Freestyle Judging Guidelines

 

Format

 

PWA Freestyle competition is now run using a “Best Move” format. In the new format, competitors will perform a maximum number of moves on each tack, of which the judges will score them on only their best moves on each tack. For example, the Race Director may specify a maximum of 12 moves in the heat, of which the best 8 will count. This will give competitors more time to perform their moves and will also allow judges to focus more accurately on each rider. The more traditional forms of competition may still be utilised if necessary, but in general, the new format will always take precedence. Full details of the competition format shall be published on the Official Notice Board at the event in question

 

 

{4.13}     Equipment (FREESTYLE)

          Competitors may only compete on production boards registered for use on the PWA Freestyle Tour. Boards and sails must be registered by manufacturers according to the standard PWA registration process, details of which are available from the PWA office and may be altered from time to time at the discretion of the PWA.

Competitors do not have to register specific boards themselves at the event and may compete on any registered model at any time.

Competitors must make their equipment available for scrutiny under this rule at any time at the discretion of the race committee. Boards may be measured, weighed and marked or stamped by the committee.

Any competitor found to be using a board that has not been registered may be fined and / or disqualified from that particular elimination and / or disqualified from the entire event.

              A list of boards registered for use in PWA Freestyle events can be found here: Freestyle -> http://nor.pwaworldtour.com/PWA_Registered_Freestyle_Boards_2017.htm

 

{4.4.1}   Attendance at Non PWA Events

PWA Freestyle competitors ranked in the top 3 of the previous year’s PWA Freestyle ranking shall not compete in EFPT or other equivalent non PWA sanctioned events. PWA Freestyle competitors ranked in positions 4 – 6 of the previous year’s PWA Freestyle ranking may compete in a maximum of 2 EFPT or other equivalent non PWA sanctioned events. 

 

FOIL RACING

{5.1}   Foil Racing Events

Foil racing may be run at specific events at the discretion of the PWA. Racing shall be run under the standard rules for racing as contained in the PWA Rulebook, and changes to the Rulebook or conditions specified in the Notice of Race for the event or the sailing instructions. Due to the developmental nature of the discipline the rules for foiling may be altered at any time by the PWA, in the interests of the fairness or competition, the development of the discipline, or the best interests of windsurfing and the PWA.

{5.1.1}     Boards on Opposite Tacks. The competitor on the port-tack shall keep clear of competitors on the starboard tack.

{5.2}   Conditions

Foil racing shall be run in suitable conditions at the discretion of the Race Director and the PWA. In general, Foil racing shall be reserved for lighter wind conditions but may also be run in stronger winds as necessary.

{5.3}   Equipment

(a) Competitors may use any boards or sails provided that they fulfil the requirements of the normal PWA membership rules in section 1.8 of the Rule Changes.

(b) There is no restriction on the use of foils, but only foil manufacturers who are in membership of the PWA may advertise on sails or boards.

(c) The PWA reserves the right to prohibit any item of equipment on the grounds of safety.

(d) Boards may not be wider than 91cm

(e) Sails may not be bigger than 10m2

{5.3.1} Mandatory Safety Equipment

All competitors in the foil discipline must wear a suitable helmet and impact vest. The helmet must provide protection to the head and the impact vest must provide protection for the upper torso. Items required under this rule must be commercially available products designed for the purpose and homemade items will not be permitted. In the event of any doubt about the suitability of protective equipment under these rules, the PWA Race Committee shall have the final decision.

{5.4}   Conditions of Entry

(a) Anyone competing in the main Slalom fleet at an event may apply for entry into the Foil Racing division at an event where foiling is scheduled.

(b) There will be a maximum of 64 entrants in the men’s division and 32 entrants in the women’s division The PWA reserves the right to reduce the fleet size in the interests of competion.

(c) The minimum number of entrants for either the men’s or women’s divisions is 8 competitors. If fewer than 8 valid entrants register for either division then that division shall not be held.

(d) Entries shall be allocated according to the Conditions of Entry for the event.

{5.4}   Prize Money

(a) If there are 8 or more competitors registered for the women’s division, then the total prize money for the Foil Racing discipline will be split with 25% being allocated to the women’s division and 75% being allocated to the men’s division

(b) Prize money shall be allocated according to the following breakdown

Posn

Men %

Women %

1

25

43

2

18

27

3

15

17

4

12

13

5

9

-

6

8

-

7

7

-

8

6

-

(c) Should there be too few competitors in either division then the prize money shall be allocated entirely to the other division.

(d) Should neither division be held then the prize money shall be returned to the organizer

 

ALL DISCIPLINES

 

 

{1.15}   Annual Ranking

All competitors at PWA events shall be allocated ranking points based on their finishing position according to the following table

POSN

POINTS

1

10000

2

9900

3

9800

4

9700

5

9600

6

9500

7

9400

8

9300

9

9200

10

9100

11

9000

12

8900

13

8800

14

8700

15

8600

16

8500

17

8400

18

8300

19

8200

20

8100

21

8000

22

7900

23

7800

24

7700

25

7600

26

7500

27

7400

28

7300

29

7200

30

7100

31

7000

32

6900

33

6800

34

6700

35

6600

36

6500

37

6400

38

6300

39

6200

40

6100

41

6000

42

5900

43

5800

44

5700

45

5600

46

5500

47

5400

48

5300

49

5200

50

5100

51

5000

52

4900

53

4800

54

4700

55

4600

56

4500

57

4400

58

4300

59

4200

60

4100

61

4000

62

3900

63

3800

64

3700

 

Slalom events with 4 or more valid races shall receive points according to the following table.

POSN

POINTS

1

10300

2

10200

3

10100

4

10000

5

9900

6

9800

7

9700

8

9600

9

9500

10

9400

11

9300

12

9200

13

9100

14

9000

15

8900

16

8800

17

8700

18

8600

19

8500

20

8400

21

8300

22

8200

23

8100

24

8000

25

7900

26

7800

27

7700

28

7600

29

7500

30

7400

31

7300

32

7200

33

7100

34

7000

35

6900

36

6800

37

6700

38

6600

39

6500

40

6400

41

6300

42

6200

43

6100

44

6000

45

5900

46

5800

47

5700

48

5600

49

5500

50

5400

51

5300

52

5200

53

5100

54

5000

55

4900

56

4800

57

4700

58

4600

59

4500

60

4400

61

4300

62

4200

63

4100

64

4000

 

Wave Ranking Points

POSN

POINTS

1

10000

2

8500

3

7650

4

6885

5

6370

6

5930

7

5490

8

5080

9

4825

10

4585

11

4355

12

4140

13

3930

14

3735

15

3545

16

3370

17

3200

18

3040

19

2890

20

2745

21

2605

22

2475

23

2350

24

2235

25

2120

26

2015

27

1915

28

1820

29

1725

30

1640

31

1560

32

1480

33

1410

34

1340

35

1270

36

1205

37

1145

38

1090

39

1035

40

980

41

930

42

885

43

840

44

795

45

755

46

715

47

680

48

645