Nautique Boats and the World Wake Association (WWA) have worked with an exclusive panel of wakesurfing’s top athletes and officials in an effort to create the next generation of competitive wakesurfing format, judging criteria and divisions. The 2018 Nautique USA National Wakesurf Championships will be the first event to showcase this new format, propelling a positive impact to the world of wakesurfing for many seasons to follow.
- Consistent use of WWA’s proven heat system, will provide a more defined placement and advancement system for the athletes. The heat system creates a more equal competition, to judge and determine the top athletes. Click Here for Official Format
All 3 Judges Writing Down Tricks
- There will be three judges all writing down the rider’s run. The judges will analyze the rider’s runs based off of the D.R.I.V.E criteria and score them accordingly. Each judge will make marks using their own shorthand to produce three accounts of what happened on the water. As a result, the judges should feel more confident in making decisions between runs that are close, and consequently less issues and disagreements should occur. Wakesurfing’s top athletes and officials have agreed that they would rather write down the runs using their own marks and shorthand as it helps them make the best decision at the end of the heat. Click Here for Official Format
Simplified Scoring – One all encompassing score from each judge
- In an effort to simplify the competitive side of the sport for the athletes, judges, and fans alike, one final score will be used from each judge as compared to multiple scores amongst each of the judging criteria elements. Click Here for Official Format
D.R.I.V.E System – Keeping the ‘Risk’ in D.R.I.V.E
- Risk, among the other elements to the D.R.I.V.E system is important to acknowledge when judging wakesurfing. There is risk involved with wherethe rider places certain tricks within their run and how they are linkedtogether. There is risk in doing certain tricks with fins or doing certain tricks without fins. The bottom line is risk is just as important to acknowledge when judging a run as the rest of the criteria, and it should no longer be overlooked. Click Here for Official Format
Combining Skim & Surf Style Disciplines
- Athletes will compete in a unique rider-developed format, featuring one discipline that combines skim and surf styles in both the amateur and pro divisions. This combination acknowledges that certain tricks are harder on certain boards and the event officials will take into account all aspects when scoring these riders. For example, a shuv with big surf style fins in most cases will be harder than a skim style board with no fins. Likewise, big airs will be harder for skim boarders with smaller fins vs. a surf style board with huge fins.
All Pro Divisions: $150
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