WWA Event Social Distancing Plan – Malibu Rider Experience West 2021

WWA Social Distancing Guidelines

The WWA is implementing social distancing guidelines effective at all WWA produced events in an effort to minimize the spread of COVID-19 in our communities.  Events are only possible if we all maintain the federal, CDC, state and local guidelines. We appreciate everyone doing their part so our events are able to operate and do not get shut down.


The WWA will adhere to and operate in compliance with all public health authorities and local and state government guidelines regarding social distancing pertinent to the location of the event being held. In adhering to compliant efforts onsite, event crowd numbers will not exceed the guidelines currently set forth. The WWA will provide masks to all event participants and advise that any event bystanders are wearing masks when electing to be in the vicinity of the event grounds and will be strictly advised to not congregate in large groups.

High-risk individuals, including older adults and people with pre-existing medical conditions that appear to be more vulnerable to becoming severely ill with the virus are recommended to avoid events involving groups at this time and/or to take all recommended precautions to protect themselves.

Event Procedures

  • All WWA staff will be required to wear face-masks throughout the duration of the event
  • The starting dock will be limited to ONE participant and the dock starter in order to avoid unnecessary congregations of people. There will also be ‘staging’ areas outside of the dock that only a limited number of riders will be allowed in. Riders 9 & under may have one parent with a face covering accompany them on a dock. Participants should be aware of signage stating the number of individuals allowed in areas.
  • Participants will not be able to store their equipment in the start dock area and are advised to keep equipment with them or in their locked vehicle at all times.
  • Only event staff will be allowed in the event boats during the contest.
  • All WWA staff will monitor and enforce social distancing policies throughout the duration of the event.
  • All event surfaces and high-touch areas will be wiped down and disinfected approximately every thirty minutes as recommended by CDC guidelines.
  • Line distancing will be implemented in the registration and information area of the event in order to prevent grouping of participants.
  • In order to avoid extended face-to-face interaction between event participants and staff, participants must complete all necessary event and registration paperwork prior to arriving to the event site and attempting to check-in at the registration area. 
  • During Freeride Friday, we will be limited demo groups on the boat to one family at a time unless explicitly requested by the participant.
  • All event participants are advised to avoid person-to-person contact such as shaking hands. 
  • All event participants will be advised to not congregate in large groups of people to socialize while at the event site. 
  • All event related banquets will not be held in order to reduce gathering. 

Event Site

  • The event site layout will be planned out and constructed with social distancing standards in place.
  • Proper cleaning supplies will be available to all event participants, staff, and officials. Cleaning supplies are not limited to and may include hand-washing stations, hand sanitizer, tissues, and cleaning wipes. 
  • Event whip flags and additional competition markers will be spaced out every twelve feet to provide visual distance cues for event participants.
  • All staff tents will have clear walls and/or barriers in order to prevent unnecessary contact.
  • Spectators and participants will not be allowed to congregate under WWA tents. Participants are encouraged to bring their own tents or umbrellas for shade. 
  • There will be limited options for food and beverage available on site. Participants may bring coolers but there will be no alcoholic beverages allowed on site.

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