WWA Rule Book

GENERAL INFORMATION FOR ALL ATHLETES

Scope of These Rules– These Rules set forth herein governs the conduct and organization of the 2021 World Wake Association Events. (“WWA” will be used as abbreviations for the rest of the rules.)  These rules will be final unless specific changes, addendums and/or exceptions are distributed. It is the responsibility of each Athlete, event organizer, and official to be familiar with all WWA rules. 

Competition Times– All riders must be on site and ready to compete 30 minutes before posted start time for the event. The WWA and/or event organizer reserves the right to change/alter schedule at any time. The WWA recommends that riders be on site for at least one hour before the scheduled start of their division.

Athlete and Officials Conduct:

Personal Appearances – Athletes and officials shall agree to make appearances arranged for media and local sponsors.

Dress Code – Athletes and officials shall abide by the WWA dress codes at designated WWA functions. Riders agree that the Organizers have the right to control or prohibit advertising material used, worn, or displayed by the rider on site during the contest. 

Unsportsmanlike Conduct – Any Athlete or official whose conduct is deemed unsportsmanlike, or who may cause discredit to the WWA, sponsors, or that person’s home country federation, either on or off the contest site during the period of time of the contest may be fined and/or disqualified, as determined by the WWA Chief Judge.  Unsportsmanlike conduct includes, but is not limited to: use of vulgar language in public, public tantrums, not riding to the fullest potential, failure to attend designated functions or events, consuming alcoholic beverages during competition, competing under false pretenses, such as not having a WWA membership, concealing significant injuries or health problems. A rider disqualified in this manner would forfeit prize money for that contest and all points. This paragraph shall not be construed to deny or limit any individual’s legal rights. All fines shall be paid to the World Wake Association. Failure to do so will result in exclusion from any future contests until fine is paid.

       Conduct                                             

  • Unsportsmanlike conduct: $100.00 – $500.00 fine and/or disqualification
  • No Bib: Pre-event or Event: $100.00 and/or disqualification
  • Improper dress: $100.00
  • Top 15 on World Series standings if you do not attend the Awards Banquet: $200.00 fine and/or disqualification
  • Unauthorized persons on starting dock, announcers stand, or judges area: $100.00 and/or disqualification                

Property Damage and Hotel conduct – Any athlete or official involved in conduct which may cause damage on site, to hotels and/or any other property damaged by the athlete or official may be disqualified or fined.  You will be responsible for all damages that occur and will be charged accordingly.

Any athlete or official involved in conduct at the host hotel, which is deemed unsportsmanlike conduct, may be disqualified or fined.

Pre-Event Practice On-site  –  Permission shall be granted to certain riders pre-selected by the WWA or event organizer for event-related media appearances and other occasions in the best interest of the event.  The amount and type of riders allowed is at the discretion of the WWA and/or event organizers. Violation of this rule shall result in a fine or disqualification from the contest. 

Use of name/likeness– All riders grant to WWA, the non-exclusive right to use Participant’s name or likeness in any photographs, television or motion pictures taken of Participant during the contest week, for the limited purposes of EVENT promotion, broadcast, and news reporting, and this right to use under this sub-paragraph shall terminate on the first day of the year 2021, except for NBC Sports or other networks that may continue to rerun broadcasts of contest coverage containing participant’s likeness and name.

Safety:

Liability – All WWA Athletes and officials by their participation recognize and accept the possible dangers inherent to Wakesports competitions, and shall sign a release to this effect before riding or officiating on site.   Athletes shall submit proof of WWA membership covering insurance before participation.  The WWA accepts no liability for injury to WWA Athletes during the competition related functions, while traveling, or in any other capacity, official or otherwise, not mentioned herein.  It is the responsibility of any WWA Athlete or official who discovers a potentially dangerous situation to immediately notify the WWA Staff or event organizer. 

Definitions.  The person who is participating in wakesports competition or any WWA event shall be referred to hereinafter as “Participant”.  The “Undersigned” means only the Participant when the Participant is age 18 or older OR it means both the Participant and the Participant’s parent or legal guardian when the Participant is under the age of 18.  “Released Parties” means: The World Wake Association (WWA), their sponsors, event organizer(s), site owner/lessee or any of their respective successors in interest, affiliated organizations and companies, insurance carriers, agents, employees, representatives, competition officials, assignees, officers, directors, members, and shareholders.  The “Activity” means taking part in wakesports competition or any WWA event, and using wake facilities or boats for any purpose. 

Risks of Activity.  The Undersigned agree and understand that taking part in the Activity can be HAZARDOUS AND INVOLVES THE RISK OF PHYSICAL INJURY AND/OR DEATH.  The Undersigned acknowledge that the Activity is inherently dangerous and fully realize the dangers of participating in the Activity.  The risks and dangers of the activity include, but are not limited to: negligence of Participant, water conditions, tides, currents, wakes, collisions with other participants, watercraft and other manmade and natural objects, weather conditions, capsizing, sinking, exposure to elements, slips and falls, equipment failure and/or defects, operator error, mental distress from exposure to any of the above, and negligence of others.  The Undersigned acknowledge and understand that the description of the risks listed above IS not complete and that participating in the Activity may be dangerous and may include other risks.  further  Participant agrees that prior to participating, Participant will inspect the facilities and equipment to be used, including Participant’s own equipment, and if Participant believes anything is unsafe will immediately advise his/her coach or supervisor and a competition official, in writing of such condition(s) and refuse to participate.  

Release, Indemnification, and Assumption of Risk.  In consideration of the Participant being permitted to participate in the activity, the Undersigned agree as follows:

In consideration of Participant, or the minor for whom the parent or guardian is signing, being allowed to participate in any way in a WORLD WAKE ASSOCIATION (hereinafter known as WWA) athletics/sports program and related events and activities, Participant hereby, for himself/herself, his/her heirs, and successors and, if applicable, for the minor for whom a parent or guardian is signing does:  (1) Agree that prior to participating, Participant will inspect the facilities and equipment to be used, including Participant’s own equipment, and if Participant believes anything is unsafe, Participant will immediately advise his/her coach or supervisor and a contest official, in writing, of such condition(s) and refuse to participate; (2) Acknowledge and fully understand that each participant will be engaging in activities that involve risk of serious injury, including permanent disability and death, and severe social and economic losses which might result not only from Participant’s own actions, inaction’s or negligence, and also from the actions, inaction’s or negligence of others, the rules of play, or the condition of the premises or of any equipment used.  Further, that there may be other risks not known to WWA or not reasonably foreseeable at this time; (3) Assume all the foregoing risks and accept personal responsibility for the damages following such injury, permanent disability or death; (4) Release, waive, discharge, covenant not to sue and agree to indemnify, hold harmless and defend WWA, its affiliated clubs or other affiliated organizations, their respective administrators, directors, agents, coaches, and employees, other participants, sponsoring agencies, sponsors, advertisers, the nationals governing bodies of  participating divisions, the contest officials and, if applicable, owners and leasees of premises used to conduct the event, all of which are hereinafter referred to as “releasees”, from any and all liability to Participant, his or her heirs, relatives and  friends for any and all claims, demands, losses or damages on account of injury to person, including death or damage to property, caused or alleged to be caused in whole or in part by the negligence of the releasees or otherwise; (5) authorize WWA to seek, on Participant’s behalf all reasonable medical and surgical care that might be necessary if Participant is unable to authorize such care himself/herself as a result of some injury; 

 Minor Acknowledgment.  In the case of a minor Participant, the Undersigned parent or legal guardian acknowledges that he/she is not only signing this Agreement on his/her behalf, but that he/she is also signing on behalf of the minor and that the minor shall be bound by all the terms of this Agreement.  Additionally, by signing this Agreement as the parent or legal guardian of a minor, the parent or legal guardian understands that he/she is also waiving rights on behalf of the minor that the minor otherwise may have.  The Undersigned parent or legal guardian agrees that, but for the foregoing, the minor would not be permitted to participate in the Activity.  By signing this Agreement without a parent or legal guardian’s signature, Participant, under penalty of fraud, represents that he/she is at least 18 years of age.  If signing as the parent or guardian of a minor Participant, signing adults represent that they are a legal parent or guardian of the minor Participant.

Medical Care.  Undersigned authorize the Released Parties and/or their authorized personnel to call for medical care for Participant or to transport Participant to a medical facility or hospital if, in the opinion of such personnel, medical attention is needed.  Undersigned agree to pay all costs associated with such medical care and related transportation.

Miscellaneous.  The Undersigned further agree and understand: (a) Participant will not engage in any activities prohibited by any applicable laws, statutes, regulations and ordinances; (b) this Agreement shall be governed by the laws of the State of Florida and the exclusive jurisdiction and venue for any claim arising out of this Agreement shall be the state courts located in Polk County, Florida and Undersigned expressly agree and consent to jurisdiction in said courts; (c) Participant grants to WWA, the non-exclusive right to use Participant’s name or likeness in any photographs, television or motion pictures taken of Participant during, training, competition, demos, or other WWA event for the purpose of EVENT promotion;  (d) This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between the parties hereto and supersedes any and all prior contracts, arrangements, communications, or representations, whether oral or written, between the parties relating to the subject matter hereof; and (e) the Undersigned understand and acknowledge that this Agreement is a contract and shall be binding to the fullest extent permitted by law.  If any part of this Agreement is deemed to be unenforceable, the remaining terms shall be an enforceable contract between the parties.  It is the intent of the Undersigned that this agreement shall be binding upon the assignees, subrogors, distributors, heirs, next of kin, executors and personal representatives of the Undersigned.

Safety Equipment  – All contestants shall wear a U.S. Coast Guard – Approved life jacket  or a life jacket that will absolutely float a contestant who is unconscious.  A “Wet Suit” jacket shall have a locking device in addition to the zipper closure.  A “Pull Over” or “Side Entry” jacket shall  have a locking device, zipper, or a drawstring. All contestants hitting any obstacles in the water must wear a helmet (protective headgear) is defined as an article of apparel whose manufacture and use is solely for the purpose of protecting the head from injury.  

Fallen Riders – Because of the public nature of some sites, and for the safety of the Athlete, fallen riders shall utilize safety craft in lieu of swimming and/or walking ashore unless otherwise directed by WWA Representative.

New Sites – In the case of sites new to the WWA, whether they have hosted an event or not, they shall be inspected by the WWA, an official and/or an athlete representative (if furnished to the WWA at no cost) well in advance of the scheduled competition. This shall be for the purposes of determining site layouts and special site preparations needed to eliminate any safety hazards.  The WWA reserves the right to make revisions at any time.

Equipment:

Handles, Non-Stretch Ropes, Wakeboards, Wakesurfers, Wakeskates, Helmets – Personal handles, ropes, wakeskates, wakesurfers and wakeboards are the responsibility of the individual participants. Handles, ropes, wakeskates, wakesurfers and wakeboards are subject to checks by the officials/dock starter before riding. Helmets are required for wakeboarding and wakeskating if features are used.  A helmet (protective head gear) is defined as an article of apparel whose manufacture and use is solely for the purpose of protecting the head from injury.  If any athlete uses any feature without a helmet they will be disqualified from the WWA Event. 

Supplied Bibs – Athletes may be required to wear a WWA-supplied bib during media riding, qualifying, actual competition, and interviews.  The bib will remain the property of the WWA until after the Finals, however it will remain in the Athlete’s possession.  If an athlete is not wearing a bib while competing they can be disqualified and/or fined from the tournament.     

Riders must wear their assigned bibs; no borrowing or lending is authorized due to age restriction of some riders unless WWA management grants permission.  Failure to abide may result in possible fine.  If a bib is lost and another bib must be supplied, even for a temporary period of time, a one hundred dollar ($100.00) fee will be charged.  No modifications of bibs or addition or deletion of lettering or logos on bibs are allowed, except as authorized by WWA.  Bibs inadvertently damaged during the course of riding will be replaced by WWA at no cost.  If a bib becomes stained or damaged to the point where it no longer looks presentable in the eyes of the WWA, the rider will be obligated to wear a replacement bib supplied by the WWA. 

WWA Supplied Wristbands – Athletes may be required to wear a WWA-supplied wristband at all times on site and event off site functions as needed.  A wristband will be placed on the riders arm at registration and should not be removed until after the event is over.  If a wristband is lost and another wristband must be supplied to the athlete a ten-dollar ($10.00) fee will be charged to the athlete. If wristband is damaged bring it back to the Director of Registration and new one will be given to the rider at no cost.   No borrowing or sharing is authorized.  Failure to abide may result in possible fine.

Qualifications:

Membership Requirements– All Athletes must be current competitive members of the WWA.  Prior to competing, Athlete must sign the WWA contract and understand the nature of the sport and it’s special risks, particularly in the professional format.  Prior to competing, Athlete must submit to Director of Registration the required forms (Information questionnaire, Contract, Waiver, W9 or W8).   It is the responsibility of the Athlete to register with the WWA -designated person and show proof of WWA membership and qualifications before riding.

Entry Fee – Entry fee is due at the same time as the entry form.  The entry fee per event is indicated on the Official Entry Form, including any late fees that may apply.

Entry Deadline & Late Fee – Entry deadlines are listed on the Official Entry Form as well on the event web page. A Late Fee must be paid prior to riding if the entry form (including payment) was not received by the Director of Registration on/or before the date indicated (on the entry form) as the “2 Week Entry Deadline” or other applicable time table.  The final deadline to sign up for a contest  is subject to the Director of Registration.   In some instances, a maximum amount of riders that could sign up may be instituted with prior notice from the Event.  After the maximum number is reached, no riders shall be allowed to sign up.

Cancellation: If an entrant desires to cancel his/her entry for whatever reason(s), he/she is required to notify the Director of Registration or event organizer no later than two weeks prior to the event.  If entrant abides by the required cancellation deadline, the entry fee will be refunded ONLY if the entry cannot be rolled over to another tournament.  Cancellation of entry will be accepted only by email  in order to be eligible for the full refund.

Concussion Policy:If the boat crew suspects a rider has a concussion or head injury they will immediately radio for the staff EMT.  The staff EMT will evaluate the athlete and determine if they suspect the rider has a concussion.  If the EMT suspects a concussion the rider will be removed from competition immediately. If the athlete is a minor the WWA staff will notify the parent or guardian at this time.

WWA recommends that the athlete be evaluated by a health care provider experienced in evaluating for a concussion.  The athlete will not be allowed to participate in a WWA event until they provide a written letter from the Healthcare provider giving them clearance to resume participation.       

Fines – All unpaid fines must be paid prior to participating in the Event.

Refund due to Injuries – In the event of illness or injury during the week preceding the event, the affected rider must contact the Director of Registration.  If you do not make contact before your name is listed on the running order you will not receive a refund. Affected rider must present a signed doctor’s excuse to the Director of Registration for review for full refund.  Any falsification will be considered unsportsmanlike conduct. The doctor’s note MUST be received no later than 5pm EST (21) twenty-one days from the start of the event date in order to receive refund. After that date no refunds will be granted.

AFTER COMPETITION BEGINS:  If an Athlete is unable to compete due to an injury, after riding in the qualifying round and/or subsequent rounds of a contest, his/her spot is left vacant.  An Athlete who is unable to compete in a subsequent round shall receive Ranking List points and placement for the last place position of the round in which they are unable to compete.  No replacement rider will be placed in that position in the next round.  

Divisions of Competitions – Divisions of competitions are broken down in age brackets, with the exception of the Pro divisions.  Age as of January 1 of the current year will be used to determine age bracket.  The athlete must ride in their age division.  The only time an athlete can ride in another division is when their division is not offered and the Director of Registration approves the move to another division. The only time another sex can compete with the opposite sex is when their division or event is not offered and the Director of Registration/Chief Judge approves the move.  Athletes can only compete in one division per discipline.   

Divisions may be created or merged at the sole discretion of each contest director.

-All divisions except pro are considered amateur age group competitions.

-Only the pro division pays cash prizes.

New divisions  may be opened at the discretion of the event director if there are 4 or more confirmed participants for that division at least 30 days prior to the start of the event. Contact info@thewwa.com in regards to opening a new division.

WWA Wakeboard National Championships Qualification:
All riders must compete in their respective WWA Regional Championships to be invited to the 2021 WWA Wakeboard National Championships (Boat Only). The 2021 WWA Wakeboard National Championships will be capped and open by invitation only. The WWA reserves the right to open invitations to fill the field of any and all divisions not considered full.

The WWA Wakeboard U.S. Regional Championships along with the WWA Wakeboard National Championships are domestic U.S. events, with the exception of divisions containing the word ‘Pro’. 

WWA Wakeboard World Championships Qualificiation:
Registration for non-U.S. riders is open for registration.
U.S. riders that competed at the 2021 Nautique WWA Wakeboard National Championships will need to claim their spot for the WWA Wakeboard World Championships presented by YANMAR by Monday, August 23rd at 5:00 p.m. EST. The 2021 WWA Wakeboard World Championships will be capped and open by invitation only. The WWA reserves the right to open invitations to fill the field of any and all divisions not considered full.

Nautique Masters Wakesurf Championships Qualification:
The winners of each division at each stop of the 2021 Nautique Wakesurf Series will automatically secure an invite to the Nautique Masters Wakesurf Championships. Riders that have competed at any of the previous 2021 Nautique Wakesurf Series stops must claim their spot for the Nautique Masters Wakesurf Championships presented by YANMAR by Monday, August 23rd at 5:00 p.m. EST. Registrations will then be opened and subject to fill the field after this deadline. Registrations to fill the field will be notified via the email address they registered with once their entry is confirmed. The 2021 Nautique Masters Wakesurf Championships will be capped. The WWA reserves the right to open invitations to fill the field of any and all divisions not considered full.

Due to the current climate and travel restrictions, we have extended the deadline for competitors from previous 2021 Nautique Wakesurf Series stops to register and claim their spot for the 2021 Nautique Wakesurf Masters until Monday August 30th at 10 AM ET. After this time, we will work to confirm or deny any non pre-qualified entires.

Competition:

Competition Times/Preparedness – All athletes must sign in with the WWA representative or the Score Keeper one hour before the posted time for their division with a current WWA Membership completed. Any athlete age 18 and over, must sign themselves in, no one else (parent or guardian) may do that. The WWA and the chief judge reserves the right to have the final decision on the rider being eligible to ride. The WWA/Event Organizer reserves the right to change/alter schedule at any time.  If you have already signed in, the WWA recommends that riders be on site at least one hour before the scheduled start of their division.

All riders must be on site and ready to compete 30 minutes before posted start time for their division.  Any division can start up to 90 minutes prior to posted start time. 

Identical Riding Conditions – Since wakesports are outdoor sports, and are designed to appeal to an audience as well as provide a competition, time-consuming measures to assure identical and/or ideal riding conditions will be at the sole discretion of the WWA Chief Judge only.  Re-ride requests will not be allowed if they are based on variations in conditions.

Severe Weather/ Rough Water Conditions- Decisions regarding “Severe Weather” shall be the responsibility of the WWA Staff and only the affected Athletes. The “Severe Weather” provision applies not only to rough water per se, but to any weather and water conditions that make riding significantly more difficult or may seriously affect performances. 

The WWA Staff shall determine any modification to the riding specifications that may be needed in the interest of safety and providing a fair and attractive event. Such modifications may include but not limited to changes in boat speed, boat pattern, course length, and format.  Once a round of an event has been so designated and riding has started, the “Severe Weather” designation shall apply to all Athletes in that round, even though conditions may improve. 

No event, exhibition, or media demonstration shall be started or continued when electrical storms are in the immediate vicinity. 

Event Schedule:

WWA reserves the right to modify the schedule of events to make Pro Men and/or Pro Women finals the top priority.  All changes will be made to serve the best interest of the event.  

The WWA will put forth its best effort to complete each and every competition event and declare winners.  At the sole discretion of the WWA and only as a last resort, rounds may be postponed or combined as necessary to complete events and establish winners.

The entry fee will be returned to the affected Athletes if no rounds of an event are held.

When an event has been terminated and providing at least one full round of that event was held, placements and Ranking List Points will be calculated. This shall not apply if an event was altered in such a manner as to create an unfair situation.  Final decision is solely the discretion of WWA. 

Reduced Prize Money Provision– The WWA reserves the right to reduce the cash awards in the case of a terminated or incomplete event. WWA reserves the right to cancel the event entirely and pay no prize money or reschedule the event at another time.

Boat speed– Riders must inform the driver the speed he/she desires.  It is the rider’s responsibility to make this clear. The same rule applies when referring to what height and length the rope should be attached when applicable.

Rider Preparedness– The rider must be in his/her bindings, with a rope that will 

not interfere with the rider being ready to ride when the boat returns to the dock.  Any rider who fails to be on immediate hand & in condition to ride when it is his/her turn in the running order, the rider can be disqualified.

Safety Equipment– All contestants shall wear a U.S. Coast Guard – Approved life jacket  or a life jacket that will absolutely float a contestant who is unconscious.  A “Wet Suit” life jacket shall have a locking device in addition to the zipper closure. A “Pull Over” or “Side Entry” life jacket shall  have a locking device, zipper, or a drawstring. All contestants hitting any features in the water must wear a helmet (protective head gear) is defined as an article of apparel whose manufacture and use is solely for the purpose of protecting the head from injury.  

Disqualified for Safety – Any athlete not wearing an approved life jacket during 

their run and any athlete not wearing an approved helmet if hitting obstacles may be disqualified.   The athlete will not receive any scores for the run they are disqualified in and will be rank last place in the heat they are disqualified in.  

Communication to the Boat   – The rider shall use the standardized WWA signals and not cause the boat to stop, if possible.   Deliberate use of delaying tactics will be considered unsportsmanlike conduct and will subject the rider to fines or disqualification.  The following signals apply in addition to well-known riding signals.  Use in combination as applicable

1.   Thumb(s) up means go faster

2.   Thumb (s) down means go slower

3.   Pointing at an item of equipment means a problem with it

4.   Pointing back toward object means debris in water

5.   Fallen rider must motion to the towboat or safety team to come back to you if injured and/or in danger.  

Equipment Failure– For any equipment failure, the rider has five (5) minutes to repair the equipment. The  judge will call the Chief Judge for the clock to begin and he will count down to the judge the time.  The Chief Judge will have the final say on if equipment has failed.  Equipment can either be repaired on the boat or at the dock if needed.  Time starts either when rider is on the back of the boat for an on-boat repair or when the rider steps on the dock for a dock repair. If the rider chooses to return to the dock he/she cannot repair the equipment until the rider is placed on the dock.  If the rider starts repairing the equipment on the boat his/her time starts at that moment.  The rider must be on the boat & repair completed before the time elapses or his/her ride is over.  The athlete will resume the run at the same location they were picked up in the water.  An equipment failure is counted as a fall. 

When the rider realizes they have an equipment failure they can throw the handle. After the repair they will resume their run where they threw the handle.  If an athlete falls and then discovers an equipment failure, they will resume the run at the location of the fall after the equipment failure has been remedied.  If the rider falls and then gets back up and realizes their equipment is broken they have the chance to throw the handle without being charged with a fall.  If the rider tries a maneuver and then realizes their board is broken they will be charged with a fall.

A rider can also wave off his run if he throws the handle before he/she enters the course before the first pass only if there is a problem such as the rope being on the wrong ring to fix it with no penalty. A wave off is not counted as a fall. 

Reviewing Scores:(All Divisions) 

1.     There will be no protesting of scores.  A rider may request to look over the Full Heat Results page to see the official scoring and placement of each judge. 

2.     If the rider has a question about the scores they may ask the Chief Judge.

3.     The Chief Judge will then review the rider run sheet and score sheets to ensure there are no discrepancies between the judges. If the Chief Judge is satisfied with his/her review, he/she will let the rider know his decision.  If the chief judge finds a discrepancy on the judges score sheet he/she will meet with the judge immediately.  The judge will make sure that the discrepancy is addressed on his sheet and he/she will re-evaluate his scores to make sure his/her scores and placements are correct. If the judge makes a change the chief judge will have the scorekeeper record the change and post new results.  There may or may not be a change in placements after a judge changes his/her score.

4.     If the chief judge evaluates the judge’s sheets and is unsure of a judge’s decision he/she will meet with the judge immediately and ask them to double check their decision.  If they are certain on their decision, the issue is over.  The results are final.  If the judge makes a change the chief judge will have the scorekeeper record the change and post new results.  There may or may not be a change in placements after a judge changes his/her score. 

5.     The Chief Judge will make his/her best efforts to deliver a final decision in a timely manner. The Chief Judge has the final say in all decisions. No rider is allowed to approach the individual judges. Any rider found harassing judges or using profanity during the protest will be subject to the code of conduct and applicable fines.

6.     If a rider would like to educate themselves for the future they may do so after the event is over.  If the rider is present at the end of the competition the chief judge will make his/her best efforts to let the rider speak with the judges.   

7.     If a rider has an issue while on the water competing- The rider needs to communicate this to the judges ASAP.  The judges will radio the Chief Judge to discuss the issue.  The Chief Judge will take the proper steps to solve the issue. The rider must state the issue either prior to resuming his/her pass, or, prior to the next athlete beginning their pass.

8.     All judges will make their best efforts to be at the Chief Judge’s station immediately following the last event each day to answer questions.  There may be situations when the judges are forced to leave the site before or right at the end of the event.  Therefore the chief judge and remaining judges will be responsible for making the final decision.

Judging:

All riders will be judged using the DRIVE system.  Judges will be using an Overall Impression system to evaluate/ analyze the rider’s runs. Judges will be looking for the most versatile rider by breaking it down into difficulty, risk, intensity, variety and execution.  

Three or more judges should be used to judge an event.  Judges may judge from the boat or from the shore, or a combination of both.

Wakesports are subjectively judged sports.  There are no predetermined points for any tricks and each contestant is free to perform whichever tricks in whatever order he or she desires.  There is no maximum or minimum number of hits or tricks required, although riders are encouraged to make the most of the time and course allotted.  Riders are not judged on the number of tricks performed, but rather the quality.  Each trick is scored on its own merits, regardless of technical difficulty and only as part of an entire run.

Scoring:

There will be three judges.  Each judge’s score will be worth 33.3 percent of the overall score.  The judge will give each rider a score from 1 to 10.  The three judges scores will be averaged together to come up with an overall score out of 100.  There will be no predetermined values for placing.  Each judge will analyze the rider’s runs based off of the DRIVE criteria and score them appropriately.  Judges will be able to reward as well as penalize riders according to the performance of their runs.          

D         difficulty

R         risk in the run

I           intensity

V         variety

E          execution

Difficulty:

·     Trick difficulty (Technical Difficulty)This is simply defined as how difficult each trick is based on a number of variables. Spins, slides, rolls or flips including spins, grabbing your board, handle passes and the way a rider lands all subjectively define how difficult certain tricks are in comparison to others.

  • Number of rotations
  • Combos (combining tricks, adding spins, grabs etc)
  • The direction a rider spins in relation to the trick. Frontside or backside (blind)
  • Switch vs. regular stance
  • Handle pass vs. landing wrapped
  • Grabbed or not

Risk:

  • Linking difficult tricks
  • Trick difficulty in relation to the course.

·     Risk – A rider opening their run with a technically difficult trick would be considered high risk.  Risk is also demonstrated by how a rider performs their tricks and whether or not they display a sense of “putting it all on the line” in order to better their opponents. 

Intensity:

·     Here judges look for how big or high the rider is taking each of their tricks.  This is typically noted on the judges sheet by a plus sign, “+”.  If the trick was incredibly high, and the judge will place 2 plus signs next to it on the judges sheet, “+ +”. The same goes for tricks done small may have a minus “-“ sign.

·     Wake to wake vs. out in the flats

·     270 transfer vs. boardslide

Variety:

  • A variety of tricks performed in a pass is what judges are looking for in order to determine the most versatile rider.  Wakesports have categories of tricks such as: straight airs/glides, spins, inverts/flips and rails/obstacles.  A good pass should have tricks from each of these categories and be well rounded.  This shows a rider is skilled at all types of maneuvers and therefore showing variety in their riding.
  • Were the tricks all based on the same trick? (roll, roll 2 rev, roll 2 blind, kgb = similar)
  • Were the grabs different?
  • Did the rider spin both directions? 
  • Were the rails slid differently? (boardslide v lipslide, heelside v toeside)

Execution:

  • Completion of the Trick – This is essentially how the trick was performed in the air or on the rail and that the rider is in control. Control and poise during the middle of a trick shows the rider is confident in that trick and thus it is well executed. Control and completion of a trick also means that the rider is performing a trick he/she set out to complete. Example: If a rider attempts to do a 360 and bobbles halfway through the trick and only performs a 180, it shows they are not in control. 
  • The Landing – This is simply how clean the landing was of the trick. If the rider butt checks, falls of the rail, bonks the rail, drags a hand, switches 180 to avoid falling, or looks out of control after they have landed this can negatively affect the execution category. 
  • Perfection – Judges are looking for how “clean” or how perfect EACH trick was performed in the passes.  Judges look at the approach, the body position, rotation of the trick, the axis of the body, head position, handle position, clean grabs not slaps, speed to which the trick was performed. A rider completing their routine without falling also demonstrates perfection. 
  • FLOW: Flow is when a rider can execute their tricks together to make them look like they connect smoothly from one to another.  For instance, when a rider lands a trick switch and then cuts into the wake to do the next trick in the same switch position. A rider that does not flow well would do things like constantly hopping from switch to regular or vice versa in their transition between tricks, starting the pass late, or finishing a pass early.  Dead water is not showing flow or composition.
  • Did the rider customize or adapt tricks…make them their own?

General:

Creativity of course management and time is crucial in achieving a smooth, fluid, flowing run.  Riders that take the time to plan out their run, plan the path they are going to take in and around the obstacles/rails will be rewarded in this area.  Riders that can link creative tricks/maneuvers between obstacles will also be rewarded.  Judges will be looking for riders that use up the full time, and length of the course.  Wasted water will reflect negatively towards the rider’s score.

Judges will only score tricks successfully landed. Falls will be evaluated into the score based on how you did against the other riders in your heat.  Where a fall happens in a riders run and how many you have can definitely affect the overall look and flow of a riders run which will be considered in a riders score versus the other riders in the heat.  

Ties:

Ties will be broken by placements.  The first tie breaker will go to the rider with most first places. Second tie breaker will go to the rider with most second places and so on until the tie is broken.

Regular Competition Format– Wakesports shall be contested in one, two, three or four rounds including qualifying/quarterfinals, semifinals and finals. Rounds can be altered due to weather, number of entries, television or any other applicable situation as designated by the Nationals.   The WWA will determine the number or rounds.

All Riders: Wakesports use the heat format.  In quarter final rounds, positions 

are determined by the Athlete’s seeding numbering, which is determined by the aforementioned. All riders must compete in the order of the posted running order. If an athlete rides out of order his/her scores with not be counted. 

Semifinal and Final round seeding are determined by position finish in previous round.  If both had the same identical final position in previous round, you would go back to round before that, and round before that before going to the seeding on the original running order used for the quarterfinals.  (For example, if rider A and rider B both finish first in their heats in the semifinals, and you had to determined who was the top seed in the finals, you would go the quarterfinals finish, if both A and B finished first their also or if there was no quarterfinal round, you would go back to the seeding on the original running order used for the quarterfinals.)

Running order–Number of rounds will be determined by number of entries.All riders must compete in the order of the posted running order. If an athlete rides out of order his/her scores with not be counted.

Ranking List:

Ranking List:

 General – A Ranking List point system, which awards points for placements, will be used.

                    Placement                      Points                             Placement              Points                         

                         1st                                100                                         19th                     18

                        2nd                                 90                                          20th                     17     

                        3rd                                  80                                          21st                     16

                        4th                                  75                                          22nd                    15

                        5th                                  70                                          23rd                    14

                        6th                                  65                                          24th                     13

                        7th                                  60                                          25th                          12

                        8th                                  55                                          26th                     11

                        9th                                  51                                          27th                     10

                        10th                                47                                          28th                       9

                        11th                                43                                          29th                      8

                        12th                                39                                          30th                       7

                        13th                                35                                          31st                      6                           

                        14th                                31                                          32nd                      5                           

                        15th                                27                                          33rd                      4

                        16th                                23                                          34th                       3

                        17th                                20                                          35th                       2

                        18th                                19                                          36th                       1

Ties – Due to the use of heats, their will most likely be ties in positions, all Athletes involved in the tie will receive the Ranking List points of the tied place.

WWA Wakeboard World Series and Nautique Wake Series Overall Rankings – Due to global restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, all riders ranked on the WWA Wakeboard World Series and Nautique Wake Series Overall Rankings will have their lowest score dropped or removed on the 2021 rankings as long as a minimum of 3 WBWS events remain on the ranking for calculating overall points. In the event that event(s) are forced to cancel or postpone, the WWA reserves the right to adjust the overall ranking calculations accordingly for the 2021 season.

Series Championship – The season series championship for Wakeboard World Series and other series when applicable will be determined by combining all points from all of the events in the individual series. In case of a tie for the top spot, here are the criteria to break the tie: The first tiebreaker is the rider who took home the most 1st place finishes.  The second tiebreaker is the rider who has the most 2nd place finishes.  The third tiebreaker is the rider that finishes highest at the final tour stop.

Prize Money:

Prize Money Breakdown  – The Prize Money breakdown will be determined on an event-to-event basis.  The breakdown information will be kept with the Director of Registration for the athletes review.

WWA Overall World Series Prize Money Breakdown:

The WWA Wakeboard Prize Money will be guaranteed $5,000, then any entry fee from the outlined WWA owned property (WWA Boat Regionals, WWA Boat Nationals, WWA Boat World Championships, & WWA WBWS) will have 5% of those entry fees equally split between the Men’s and Women’s divisions.

The WWA Traditional Wakepark Prize Money will be guaranteed $2,500, then any entry fee from the outlined WWA owned property (WWA Park Regionals, WWA Park Nationals, WWA Park World Championships, & WWA WPWS) will have 5% of those entry fees equally split between the Men’s and Women’s divisions.

The WWA Features Only Wakepark Prize Money will be guaranteed $2,500, then any entry fee from the outlined WWA owned property (WWA Park Regionals, WWA Park Nationals, WWA Park World Championships, & WWA WPWS) will have 5% of those entry fees equally split between the Men’s and Women’s divisions.

Prize Money for Ties  – When there are ties that are not settled by the above

formulas, the money for the placements in question shall be combined and distributed equally rounded off to the nearest dollar.  No extra prize money beyond the total amount specified shall be awarded.

Dispersing of Prize Money  – All money due to the athletes for a particular event

shall be mailed to the athletes within 30 days of all paperwork being received by the WWA office after the tournament to an address specified by the rider.  Prize money will be paid directly to the appropriate rider only, except when a rider files a request with WWA for his/her prize money to be paid into a trust fund, to a parent or guardian, or to a national federation, etc.  No other person will be authorized to pick up prize money for another rider, unless previously authorized by that rider in writing. Overall prize money will be paid within the first 30 days of the following year.

Prize Money limited to qualified riders – Prize money will be paid to the riders who qualified for the finals as listed on the Prize Money Breakdown sheet only.  No other prize money will be paid to any rider beyond the listed number of riders on the sheet.  Example: If the Prize Money Breakdown sheet list “8” riders, only 8 riders will receive prize money.

Event Formats:

WWA Standard Wakeboard and Wakeskate Format:

 Overview:

 Riders will perform a subjectively judged two-pass run, where the boat will travel each pass in a straight path along the course in each direction. Each Rider will be scored on the total use of the course.  At the end of the second pass, riders may be given a double up in the direction of their choice.

Contestants may perform any number of tricks they choose, in any order they wish within the course unless specified by the chief judge.  Riders will be judged on the difficulty and proficiency of the moves executed, how big they take tricks, variety of tricks performed, technical difficulty, use of obstacles within the course and the creativity and fluidity of the run.

Event organizers may also choose to add a double up to the end of the first pass or only include double ups in selected rounds such as finals.

The Course:

 The course should be between approximately 1200′ and 1500′ (360m to 460m) long, marked at either end of the lake by boat course buoys.  (Similar to 24 mph (40 kph) for 28-30 seconds)  There will also be a fall buoy positioned three quarters of the way along the course on the second pass.  It is the contestant’s responsibility to be aware of where these buoys are located at each event.  The event organizer and/or chief judge may opt not to use the ¾ buoy given a safe double-up area even in the event a rider falls at the end of the course.

The Run:

The rider will leave the starting dock and scoring will begin with the first trick when the boat reaches the first course buoy.  At the end of the first pass, the boat will turn immediately after passing the end course buoy to turn around and re-enter the course.  Riders will be judged on tricks initiated within the course plus the double up if applicable.  Riders may initiate a move prior to the buoy but must land the move near or at the buoy to receive credit for the trick. There must be a majority by all scoring judges to discredit a move for “out of course”.   Riders must be ready for the boat to turn immediately after the second course buoy.  No re-rides will be awarded for the boat turning during a trick at the ends of the course.

The rider will continue their run after their first wake fall from the place they fell, unless the first fall occurs after the ¾ fall buoy when there is no double up planned.  A second wake fall finishes the run immediately.  NOTE: The chief judge may remove the three quarters buoy and/or the event organizer in the event there is enough room to safely perform a double up in the event a rider falls at or near the end of the course.

Each contestant is free to perform tricks in whatever order they desire as permitted in their division. There is no maximum or minimum number of tricks required, although riders are encouraged to perform big tricks.  Riders should emphasize quality over quantity, while demonstrating the range and limits of their abilities.   These abilities should include, but are not limited to, performing a variety of moves, taking each move to its limit, hitting double ups and showing creativity and fluidity in the routine.  Every wake trick the rider performs will be evaluated in the scoring of the routine. Each contestant will be judged only against the other riders in the heat, using the subjective style categories ONLY to arrive at a single combined score.

There will be NO re-rides granted for less than perfect double up patterns or perceived speed variations of the boat.  Re-rides may be granted at the sole discretion of the chief judge for equipment failure, or due to gross driver error.

Communication:

 It is the sole responsibility of the rider to communicate to the driver before leaving the dock the proper speed of the boat.  Riders must also communicate any specifics of the double up wanted i.e.…open or closed.  There will be NO re-rides due to miscommunication.

Riders may change the direction of the double up by clearly signaling to and receiving confirmation from the boat before the end of a pass.

In the event of a double up given in the wrong direction, the rider must wave off the double up and not attempt a trick.  If a trick is attempted, the rider has accepted that as their double up.  If a rider waves off the double up and doesn’t attempt anything, the boat will travel back down the course, turn around, and go back to complete the correct double up.  There will be no re-ride for turbulent water created by this action.  The rider must accept the second attempt of the double up and cannot waive off the second attempt.

Falls:

 A rider may have one out of course fall only before the start of his/her first pass.  A fall between the first and second pass, being the first out of course fall, may also be used as the riders out of course fall.

Each rider may also have one handle throw before the start of his/her first pass.  This will count as their one out of course fall.

For wakeboard divisions, a rider can have a maximum of two falls during a run.  A second wake fall will end the run.  Should a fall occur, the driver will pick up the rider as quickly as possible.  The rider will not be picked up after his second wake fall, or after a fall that occurs beyond the three quarters point of the second pass, unless a double up is still to come.  The point after which a rider will not be picked up will be clearly marked with a buoy.  Upon a second wake or ¾ buoy fall, the run is over and the boat will return to the dock. Wakeskate divisions will receive one additional fall for a maximum of three falls during a run.

WWA Standard Wakesurf Format:
Overview:
Riders will perform a subjectively judged two-pass run, where the boat will travel each pass in a straight path along the course in each direction. Each Rider will be scored on the total use of the course.

Contestants may perform any number of tricks they choose, in any order they wish within the course unless specified by the chief judge.  Riders will be judged on the difficulty and proficiency of the moves executed, how big they take tricks, variety of tricks performed, technical difficulty, and the creativity and fluidity of the run.

The Course:
The course should be between approximately 750′ to 900′ or 230-275 meters long which is about 45-60 seconds, marked at either end of the water by boat course buoys.  There will also be a fall buoy positioned three quarters of the way along the course on the second pass. It is the contestant’s responsibility to be aware of where these buoys are located at each event.  The event organizer and/or chief judge may opt not to use the ¾ buoy.

The Run:
The rider will leave the starting point and scoring will begin  when the boat reaches the first course buoy. At the end of the first pass, the boat will turn after passing the end course buoy to drop the rider, turn around and re-enter the course.  Riders will be judged on tricks initiated within the course. Riders may initiate a move prior to the buoy but must land or complete the move near or at the buoy to receive credit for the trick. There must be a majority by all scoring judges to discredit a move for “out of course”.   Riders must be ready for the boat to turn immediately after the second course buoy. No re-rides will be awarded for the boat turning or stopping during a trick at the ends of the course.

The rider will continue their run after their first and second wake fall from the place they fell, unless the fall occurs after the ¾ fall buoy.  A third wake fall finishes the run immediately.

Each contestant is free to perform tricks in whatever order they desire as permitted in their division. There is no maximum or minimum number of tricks required, although riders are encouraged to perform big, clean, well executed, powerful tricks.  Riders should emphasize quality over quantity, while demonstrating the range and limits of their abilities.   These abilities should include, but are not limited to, performing a variety of moves, taking each move to its limit, and showing creativity and fluidity in the routine.  Every trick the rider performs will be evaluated in the scoring of the routine. Each contestant will be judged only against the other riders in the heat, using the subjective categories ONLY to arrive at a single combined score.

Communication:
It is the sole responsibility of the rider to communicate to the driver before leaving the dock to verify the proper speed of the boat.  Riders must also communicate any specifics i.e.…side of the wake that will be surfed, transfers, etc. There will be NO re-rides due to miscommunication.

Falls:
A rider may have one out of course fall only before the start of his/her first pass.  A fall between the first and second pass, being the first out of course fall, may also be used as the riders out of course fall. A rider may switch boards between courses.

Each rider may also have one handle throw before the start of his/her first pass.  This will count as their one out of course fall. A rider attempting a trick out of the course will count as an in course fall.  The out of course fall cannot be used as a warm up.

A rider can have a maximum of three falls during a run.  A third fall will end the run. Should a fall occur, the driver will pick up the rider as quickly as possible.  The rider will not be picked up after a fall that occurs beyond the three quarters point of the second pass.  The point after which a rider will not be picked up will be clearly marked with a buoy. Upon a third wake or ¾ buoy fall, the run is over and the boat will return to the starting point.

Judging:
Each contestant shall be judged on one complete, individual run.  That run will be compared against other runs from the same heat and ranked only against those runs. There are no predetermined points for any tricks.  The judging of this routine begins when the rider leaves the dock and ends when:

a)The time/run allotted expires

b)The rider reaches the maximum number of falls allowed

Scoring:
There will be three judges all writing down the riders run.  Each judge’s score will be worth 33.3 percent of the overall score.  The judge will give each rider a score from 1 to 10 taking into account the D.R.I.V.E criteria.  The three judges scores will be averaged together to come up with an overall score out of 100. There will be no predetermined values for placing.  Each judge will analyze the rider’s runs based off of the DRIVE criteria and score them appropriately. Judges will be able to reward as well as penalize riders according to the performance of their runs.

D   –   difficulty

R   –  risk

  –   intensity

V   –  variety

E    –   execution

Difficulty:
Trick difficulty (Technical Difficulty)This is simply defined as how difficult each trick is based on a number of variables. Spins, carves, turns, airs, grabbing your board and the way a rider lands all subjectively define how difficult certain tricks are in comparison to others.

  • Number of rotations
  • Combos (combining tricks, adding spins, grabs etc)
  • The direction a rider spins in relation to the trick. Frontside or backside (blind)
  • Switch vs. regular stance
  • Grabbed or not

Risk:

  • Linking difficult tricks
  • Trick difficulty in relation to the course.
  • Speed, Power and Flow of trick(s)
  • A rider opening their run with a technically difficult trick would be considered high risk.

Risk is also demonstrated by how a rider performs their tricks and whether or not they display a sense of “putting it all on the line” in order to better their opponents.

Intensity:
Judges look for how big or high the rider is taking each of their tricks as well as the speed, power and commitment that goes into the trick.  This is typically noted on the judges sheet by a plus sign, “+”. If the trick was incredibly powerful, and the judge will place 2 plus signs next to it on the judges sheet, “+ +”. The same goes for tricks done small or weak may have a minus “-“ sign.

Variety:

  • A variety of tricks performed in a pass is what judges are looking for in order to determine the most versatile rider.  Wakesurfing has categories of tricks such as: airs, turns, carves, tech tricks, etc. Surfing both frontside and backside as well as switch and regular.  A good wakesurf pass should have tricks from each of these categories and be well rounded. This shows a rider is skilled at all types of maneuvers and therefore showing variety in their riding.
  • Were the tricks all based on the same trick?
  • Were the grabs different?
  • Did the rider spin both directions?
  • Did the rider show more than one ‘style’ of wakesurfing?

Execution:

  • Completion of the Trick – This is essentially how the trick was performed and that the rider is in control. Control and poise during the middle of a trick shows the rider is confident in that trick and thus it is well executed. Control and completion of a trick also means that the rider is performing a trick he/she set out to complete. Example: If a rider attempts to do a 360 and bobbles halfway through the trick and over-spins it shows they are not in control.
  • The Landing/Trick execution – This is simply how clean the landing/completion was of the trick. If the rider butt-checks, drags a hand, over rotates to avoid falling, or looks out of control after they have completed a trick this can negatively affect the execution category.
  • Perfection – Judges are looking for how “clean” or how perfect EACH trick was performed in the passes.  Judges look at the approach, the body position, rotation of the trick, the axis of the body, head position, clean grabs not slaps, speed to which the trick was performed. A rider completing their routine without falling also demonstrates perfection.
  • FLOW:  Flow is when a wakesurfer can execute their tricks together to make them look like they connect smoothly from one to another.  For instance, when a rider lands a trick switch and then approaches the wake to do the next trick in the same switch position. A rider that does not flow well would do things like constantly hopping from switch to regular or vice versa in their transition between tricks, starting the pass late, or finishing a pass early.  Dead water is not showing flow or composition.
  • Did the rider customize or adapt tricks…make them their own?

    General:
    Creativity of course management and time is crucial in achieving a smooth, fluid, flowing run.  Riders that take the time to plan out their run, plan the path they are going to take will be rewarded in this area.  Riders that can link creative tricks/maneuvers will also be rewarded. Judges will be looking for riders that use up the full time, and length of the course.  Wasted water will reflect negatively towards the rider’s score.

    Judges will only score tricks successfully landed. If a rider falls out of the wave after a trick a majority from the judges will determine if the trick counts. In general if a rider comes back forward on the wave after completing a trick it will count as landed, however, execution will be considered. Falls are simply a missed trick and course time is lost.  You will not be judged down for falls, but this can take away from the overall look and flow of a riders run. Riders are allowed 2 falls.  The run ends on 3rd fall. Riders may use two different boards in their run. Boards may be swapped between passes or during a pick up from a fall.  Riders may request transfers on the waves at any point during their run. There is no limit to the number of transfers. There will be no re-rides for miscommunications on transfers.




Event Seeding:
Example of pattern of heats:
Heat #1: Seeds 6, 7, 18, 24, 25 (running order; you reverse seeds so higher seed go last)
Heat #2: Seeds 5, 8, 17, 23, 26 (running order; you reverse seeds so higher seed go last)
Heat #3: Seeds 4, 9, 16, 22, 27 (running order; you reverse seeds so higher seed go last)
Heat #4: Seeds 3, 10, 15, 21, 28 (running order; you reverse seeds so higher seed go last)
Heat #5: Seeds 2, 11, 14, 20, 29 (running order; you reverse seeds so higher seed go last)
Heat #6: Seeds 1, 12, 13, 19, 30  (running order; you reverse seeds so higher seed go last)
Other numbers of competitors are determined with the same format.

In the preliminary rounds, positions are determined by the Athlete’s seeding numbering, which is determined by the ranking list and/or criteria used by the event organizer. All riders must compete in the order of the posted running order. If an athlete rides out of order his/her scores with not be counted.

Semifinal and Final round seeding are determined by position finish in the previous round.  If both had the same identical final position in the previous round, you would go back to round before that, and round before that before going to the seeding on the original running order used for the qualifying round.  (For example, if rider A and rider B both finish first in their heats in the semifinals, and you had to determine who was the top seed in the finals, you would go the quarterfinals finish, if both A and B finished first there also, you would go back to the seeding on the original running order used for the quarterfinals.)

Wake Park Standard Format

Competition Format:

These rules are intended as guidelines only, event organizers are encouraged to adapt and develop the formats to fit their course, time or other logistical issues while keeping safety as the primary objective. These formats can be used for wakeboarding and/or wakeskating.

Features Only Wakepark:

 Overview:

All riders in a heat will compete against each other at the same time in a subjectively judged, timed heat.  The number of competitors in a heat will depend on the number of cable carriers.  As all riders in the heat are on the water at the same time, each rider should wear a distinctly colored bib or easily identifiable marking to allow judges to assign scores to the correct rider.

Contestants may perform any number of tricks they choose in any order they wish.  Riders will be judged on the difficulty and proficiency of the moves executed, how big they are going, variety of moves performed, technical difficulty, use of obstacles and creativity and fluidity.

Judges will be placed in “zones” around the cable course and will judge each rider only on tricks performed within that zone and rank each rider against the others in the heat.  Zones may be assigned as apparatus, corners, straights or any other method at the discretion of the head judge.

The Course:

 The course shall be a timed course within the boundaries of the cable system, with the time starting when the last rider in the heat leaves the dock, until time runs out.  The heat will end when all riders complete their current lap after the completion of time.

The Run:

 All riders will leave the starting dock on individual carriers and begin their pass when the last rider is on the water.  Riders will be judged on tricks initiated within each judging zone or apparatus.  Judging will stop after all riders complete the lap they are on when time expires. 

The riders will continue their run after any falls by returning to the start dock and using the next available carrier.  There is no limit to the number of falls, as long as the rider can get back on the course before the time expires.

Falls:

 There is no limit to the number of falls during the time allotted.  In case of a fall, riders will return to the starting dock and re-enter the course using the next available carrier.  No rider may enter the course after time has expired.  Riders may not use any outside assistance in getting back to the dock.

Traditional  Wakepark:

Overview:

 Riders will perform a subjectively judged one lap rn or a distance in the course determined by the cheif judge.. Each Rider will be scored on the total use of the course including obstacles and air tricks.   

Contestants may perform any number of tricks they choose, in any order they wish within the course unless specified by the chief judge.  Riders will be judged on the difficulty and proficiency of the moves executed, how big they take tricks, variety of tricks performed, technical difficulty, use of obstacles within the course and the creativity and fluidity of the run.

 The Course:

 The course shall be a lap around the cable system, with the lap starting as soon as the rider comes off the dock.  The chief judge will determine where the run ends.  

The Run:

 All riders will leave the starting dock on individual carriers and begin their pass as soon as they are on the water.  Riders will be judged on tricks initiated within each judging zone or apparatus.  Judging will stop after the rider finishes the lap as determined by the chief judge. 

 Falls:

 Each rider will be allowed one pick up.  The chief judge will determine a ¾ marker after which riders will not be picked up regardless of how many falls they have made.

Judging:
Each contestant shall be judged on tricks done within each zone.  The number of and division of zones are at the event organizers or head judge’s discretion.  At least 3 judges are recommended and more than one judge can be used in each zone.  They will be compared against other riders in the same heat and ranked only against those riders.

There are no predetermined points for any tricks.  The judging of this routine begins when the last rider is on the water and ends when the last rider exits the course after time expires

Each zone judge’s scores will then be added together to deliver a total score for the run.

Re-rides may be granted at the sole discretion of the head judge for failure of the cable system only.

Note: For all judging questions and concerns please revert to the overall WWA judging section 

Overview:

Three or more judges should be used to judge an event.  Judges may judge from the boat or from the shore, or a combination of both.

Wakesports a subjectively judged sports.  There are no predetermined points for any tricks and each contestant is free to hit whichever obstacles and perform whichever tricks in whatever order he or she desires. It is up to the event organizer to determine if there is a maximum or minimum number of tricks or hits required,although riders are encouraged to make the most of the time and course allotted.  Riders are not judged on the number of tricks performed, but rather the quality.  

Each contestant shall be judged on one individual run.  That run will be compared against other runs from the same heat and ranked only against those runs.  Riders are not judged against themselves or their reputation, past performances, expectations or abilities.

Riders should emphasize quality over quantity while demonstrating the range and limits of their abilities.   For example, it is better to perform 10 big moves than 14 small moves.   Every move the rider performs will be evaluated in the scoring of the run.