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All ASC events will be based on the format, rules, regulations, and the judging criteria of the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) in support of the athletes. This will prepare the athletes and ready them for participating in ASP events in the future. All participants will be given points based on the point system of the respective event, as the point system depends on the star rating of the event. The star rating of the event is dependent on the amount of prize money available.
3. PRIZE MONEY
4. POINT SYSTEM AND CHAMPIONSHIP
All participants who have paid their membership fees are entitled to priority placing and will be given the right to participate in all ASC events, as well as be given points on all results derived from these ASC events. If membership fees have not been paid, such participants will not be entitled to prize money or points until their membership has been paid in full. This measure will assure us that only valid members (members who meet all the requirements) will compile the highest points in order to be the Asian champion.
(See Appendix 2 for details)
5. SCHEDULE AND EVENT LOCATION
Check Updated Schedule at www.asiansurfingtour.com
6. ENTRY FEE
For example, if the event has Men’s Open 6-Star and also a Longboard 2-star, the entry fee for Men’s Open is $25 and for the Longboard is $10.
Divisions are as follows:
7. MEMBERSHIP FEE
All members of the ASC must pay their membership fees on time in order to compile ASC points and receive prize money. ASC members will get the highest priority to be included in the ASC heat draws for each event.
The annual membership fee is:
All Surfers competing on the ASC tour must have paid membership fees
$ 50 USD
Non Asian Resident
$ 100 USD
One Time Event
$ 10 USD
One Time Event
Non Asian Resident
$ 20 USD
For non-ASC members that reach the money rounds, the event membership fee will be deducted from their prize money.
The deadline for payment is one month before the date of the first event on the ASC calendar.
Membership fees are to be paid directly to the ASC.
8. SANCTIONS AND FINES
All ASC participants are expected to abide by the rules. Participants who do not follow the rules will be fined in accordance with the nature of the transgression. Fines will be deducted by the ASC from any prize money received.
• Assaulting a judge $ 50 USD plus disqualification/suspension
• Rude gesture to judges $ 50 USD
• Swearing at judges $ 50 USD
• Ripping up judging sheets $ 50 USD
• Swearing in officials area $ 50 USD
• Damage to event property $ 50 USD plus pay for damage/suspension
• Assaulting media $ 50 USD plus disqualification/suspension
• Abusing media $ 100 USD
• Knowingly wearing event rash shirt incorrectly $ 25 USD
• Not returning rash shirt to Beach Marshall $ 25 USD
• Free surfing in the comp area $ 25 USD
• Surfing during next heat $ 25 USD per wave
• Surfer’s Caddy rides a wave $ 25 USD per wave
• Staying in the water after interference $ 50 USD
• Heat fixing/bribes $ 100 USD plus suspension
• Not wearing event rash shirt on podium or event photo op $ 100 USD
• Surfers that don’t show up for their heats $ 20 USD, Surfers must inform the ASC that they will not participate at least 5 days be fore an event (unless due to sudden illness with doctor verification)
• During any interviews with media, contestants should speak positively regarding the ASC. Contestants speaking negatively about the ASC will be fined $ 100 USD for each instance.
• All ASC contestants are required to be available for media requests such as interviews and photo shoots.
• Event winners who fail to come to the winner’s presentation will forfeit half of their prize money (All finalists must show the proper respect to the event organizers/sponsors and local community by full participation in the winner’s presentation).
• At each ASC event, 5 of the top 16 ranked ASC Open Division surfer members are required to participate in the beach cleanup and environmental education activities so as to lead by example and provide media documentation in support of the ASC and its sponsors. Should the member refuse to cooperate, the ASC will lodge a complaint with that member’s sponsor immediately.
• Any ASC member seen littering or improperly disposing of trash will incur a fine of $ 5 USD per offence.
The Judging Criteria is made up of important elements that each needs to be analyzed. Each of the important elements is highlighted below:
“ The surfer must perform committed radical maneuvers in the critical sections of a wave with speed, power and flow to maximize scoring potential. Innovative/progressive surfing as well as a Variety of Repertoire (maneuvers) will be taken into account when rewarding points for waves ridden. The surfer who executes this criteria with the maximum Degree of Difficulty and Commitment on the waves shall be rewarded with the higher score.”
1. Committed Radical Maneuvers:
Note the emphasis on committed and radical. So what are committed and radical maneuvers? Is a cutback as committed and radical as either a vertical reentry or a tube ride? The answer is no. Therefore the judge must be aware of the degree of difficulty of each maneuver the surfer performs and identify the softer moves from the committed and radical moves. Reward the committed radical maneuvers with more points than the softer moves.
2. Most Critical Sections of the Wave:
Note the emphasis on most critical sections. What are the most critical sections of a wave? Is the shoulder of the wave on the edge of the sandbank or the closeout shore break as critical a section of the wave as a steep committed take off or the peeling, tubing section of the wave? The answer is no. The judge must be aware of the wave as it breaks and goes through its different stages. Reward the moves performed in the critical section of the wave with more points than moves on the softer sections of the wave.
3. Speed, Power and Flow:
There is clear emphasis on the three important elements of Speed, Power and Flow. Speed shows the surfers commitment and ability in the move. Power is the strength the surfer applies to the move. Flow is how the moves are linked to one another. The surfer with the better flow, the greatest power and the highest speed is rewarded with more points than the surfer who has the kooky style, does flicky moves and struggles to generate any speed out of the wave.
4. Maximize Scoring Potential:
Note the emphasis on the word, maximize, when describing the scoring potential of the surfer on the wave. The judging scale is from 0.1 to 10 and the judge should be using the full scale, all the way up to 10. Too often judges get caught in a range of 3 to 7 points and do not truly reward an excellent ride. Even in 2 foot, wind blown, sloppy waves it is possible for a surfer to score 10 points if there was nothing more the surfer could have possibly done on the wave. This part of the criteria is telling the judge to use the full scale from 0.1 to 10. Reward a Poor wave with a score in the 0.1 to 2.0, a Average wave with 2.1 to 4.0, a Good wave with 4.1 to 6.0, a Very Good wave with 6.1 to 8.0 and an Excellent wave with 8.1 to 10.0.
5. Innovative and Progressive Surfing:
Note the emphasis on innovative and progressive. The sport of surfing must keep developing and getting better. This section of the criteria acknowledges that some surfers are pushing the limits of competition surfing and creating new moves. Reward a surfer for their innovation, not penalize them. The judge must also be aware of what is an innovative and progressive move and what is a trick!
6. Highest Degree of Difficulty and Control:
The emphasis is on the degree of difficulty and the control the surfer displayed while riding the wave. The judge must assess the overall performance of the surfer on the entire wave. Reward the surfer who commits himself to attempting the maneuvers with the highest degree of difficulty while still maintaining total control over the board and its position on the wave for the entire duration of the ride.
7. The Better Waves:
The emphasis is on the better waves in a heat. Reward the surfer who catches the better waves in a heat and fulfills the rest of the judging criteria with a score that maximizes the surfer’s scoring potential.
An experienced, qualified judge will know the judging criteria by heart and can easily identify and understand each of the elements. To be a very good judge it is important to know and understand the criteria and also be able to apply it - this will only come from experience and discussing the criteria with the other judges. Also a judge should know and apply the judging scale from 0.1 to 10 in the classes of Poor, Average, Good, Very Good and Excellent. While a Head Judge should never tell a judge to change a score, the Head Judge can ask the judge to reconsider the ride based on whether it was a Good or a Very Good wave.
Heat times are a minimum of 15 minutes but can be extended to 35 minutes depending upon conditions, with a break in between of no less than 10 seconds and no more than ten minutes before the end of the heat when participants are called for the next heat. This call would be for when participants may paddle out from 1 to 3 minutes before the end of the previous heat depending on the situation at the time and location of contest.
Heat times cannot be extended or shortened when a heat is in operation.
Before heat is started, the Contest Director may extend the time of heat for the final event.
A time system will be in operation with the use of a flag or colored boards.
- Red = Heat has not started yet
- Green = Start of heat
- Yellow = 5 minutes or less left in the heat
Interference penalty for surfers found to be riding after completion of heat, or found to be riding in the wrong heat
Indications for start and finish of a heat:
- Start = 1 blow of the horn
- Finish = 2 blows of the horn
Heat placing for surfers is based on the seeding made by the Contest Director, and in every heat only the top 50 percent can advance into the following round.
If a surfer shows up late or otherwise fails to enter his heat, he will not be allowed to join in the next heat.
WAVE COUNTS AND JUDGING
MAN ON MAN PRIORITY RULES
In 4-people heats or non-priority man-on-man situations, another surfer paddling for the same wave should not excessively hinder a surfer who has inside position. Paddling interference may by called if:
If such interference happens, the judge should decide if the interference had been done on purpose or not. If it had been done deliberately, the surfer will be penalized.
10. ASC MANAGEMENT AND OFFICIAL JOB
1. ASC Management :
Responsible for the running of the competitions for the duration of 1 year, and includes the searching and negotiating of sponsorships as well as exercising control over conditions according to the needs of the sponsors. They are responsible for setting up a format and schedule of all the competition. They have to see to it that all employees work as one team according to their assigned duties for the successful outcome of the event. They are directly responsible to the sponsor and the ASC Board.
Marketing is directly connected with the media with regard to all ASC matters, starting from the supply of material, pictures, press releases and website content. They are responsible to ASC Director
3. ADMIN AND SERVICES:
Coordinate all aspects of admistrative functions at each event.
4. GRAPHIC DESIGN:
Create and assist ASC Marketing in all necessary design functions.
Preparing and maintaining all contest equipment such as judge towers and sound systems etc, and setting up/tearing down at contest location.
6. HEAD JUDGE:
Coordinates the jury panel and operates the Head Judge’s terminal of the computer system (if available). He has to establish the buoy’s priority position and rule over decisions made by the jury in respect to interference and other penalties. He may never overrule a single judge’s decision however. Only when the majority of the jury members are unaware of the transgression can he, in cooperation with the contest director and ASC Director, request accessibility to the speaker system in order to announce the decision to the surfer(s) involved. He is responsible to the Contest Director.
The members of the judging panel will be selected by the ASC Director and Head Judge. They will be selected on account of their skill and according to the list of the eligible jury members retained by the ASC. Each judge is responsible to the Head Judge and is under the guidance of SURFING AUSTRALIA rules. He is responsible to the Contest Director and gets his judging instructions and rules from the Head Judge and ASC Director.
8. BEACH MARSHALL:
Checks in all surfers for their heats, distributes and collects event rash shirts, and briefs the surfers on the surfing rules and regulations. The Contest Director provides him with a list of regulations and a rulebook that includes:
He is responsible to the Contest Director and gets his instructions from the Head Judge and ASC Director
The main job of the MC is to provide information about the concept and aim of the occasion to viewers in the best possible way including information about contest scores according to the jury sheet or from the computer to surfers and viewers. They are responsible to the Contest Director and cooperates with the Head Judge during the event
10. PRIORITY KEEPER/FLAGMAN:
In charge of the heat flags and priority disk, and remains vigilant at all times to ensure that the surfers are aware of their status in each heat. He is responsible to the Head Judge.
The jury uses a manual counting system when collecting the heat results. These counts are done in line with ASC rules. With the computer counting system, a piece of paper with the results is also received, and the results will be compared with the results from the computer. The tabulator is responsible to the Contest Director. He also receives assistance from the ASC Director.
A computer is used when the end results of all jury members are submitted. The tabulator should do the work as follows below within the manual system:
12. ASC COMPETITION RULES
Seeds 1-16 will automatically go into main round.
Of the 4 wildcards, 2 will be seeded into round 1 and 2 into round 2. If there are no wildcards, round 2 will be allocated for seeds 17-32 and the rest randomly go into round 1 or the trials if necessary.
Seeding of the first event will be based on last year’s final ranking. The second event of the tour season’s seeding will be based on the last year’s final ranking and first event’s results. The third event’s rankings will be from a combination of the results of the first and second event rankings.
At the end of the tour, deciding the ASC tour champions will use the system below for all division:
The highest placing in each division will be crowned the Asian surfing champion