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PKRA 2011 Wave Riding Rules

REGISTRATION

1.    Registration. Riders planning to participate on a PKRA World Cup event should pre-register for the event online at the PKRA website at least one week prior to the start of the event. Final registration and fees due will always be done the day before competition starts. Every rider needs to complete registration in person before the official registration period ends. All official registration periods will be posted on the PKRA website under the corresponding event page.
a) If circumstances beyond a riders control disable the rider to complete registration for the event by the published time as per the PKRA website www.pkra.info that rider must contact the PKRA Head Representative via email mau@pkra.info and advise of their delay and gain consent to have their registration period extended. The rider must supply the PKRA with evidence to support that the circumstances were beyond their control. Note: that failing to do the above will prevent a rider from participating in the event.

2.    Mandatory Riders Meeting. The first day of official competition there will be a mandatory meeting for all competitors at the judge’s tower at least a half hour before the start of the first heat. The official time for the meeting will be announced to all riders at registration. Riders failing to attend, or to show up on time for the mandatory meeting will be given a warning. After the first offence, riders will be given a fine according to the rule 53 fine schedule.

3.    Heat Participation. Any registered rider who does not participate in their assigned heat without notifying the Contest Director, will be fined according to the rule 53 fine schedule.

SAFETY AND RIGHT OF WAY

4.    Safety and fair play are the most important aspects of the competition. Unsafe riders will be disqualified.

5.    A rider is capsized when his kite is in the water, his lines are tangled, or has lost control or has accidentally become disconnected from his kiteboard.
a) If possible a non-capsized rider shall avoid a capsized rider, a rider that has not regained control after capsizing or jumping over the lines of a capsized rider.
b) A capsized rider shall not take any action that hinders another rider.

6.    Wave Possession. The first competitor gaining the inside of the wave, closest to the break, or curl, or more upwind, has unconditional right of way.

7.    Opposite Tack.
a) When two competitors cross each other while one of them is surfing, the one surfing the wave has right of way. The competitor going out should stay clear of competitors surfing the wave.
b) When two competitors in opposite tacks cross each other when not surfing a wave, then the windward rider should keep his kite high to avoid a tangle with the leeward rider.
c) When two competitors are in opposite tacks and equally upwind, the Starboard rider has right of way over the Port rider. Starboard rider should cross-upwind keeping the kite high while the port rider should cross downwind keeping the kite low.

8.    On the same tack.
a) The competitor to windward (if overlapped) or clear astern (if not overlapped) must keep clear.

9.    Riders in the same wave.
a) The competitor that has wave possession the earliest will have unconditional right of way over the other
riders, and the other riders should get off the wave to avoid obstructing the rider who has preference.
b) When two or more riders have wave possession at the same time, the one farthest upwind shall have right of way.

10. Transitions.
a) A competitor changing tack should keep clear of other competitors on a tack.
b) When two competitors are changing tack at the same time, then the competitor to windward should stay clear of the competitor to leeward.

11. Right of way doesn’t exonerate a competitor who abuses the right of way, and deliberately makes contact with the competitor who is blocking his way. Safe kiting rules apply here.

12. When a competitor drops his kite and is swimming in the water, the other competitors shall avoid riding or jumping across his lines, whenever it is physically possible.

13. As a general rule, competitors should give themselves room and keep each other sufficiently separate to not get on each other way.

14. In case of a dangerous action, tangle or collision, as a result of the infringement on any of the above rules will result in a warning or disqualification from the heat at the discretion of the Contest Director or Head Judge.

15.    In the case the affected rider, during a tangle or collision, is not competing against the rider at fault and the action penalizes the rider’s performance limiting his chances of wining the heat, the affected rider’s heat will be rerun.

16.    During the transition period, a competitor entering the competition area to compete has right of way over a competitor returning to shore. Therefore the standard right-of-way rules do no apply.

INTERFERENCE 17.    An interference will occur when the majority of the judges assess that a rider with unconditional right of way
wave score has being prejudiced due another rider blocking his way.

18. A rider who is marked with interference while riding a wave will be penalized by counting this wave with zero points in all the judges sheets and counting this score as one of his best waves.

19. A rider who is marked with interference while not riding a wave will be penalized with the lost of his worst counting wave in the scores.

20.    When only two waves are counting for score in the heat, the penalized rider will be penalized by the lost of 50% of his worst wave in the final tabulation.

21. Interference rules will be applied to riders in the previous or following heat in case they interfere with the riders competing in the current heat.

22. When a competitor performs two interferences in the same heat, he should abandon the heat immediately and return to the beach. Riders not complying with this rule could be fined, or even disqualified from the heat or event.

ASSITANCE

23. Riders that during their heat end up downwind of the competition area, will be allowed to make their way back to the competition area by walking upwind on the beach by themselves. If a rider gets assistance of another rider while walking upwind on the beach or bringing the board, the rider competing in the heat will not be scored from this point.

24.    While competing a rider could get assistance to re-launch his kite from a rider, only when the downed kite is out of the competition area. (Example when the kite drifts to the shore brake).

25. Riders who during their heat get assistance inside the competition area from the rescue boat, press boat, Jet ski, or any other craft, will be disqualified from that heat.

26. In the event if a rider looses his kite from equipment failure, the rider will be allowed to replace his kite during the heat only outside from the competition area. The rider has to get out from the competition area by his/her own means. If the rider is not wearing a leash, he will not be scored from the point he looses his kite.

NOTICE BOARD

27.    Any changes in the instructions will be posted in the official notice board. All riders have the responsibility of
checking the official notice board periodically for any changes.

28. Each rider is responsible for checking his heat number. This will be posted on the official notice board, at least 15 minutes before the start of the first heat.

SPONSOR LYCRAS

29. Riders are required to wear the official lycra shirt during their heats. The lycra must be worn outside the harness. Riders should check in with the beach marshal two heats prior to competing and will receive a color lycra shirt which will identify them to the judges. Competitors not wearing the lycra or not wearing the lycra correctly during their heats will not be scored. After the rider has completed his heat, the lycra shirt must be returned to the beach marshal when returning to the beach.

30.    The lycra shall be worn at all times during the warm up periods.

EQUIPMENT

31. 
   No limitation.

HEATS AND ELIMINATION FORMAT

32. The Contest Director, will make the decision as to the suitability of the conditions for running heats. This decision can be disputed only if all riders competing agree to change it.

33.    There will be a qualifier round(s) at the start of the contest if the total number of riders exceeds 24 men and or 12 women. The qualifier rounds will be on dingle or single elimination format depending on time. Riders eliminated in the trials, could still participate in the second discipline if any.

34. The Wave discipline may be run in a single and double Freestyle elimination format if conditions and forecast for the event are suitable. If conditions are not suitable, then it will be run in a dingle elimination format.

35.    The entire dingle elimination ladders will be run using the format below. 2011PKRAWORLDTOUR
MEN DINGLE ELIMINATION FORMAT
ROUND#1 ROUND#2 ROUND#3 ROUND#4 ROUND#5 FinalRound Heat# Seed    Name    Rk
21 3 Heat#9A Rk Heat#13A Rk 112 22nd5 11st1 1
5 13rd2 20 22nd6 11st2 1
4 15    2 3rd3 2    1    Heat#10B    Heat#14B
22    3    Heat#11A 5 11    1 2nd1    1 1st5    1
1st13b 1st14a 1st14b
6    2    3rd6 19    3 2nd2    1 1st6    2
2011PKRAWORLDTOUR WOMEN DINGLE ELIMINATION FORMAT
21st9a 2
213    3 3rd1 4 1 Heat#9B Heat#13B 1st13a 2
2 1st9b    2
Heat#17A Rk
23 2 Heat#10A 310    3 2nd7    1 1st3    1 1st14a    1
2
7    1 3rd4 18 3 2nd8 1 1st4 1 Heat#17B
2
Rk    1st 19A 1st 13a    1st 19B
Heat#20 Rk
2
2
Heat # 19B    Heat # 21
6 14    2 3rd5 3    1    Heat#11B    Heat#15B    1st15a    1
24 3 Heat#12A 79 12nd3 11st7 11st16a 2
8    2 3rd8 17    2 2nd4    1 1st8    2    Heat#18B
816    3 3rd7 1 1 Heat#12B Heat#16B
Heat#14A 1st13b 1
1st10a    2 1st14b    2
WinnersFinal
1st10b    2
Heat # 19A
Heat#15A
1st11a    2
Loosers Final
1st11b    1
Heat#18A
2nd 19A 2nd 19B
Heat#16A 1st15b 2
2 1st12a    2 1st16b    1
2 1st12b    1
ROUND#1 ROUND#2 ROUND#3 ROUND#4 FinalRound Heat Seed    Name    Rk
11 2 Heat#5A Rk Heat#7A Rk 16    1 2nd3    1 1st1    1 WinnersFinal
2    3 3rd2    2 1st5A    2 10    3 2nd4    1 1st2    1 2 7 2 3rd1 2 1st5B 2
Heat#10 Rk
1st9A Heat#9A Rk 1st9B
9 2 2nd2 1 1st4 1 Heat#9B 2nd9A 48 33rd3 21st6B 2 2nd9B
3 1 Heat#5B Heat#7B 1st7A 12 3 Heat#6A Heat#8A 1st7B 35    2 2nd1    1 1st3    1 1st8A
Loosers Final 4    1 3rd4    2 1st6A    2 1st8B Heat#11
1 1 Heat#6B Heat#8B
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a) Rider’s names shall be entered on the elimination ladder for the first elimination series according to the event seeding list.
b) “byes”, if any, shall be positioned so that they are allocated to the most highly ranked riders. c) Riders shall compete one against each other in pairs, or in groups of up to 4 determined by the elimination
ladder and at the discretion of the Contest Director.
36. During the dingle elimination, the men’s results will be considered valid for that event when we reach the quarterfinals or beyond, and 8 competitors or less are left in the elimination round. For the women the results will be considered valid for that event when we reach the semifinals or beyond, and 4 competitors or less are left in the elimination round.
37. In case the dingle elimination doesn’t get completed, then 50% of the prize money will be split equally between all the riders competing in the main event. The organizer will keep the other 50%.
38.    The duration of the heats and the transition period shall be specified by the Contest Director before the start of the daily competition. If needed this times will be modified at any time. All heats times will be posted on the Official Notice Board.
39.    The Contest Director may postpone a heat before the starting signal for any reason. 40.    The Contest Director may abandon a heat:
a) after the starting signal because of insufficient wind, or for other reasons directly affecting the fairness of the competition. The time limit for such abandonment shall be one minute before the end of the heat.
b) after the starting signal at any time for safety reasons. ELIGIBILITY 41.    Riders should be current members of the PKRA and IKA in order to participate in the world cup events. WORLD TOUR RANKINGS AND RESULTS 42.    The points system for the Wave Riding tour ranking will be calculated as follows
43.    The current Wave riding ranking for the year will be determined by the cumulative adding of the year’s event points, after discards: Discards will be done in the following way:
Place
Points
Place
Points
Place
Points
1
1000
5
680
13
380
2
900
6
630
17
340
3
810
7
580
25
260
4
730
9
500
• • • •
3 or fewer official event results, 0 discards. 4 to 6 official event results, 1 discard. 7 to 9 official event results, 2 discards. 10 or more official event results, 7 best results will count.
44.    Breaking of ties for the world tour rankings after discards will be done in the following way:
•    Tied riders’ event results shall be listed in order of best to worst and at the first point where there is a difference the tie shall be broken in favor of the rider with the best results (no discard scores shall be used).
•    If tie remains, then discard scores will be used to break the tie. •    If tie remains, then the last event result will break the tie, in favor of the winner of the last event.
45. The 8 top seeded men and 4 top women will be pre-qualified for the next event. (Seeding will be recalculated after each event).
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46.
Seeding for the 2011 PKRA event:
1. For the first event, the 2011 PKRA overall rankings will be used.
2. After one valid PKRA 2011 result seeding for the second event will be based as follows: • 2011 PKRA event result counting for 50% of their score. • 2010 Overall PKRA Ranking counting for 50% of their score.
3. After two valid PKRA 2011 events, we will count the cumulative rankings of the 2011 PKRA events, and the 2010 overall PKRA freestyle ranking counting as one of the results.
4. When 4 or more valid 2011 PKRA events, seeding will be determined by the official 2011 PKRA ranking, without counting the 2010 overall result.
47.
In case a pre-qualified rider doesn’t show up to an event, their place will be given to the next rider down on the seeding.
WILDCARDS 48.    Event organizers will get 2 wildcards for the men and 1 wildcard for the women to pre-qualify riders of their
choice.
PRIZE MONEY
49.    The prize money distribution will be done according to the following schedule:
Wave discipline Men    Women
Place 1    30.00% 1 2    19.00% 2 3    12.00% 3 4    7.00% 4
Money 13.00% 9.00% 6.00% 4.00%
Money    Place
TOTAL 50.    The TOUR FINAL PURSE will be distributed as follows:
100.00%
68.00%
32.00%
Men
Place 1
2 3 4 5 6
Money 20.00%
17.00% 12.00% 9.00% 6.00% 4.00%
Women
Place    Money 1 13.00% 2 9.00% 3 6.00% 4 4.00%
32.00%
TOTAL 68.00%
AWARDS CEREMONIES
51. Riders who place on the top 3 of each discipline are required to attend the Official Award Ceremony of
each event. The Penalty for missing the awards ceremony not being justified by a force majeure circumstance will be a fine equal to their prize money.
FINES 52.    Misconduct behavior or disregards for competition procedures will incur fines.
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53.    Tour fines: a) First offence: $50.00 or 50,00€ b) Second Offence: $100.00 or 100,00€ c) Third Offence: $500.00 or 500,00€
GRAND SLAM EVENTS 54.    The following rules apply only to grand slam events:
a.    Riders will be required to place in a visible area of their board one event sticker, no larger than 700 cm2.
JUDGING 55.    SCORING / JUDGING PROCEDURE
The judging panel shall consist of 5 international judges with a background in kite wave-riding or surfing. The point scoring system, on the basis of 0.1 - 10 is broken up into one tenth increments as follows:
0.0 – 1.9 POOR WAVE basic maneuvers, no control. 2.0 – 3.9 FAIR WAVE basic maneuvers, good control. 4.0 – 5.9 AVERAGE WAVE major maneuvers, good control. 6.0 - 7.9 GOOD WAVE # of major maneuvers, very good control. 8.0 - 10.0 EXCELLENT WAVE radical maneuvers, very good control.
The highest and the lowest score from each wave will be withdrawn and the average score of the other 3 judges will be counted as the final score for each wave.
If a judge misses a wave, or part of a wave, he will put an M in the square of the manual sheet, and that score will be tabulated at the end of the heat by the Head judge and will be the average of the other two judges scores.
The contest director will determine the number of waves to be scored on each heat at the beginning of the competition, taking into consideration the wave conditions for the day. This could be modified at the beginning of each round if conditions change drastically during the day.
The scoring sheets will be shown upon request to a competitor, as long as that competitor competed on that heat.
The judge’s decision cannot be appealed.
The head judge has the power o rerun a heat, only when he was able to watch the entire heat and he firmly believes there is a big discrepancy in the judging scores.
56.    JUDGING CRITERIA The judging criteria will be based in the following:
The rider must perform radical maneuvers in the critical section of a wave with Speed, Power and Flow to maximize scoring potential. Progressive wave ridding as well as Variety of Repertoire, will be taken into consideration when rewarding points for waves ridden. The rider who executes this criteria with the maximum degree of difficulty and commitment on the waves shall be rewarded with the higher scores.
The criteria shall be broken into 3 main sections for evaluation.
a) Radical Controlled Maneuvers
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This is by far the most important part of the criteria. Modern day maneuvers basically constitute change of direction of the board on the wave (not the surfer on the board). Such maneuvers would include re-entries, cutbacks, floaters, aerials, tube rides etc. How radical they are, followed by the amount of control and commitment put into each of them, will determine how high they will score.
POWER COMMITMENT CONTROL
IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE, EVEN IF A SURFER HAS COMPLETED 90% OF A MANOEUVRE, IT WILL NOT SCORE IF HE LOSES CONTROL AND FALLS OFF.
B) Most Critical Section
This part of the criteria describes the positions on the wave maneuvers should be performed to score the maximum points. THE CRITICAL SECTION OF THE WAVE IS THE "POCKET ", CLOSEST TO THE CURL. The degree of commitment and the risk involved in performing close to the curl is the reason that it scores higher. The most important critical section of the wave is the first section " OUT THE BACK". Degree of difficulty and risk taken = reward.
C) Best Waves
WAVE SELECTION IS THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT FACTOR FOR A SURFER IN HIS HEAT. The wave that he selects will dictate the maneuvers he is able to perform. Today there is less emphasis put on wave size in small to medium conditions due to the fact that the best waves may not necessarily be the biggest.
However in a contest with big wave conditions, the most important part of the Criteria would be the size. The surfer who is prepared to catch the biggest waves and do the maneuvers shows the greatest commitment.
A surfer does not automatically score high because of wave size or quality. The surfer must comply with the first section of the Criteria and wave selection to capitalize on full scoring potential.
57.    OTHER JUDGING ASPECTS
When a rider is going out to see and he makes a transition maneuver to change direction and catch the wave, such action wont count in the wave riding score and the judges will only start judging the wave once he riders starts riding it.
When a riders wipes out on the wave his score will be counted until the point at which he wiped out.
If a rider is already riding a wave when the heat ends this wave will count on its entirety and the judges will score it.
Using the energy generated from the kite to surf the wave wont penalize the rider, however a rider that uses exclusively the energy generated by the wave to surf the wave will score higher than a rider that uses the energy of the kite during his wave riding.
Connecting sections or maneuvers generating speed and flow in rail to rail turns will increase the score potential vs. hoping and pumping the board using your legs.
The use of foot-straps won’t penalize the rider that uses them over one that doesn’t. However it will be taken into consideration when doing aerial maneuvers due to the higher difficulty of performing such maneuvers without foot-straps.
Handle pass and 360 maneuvers will increase the score potential when performed in the critical part of the wave. In general aerial maneuvers should be performed minimizing the use of the kite.
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DISCREPANCIES 58.    RE-RUNNING OF HEATS
The Head Judge may re-run heats in case of discrepancies in the judging sheets. Whenever possible, the decision to re-run heats shall be made before announcing a winner of the heat in question.
59.    APPEALS AGAINST JUDGES If competitors feel to be disadvantaged by certain judges they shall report this in writing to the PKRA tour
manager at the end of the competition day.
START, FINISH, TRANSITIONS
60. START Heats shall be started with the following system:
Red flag up
Red flag removed, yellow flag up
Yellow flag remove, green flag up
Warning Preparatory Starting
Begin of Transition 1 minutes to the start start
1 minutes to the finish Begin of next Transition
61. FINISH Heats shall be finished with the following system:
Green flag removed    Warning Red flag up    Finish
62.    HEAT AND TRANSITION DURATION Heat and Transition Duration shall be posted at least 15 minutes before the heat in question on the Official
Notice Board.
Each visual signal may be accompanied by a sound signal. However, times shall be taken from the visual starting signals, and a failure or miss-timing of a gun or other signal calling attention to any visual signal shall be disregarded.
CONDUCT RULES 63.    GENERAL ATTITUDE
All PKRA members must, by their actions & general attitude, during all events and at all times while within the precincts of the site of a PKRA recognized or sanctioned event, promote the image of the sport, the sponsors of the event, the PKRA and themselves in a professional manner.
Any failure to do so immediately prior to, during and immediately after a PKRA event may result in appropriate fines being levied by the PKRA. More severe cases of bringing the sport into disrepute may result in the suspension or expulsion of a member from the PKRA after due consideration by the PKRA management board.
64.    OFFICIAL ATTENDANCE All competitors may be required to attend a post heat/Contest media conference immediately after, or within 15
minutes of the end of heat/Contest, whether he/she is a winner or loser. Members must wear the event PKRA    
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sponsors’ advertising vest or a suitable supplied by the organizer during this conference.
Competitors failing to attend a post heat/Contest media conference or to wear the correct bib/lycra will be penalized.
65.    DISCIPLINARY CODE OF CONDUCT & FINES GENERAL CODE & FINES The rules set forth under this section apply to the conduct of each competitor while within the precincts of an
event site.
Fines levied for breach of this code are payable to the PKRA and members fined shall not be allowed to compete further in any event, Contest or heat recognized or sanctioned by the PKRA until the fine is paid.
The PKRA representatives, Head Judge or Contest Director may discipline and fine members. In all cases the Contest Director &/or Head Judge shall consult with the PKRA representatives before imposing any fines or penalties under the code.
When imposing a penalty or a fine, the committee involved, will consider the seriousness of the offence, the current ranking of the rider and if the rule violation is repetitious.
Riders will be notified of any fines levied in writing by the PKRA. Any rider wishing to appeal against a fine may submit a written appeal to the PKRA. This appeal will be considered by a committee consisting of the Contest Director, the Head Judge, a PKRA representative and a Management Board representative.
Failure to obey written or verbal instructions at an event: A member failing to follow clear written or verbal instructions at an event may be subject to a fine of not more than $500.
66.    COMPETITION AREA VIOLATIONS Riding in the course/competition area when not competing: Violation under this rule will incur a fine per violation
and/or warning or disqualification from the series, event or elimination.
67. LITTERING Members found to be littering or causing any other environmental damage within the precincts of the event site
will incur a fine per violation.
68.    AUDIBLE OBSCENITIES
Any member using an audible obscenity will incur a fine for each violation. For the purpose of this rule, obscenities are defined as words commonly know and understood to be profane and uttered clearly and loudly enough to be heard by any officials in the proximity.
69.    VISIBLE OBSCENITIES
Any member making an obscene gesture of any kind will incur a fine for each violation and/or disqualification from the series/event or elimination. For the purpose of this rule, a visible obscenity is defined as the making of signs or gestures by a competitor using his hand, body, or riding equipment that commonly have an obscene meaning to a reasonable person.
70.    VERBAL ABUSE
Any member heard to be verbally abusive of an official, opponent, spectator, member of the media or any other person will incur a fine for each violation and/or disqualification from the series, event or elimination. For the purpose of this rule, verbal abuse is defined as a statement directed at an official, opponent, spectator, member of the media or any other person that implies dishonesty, or is derogatory, insulting or otherwise abusive.
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71.    ABUSE OF EVENT EQUIPMENT Any member abusing or damaging event equipment, on purpose, will incur a fine for each violation, and/or
disqualification from the series, event or elimination.
72.    PHYSICAL ABUSE
Any member found to be physically abusive of an official, opponent, spectator, member of the media or any other person will incur a fine each violation and/or disqualification from the series, event or elimination. For the purpose of this rule, physical abuse is the unauthorized touching of an official, opponent, spectator, member of the media or any other person.
73.    UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT
Any members failing to conduct themselves at all times in a sportsmanlike manner and or give due regard to the authority of officials and the rights of opponents, spectators, members of the media or other persons, will incur a fine for each violation and/or disqualification from the series, event or elimination. For the purpose of this rule, unsportsmanlike conduct is defined as any misconduct that is clearly abusive or detrimental to the sport, but does not fall within the prohibition of any specific on site offence contained in these rules. In addition, unsportsmanlike conduct shall include but not be limited to the giving, making, issuing, authorizing or endorsing any public statement having or designed to have an effect prejudicial or detrimental to the best interests of the PKRA, the event, the organizers or the sport.
74.    COACHES, MANAGERS Members take responsibility for the presence of their coaches, managers and any ancillary staff and the violation
of any of the above rules by any of these will result in the appropriate penalty being applied to the member.
75.    FUTURE DISCIPLINARY ACTION
When the PKRA representatives, Contest Director or Head Judge excludes a competitor from further participation in an event or takes further disciplinary action against the competitor after a gross breach of good manners or unsportsmanlike conduct, his action shall be reported to the Management Board, who may reconsider the matter after further investigation.
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