The SUP Surf Relay Race
Sunday September 29, 2013
START 2:00 P.M.
The Battle of The Paddle features an offshore course that will challenge competitor’s technical, athletic and surfing skills. The SUP Surf Relay Race will be made up of four (4) person teams with at least one (1) female per team. The SUP Surf Relay Race will be contested on stock (12’6″ or under) SUP boards and will compete eight (8) laps of an off-shore circuit that will also include an exchange area where competitors must beach their equipment for a short sand run around a flagged course.
Each member of the relay team must complete (2) laps of the course in relay fashion. Only one (1) board can be used for the SUP Surf Relay race. In case of equipment malfunction or damaged equipment the relay team may use a back up board to complete the race.
The course is around all buoys as directed by the Beachmaster/starter. At no time during the race may a competitor impede another competitor. Unsportsmanlike conduct/actions will result in disqualification. Any competitor failing to round all buoys will be disqualified from the race.
Each relay team must complete eight (8) laps around designated course and through the exchange area. At the finish, competitors will leave their boards on shore and run through exchange area to the finish line in control of their paddle.
Each relay team member must complete the full lap on the course and run through the exchange area to tag their next team competitor before starting the next lap. The relay team repeats the order of paddler #1, paddler #2, paddler #3 and paddler #4 twice in consecutive fashion (paddler #1, paddler #2, paddler #3 and paddler #4 followed by; paddler #1, paddler #2, paddler #3 and paddler #4).
The SUP Surf Relay Race will begin with a beach start. Paddlers must follow the Beachmaster/starter’s instructions. Final start instructions for the SUP Relay Race will be announced prior to the race start time.
After rounding the last buoy, paddlers will finish in an upright standing position before running through the exchange area to the finish line in control of their paddle. The boards are to be left on the shore. Each team’s fourth and final paddler must cross the finish line area to receive a finish time and placing. Any shifting or hassling for position in the funnel will result in disqualification. Competitors must not leave the finish area until their place, team name and number, has been recorded by the scorer. There will be a collection point for each paddler’s tag so please make sure to return the electronic device to this tag collection.
Shall be responsible for officiating event start and finish. Beachmaster is the head official for all Battle of the Paddle racing events and has the final say in disqualification rulings, finishes and race protest filings.
Shall be responsible officiating the race from the water.
Board Handler Marshall
Shall be responsible for managing and officiating the board handlers and board handler area.
Must be filed within 15 minutes of the last competitor finishing the event. Protests must be filed in writing with either the Beachmaster or Course Marshall. The Beachmaster, Course Marshall and associated event officials shall determine the outcome of any protest filed.
SUP – You Must Be Standing – 5 Five Stroke Rule
If a competitor falls, he or she will have 5 strokes to get back on their feet and stand up. This rule is in effect so a paddler does not achieve an advantage by not standing up. Each paddler must complete the course standing upon their board.
For each infraction of the 5 Stroke Rule there will be a 1:00 penalty assessed to the relay team’s final time.
After rounding the last buoy, paddlers must beach their craft and run the designated sand course in control of their paddle. The next paddler must re-enter the course between the designated markers.
Each SUP Surf Relay team can have (1) equipment handler that can re-position the competitors SUP craft for the course re-entry. Generally this is the next paddler of the relay team.
Board handlers must stay within the designated area until their competitor has rounded the last course buoy leading up to the exchange area. Handlers must obey all instructions from the Board Handler Marshall. Failure to comply will result in disqualification.
All boards to be measured and certified on Sparky’s SUP table before being allowed into the Team Relay Race. Boards must be no longer than 12’6″, fixed rudders and mono-hulled. Sparky’s SUP Table will be located near the Board Drop-off Area.
Sparky Approved Rainbow Sandals decals must be displayed on all Team Relay Race boards. Please place decal on the deck, near the nose section of your board. Failure to have the decal will result in disqualification.
Sup Surf Relays – Board Category
SUP 12.6 CLASS:
• Length – 12’6” ft maximum ( 381.0 cm )
• Board Weight – No Weight Restriction.
• Fins shall be fixed in place.
• Board Design is Open, multi hulls are not allowed.
• Rudder(s) are not allowed.
• Foil(s) are not allowed.
Prize Money – awarded to first, second & third finishing teams
Rainbow Sandals Gerry Lopez Battle of the Paddle trophies awarded to the
SUP Surf Relay Race for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places.