Race Rules & Etiquette

Paddler Rules and Safety

All paddlers are required to wear a SUP leash

A paddler can be withdrawn from a race at any time at the discretion of the Race Director, safety officer, Surf Life saver or other race officials, if they consider it necessary for safety reasons. Their decision is final. There will be no refunds for paddlers who are withdrawn or disqualified from a race by race officials, under any circumstances.

All race paddlers are responsible for their own hydration and nutrition requirements to combat fatigue and dehydration.

Paddlers competing in a race who are unable to complete the course are responsible for informing the event and safety staff.

If you are not comfortable with the conditions on the day it is your responsibility to make the decision whether to race or not.

All paddlers are expected to participate in the spirit of the event. You will be disqualified if, in the Race Director’s opinion, you engage in any unnecessary physical contact or unsportsmanlike conduct.

General Racing Rules

Warm ups are not allowed on the race course during heats/ racing.

Racers must promptly clear the water when directed by race management.

Single blade paddle to be used.

Paddlers in the 12'6 and 14'0 Race categories should be standing at all times whilst paddling. Each paddler must complete the course in a standing position on his or her board. Paddlers starting or remounting after a fall may take a maximum 5 strokes on their knees to gain momentum before standing up. This 5-stroke rule is to prevent paddlers attempting to achieve an advantage by paddling from a kneeling position in difficult conditions. Racers who contravene this rule will be given a 3 placing penalty per infraction at the conclusion of the race.

Paddlers must follow the designated set course, which will be supervised by water marshals and rescue staff.

No extraneous aids are allowed. This includes, but is not limited to, swim fins, engines, wind catching devices [i.e.: sails, baggy clothing, etc.] and personal support teams. No twin or multi-hulled boards allowed (i.e.: catamarans, outriggers etc).

Wetsuits and hats (sun protection) are permissible.

Paddlers are required to have an official mark / race vest and / or race number, which must remain on the individual throughout the event. No paddler shall be recorded as a finisher unless carrying the official mark / wearing the official vest and / or number.

Drafting is permissible within your race class and gender. No drafting will be allowed outside your class or gender. For example, a 12’6 cannot draft a 14’ board. Drafting infringements will be decided by the Race Director and race staff, including the option to relegate the paddler up to three positions below their final result. A warning may be given by race staff on the course at their discretion. A paddler will be deemed drafting when within 1 metre of the tail, or sides of another paddler or any water craft on the race course for more than 10 seconds, unless the boundaries of the course makes it practically impossible to take any other route (see below).

When there is a combined male and female start, either sex will be given 500 meters from the start to clear each other’s draft.

If the boundaries of a race course do not allow paddlers to get outside of the drafting zone then no drafting rules will apply at that time.

A paddler must make an effort to exit the drafting zone immediately when boundaries allow.

Examples of natural boundaries include rocks, canals, submerged objects, bridges and vessels.

Paddlers will be disqualified for drafting any water craft on the racecourse that is not in the same class or gender.

Interference or any form of unsportsmanlike conduct is not allowable and will lead to disqualification. Paddlers must compete in a sportsmanlike fashion and avoid collision at all times. Specific violations include (but are not limited to):

Penalties for violations of the rules and/or unsportsmanlike conduct by a paddler that is listed in this document or that is posted by the race director on the Official notice board include:

Decisions of the Race Director will be final and binding.

We really don't want any protests - this is not what these races are about. But if someone commits such a heinous act of cheating, unfairness or agression that it simply cannot go unchallenged, then tell us about it as soon as your race has finished, and bring some witnesses or evidence if at all possible. Protests will be handled by the Race Director based on actual interference and impeding progress, fairness and sportsmanship criteria.

Race officials shall have the ultimate and final authority to remove a paddler from the race if the paddler is judged to be physically incapable of continuing the race without the risk of injury.

Each entrant must sign the indemnity declaration on the Entry Form before the event. If under 18, the parent or guardian must sign.

The organizers reserve the right to reject or cancel any entry.