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36th Edition - Surf Sports Manual

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2 weeks 4 days ago #43948 by aaron.tannahill
aaron.tannahill created the topic: 36th Edition - Surf Sports Manual
SLSA has reviewed the Surf Sports Manual (SSM) in consultation with States, subject matter experts and others.

The amendments to the previous edition are summarised in this Bulletin and are now in effect.

The surf boat amendments to the manual can be found attached, and also below.

36th Edition Changes to the Revised 35th Edition Manual:

August 2019 5.1 (a) – A surf boat has been defined and referenced to the SLSA
specifications.

August 2019 5.1 (c) – The list of events in which boat race may be conducted has been
rationalised with a simple addition of a coverall mixed gender categories.

August 2019 5.1 (c) Note 3 – The rules have changed so that with the exception of Masters
rowers, an age division crew or individual may compete in a total of two
divisions e.g. their own age division, plus an older age division or Open or
Reserve Grade (i.e. two divisions in total). Masters crews/individuals may
compete in their age division plus Open or Reserve Grade.

August 2019 5.1 (i) – A note has been added to clarify that it is generally accepted that,
when utilised, a SHR rating of 13 or higher will result in helmets being worn.

August 2019 5.2 (f) – The A detailed explanation has been added on the use and placement
of finish cameras.

August 2019 Figure 1 – A note 2 has been added to the surf boat course diagram to clarify
that the positioning of the judges in boats will be determined based on
conditions and to ensure an un-obstructed view at all times.

August 2019 5.2.2 (a) – It is clarified that at the start of the race each surf boat shall be fully
equipped (including a rescue tube).

August 2019 5.2.2 (b) – It is clarified that a handler may be permitted in the event of a dry
start but they must not interfere with any other crews or provide any
assistance that would increase the speed of the boat they are handling.

August 2019 5.2.5 (c) – The rules have changed so that in the event of a roll over on the
return to shore the crew members who were in the boat at the time of the role
over are to demonstrate they have ensured the safety of their crew by firstly
completing a head count to ensure that every member is at the surface and
safe and then one of the crew giving the SLSA “All Clear” signal. The crew may
then proceed to complete the race as described in “The Finish” section of this
Manual. This section has also been moved from “The Turn” section and
moved to “The Return Journey Section and has been renumbered 5.2.6 (c).
All subsequent 5.2.6 points have been renumbered.

August 2019 5.2.7 (a) Note 2 – It is clarified that a “properly equipped” surf boat to
complete the finish is one equipped with a minimum of three rowing oars or
two rowing oars and a sweep oar which shall be in the boat or in the rowlocks.

August 2019 Figure 3 – The run distance for a dry start and or finish has been reduced from
15 metres to 10 metres.

August 2019 5.4.1 (a) – It is clarified that race distance for the “Short Course” surf boat
event shall be a minimum of 200 metres measured from knee deep water at
low tide.

August 2019 5.5.1 (b) – It is clarified that crews and individual rowers are permitted to row
only in one leg of the Surf Boat Relay race.

August 2019 5.5.4 (c) – It is clarified that in the Surf Boat Relay race a handler may be
permitted to assist but they must not interfere with any other crews or
provide any assistance that would increase the speed of the boat they are
handling.

August 2019 5.5.6 (b) Note (iv) – It is clarified that handlers are required to comply with all
instructions of the officials including moving the craft they are handling and
themselves well away from the course to a position well clear of the judge’s
line sight to the finish area.

August 2019 5.5.8 (a) Note 2 – It is clarified that a “properly equipped” surf boat to
complete the finish is one equipped with a minimum of three rowing oars or
two rowing oars and a sweep oar which shall be in the boat or in the rowlocks.

August 2019 5.5.8 (a) Note 6 – It is clarified that if a crew is disqualified from a round robin
race (other than for Competing Unfairly, Abuse/Inappropriate Behaviour or a
Code of Conduct breach), they will receive zero points for that round but may
be permitted to continue to compete in any following rounds.

August 2019 5.5.8 (a) Note 7 – A new point 7 has been added to clarify that if a crew is
disqualified in a round for a serious discipline offence (e.g. Competing
Unfairly, Abuse/Inappropriate Behaviour or a Code of Conduct breach - as
detailed in Section 2), they are disqualified from the event and lose all
standing in the event. In addition, other penalties may also apply.

Note: Subsequent points have then been renumbered.

August 2019 Total Section 5– A number of general wording and phrase changes have also
been made. These changes were not made to change the rules of surf boat
racing.
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