A recent addition to the surf sports calendar, the Championships were introduced as an important tool to recruit new members and retain members who traditionally left lifesaving to pursue other sports such as surfing.
The Short Board and the Long Board Riding are to be conducted as separate and distinct events.
While the general conditions and scoring system for the two events are the same, the judging of the wave riding criteria is different
The restriction for the type of craft that can be used in the surfboard riding event is a surfboard that has a maximum length of less than 2.74m (9 feet) measured from the nose to tail on the deck of the surfboard. SLSA at this time does not impose further specifications on this type of surfboard other than the maximum length permissible to compete in this event. However, the Referee has the authority to declare a surfboard ineligible for a competition if the surfboard is considered dangerous to the competitor or other competitors in the competition.
The specifications for surfboards used in this event are: