RULES AND REGULATIONS
PRO MEN (qualify to be Pro)
WOMEN (all women welcome)
YOUTH (18 max. at time of the event)
MASTERS (45+ at time of the event)
G.MASTERS (55+ at time of the event)
OPEN (for to all non-pro riders, all sexes, all ages, all skills)
QUALIFYING FOR THE PRO MENS DIVISION
1. Winning the IWT Open AM overall from any previous year.
2. Winning any IWT Open AM event in the last 12 months.
3. Having competed as an IWT Pro in the last 5 years.
4. Head Judge’s discretion.
OVERALL WAVE TOUR POINTS
All competing riders will be awarded Ranking Points at each individual IWT Wave Tour event. The overall tour champions will be announced at the ceremony following the IWT GRAND FINAL ALOHA CLASSIC in Maui.
PRO MEN & WOMEN
* best four (4) event results in the IWT Wave Tour will count in the final tally for overall RIDER TITLES.
= best 3 x 2-3 star 40-60% events + 1 x 5 star 100% IWT GRAND FINAL ALOHA = Overall RIDER TITLES.
TOUTH & MASTERS
* best four (3) event results in the IWT Wave Tour will count in the final tally for overall RIDER TITLES.
= best 2 x 2-3 star 40-60% events + 1 x 5 star 100% IWT GRAND FINAL ALOHA = Overall RIDER TITLES.
OPEN & G.MASTERS
* best three (2) event results in the IWT Wave Tour will count in the final tally for overall RIDER TITLES.
= best 2 x 2-3 star 40-60% events only = Overall RIDER TITLES.
* Border closure and weather constraints hampered the first two events (2 out of the 6 Wave Tour events on the calendar affected). Riders in Youth & Masters will now only use their best 2 results on the Wave Tour (to access the Grand Final) + the Grand Final result (3 results total rather than 4 announced at the start of the year). Open and G.Master riders will only need 2 best event results toward the overall, with no Grand Final.
3. Execution & Style
4. Clean Landing
NOTE: Some reward for pushing new and difficult moves but a clean landing takes priority. ‘Wet’ landings receive lower scores.
WAVE TOUR EVENT SEEDING
Riders are seeded according to their IWT Rolling Ranking which is calculated from the best four results from the previous one year of events (excluding pandemic year 2020 and 2021). This way a whole year of data is always being used for maximum fairness. Additionally, the current seeded event will be weighted by a factor of two, so that local riders may earn a stronger seed based on their performance from the previous year. If a rider without an established IWT Wave Tour ranking enters an IWT Wave Tour event, then the Head Judge will have complete discretion in the seeding process.
GRAND FINAL SEEDING
The IWT Grand Final Aloha Classic rider seeding is based exclusively on the IWT Wave Tour Rankings leading into the Grand Final, combined with IWT Event Organisers’ discretion on the SuperSeed riders in Round 1. The top ranked IWT Wave Tour riders are seeded past Rounds 1 (seeding round) and Round 2 (first elimination Round). They then meet the top Challenger Riders and ultimately determine the FINAL FOUR in the Grand Final and decide the overall champions.
TIE-BREAK FOR OVERALL RANKINGS
In the event of a tie in the Overall Rankings, if conditions and time allow, a one-heat sail off will be run. If conditions or time constraints do not allow the one-heat sail off, the tie will be broken by the rider placing highest in the final event: The Grand Final Aloha Classic. If the final event does not happen due to conditions, the tie will be broken by the rider placing highest in their previously dropped IWT Wave Tour event that year. In the event of continued tied results, equal placed winners, results first will first try to be split on a count-back of event results, and then heat results, and then individual highest wave scores.
The rider with priority is the one who is ‘first to be propelled by the power of the wave’. Other riders in the heat can go for, and catch, the same wave, but only if they do not hinder the scoring potential of the rider with priority. A rider loses priority once they go for but miss or pull out of that wave.
A rider who hinders the scoring potential of another rider with priority over them will be given an interference penalty. In most situations, this means that their heat score will be calculated using only their best scoring wave. If a rider causes two interferences during a heat they will be disqualified from the heat.
The Head Judge is in charge of rider discipline when necessary. No fines will be issued. The worst penalty a rider may endure is elimination from the round which prompts the disciplinary action – ie. if a rider in Round 1 infringes the rules then they may be eliminated at that round resulting in an equal last place for the event result and ranking points – last place in the round that prompts the disciplinary action. We promote aloha between all riders at all times.
If no one catches a wave during the first 10 minutes of a heat then the Head Judge has the power to restart the heat.
The IWT’s Anti-Doping Policy is based on the WSL policy. The policy covers use of both performance-enhancing and illicit substances and applies to riders and their support staff. Dietary supplements may contain prohibited substances and cause a positive drug test. IWT tour staff are also bound by the Policy.
- General Note: Throughout the Wave Tour, the judges and the IWT organization reserve the right to change and update the judging criteria according to feedback and evaluation of heats, rider comments, sponsor feedback and more.
- DNS: In the event of an athlete entering and attending an event, but unable to sail, will receive a Did Not Sail (DNS). A DNS is number of competitors entered plus one. The best possible ranking for DNS is 8th place.
- DNF: If an athlete starts a heat, but is injured or has to withdraw from the event, he/she will be awarded a Did Not Finish (DNF). The rider will receive points earned up to the moment of withdrawal.
- Incomplete Event Points: Only completed rounds will count toward overall points.
- Incomplete Event Points: A minimum of one completed round is required for points to be earned at an event.
- Prize Money and Trophies: division winners must attend the closing ceremony to be guaranteed prize money and trophies.
- Filling A Spot in the Bracket: Before round three, if an advancing rider drops out of the event, the spot may be filled at the Head Judge’s discretion. Most often this would be done using an extra heat of top people cut from the previous round.
- Event Cancellation: In the unfortunate circumstance that an IWT event has to be cancelled, due to unforeseen circumstances such as this the current Covid-19 crisis, then any registered rider is entitled to a refund. The IWT reserves the right to withhold 5% of the original transaction to help pay for credit card fees and non-refundable costs incurred by the IWT. If a rider wishes to extend their registration to a different event, or the same event in the following year, he/she is welcome to do so at no additional cost.