Riverboarding race formats for the FLRC’s

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The Face Level Riverboarding Championships feature 2 foundational races and a number of other race types and events which may be included in competitions depending on location, accessibility, logistics and more.

CORE EVENTS

Boardercross: head-to-head races in heats of 4-8 competitors, taking place on a short but intense section of river, typically 2-3 minutes in length

Endurocross: mass-start long distance race, winner takes all, typically 20-30 minutes in length

OPTIONAL EVENTS

Slalom: using slalom gates or a very technical section of river with clearly defined moves

Downriver Freestyle: timed event on a short section of river including downstream tricks and surfing on river waves, judged and scored similar to freestyle kayaking competitions

Relay: A co-ed team relay race, typically using the Endurocross course; teams of 3 people


RACING STRUCTURE

SLALOM
* Timed solo race against the clock using gates or river features, including upstream and cross-current moves
* Preliminary heat used for seeding
* 2 timed heats; in the 1st heat, the slowest prelim time starts, working backwards until the fastest; in the 2nd heat, the slowest time from the 1st heat starts, working backwards until the fastest.

BOARDERCROSS
* Heats seeded by Speed Trial times
* Only the top 25 total times enter the BX competition
* Top 2 Speed Trial times get a bye first round of heats
* Heats of 3 – 6 racers (min – max)
* 8 max in finals, so as many elimination heats as necessary
* If one round of heats, top 2 finishers, if 2 rounds, top 3 finishers advance first round, top 2 second round

   Example:
—> 5 – 17 contestants: Rd 1 – 3 separate heats of 5, top 2 advance from each, with 1st and 2nd bye, 8 total in finals
—> 18 – 27 contestants: Rd 1 – 5 heats of 5, top 3 advance from each; Rd 2 – 3 heats of 3-5, top 2 advance from each, with 1st and 2nd bye, 8 total in finals
—> 28 and up – Rd 1 – heats of 5-8, top 3 advance from each; Rd 2 – 3 heats of 3-4, top 2 advance from each, with 1st and 2nd bye, 8 total in finals; etc

ENDUROCROSS
* Single stretch in natural rivers or multiple laps on man-made whitewater courses
* 3 – 10 miles or 20 – 30 minutes
* Head-to-head, mass start, winner takes all
* Timed race for records

RELAY
* Single stretch in natural rivers or multiple laps on man-made whitewater courses
* 3 – 10 miles or 20 – 30 minutes
* Teams of 3 racers, minimum 1 female
* Floating baton or object must be carried and passed from teammate to teammate
* Transition areas ~ 10m from the river; first racer must enter the transfer area and hand the baton to their teammate (2nd racer) before 2nd racer can exit the transition area.
* Head-to-head, mass start, winning team takes all
* Timed race for records
* Finish line on the river, same as XDR

FREESTYLE
* 2 options, Surfing a single wave or Downriver Freestyle
* SURF competition will take place on one single standing wave
* Downriver Freestyle will take place on a long rapid, preferably a large wave train with features
* Whether it is an “attainable feature” or not will be determined by event officials and announced prior to the start of the event
* (See Freestyle Surfing judging specs below for scoring details)

This event will depend on river features. In order to maintain some semblance of consistency across event locations, and because there is not always a dependable, solid surfing wave that is an attainable feature, this segment will simply be known as “Freestyle”, whether it is on a wave or downriver.

Here are the distinctions:
Surfing Freestyle – On a river wave, can be an attainable or non-attainable feature (timing and judging varies based on attainability). Tricks are done only on this single wave.
Downriver Freestyle – In a highly visible rapid (for spectators), preferably a large wave train. Tricks may be done in or on any feature in the determined section of river – aerial tricks off the top of waves, spins or boofs off rocks, surfs in holes, spins in eddylines, etc. Wide open creativity. A reasonable time limit from top to bottom, 2-3 minutes probably.

FREESTYLE SURFING COMPETITION –  JUDGING RULES

Preliminary round:
Two 45 second rides, both scores count (added together)
Top 10 from Prelims go to Semi-finals
Semi-final round:
Two 45 second rides, best score counts
Top 5 competitors advance to finals
Finals:
45 seconds for each ride
All 5 competitors do one ride, lowest scoring competitor is eliminated
All 4 competitors do one ride, lowest scoring competitor is eliminated
All 3 competitors do one ride, lowest scoring competitor is eliminated
Final 2 competitors do one ride, top scoring competitor wins

When the wave is considered an attainable feature, wave re-entry is allowed within 45 second time period.

Points awarded for 3 categories:

  • Entry moves
  • On-wave moves
  • Style / crowd reaction

Maximum points per ride (scale of 0 – 5):

  • 5 points for entry moves (more than 1 move possible, see definitions)
  • 5 points for any single move on the wave
  • 5 points for style

DEFINITIONS

  • The entry is from the time the competitor leaves the shore through the completion of the move; entry moves must be dynamic and fluid. If the rider stalls between contact with the wave and the next move, it is no longer scored as an entry move.
  • On-wave is the time from the completion of the entry until the competitor has exited the back of the wave.
  • Style points may be awarded for entertaining actions, appearance, and / or crowd reaction to the competitor during a given ride. These should be separate from technical scoring of moves.
  • Moves are considered any change of direction by board and / or rider on both horizontal and vertical planes. For example, a barrel roll would be considered a move (and a difficult one at that). Surfing “no hands” with arms outstretched is not considered a move because there is no change of direction (it would fall under the category of “style”).
  • Judges are neutraly objective individuals who may be celebrities, boaters, or other individuals who fully understand the judging rules and are familiar with the sport of riverboarding and / or bodyboarding. They must be capable of quick and accurate observations.

 

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