How do we sign up for our relevant divisions? (I'm already registered.)
Thanks for bringing that to our attention.
I have updated the registration page to request that information.
You will have received an email from Kiteboarding Australia asking you to email through which division/category you will compete in.
Preliminary notice - Sunday 10th of January 2021
The forecast for this weekend combined with a bushfire closing Indian Ocean Drive is a challenge to say the least. Our thoughts go out to all those affected and the firefighters. The forecast shows a trough on the coast and 35 degrees on Saturday, and an expectation that the trough will move inland, bringing SW winds for Sunday. This doesn't help the swell much, but the forecast is for a 1.5m swell with a 14 second period for Sunday. On the bushfire, the DFES site current shows that Indian Ocean Drive is closed. At this stage we are hoping to run a one day event on Sunday 10th of January. We will make a final call on Thursday night at around 5pm. The final call will be based on the forecast holding up and Indian Ocean Drive being open. Fingers crossed. Remember that spaces are limited and you must register online by Friday night - we won't be taking extra registrations on the day. The competition format, heat draw and heat times will be finalised on Saturday. To compete you need to be a current KWA member, so get your membership now if you haven't already. Here's some information on the comp format, judging guidelines and other matters to help you prepare.
Divisions Divisions are amateurs, juniors, womens, open, masters, legends. Divisions are consistent with Surfing Australia divisions.
Competition Format It looks like being a one day event. The comp format and heat sizes depend on number of competitors and the hours of wind forecasted for the day. We will finalise start times on the day - it will be as early as is possible. You should plan to be at the comp site by 9 am so you don't miss your first heat. The final comp format, heat draw and heat times will be available at the beach on the day. We aim to give competitors as many chances to compete and progress as possible for the conditions on the day.
Judging Guidelines The judges will be instructed to score heats as follows:
A surfer must perform radical controlled manoeuvres in the most critical sections of a wave with power, speed and flow to maximise scoring potential.
Innovative and progressive surfing as well as a variety of repertoire (manoeuvres) will be taken into consideration when rewarding points for waves ridden. The surfer who executes this criteria with the maximum degree of difficulty and commitment on the waves shall be rewarded with the higher scores.
Bad WavePoor WaveAverage WaveGood WaveExcellent Wave0.1 to 1.92.0 to 3.94.0 to 5.96.0 to 7.98.0 to 10.0
To facilitate this, surfers will be judged on their 2 best scoring waves. This allows riders to lock in two solid scoring waves, then attempt high risk manoeuvres in the time remaining in the heat. In practice, judges will be looking for high performance surfing. They will be looking for big moves in the best part of the wave, rather than a consistent effort on a wave and through the heat. As a guide - look to the best guys in the latest magazines and movies - if you can do what they do - you will score highest.
Amateurs Division The amateur division is about getting onboard and competing, its a great division for a range of reasons. The judges are still looking for someone trying to surf the wave- being in the pocket, how many turns you can do, how vert you can get. But it doesn't matter how you get there - twin tip or a surfboard, strapped or unstrapped, hooked or unhooked - what matters is giving it a go and having some fun - that's the judging criteria.
Right of way A surfer deemed to have the initial inside position on a wave has unconditional right of way for the entire duration of that ride. Any surfer that catches the same wave as the rider with right of way may pull off without penalty. To incur an interference penalty a rider must "hinder the scoring potential" of the surfer with right of way. Remember, "hindering the scoring potential" includes on the way out.
Wedge Island The comp is at Wedge Island. We will choose the exact location on the day, looking for the best banks for the conditions. Look for the KWA & Cabrinha tents and flags. That's all for NOW, So get your entries in, let's hope the forecast Improves for both the competition and control of the fires.
State Waves RE-SCHEDULED!!
Due to the evolving bushfire situation at Wedge Island and Lancelin we have had No choice but to re-schedule the event this weekend in the interest of everyone's safety!!
We plan to hold the event the following Saturday, 16th of January with Sunday the 17th as a back-up date. We will assess the situation over the coming week and make a judgement based on the fire situation and forecast.
Unfortunately there is nothing we can do in this situation. We have tried our best to run the event however it is out of our control.
Our thoughts go out to all those affected by the fire and a Big Thank You to all the Emergency Services. Stay Safe.
That clashes with the carnarvon windfest, are you guys aware?
Yes we are aware of the clash of dates with the two events.
That is why we originally moved the state waves to the 9th & 10th to avoid a clash.
Unfortunately due to the fires we have had to re-schedule to our first back-up date of the 16 & 17th.
Long range forecast isn't looking promising atm but we will keep everyone posted and give you an update Wednesday 6pm.
State Waves Re-Scheduled
Due to the lack of necessary wind & waves forecast we have been forced to re-schedule the state waves to our 2nd back-up date of Saturday the 30th of January with the 31st being an additional back-up date.
Due to the original event date being re-scheduled due to the bush fires we are looking at possibly adding another back-up date in the second half of February if the event doesn't run in the final weekend of January.
KWA & Cabrinha WA State Wave Titles 2021
Preliminary notice - Saturday 30th & Sunday 31st of January 2021
Final confirmation Wednesday 8pm
The forecast for this weekend looks good, showing southerly winds both Saturday and Sunday afternoons. It also forecasts swell of around 1.5m swell with a noticeable kick on Sunday afternoon.
We are planning to go ahead with the comp running Saturday & Sunday, kicking off each day as soon as the wind is In.
Safety and competitor briefing will be at 11.00am each day with first heats commencing as soon as possible after that.
The comp will likely be held 3 km north of the Wedge settlement. We will make a final call on location based on the forecast holding up on Thursday night at around 5pm. The exact location will be based on conditions on Saturday. Fingers crossed.
Remember that spaces are limited and you must register online by 8pm Thursday Night.
We won't be taking extra registrations on the day!!
The competition format, heat draw and heat times will be finalised on Friday. To compete you need to be a current KWA member, So get your membership now if you haven't already.
* Registrations are Open Here, kiteboardingaus.com.au/eventsregister/75692/
Final Confirmation the event is going AHEAD this weekend.
With the current forecast for Saturday looking like a late start to heats the Safety/Competitor briefing will be held at 12 Noon at the event location on the beach approximately 3km North of the Wedge Settlement.
We will have marquees setup and flags so we will be clearly visible as you head North along the beach.
We look forward to seeing you all their on the DAY!!!
Hi guys, just confirming the time for the safety brief? Above says 12, but the registration says 10am? Just checking it is 12 still. Cheers !
A HUGE Thank You to Everyone that Made it Happen for the Great Crew that rocked up for the event.
We are in the process of organising a Presentation get together and a Party to say a HUGE THANKS to Russell Curtin
He has been a Legend in running the event for the past 10 years. I would also like to Thank all of the Judging Crew.
You Did a Great Job.
See you All for Next Years State Waves Title
Here's a vid from the inaugural 2010 comp @Wedge..............Music is pretty Good