start on the beach, sprint into the surf, negotiate the break,
swim an approximate 400m course around a coloured set of buoys
and then back to shore, using the surf, then sprint across a finish
line on the beach between two green flags. First past the line
surf skis are the fastest human powered craft. Paddlers start
in the water and head out to sea, rounding three designated buoys
laid in a triangular formation, then finish by crossing the finish
line at the water's edge between two flags. The course is usually
700m long. There are single, double and ski relay races.
From a beach
start, competitors paddle a 3.5m fibreglass board through the
break, around three buoys and back to shore over a 550m to 700m
course. To finish, the competitor must drag/carry their board
across a finish line about 10m up the beach. There are board,
board rescue and board relay races.
Rescue Boat (IRB)
procedure for IRB racing is for crews and their IRBs to start
from near the shore, proceed out to the turning buoys, retrieve
the patients on the seaward side of the buoys and then return
to shore. The main aim of IRB racing is to improve the abilities
of IRB drivers and crew members.
One of the
most exciting events in surf sports. A 5 person surf boat crew
negotiates a very, very,very long course in an 8m wood/fibreglass
and resuscitation event involves demonstrating that you have mastered
traditional rescue methods and resuscitation procedures. Teams
must show various skills using the reel, line and belt.
In a surf
belt race, the competitors use the reel, line and belt. With a
swimmer in the belt a team of lifesavers work the reel to give
the swimmer a clean swim out to a designated colour buoy. Upon
reaching the buoy the swimmer raises their arm to signal the finish
of the race.
are the most widely recognised competition events. The race involves
running, swimming, board paddling and ski paddling. Some ironwoman
races do not have ski legs. Races can last anywhere between 15
minutes and up to four hours.
beach sprint involves running up to 90m in the sand. The beach
flags event involves a sharp turn from a prone position, followed
by a sprint over 20m to grab a flag from the sand, where there
is one less flag than competitor. Relays are contested between
teams of four to twelve from one club, over the 90m sprint track.