Board and Ski
The board and surf ski events are two examples of ‘craft’ surf lifesaving events. These involve paddling a fibreglass board or ski from the beach, through the break and around a defined course (set by buoys) and back to the water’s edge to cross the finish line. Up to sixteen competitors or teams may compete in a single heat, with several heats, semi-finals and finals conducted during a carnival, depending on the number of entrants.
Whether for fitness or competition, there is always some training on all year round, view calendar for details.
There are many variations of board and ski events, these are briefly outlined below.
This is an individual event whereby a competitor must paddle a board around a course of approximately 250m. Divisions include Men and Women in: Open, U19, U17; Youth U15, U14; Juniors U10, U11, U12, U13 and Masters categories.
This is a team event of three paddlers each completing the board course of approximately 250m. Upon returning to the beach, each team member in the first and second legs of the relay will tag the next person in their team. The team member competing third crosses the finish line. Divisions include Men and Women in: Open, U19, U17; Youth U15, U14; Juniors U10, U11, U12, U13 and Masters categories.
Each team consists of two members – one swimmer and one board paddler. The swimmer or ‘patient’ enters the water and swims to a buoy where they raise their hand to signal to their board paddler team mate to enter the water and rescue them. When the board paddler reaches their swimmer, the swimmer climbs onto the board and both competitors paddle the board back to the beach. Divisions include Men and Women in: Open, U19, U17; Youth U15, U14; Juniors U11, U12, U13 and Masters categories.
Individual competitors paddle a ski around a course of at least 300m from knee-deep water. Double ski competitors will paddle approximately 50m further. Divisions for the single and double ski include Mens and Womens in Open, U19, U17 and Masters. The double ski is also conducted as a mixed men and women event in the Open division. You must be 16 years of age or older to compete in ski events.
A team of three paddlers complete the ski course of at least 300m each. Upon returning to the beach the competitors who complete the first and second legs will tag the next person on their team, with the third crossing the finish line. Divisions for the ski relay include Open, U19 and Masters. There is no double ski relay.
Teams of four competitors comprising of a surf board paddler, surf swimmer and two runners compete in this relay. The order of the water legs are drawn by ballot. The first competitor enters the water, rounds the buoys and returns to shore where they tag the first runner. The first runner rounds turning flags and tags the next competitor who round the buoys and tags the last runner. The last runner runs to the finish line. Divisions include male and female in: Juniors U10, U11, U12 and U13.
The Ironman and Ironwoman events are conducted over a course consisting of a swim, surf ski and surf board for age group U17, U19 and open and the ski leg is removed for U15, U14, U13, U12, U11 and U10. The race concludes with a beach sprint to the finish line. The order of the disciplines may vary and is decided by draw prior to the event.
Teams of swimmers, board paddlers and ski paddlers, compete together as a team relay over an Ironman course. The order of the disciplines may vary and is decided by draw prior to the event.
The Taplin Relay event may be conducted in three person (one swimmer, one surf board and one surf ski paddler), six person (two competitors for each water leg), or four person (one competitor per water leg plus a beach sprinter to complete the race) variations.
Teams shall be comprised of nine competitors including one surf boat crew, one swimmer, one surf board paddler, one surf ski paddler and one beach sprinter. This event is conducted over a course consisting of a surf boat, a surf ski, a surf board, a swim and a beach sprint. The surf boat leg will always be the first leg as will the beach sprint always concluding the race. The order of the other legs is drawn by ballot. Each leg shall follow a course from the beach out to sea, rounding buoys and returning to tag the next leg competitors.