Rules

SAKA Rules – please find the following “Rules” as signed off by the SAKA trustees

Rules

Rash Vests
Competitors are required to wear the official rash vest during their heats. The rash vest must be worn outside of their harness. Compititors that do not adhere to this rule will not be scored.

 

Judging Criteria
Technical Difficulty – The technical difficulty of tricks completed during the heat. In “combos” the second or third trick out of the combo will be rewarded with a higher score than a single trick on the Technical Difficulty criteria. However, the final score of each trick is directly related to the quality of the execution.
Technical difficulty of low tricks is directly related to the speed in and out of the trick and the amount and quality (lines direction) of the air during the trick execution. Landing low tricks with a high degree of technical difficulty on the execution will increase the chances of winning the heat.
A grabbed trick will be rewarded with a higher score than a non‐grabbed trick on the Technical Difficulty criteria. However, the final score of each trick is directly related to the quality of the execution.
Power – The power during the execution of the tricks. Power will be considered as a combination of:
‐  Speed into and out of the tricks.
‐  Kite at 45 degrees or lower during the execution of the trick.
‐  Height and amplitude of the trick.
Risk factor – is directly linked to the Power (already involves speed in and out, lines direction and amplitude ‐ height) involved in the execution of the tricks, but also to the commitment of the rider, technical and physical challenge during the execution, duration of the critical moment, amount and quality (lines direction) of the air in the trick, and energy on the execution.
Variety – Variety of tricks completed during the heat on both tacks. Repetition of tricks on the same tack will decrease the chances of winning the heat. Repetition of tricks on both tacks (switch tricks) will increase the chances of winning the heat.
Height – Height of the tricks completed during the heat. This aspect will exponentially come into consideration as the wind conditions increase, but only when the height is achieved along risk factor and technical difficulty.
Smoothness – Smoothness and fluidity during the execution of tricks completed during the heat, between different tricks in a routine and on landings.
Style – The personal flamboyance and attitude of the rider when performing in the heat
Innovation – Tricks that have never been landed in competition before.
Pushing the limits under control will increase the chances of winning the heat.
Tricks are judged from take‐off to the landing. Combinations and risk factor are taken into account when judging.
Judging Aspects
Any handle pass that is finished by pulling the leash to get the bar, will be considered as a crash
The chicken loop is considered as part of the bar. Grabbing the chicken loop when passing the bar still gives credit to the trick, although, won’t be considered as a clear pass.
If a rider “butt checks” when landing the trick and doesn’t loose the board, the judges will still give some credit to the trick. It’s at the discretion of each judge to consider if it’s a crash or a butt check and to consider how much credit will give to the trick.
The Head Judge may re‐run heats in case of discrepancies in the judging sheets.
Landing inside/outside the competition area
All tricks must be started inside the designated competition area. If tricks may be landed outside or must be landed inside the competition area shall be posted at least 30 minutes before the heat in question on the official notice board. If no notice is given, tricks may not be landed outside the competition area.

 

Scoring
A rider shall be scored while being in the designated competition area. Whether a rider is in or out of the competition area, will be at the discretion of the Judge
Crashes will be scored by the Computer Score System as a 0.1 and will be counted as an attempt or by manual scoring as a 0
If a competitor has attempted less tricks than the maximum number of tricks that count towards the final heat score, the remaining tricks will be counted as a 0
Tied competitors’ heat scores shall be listed in order of best to worst individual trick scores and at the first point where there is a difference the tie shall be broken in favor of the competitor with the best individual trick score.
Scoring System (manual or application)
One panels of judges, comprising of 5 judges, and a head judge which will have authority to overide a judge.
A kiteboard’s heat standing shall be the total of the scores for each trick or manoeuvre. Each individual trick or manoeuvres score shall be determined by averaging the points given by each judge for the trick or manoeuvre. Only the best trick in each trick category shall be counted when calculation the total score. The kiteboarder with the highest score wins and others shall be ranked accordingly.
The maximum number of trick attempts per competitor during a heat and the number of best tricks to be counted towards the final result shall be posted at least 30 minutes before the heat in question on the official notice board. The recommended maximum number of trick attempts is 12, and the number of tricks counted is 5 (highest scores)
If there is 5 judges, the highest and the lowest scores shall be excluded before calculating the average score for each individual manoeuvre.
Once a competitor has reached the maximum number of trick attempts per heat including crashes, the competitor will no longer be scored during the heat.
If a judge misses a trick, or part of the trick, he should place an “X” on the Scoring Sheet and that score will be tabulated as the average of the other judges’ scores for that trick.
The Head Judge will be able to understand the short hand notes of the individual judges and will be able to explain judgment to the riders.
Judging will be based on an entire heat, not on individual tricks. A rider who performs just one “big” trick in a heat and little else will not be judged as highly as a rider who can perform tricks of a high standard throughout the heat
In general the judges will look for quality of tricks over quantity.
In an situation that the registered event is cancelled due to unforeseen circumstance – as per IKA/WKL/GKA ruling the registered competitors for that division will receive points averaged from the total points available for that event.

 

Crashes
A crash will be considered when:
A competitor is capsized, losing control of the board or bar when landing a trick.
A competitor grabs the bar leash to regain control of the bar.
A competitor lands a trick but did not control the kite throughout the execution of the trick resulting in the release of the bar and/or the crashing of the kite into water after landing the trick.
A competitor sinks and is completely stopped when landing a trick.
A competitor lands on their back and the board is completely out of the water.

 

Assistance
Competitors that during their heat end up downwind of the competition area, are allowed to make their way back to the competition area by walking upwind on the beach by themselves. If a competitor gets assistance of another competitor while walking upwind on the beach or bringing the board, the competitor competing in the heat will not be scored from this point in the heat.
While competing, a competitor may get assistance to re‐launch his kite inside the competition area only from a competitor competing in his/her heat. A competitor may get assistance to re‐launch his kite only when the downed kite is out of the competition area.
Competitors who during their heat get assistance inside the competition area from the rescue boat, press boat, Jet ski, or any other craft, will not be will not be scored from this point in the heat. The Contest Director may make changes to this rule at certain events.
In the event if a competitor loses his kite from equipment failure, the competitor will be allowed to replace his kite during the heat only outside from the competition area. The competitor has to get out from the competition area by his/her own means. If the competitor is not wearing a leash, he will not be scored from the point he loses his kite.

 

Equipment vs Discipline
Freestyle – professional rider heats – only twin tip boards maybe utilised either with or without bindings
Wave – professional rider heats – must be strapless and board utilized must be a directional (wave) board
Wave -non professional rider heats (Amateur) – is of the riders choice either straps or strapless and the board can be either directional or twin tip

 

Rider Categories as at 1st January 2016 for the 2016/17 season
Men – rider of the age of 18 yrs and above of that season
Women – rider of the age of 18 yrs and above of that season
Junior – rider of the age of 16 yrs and younger as at the 1st of January of that season
Amateur Open Class both men and women – 18 yrs of age and above of that season
Amateur Junior both men and women – 16 yrs of age and younger as at the 1st of January of that season
This is in alignment with all sporting codes in SA

 

General Rules
All SAKA competitors as part of their enrolement to compete in a SAKA sanctioned event and as part of their consent to compete shall be held that they are aware of the IKA rules of the road for kiteboarding. As published on the IKA web site

Wind – minimum of 15knots – maximum race directors call