• Participants must be registered members of their country’s authority on Surf Ski paddling (if such exists). For South Africans this is Canoeing South Africa (CSA).
• The number issued by the race organisers must be placed on both sides of the front deck of your surf ski.
• Personal advertising will be permitted as per the Canoe SA personal advertising rule.
• Personal advertising may not clash with advertising stickers of the sponsors.
• All Surfski/paddles must display any sponsor’s logo stickers that are supplied.
• Stickers other than sponsor stickers will not be permitted in the area in front of the pedals to the nose of your ski.
• Any competitor who rides the wake of a motorized craft will be disqualified.
• Competitors will be allowed seconds to assist them on the beach. They should take care not to infringe on the rules of the race by assisting competitors in the water.
• Any competitor who receives physical support or assistance or who enters one of the rescue craft, will be disqualified, with the exception of those doing so to repair their craft.
• The race director may decide whether a competitor should be prevented (for medical, safety or any other reason) from continuing the race at any time. The decision of the race director is final.
• A safety mobile phone number for emergencies, as well as for notifying the race director of withdrawals will be provided at race briefing The onus is on the competitor to notify the race director of his/her withdrawal. The costs of any search resulting from a competitor not notifying the organizers of his or her withdrawal will be borne by the competitor.
• The finish will be between two flags on the beach.
• Competitors must finish the race with the craft they started the race in. Paddles may be changed.
• All paddlers must meet qualifying criteria stipulated by the race organisers.
• CSA approved PDFs (personal floatation device), leashes, flares, cell phones, and any other safety device required, or provided by the organisers to the paddlers are compulsory There will be no exception to this rule.
• Starts for the race, will be announced on each day.. All paddlers are to cross the line in contact with the craft (in case of double skis, both paddlers must have contact with the ski
Day 1 (4 December 2014)
If no head wind in excess of 14 knots: Start no earlier than 04h00 and no later than 09h00. The Route may, at the discretion of the race committee, be from Blue Water Bay Beach, past a check off point manned by a boat off Sundays River Mouth and then on to the beach at Woody Cape. Depending on weather conditions (and predictions) however the race organisers may, at their discretion allow paddlers, after passing on the Western (inside) side of St Croix island, to head across the bay towards Woody Cape. This decision will be made having regard to safety considerations.
If a headwind is forecast of in excess of 14 knots but only due to reach that strength later in the day, the route may be from Blue Water Bay Beach to Sundays check off point boat and back to Blue Water Bay.
If the wind is already in excess of 14 knots at 05h00 then the day may be cancelled or the organisers may make use of the “spare” day.
If no head wind in excess of 14 knots: Start no earlier than 04h00 and no later than 09h00. The Route may, at the discretion of the race committee be from Woody Cape Beach, past a check at Kenton on Sea River Mouth and then on to the beach at Port Alfred West Beach.
If a headwind is forecast of in excess of 14 knots but only due to reach that strength later in the day, the route may be from Woody Cape Beach, to the check at Kenton on Sea River Mouth and back to Woody Cape Beach.
If the wind is already in excess of 14 knots at 05h00 then the day may either be cancelled or turned to start at Port Alfred and finish at Woody Cape – still with Kenton on Sea check off point.
Alternatively the organisers may make use of the “spare” day, by delaying “day 2” by a day.
If no head wind in excess of 14 knots: Start no earlier than 04h00 and no later than 09h00. The Route may, at the discretion of the race committee be from Port Alfred West Beach, past a check at Fish River Mouth and then on to the beach at Hamburg Beach.
If a headwind is forecast of in excess of 14 knots but only due to reach that strength later in the day, the route may be from Port Alfred West Beach, to the check at Fish River Mouth and back to Port Alfred West Beach.
If the wind is already in excess of 14 knots at 05h00 then the day may either be cancelled or turned to start at Hamburg and finish at Port Alfred – still with Fish River Mouth check off point.
Alternatively the organisers may make use of the “spare” day, by delaying “day 3” by a day.
If no head wind in excess of 14 knots: Start no earlier than 04h00 and no later than 09h00. The Route may, at the discretion of the race committee be from Hamburg Beach, past a check at Kidds Beach and then on to the beach at East London’s Nahoon Beach.
If a headwind is forecast of in excess of 14 knots but only due to reach that strength later in the day, the route may be from Nahoon, East London, to the checkpoint off Kidds Beach, and back to East London Nahoon Beach.
If the wind is already in excess of 14 knots at 05h00 then the day may either be cancelled or turned to start at East London’s Nahoon Beach and finish at Hamburg.
Alternatively the organisers may make use of the “spare” day, by delaying “day 4” by a day.
The race committee reserves the right to change the course for any given day, or to change starting times, or to cancel or delay at its discretion a part or the whole of any day’s paddle in the interests of safety
Rules of Participation
All participants are to heed directions and instructions of the race officials.
A participant, who rides the wake of a motorized craft, in an attempt to gain advantage, may be disqualified.
Any participant who receives physical support or physical assistance, or who boards a boat, may be disqualified, with the exception of those doing so to repair their craft or to recover from illness, in which case the boat is to ensure that it does not travel in the direction of the race finish.
A time limit may be announced (or determined by the race director at any time before or during a race day) for each day and/or section thereof. The time limit may be lengthened (or shortened) at the discretion of the race director or the NSRI. All participants failing to meet the specified time limit (or any time limit determined by the race director) may, for safety reasons, be removed from the water.
It is required that all participants take a functional mobile phone with them during the event, in a waterproof pouch, with all emergency numbers provided by the race organisers saved to the phone.
All participants are to have a leash, space blanket, whistle, flare, cell phone in a water proof pouch, safety tracking device (to be provided by the race organizers) and a CSA approved Personal Buoyancy Aid (PBA) (“life jacket”) as compulsory items of their race kit. The PBA must be worn at all times whilst on the water; all other items must be fitted to your person (inside or attached to your PBA). A participant who discharges his flare without justifiable reason may be disqualified.
No inflatable lifejackets will be permitted.
Starting procedures will be explained at Race registration and at each day’s race briefing. Race starts will be staggered daily and batches will be announced at the previous days briefing.
The start will take place from a designated area the beach. All paddlers are required to launch through the surf within the designated area, and could be disqualified for launching outside of the designated area.
However, the organizers reserve the right, at their discretion, to make any changes to the start or finish arrangements due to safety or other considerations.
The Race director (and crew) and NSRI may decide whether a participant should be prevented from continuing the race at any time. This decision will be final and binding upon the paddler.
NSRI or the race director (and crew) shall have the ULTIMATE and FINAL authority to remove a participant from the race if the participant is judged to be physically incapable of continuing the race without risk of serious injury or death.
No participant may use any illegal, detrimental or dangerous drugs, stimulants, depressants or other substances or procedures with the intent to improve performance, eliminate the sense of fatigue or for any other purpose.
Fraud, theft, cheating or attempting to do any of these, abusive treatment of volunteers or others and acts of poor sportsmanship are grounds for immediate disqualification and may result in contestants being suspended from competing in any Challenge event in the future.
Finishes will be indicated on the beach. Participants must cross the line with their craft (both participants in the case of a double ski). Participants do not need to finish with their paddles. Check points will be clearly marked and the paddler must ensure that the race official checks off his passing of the checkpoint. At the checkpoints the paddlers may at the discretion of the race organizers be obliged to have a compulsory stop (in which event this will apply to all paddlers, and no adjustment will be made to the recorded times in respect of “stop time”). The finish markers and checkpoints will be clearly described at the race briefings.
The onus is on the participant to ensure that timekeepers have registered their number at the finish of each leg.
Craft must be removed from the finish line immediately once their number has been recorded.
The race director is to be notified if a paddler has withdrawn from the event, as soon as possible.
It is essential that race officials know where the participants are on the course at all times. FAILURE TO NOTIFY THE RACE director AFTER WITHDRAWING FROM THE RACE MAY RESULT IN THE PARTICIPANT BEING PREVENTED FROM COMPETING IN ANY CHALLENGE EVENT IN THE FUTURE. The Race director or NSRI may institute a search for any competitor who has not crossed the finish line or advised the Race director of his/her/their withdrawal. The costs of the search will be borne by the competitor.
Any competitor who “beaches” his craft before the finish (or anywhere other than at designated “checkpoints”) is to notify the race director of his having done so whether or not he intends to continue the race, by returning to the sea, or along the shore
Participants will be allowed “seconds” to assist them subject to the rules below:. Except with the prior written permission of the race organizers, assistance by seconds may only be provided prior to race starts, at the checkpoints and on the beach once the participant has crossed the designated finish line at each stage. Seconds are to heed directions and instructions of all race officials. Seconds are not allowed to assist participants in the water or prior to the participant having crossed the designated finish line unless the participant is in danger. In this case, the participant may be disqualified. Each participant must notify the race organizers of his seconds names and cell contact details.(as per entry form)
Paddlers are required to wear bright clothing, caps and lifejackets to assist visibility to NSRI, and all support craft, or for aerial searches. Life jackets must be CSA approved
Supplied branding (race decals), if any of the Challenge are to be applied to all craft and paddles prior to the completion of race registration. Race decals are to be applied to the craft and paddles in the positions indicated by the organizers at race registration, and all these decals are to remain visible throughout the event.
The participants race number (the number provided by the race organizers) is to be displayed on the ski, in the case of a double ski, the front participant’s number is to appear on the ski. Incorrect or incomplete numbers may result in disqualification from the race. Numbers are to appear on both sides of the top deck of the ski, not more than 2m from the nose of the ski. No other numbers are to be displayed.
So as to be recognized for any race position, or prize money (if any), only one ski may be used for the duration of the race. In the event of a ski been damaged, anyone may help a participant repair his/her ski, provided that no unfair advantage is gained. Where a boat is damaged, and a replacement boat used, the paddler will be recorded as having finished the race, but his position will not be recognized (and no prize money will be awarded).
Craft (including substitute craft) are to be marked, on the front (and extending at least 500mm around the entire exterior) and back (and extending at least 500mm around the entire exterior) with brightly coloured (orange or red) paint so as to assist visibility.
Dispute Resolution Procedure
Only competitors, or race officials may lodge protests or disputes. A panel of three arbitrators, appointed by the race director (or in his absence by the organisers), will hear all protests and disputes. The decision taken by the panel of arbitrators will be final and binding on the parties. The panel of arbitrators may impose penalties for breach of any of the rules or regulations. Penalties. This may include time penalties or disqualification, but without being limited thereto. Protests and disputes, accompanied by a fee of R500-00, must be delivered to the Race Director by 5pm (or such later time as the race director may agree upon, at his discretion), in writing, on the day on which the incident occurred. Fees will be refunded where the party lodging the dispute or protest is successful, or at the discretion of the arbitrators.
Single surf ski event
The Single Surf ski event is a race between a craft paddled by one paddler for the total distance of the race. The same paddler must paddle the same craft for the total distance The winner is the paddler that completes the total race distance in the fastest time, determined by adding up the times of each day, provided that the paddler has adhered to all the rules herein and instructions of the race officials.
Double surf ski event
The Double Surf ski event is a race between a craft paddled by two paddlers for the total distance of the race. The same paddlers must paddle the same craft for the total distance The winner is the two paddlers that completes the total race distance in the fastest time, determined by adding up the times of each day, provided that the paddlers have adhered to all the rules herein and instructions of the race officials.
The race organizers may recognize the following categories (male and female, single and double): U23, Seniors, Veterans, Masters, Grand Masters, Mixed doubles.
The race organisers reserve the right to amend, amplify or change the rules relating to the race at their discretion, at any time before or during the race.
Participants will be notified by sms on the cell phone provided to the organizers on the entry form.(or by any other means deemed appropriate by the race director