April 15th - 17th
September 15th - 17th
WESTWARD HO! CUP
Westward Ho! Beach, Devon
Thursday – Progression/Freeride Day
Friday - Freestyle Competition
Saturday – Continue Freestyle Competition
Saturday Afternoon/Evening - Prize Giving
**Paypal Fees are included in ticket Cost.
Insurance is covered in the ticket price for the event.
Any questions please do not hesitate to contact us!
Registration Closes 13th September 11.59PM
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The Freestyle rules may be reviewed and updated on an annual basis.
Registration time is set and if you are late and miss it you will not be entered (unless you have pre- warned the Race Director)
In the event of no wind there is no refund of entry fees.
SAFETY & SPORTSMANSHIP ARE PARAMOUNT
There is no pre-set event programme and an information and safety meeting will take place every day to inform riders of the programme – all riders must attend (a role call will be made)
The event director and head judge will make the decision as to suitability of the conditions as to whether the competition commences or continues.
The RAWKite race committee have the final decision as to which group a rider should compete in.
The Freestyle is open to UK Residents only.
There are no restrictions as to the type of sponsorship promotion on a rider’s equipment, even if this is competition with the event sponsor. However, all riders must wear/display if required promotion for the event sponsor and must not deface the said item – disciplinary measures will be taken.
All riders must be available for photos calls and interviews during the event. If riders do not comply they may be penalised with scores / prizes/ prize money being withheld.
Riders must use some kind of safely leash (min suicide leash) on kites and must wear an appropriate fitting helmet and body protection is recomended
Each rider is responsible for making the decision on whether to start or remain in the competition.
It is their sole responsibility (or there guardian if 18 or under) to take the decision as to compete if they judge conditions to be beyond their skill level.
Each rider is personally liable for any damage to property or injury to a third party, which arises out of their equipment or their actions.
Riders may not enter the competition area, when not competing. If they do so they will receive one warning. A second infringement can result in the rider being disqualified from the competition.
Each rider will perform as an individual, but may be helped to land and launch on the beach, any rider helped while in the competetion zone i.e. relaunch of kite, board recovery will be disqualified from heat. Once outside this area kites may be relaunched , boards recovered and riders assisted by third parties.
Any rider must help another rider if they are in danger and they are capable of doing so. A heat may be re run if it is deemed necessary.
Quantity of riders
A minimum of 2 competitors per class is required to run an official round.
There will be a maximum of 24 (at the discretion of Race Director)
Freestyle Kitelandboarding , Kitebuggy classes as follows –
Men who are aged 16 or more and are sponsored in their sport.
Men who are aged 16 and are un-sponsored. The Amateur class is a stepping stone to allow riders to get into the competition scene therefore this rule will be enforced.
Women who are aged 16 or more sponsored or un-sponsored
Defined as 16yrs or under (on the 1/1/14), will compete together in there class – buggy or landboard . The class is mixed male and female.
Juniors must have a guardian on hand at all times
Any competitor riding dangerously or being verbally abusive will face verbal and or written warnings. Depending on the seriousness of the offence they can face disqualification from the heat, round or championships.
Riders will be informed of specifics, alterations or additions to these rules, at the daily meeting – all riders must attend unless there heats have been run and there is no further events for their class
All start times; heat durations and flag signals will be covered at the daily briefing meet if in doubt ask the beach marshal
Visual signals may be accompanied by an acoustic signal, but only the visual signal count.
Each rider will compete as indicated on the scoreboard and shall be solely responsible for competing in the right heat at the right time – however these may change during the day
If the head judge does not deem a competitor to be up to standard or they are unsafe, they will not be allowed to continue.
Riders will be judged by overall impression of their riding throughout the heat.
There are 5 points up for grabs from each heat. 1 Point is awared to 1 rider of the heat.
Example. Rider 1 May get awarded Fluiduty, Power & Amplitude scoring them 3 points. This gives this rider a 3:2 win of the heat.
Style of tricks and how they are pulled off. The Control of the trick and smootheness of the take off, trick & landing.
This point if how fluid the hit is, is there connecting tricks, linking multiple tricks with smoothness. It is also if the trick is entered with speed and exited with speed rather than a stop start trick.
How techincal the tricks that have been pulled off in the heat are. Are tricks being done standard & switch, switch riding is more techincal.
The power that the rider is under while doing the tricks.
How much Amplitude/height the rider gets while doing the trick. This is not just about going big, but if the trick is normally a low trick and is done at a higher level, although this trick may not be biggest jump of heat it is the greatest amplitude of the heat.
Crashes/Kitedown will be noted.
Riders can only be scored in the competition area, for what the judges see, not for what competitors think they have done. Crashed landings will not be scored.
Starboard tack has priority – right hand forward
When overtaking kites must be raised or lowered accordingly and the upwind rider moves away from the downwind.
Riders may not change course to hinder another rider.
All competitors must keep clear of crashed riders.
No penalties will be given against a rider who collides with another rider who crashes directly in front of them.
When riders are on the same reach only the rearward downwind rider can pull a handle pass.-This is to avoid complications if the front rider transitions without looking if another rider is behind him.
When riders are on opposite reaches only the downwind rider can pull a handle pass.-This is to avoid dangerous ridding in front of an oncoming rider.
Riders will be penalised if the judges feel there was not enough room for safe execution of the trick.
Allow yourself enough room
Handle pass leashes must be worn at all times!
Do not handle pass if in doubt – think safety.
All instructions issued by safety crews on water or land must be undertaken immediately.
The format will be freestyle, progressed through elimination heats (as decided by the Race Director according to time). Other competition formats may take place dependant upon conditions and time available these too will count towards your scores.
Men’s, Female, Junior
There will be an overall champion for the year made up from scores from 2 cups .
Each individual event will be calculated on all the results at that event and points awarded as follows
Riders may pay to enter an event but not necessarily attend providing they have informed the RAWKite at the time of submitting their registration and fees which MUST BE PAID BEFORE the riders registration time. Any late entries will not be considered under ANY circumstances
You will not receive part of the prize fund in the event of no wind.
You will receive points of however many people have registered + 3 places
So if 7 enter including yourself they will all receive 585 points you will receive 440 10th
You must let a member of the race crew within 2 mins of end of heat that you wish to make a Protest
Protest must be made to the head judge. The head judge will make a decision on how to proceed, before the next round of competition takes place. At no time should the riders, the competitors or their supporters approach any of the other judges and enter into a discussion.
2 man heats – if 2 do not like conditions – re-run heat
It was discussed that the focus should be on fair competition and protests are generally few, and the majority of judges are, like the competitors, improving in quality of judging the more they get to perform this task. It was also mentioned that quality judging is something that needs to be developed and should be accepted by the riders and their supporters that at times mistakes will be made, however this should not be an opportunity for riders, or their supporters to verbally attack judges and their decisions as this will simply discourage quality judges from taking up the role.
There must be at least 2 competing in a fleet for it to count
3 heat rule
If there are any heats made up of best of 3 heats and only 1 or 2 heats are run the results will stand from the 1st heat as a final
We will have a core Race Crew – Head Judge/Race Director, Head Beach Marshall, Beach Marshall and Two judges
If any competitor is deemed to be under the influence by the start of competition after the night before they will not be allowed to compete
No Drinking or taking of other substances are allowed during the day from 8.00am (which is the normal time for the beginning of rider registration) until competition is called off for the day. Any rider caught will not be allowed to compete without refund of entrance fees paid.
This will be at the discretion of the head judge.
It should be noted by all riders that for insurance reasons the head judge is liable for any incidences that may occur at any time during the competition. In the event of an injury to a third party, whether another competitor or member of the public/race crew, legal proceedings may be taken against the race organisers for negligence etc.
In the event of a serious injury during the competition whether in a heat or during competition time whilst free riding the individuals concerned may be required to provide blood samples. It was stated that putting into place a qualified drink/drugs policy is necessary for the RAWKite to promote professionalism as a sporting element and for insurance reasons. It is not the intention of RAWKite to heavily police this issue unless an incident occurs or a rider is deemed to be a potential threat to themselves or others.
Approx ½ hour at the end of comps or at time announced / posted on the official notice board – all riders to attend- usually at Judging tower.
SAFETY & SPORTSMANSHIP ARE PARAMOUNT.