The Contest Types

2015 the tour will become even more interesting. To spice things up the organizers decided to run Big Air and Wave Events at all spots with strong wind and swell. Last year we already saw a wave event in Dakhla and a Big Air event in Tarifa with Gisela claiming the victory. Now those events will become more frequent and the results also have an impact to win the overall title at the end of the year and will also be backed by some serious prize money. While nothing is confirmed or certain about Race/Slalom events, we are already eager to see the riders go big and slice up some waves. Read below the detailed information released by the PKRA. This still leaves questions open or you want to share your point of view? Post on our Facebook wall using #PKRAChanges and a Best pro rider or the Best crew will reply!

Big Air:
We will bring this new exciting discipline to our most windy venues for the 2015 season. There will be Qualifiers at every Big Air event scheduled during the 2015 season.

2015 Big Air ladder:
- 24 men and 12 women.
- Pre-qualified riders: top 14 men and top 7 women from the current 2015 Big Air ranking.
- Local event organizer’s wildcard: 2 men and 1 woman.



Big Air Price Money distribution will be as follows:


Big Air Judging Criteria’s.
Judging Guidelines:
Height: is the main judging factor (up to 75% - 80% of the score).
Risk Factor: Is directly linked to the amplitude and technical difficulty of the jump, but also to the commitment of the competitor, 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.

Wave:
There will be Qualifiers at every wave event scheduled during the 2015 season.
- 2015 Wave ladder: 24 men and 12 women.
- Pre-qualified riders: top 8 men and top 4 women (from 2014 PKRA Wave ranking for the first 2015 Wave event and from the current 2015 Wave ranking for the remaining 2015 events).
- Local event organizer’s wildcard: 2 men and 1 woman.



Prize money:
Wave prize money distribution will be as follows:


We are excited to introduce a new scoring format for the wave discipline introducing the jumps:

Judging Criteria’s Wave:
Surfing: Competitors must perform to the judging key elements to maximize their scoring potential. Judges analyze the following major elements when scoring a Ride:
- Commitment and degree of difficulty.
- Innovative and progressive manoeuvres.
- Combination of major manoeuvres.
- Variety of manoeuvres.
- Speed, power and flow.
Riding strapless, switch, unhooked or displaying any combination thereof is considered more technically difficult.
It’s important to note that the emphasis of certain elements is contingent upon the location and the conditions on the day, as well as changes of conditions during the day. The following scale may be used to describe a Ride that is scored: 0–1.9 = Poor; 2.0–3.9 = Fair; 4.0–5.9 = Average; 6.0–7.9 = Good; 8.0–10.0 = Excellent.
Competitors must combine the major key elements in order to be awarded scores in the excellent range.

Jumping: Competitors must perform to the judging key elements to maximize their scoring potential. Judges analyze the following major elements when scoring a Jump:
- Technical difficulty.
- Risk factor – Commitment of the competitor, technical and physical challenge and duration of the critical moment.
- Height - Height of the landed jump. 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 and landing of jumps.
- Innovation – Jumps that have never been landed in competition before.

Jumping strapless and not grabbing the board is considered more technically difficult.
Rides and Jumps are scored from 0.1 to 10.0 (ten), broken into one-tenth increments (e.g 6.4).
The number of waves ridden and jumps to be counted from each competitor towards the final result shall be decided by the Head Judge in consultation with the Riders Representative and posted in the ONB.
The total points of the best jumping score will be multiplied by a certain factor. The resulting number should be totaled to determine the winner.
The jump multiplying factor* shall be decided by the Head Judge and posted on the ONB.
Tied competitors’ heat scores shall be listed in order of best to worst individual wave 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 wave score. If the tie still remains, it shall be decided in favor of the competitor with the higher single jump score.
* The jump multiplying factor would be any one-tenth decimal from 0 to 1 depending on the given conditions. Please note that jumping, spinning and tweaking it on the wave while riding a wave is part of the surfing score.

Overall title:
Last but not least, we want to introduce the prestigious Overall title of the 2015 Tour.
Points will be given according to the end of year ranking results per discipline. Disciplines that will count towards the 2015 Overall title are:
- Freestyle
- Big Air
- Wave
- Slalom

The best 3 end of year ranking results per discipline will count towards the Overall Ranking. In order to be entitled for the Overall Title, a competitor has to finish within the top 5 position from the end of year ranking for at least one of the disciplines.

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