HORSE SURFING RULES
1. THE TEAM
Horse & Horse Rider, Surfer, Dinghy Man, Rope Man (minimum team size).
The Dinghy Man is responsible for positioning the surfer prior to commencement of the Run.
The Rope Man responsible for connecting the Horse and rider to the Surfer via the Rope.(these may be supplied by the organisers.)
THE MAXIMUM COMPETITION AREA
A water frontage of 300 metres is required. The frontage is divided up as follows:
Preparation Zone – 10 metres
The Start Zone – 10 metres
The Start Zone is the area in which the Horse & Rider are connected to the Surfer by the Rope and the area where the Horse takes the rope tension and gets the Surfer up and moving prior to the start of the Run.
The Start Post
The Course – 250 metres
250 metres is the maximum length required. Some disciplines will use a shorter run with the Finish Post is moved closer to the Start Post.
The Finish Post
The Run Off Area – 30 metres
2. THE COMPETITION
The Competition is carried out over 4 Disciplines with the Competition result based on the accrued points over the 4 Disciplines. ( Not including Freestyle X)
Teams can decide which way they want to take the run – left / right or right / left.
Identical Riding Conditions – Especially for beach runs and, since
Horse Surfing is designed to appeal to an audience as well as provide a competition, time consuming measures to assure identical and/or ideal riding conditions will be at the sole discretion of the Chief Judge and/or event management. Protests or re-ride requests will not be allowed if they are based on variations in weather/water conditions.
Severe Weather/Rough Water Conditions – In the case of less than desirable water or weather conditions where the contest must continue, a "Severe Weather/Rough Water" provision may be applied in the interest of safety and providing a fair and attractive event.
Re-rides may be allowed at the discretion of judges for unsafe conditions, breaking of rope or other extraneous circumstances. Re-rides will not be granted if contestants’ personal equipment fails.
Protests must be submitted to the Judges in writing within 30 minutes of the occurrence. No verbal protests will be accepted. A video camera will film all runs and footage will be for the use of the judges only. Spectator video footage cannot be used for protests.
Unsportsmanlike conduct may result in disqualification. Unsportsmanlike conduct includes, but is not limited to: use of vulgar language in public, public tantrums, not riding to fullest potential, consuming alcoholic beverages during competition, competing under false pretences, concealing significant injuries or health problems.
Prior to competing, a competitor must sign a participation contract and understand the nature of the sport and its special risks.
Competitors must disclose to the event organiser any special medical conditions, including but not limited to, injuries in the past or present or other pre-existing medical conditions.
For beach runs all contestants should wear a life-vest that will absolutely float a contestant who is unconscious; ideally Coast Guard/CE approved. A first aid team must be on site for all federation sanctioned competitions. Rescue craft must be positioned in suitable positions to assist injured or stricken riders.
HORSE SURFING COMPETITION FORMAT & RULES