2012 World Wakesurfing Championship Returns to Parker, AZ September 27 – 29
The culmination of the World Series of Wakesurfing Qualifying Events will take place next weekend in Parker, AZ. The World Wakesurfing Championship is set to kick off September 27th through 29th.
The qualifying events made stops in 8 spots around the globe from Zurich Switzerland to San Angelo, TX and gave riders a chance to make it to Parker, where there is $40,000 cash up for grabs, as well as $15,000 in prizes. This year promises to be bigger and better than ever with numerous competitive divisions and live music.
For the second year in a row the World Wake Surfing Championship will be held in Parker, Arizona. Hosted on the beautiful Colorado River in conjunction with the BlueWater Resort and Casino we’re excited to bring Worlds back to this desert paradise. The course will be adjacent to the BlueWater Marina, just east of the Casino. There is a public beachfront that we will use for spectators, banners, vendor tents & booths and the awards ceremony with the beautiful Colorado River as the backdrop.
For more information on the event, check out wakesurfchampionships.com and read through these frequently asked quesyions:
The BlueWater Resort & Casino is sold out, where do I go
We have a discounted rate at the Best Western, tell them you are with the World Wake Surfing Championship. Their information is below:
Best Western Inn; Parker, AZ
1012 South Geronimo Avenue Parker, AZ 85344
If I have more questions, what do I do?
Please email email@example.com
Are the divisions split between rider styles, skim & surf?
Yes, with the exception of AMATEUR and MASTERS, all divisions are split.
How many riders get to compete?
A total of 100 riders, will compete
I understand I have to qualify? What does that mean?
The WWSC now requires a qualification stop along the World Series of Wake Surfing to be eligible to ride in the WWSC. You must compete and the World Series organizer validates and submits points for each rider based on their performance. These points will determine your eligibility. Each World Series Stop has so many spots for eligibility based on their projected and actual attendance.
How many points do I need to qualify?
In 2012 the focus of points is not as critical, you do not need to know your World Series points. To ensure you get to compete in the WWSC, you must pre-register for WWSC and qualify. The order of your pre-registration is as important as qualification. This is especially important for those that plan to dual register.
The WWSC point system continues to evolve and when point values based on performance (placing/non-placing) are required, this information will be published (2013).
If I podium in the World Series am I guaranteed to qualify?
Depending on the division yes. The World Series of Wake Surfing circuit provides qualification for World’s attendance in the order of PRO, OUTLAW, AMATEUR & MASTERS. Each rider can take a maxiumum of two spots, 1 surf & 1 skim. Pro podium placement guarantees the spot for Pro competition.
If I competed in 2011, do I need to qualify still?
Yes, regardless of your placing in 2011, you must qualify in the World Series each year.
Can I compete in Skim and Surf?
Yes, you can, you need to pre-register for both, qualify for both and ultimately pay an entry fee for both.
I still don’t understand, points, qualification, pre-registration, dual registration, Skim and Surf?
The 2012 format will allow any rider to compete in Skim and Surf divisions in any of the classes. You must pre-register in any class and style you want to compete in. You should pre-register early to secure an entry because the WWSC sells out ever year. Additionally, you must qualify in one or both divisions (Skim/Surf) at a qualifying stop in the World Series. Each World Series stop will determine on their own if they offer dual registration or you must attend more than one World Series stop by entering in each category at one or another.
You don’t need to worry about points in 2012, just know that your attendance and participation in a World Series stop meets the eligibility to compete in Worlds. Your pre-registration order (date) will influence whether you actually get accepted to Worlds regardless of eligibility.
** Do not wait to register for WWSC until after you have qualified. You will likely lose your spot, regardless of your qualification performance.
What if I competed as an Amateur because there was no Outlaw class?
The organizer submitted your rankings as an amateur, but provided 1st – 6th place, to account for the OUTLAW and AMATEUR class. The points, rankings, and pre-registration date all play a role in eligibility.
Can riders entries and payments be changed or swapped?
No and due to the customizations, no refunds or exchanges.
How much does it cost?
Pre-registration is free
Registration is $135.00 for your first entry
Registration is $65.00 for the second entry (optional)
Are there any refunds?
Can you hold my spot?
No, but you can pre-register for free.
Can I ride Skim Pro and Surf Outlaw, or vice versa?
No, once you declare yourself as Pro you must remain in the Pro divisions. If you select Pro Skim and want to dual register, you will ride Pro Surf, and vice versa.
Is there dual registration in Masters, Outlaw and Amateur?
No, we offer dual registration in the Pro Class only.
What is this new Outlaw class?
The Outlaw class is new for 2012. Being introduced in Minnesota’s 10k Lakes (World Series Stop) will allow riders that are above Amateur and under Pro to compete in the appropriate class.
If I compete Pro in the World Series, can I compete Outlaw or Amateur in WWSC?
If you have competed Pro in another World Series Stop, you will be required to compete Pro at the WWSC. The exceptions are as follows:
- You competed Pro because there was no Outlaw class
- You competed Pro because the World Series organizer promoted you to Pro based on performance (will be validated and assessed)
How many falls do I get?
On your 4th fall you are out, in either direction.
What are the prizes? How much cash?
Historically the WWSC is the largest cash paying Wake Surfing event, nothing will be different in 2012.
Is there a published trick list?
Yes, and we will make it available on thecwsa.org.
Where will the results be posted?
Post Semi-Finals, on site only. Post WWSC all points, places and awards will be published online.
Is the event broadcasted?
Yes, the event will be broadcasted over the air, to the shore/cantina via RF. At this time there will be no web broadcast due to the location of the event. The Cantina will have at least one large flat-screen television with the event broadcasted live.
Can I listen to music when I ride?
How long is the run, course or pass?
The course is 60 seconds long at 11 MPH, in both directions.
Can I ship my board or boards to you?
You can coordinate delivery with the BlueWater Resort and Casino and have boards delivered to your room. The WWSC will not be responsible for lost, damaged or stolen boards.
Can I surf without a life jacket?
All riders are required to surf with a life jacket.
Can I wear my rider or team jersey?
All riders are required to wear the official 2012 WWSC rider jersey only, during staging and on course.
Can I paddle into the wave?
Can I deck launch?
Can I surf into the boat during session close.
No, do not ever touch the towboats during your wake surfing session.
Do I drop the rope or throw it in?
If you drop, drop to the opposite side, a member from the officiation team will pull it in. If you throw it, try to throw it to someone in the boat.
When do I start getting scored?
You must have the rope in to score points and you accrue points only between the course buoys.
Buoys, what buoys?
The course is marked with a start and end buoy, as well as a smaller 3/4 course identifying buoy in each direction.
What if I am late?
We will do our best to accommodate you, but if you miss your class you likely missed the WWSC.
Can I bring my boat to watch or practice?
Yes, you can. The River is secured and there is dedicated NO-WAKE ZONE for our event so you can tie up to watch or exit the event zone to surf.
Can I adjust speed?
Yes, you can adjust up or down via normal signals, but please note that time is limited.
At what speed will the boats operate?
The boats will progress at approximately 11MPH but the boat will be set at the speed of the last rider and it’s each rider’s responsibility to communicate their requested speed before their run begins.
How many people can win?
Can I take pictures?
Yes! From the shore and we also offer a media / towboat you can register your organization to shoot from!
OK – I hear all this about Skim versus Surf? What’s the deal?
Skim and Surf are styles of influence. This is Wake Surfing and some equipment is known to cater and enhance a riders style. Most manufacturers offer a category or a classification of skim or surf on their wake surfboards. You want to select the appropriate division. Typically the fins of a surfboard are direction and larger, the board is bigger (thicker) and more buoyant. There is a measurable degree of rocker on the nose and/or tail. A Skim style board is usually bi-directional, have smaller tracking type fins and are thinner. Surf style wakesurfing has aggressive carving, slashing, and an emphasis on aerials. Surface tricks are limited to the 720 and traditional ocean inspired surfing is prevalent. Skim style wakesurfing has its roots coastal as well with influence from traditional skim boarding and skateboarding type tricks. Smaller aerials, with an emphasis on surface spinning and shuv-it variation in the 1,3,5,7,10+ and 1,2,5 respectively.
There are riders capable of proving exceptions to both explanations and there are many resources online for division reference. We recommend checking with the CWSA (thecwsa.org). In 2012, the divisions of Wake Surfing are split so determining the right division for your style is very important.
Can I change my fins after semi-finals?
Once you’ve competed in the WWSC, your equipment must remain the same throughout. The exceptions are: wax additions, stickers, replacing broken accessories (traction, fins) with the same.
Can I ride in the towboat to watch my friends/team/crew?
Can my family, friends or crew members ride in the towboat?
Can I get on the Mic to call my friends run?
Yes – See the emcee
Can I ride in the media / photo boat?
Yes, but this is for legitimate media providers first. With space availability there may be some exceptions for amateurs. See the registration booth to register yourself or your organization.
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