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Be sure to go over the rules on how contests are operated. If you are unclear on something, feel free to ask our CNC directors.

The following portion is in regards to Additional Contest Points for CNC district only:

– Contestants who judge or tabulate five heats or more, contest directors and contestants whom the directors acknowledge gave exceptional service (eg. acting as announcer for the contest) during a contest will get an additional 100 points for the ESA/CNC heats in which they participate. This includes acting as Head Judge for a heat but excludes wave counters. The 100 extra points does not apply to non-ESA heats such as Open Longboard, Soft-Top and other fun heats. Remember, heats can be judged using 3 or 5 judge panels. Please remember to put your full name on your judging/tabulation sheet so you can get credit for judging.

– Should you surf in Open Shortboard and not fulfill the rule for Additional Points, you will receive no contest points.

– For water touching (if you touch the water but do not surf in your heat), credit will be given for surfing the contest with 100 points when there are other surfers in that heat. If there are no other competitors in a heat a score of 1000 will be applied.
* This is only an overview of the rules. Please open the ESA Competition Rules PDF for a comprehensive and accurate report.

Overview of the ESA Competition Rules *

Open the ESA Competition Rules PDF
Events (Easterns, Regionals, and District Events)
Judging and Scoring
Wave Possession, Interference and Prohibited Actions
Heat Preparation and Structure
Other Events and Instructions
Additional Information
ESA All-Star Team
Guide for Degree of Difficulty and Definitions of Maneuvers

A. Age Divisions
     Age Divisions Chart
B. Eastern Surfing Championships
     B.1: Age Determination
     B.2: Regionals Eligibility
     B.3: Slot Allocations and Alternates

A. Shortboard
B. Longboard
C. Bodyboard
D. Other

A. Points
B. Rides
C. Sirens
D. Judging Criteria
     D.1. Shortboard
     D.2. Longboard
     D.3. Bodyboarding
     D.4. SUP
E. Head Judge
F. Wave Counts
G. Computer Scoring
H. Results Check

A. Interference Rules
B. Wave Possession
     1. Point Break
     2. Single Peak
     3. Beach Break
     4. Snaking
     5. Paddling Interference and Board Caddying
C. Penalties
D. Others

A. Check In
B. Time
C. Starts (Water, Beach, Buoy)
D. Schedule and Penalties
E. Advancement
F. Sportsmanship Clause
I.Judges Duties and Responsibilities


Easterns®, Regionals, ESA Specialty Events: All finalists shall receive awards/trophies ESA District Contests: While 50 percent of any finalist must receive awards, it shall be at the discretion of the contest director, and advertised to the membership prior to the event, whether each finalist shall receive a trophy/award.

A. Complaints/Protests
B. Competing In Other ESA Districts
C. Points for Non-ESA Run Events (District)
D. Minimum Number of District Events
E. Smoke Free Area

The ESA All Star Committee (the “AS Committee”), which is elected by the Board of Directors pursuant to the ESA Bylaws, shall adopt rules, standards and procedures for the selection of the ESA All-Star Team (the “Team”), the duties of Team members, the conduct and goals of the Team and its members, the duties and responsibilities of AS Committee members and shall use its best efforts to promote the Team and its members in the best interests of the Team, its members and the ESA. All Team members shall be treated equally and equitably by the AS Committee members provided they fulfill their responsibilities as Team members. AS Committee members shall recuse themselves regarding the consideration or selection of any child, relative or member of such Committee member’s family or household. Team rules, standards and procedures shall be revised and updated by the AS Committee as deemed necessary by the AS Committee or as circumstances require. The AS Committee shall use appropriate ESA media and ESA approved media to post and make public the rules, standards and procedures adopted by the AS Committee and shall promptly update such postings as necessary. The AS Committee shall also use appropriate ESA media and ESA approved media to promote the Team and its members and to inform the Board of Team selection deadlines and other pertinent information regarding the Team and its activities.

A. Shortboard Maneuvers
B. Bodyboard Maneuvers
C. Longboard Maneuvers
D. SUP Maneuvers

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