Ocean Competition

Surf Race

With a running start into the surf (sea) from the start line on the beach, competitors swim around a course designated by buoys, returning to shore to finish between the finish flags on the beach.

Surf Team Race

This is the same event as the Surf Race, but in teams of three and the overall positions of each swimmer added together.

Board Race

At the start signal, competitors enter the water, launch their boards, and paddle the course marked by buoys, return to the beach, and run to cross the finish line.

Board Relay

The board relay race shall be conducted under the general rules of the board race. Teams shall consist of three competitors who must compete the course and then run and tag the next competitor.

Ski Race

Competitors steady their skis in line in knee-deep water about 1.5 m apart. Competitors must obey directions from the starter or check starter concerning ski alignment at the start.
On the starting signal, competitors paddle their skis around the course marked by buoys and return to finish when any part of the ski crosses the in-water finish line – ridden, gripped, or carried by the competitor.

Ski Relay

The ski relay race shall be conducted under the general rules of the ski race. Teams shall consist of three competitors who must compete the course and then run and tag the next competitor.

Oceanman/Oceanwoman

Competitors cover a 1400 m (approx.) course that includes a swim leg, a board leg, a ski leg. Conditions of racing of each leg are as generally required for the individual condition of that discipline including the rules governing the component disciplines: surf ski races, board races, surf races.

Taplin Relay (Oceanman/Oceanwoman Relay)

Teams of three competitors (one swimmer, one board paddler, one surf ski paddler) cover the course in a sequence of legs determined by draw at the start of each competition.

Tube Rescue

Pair’s event: a “victim,” one rescue tube swimmer. The victim swims to a designated buoy, signals, and waits to be rescued by the rescue tube swimmer. The event finishes when the first competitor in a pair crosses the finish line while in contact with the other team member.

Board Rescue

In this event, one member of the team swims to a designated buoy, signals, and waits to be picked up by the second member of the team on a board. They both paddle to shore and cross the finish line on the beach with the board.

Run – Swim – Run

From the start line, competitors run to pass around the turning flag and enter the water to swim out to and around the buoys. Competitors swim back to the beach to again run round the turning flag before running to the finish line.