Surfing is one of the sports that is being introduced for the first time in the Tokyo Olympics of 2020 which is happening in 2021 due to the delay because of pandemics. The surfing event will be taking place at Tsurigasaki Beach which is about 100km away from the Olympic stadium in Tokyo. Surfing is a rather unique sport with a different set of parameters based on which the surfers are judged. The commitment, degree of complications, innovation, progression, variety, speed, power and the flow of the performance are some of the quantitative and qualitative elements that contribute to the scoring system of surfing.
Objective of Game
The objective of Surfing is to ride a wave displaying different scoring techniques like barrels and turns, and maneuvers like aerial and tail in order to get the most points on a wave. The surfers have to take risks while selecting the wave to perform upon, they have to identify the shifting conditions of the wave and display their skillful moves accordingly and they have to maintain their speed even if the waves are difficult as their performance is rated based on their skill set, commitment, speed and risk-taking ability.
Rules & Regulations of Surfing
- Four surfers need to compete in a four-person heat structure at any given time in the surfing event.
- The best two from the four will be competing in the next round.
- Each heat will be running for 20-25 minutes and top two scores of a surfer will be taken into account.
- With the surfer who is closest to the peak getting the right of way, only one rider xan ride a wave at any given time.
- If there is an interference with the surfer who has the right of way, it can lead to a penalty or point deduction.
- Judges can determine the performance of the surfers and score it from one to ten in decimals, eg 7.89.
Surfing Scoring System
The surfers have a different set of criteria that the judges use to score their performance because of the nature of the sport. The panel of experienced judges uses a five-point system to score the waves.
There are a few factors based on which, the surfers are judged.
- Commitment: The commitment of the surfers to take the wave and maximize their performance in order to get the most potential scoring points on each wave.
- Difficulty: The types of moves, the degree of complications in the performance and the risks taken to perform are the elements that contribute in the scoring.
- Innovation and progression: Along with the standard moves and performance routine, the surfers are also scored based on the skills they display while performing their aerial or tail variations.
- Variations: With the standard routine and moves, surfers are additionally scored for the variety of moves that they incorporate in their performance.
- Combination: The connection of moves like barrels, turns and aerials on the same wave is scored based on how seamlessly it is done.
- Speed, power and flow: The ability of the surfer to identify the shifting conditions of the waves as they are performing, maintaining the proper speed to perform the moves and still displaying the high scoring techniques with grace is an art and that is what separates the great surfers from the average ones.