BOARD RACE &
From the beach (standing start) each competitor enters the water with their racing board, paddles around all buoys and returns to the beach. The winner is judged by the first competitor to cross the finish line on their feet and in contact with their board. The relay event is the same format, contested in teams of 3.
This two-person event comprises of a swimmer and a racing board paddler. The race commences with the swimmer swimming to their allocated buoy and then signalling back to the beach for their board paddler to come out and collect them. Once the paddler reaches the swimmer, the two paddle the board back to beach and cross the finish line.
SKI RACE, DOUBLE SKI RACE
& SKI RELAY
From a floating start, competitors paddle their surf ski around three buoys and return to the finish line. The finish is judged when any part of the surf ski crosses the finish line with the competitor and their paddle all in contact. Ski events can be single or double (two people in the same ski). The relay event is the same format, contested in teams of 3.
SURF RACE &
From a standing start on the beach, competitors run, wade and swim 400 meters to sea to round as set of buoys and then return to the beach. The event concludes with a run to the finishing line. In a Surf Teams event, clubs enter multiple competitors in the one race, and the final winning team is determined by the cumulative points of team members’ final placings.
IRON MAN &
These events are conducted over a course consisting of three legs – a swim, surf ski and surf board – and concluding with a beach sprint to the finish line. The order of the legs may vary and is decided by draw prior to the event.
Conducted over a course consisting of a surf boat, a surf ski, a surf board, a swim and a beach sprint, with nine team members. The surf boat leg is always first, and the sprint leg always concludes the race. The order of the other legs is drawn by ballot. Each leg shall follow a course from the beach out to sea, rounding buoys and returning to tag the next leg competitors.
(Taplin relay for juniors) Teams of four competitors comprising of a surf board paddler, surf swimmer and two runners compete in this relay. The event order is water/run/water/run, and the order of water legs is drawn by ballot.
Teams of swimmers, board paddlers and ski paddlers, compete together as a team relay over an Ironman course. The order of the legs may vary and is decided by draw prior to the event.
The Taplin Relay event may be conducted in three person (one swimmer, one surf board and one surf ski paddler), six person (two competitors for each water leg), or four person (one competitor per water leg plus a beach sprinter to complete the race) variations.