ASP Judging Criteria

The ASP Judging Criteria for surfing contest on the 2010 ASP world tour and beyond is as follows: Surfers must perform to the ASP Judging Key Elements to maximize their scoring potential.

ASP Judges analyze the following major elements when scoring waves:

  • Commitment and Degree of Difficulty
  • Innovative and Progressive Maneuvres
  • Combination of Major Maneuvres
  • Variety of Manoeuvres
  • Speed, Power and Flow

* It is important to note that the emphasis on certain elements is contingent upon the location and the conditions on the day, as well as changes of conditions during the day.

Scale Utilized:  [ 0.0 – 1.9: Poor ]  [ 2.0 – 3.9: Fair ]  [ 4.0 – 5.9: Average ]  [ 6.0 – 7.9: Good ]   [ 8.0 – 10.0: Excellent ]

“The last part of the revised ASP Judging Criteria is crucial,” Hatchett said. “Surfers and fans need to understand that certain aspects of surfing score higher depending on the location and the conditions at that location. For example, the same approach to surfing in classic Trestles conditions will not score the same when applied to classic Pipeline conditions – classic Trestles conditions call for more Innovative and Progressive Maneuvers whereas classic Pipeline conditions call for more Commitment and Degree of Difficulty.” The aforementioned criteria will be applied across the board at ASP World Tour, ASP Women’s World Tour, ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) and ASP Pro Junior event.

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