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FAQ - Competitors - Canadian Wake Surf Nationals

  1. How much does it cost to enter?
    Registration fees for the professionals are $135.00 CDN.
  2. What is the prize money?
    Total prize money will be dependent on the generosity of our sponsors.  What we can say is that we are working hard to produce a purse that will attract the world’s top pros to our event.
  3. Is this the only Wake Surfing event in Canada?  This is the only officially sanctioned World Series of Wake Surfing event in Eastern Canada, leading up to the 2014 World Wake Surfing Championships in Las Vegas, Nevada. For that reason, some of the best Wake Surfers in Canada and the United States will be competing for both prize money and to qualify for the 2014 World Wake Surfing Championships, which boasts a cash and prize purse of $100,000!
  4. The Calabogie Peaks Resort is sold out, where do I go?
    We have posted a list of other accommodations.  We are also speaking with other venue around the area to see if they can hold rooms for participants and spectators.
  5. If I have more questions, what do I do?
    Please email using Contact Us
  6. Are the divisions split between rider styles, skim & surf?
    Yes, with the exception of MASTERS, all divisions are to be split.
  7. How many riders get to compete?
    We will limit the competition to approximately 75 riders.
  8. I understand that the Canadian Wake Surf Nationals is a qualifier. What does that mean?  The 2014 Canadian Wake Surf Nationals is a qualification stop to be eligible to ride in the 2014 World Wake Surfing Championship.  Based on this qualifier, you may be eligible to compete in the World Wake Surfing Championship once the World Series organizer validates and submits points for each rider based on their performance.  These points will determine your eligibility.  Each World Series stop has so many spots for eligibility based on their projected and actual attendance.
  9. How many points do I need to qualify?
    Please visit the World Wake Surfing Championship website for more information.
  10. Can I compete in Skim and Surf?
    Yes, you can but you need to pre-register for both, qualify for both and ultimately pay an entry fee for both.
  11. Can riders entries and payments be changed or swapped?
    No and due to the customizations, no refunds or exchanges.
  12. How much does it cost? Pre-registration is free
    Registration is $135.00 for your first entry
    Registration is $65.00 for the second entry (optional)
  13. Are there any refunds?
  14. Can you hold my spot?
    No, but you can pre-register for free.
  15. Can I ride Skim Pro and Surf Outlaw, or vice versa?
    No, once you declare yourself as Pro you must remain in the Pro divisions.  If you select Pro Skim and want to dual register, you will ride Pro Surf, and vice versa.
  16. Is there dual registration in Masters, Outlaw and Amateur?
    Dual registration will be allowed for Amateur, Outlaw and Pro as long as there are enough competitors to fill out the riding style in that division (e.g. if there is only one registrant in women’s outlaw surf, we will ask that they compete in the skim division).
  17. What is this new Outlaw class? The Outlaw class was new in 2012.  Being introduced in Minnesota’s 10k Lakes (World Series Stop) will allow riders that are above Amateur and under Pro to compete in the appropriate class.
  18. If I compete Pro in the World Series, can I compete Outlaw or Amateur in CWSN?
    If you have competed Pro in another World Series Stop, you will be required to compete Pro at the WWSC.  The exceptions are as follows:
    – You competed Pro because there was no Outlaw class – You competed Pro because the World Series organizer promoted you to Pro based on performance (will be validated and assessed).
  19. How many falls do I get?
    On your 4th fall you are out, in either direction.
  20. What are the prizes?  How much cash?
    The prizes and cash purse will be communicated closer to the event.
  21. How will I be judged or scored?
    The Competitive Wake Surf Association – CWSA (thecwsa.org) will provide the official scorecard, process and values.  This will be published on thecwsa.org
  22. Is there a published trick list?
    Yes, and we will make it available on our website and on the thecwsa.org website.
  23. Where will the results be posted?
    Post Semi-Finals, on site only.  Post CWSN all points, places and awards will be published online.
  24. Is the event broadcasted?
    Yes, we are looking for the event to be broadcast over the air, to the shore via RF.  We are in discussions regarding televised and web broadcasts.  The beach at Calabogie Peaks will have at least one large flat-screen television with the event broadcast live.
  25. Can I listen to music when I ride?
  26. How long is the run, course or pass?
    The course is 60 seconds long at 17.7 km/h (11 MPH), in both directions.
  27. Can I ship my board or boards to you?
    You can coordinate delivery with the Calabogie Peaks Resort and have boards delivered to your room.  The Directors of the Canadian Wake Surf Nationals will not be responsible for lost, damaged or stolen boards.
  28. Can I surf without a life jacket?
    All riders are required to surf with a life jacket.
  29. Can I wear my rider or team jersey?
  30. Can I paddle into the wave?
  31. Can I deck launch?
  32. Can I surf into the boat during session close.
    No, do not ever touch the towboats during your wake surfing session.
  33. Do I drop the rope or throw it in?
    If you drop, drop to the opposite side, a member from the officiation team will pull it in.  If you throw it, try to throw it to someone in the boat.
  34. When do I start getting scored?
    You must have the rope in to score points and you accrue points only between the course buoys.
  35. Buoys, what buoys?
    The course is marked with a start and end buoy, as well as a smaller 3/4 course identifying buoy in each direction.
  36. What if I am late?
    We will do our best to accommodate you, but if you miss your class you likely missed the CWSN.
  37. Can I bring my boat to watch or practice?
    Yes, you can.  There is boat launch close by and there is dedicated NO-WAKE ZONE for our event so you can tie up to watch or exit the event zone to surf.
  38. Can I adjust speed?
    Yes, you can adjust up or down via normal signals, but please note that time is limited.
  39. At what speed will the boats operate?
    The boats will progress at approximately 17.7 km/h (11MPH) but the boat will be set at the speed of the last rider and it’s each rider’s responsibility to communicate their requested speed before their run begins.
  40. How many people can win?
    12 Pros, 12 Outlaws, 12 Amateurs, and 6 Masters.
  41. Can I take pictures?
    Yes! From the shore and we also offer a media / towboat you can register your organization to shoot from!
  42. OK – I hear all this about Skim versus Surf?  What’s the deal?
    Skim and Surf are styles of influence.  This is Wake Surfing and some equipment is known to cater and enhance a riders style.  Most manufacturers offer a category or a classification of skim  or surf on their wake surfboards.  You want to select the appropriate division.  Typically the fins of a surfboard are direction and larger, the board is bigger (thicker) and more buoyant.  There is a measurable degree of rocker on the nose and/or tail.  A Skim style board is usually bi-directional, have smaller tracking type fins and are thinner.  Surf style wakesurfing has aggressive carving, slashing, and an emphasis on aerials.  Surface tricks are limited to the 720 and traditional ocean inspired surfing is prevalent.  Skim style wakesurfing has its roots coastal as well with influence from traditional skim boarding and skateboarding type tricks.  Smaller aerials, with an emphasis on surface spinning and shuv-it variation in the 1,3,5,7,10+ and 1,2,5 respectively.     There are riders capable of proving exceptions to both explanations and there are many resources online for division reference.  We recommend checking with the CWSA (thecwsa.org).  In 2012, the divisions of Wake Surfing are split so determining the right division for your style is very important.
  43. Can I change my fins after semi-finals? Once you’ve competed in the Canadian Wake Surf Nationals, your equipment must remain the same throughout.  The exceptions are: wax additions, stickers, replacing broken accessories (traction, fins) with the same.
  44. Can I ride in the towboat to watch my friends/team/crew?
  45. Can my family, friends or crew members ride in the towboat?
  46. Can I get on the Mic to call my friends run?
    Yes – See the emcee
  47. Can I ride in the media / photo boat?
    Maybe, but this is for legitimate media providers first.  With space availability there may be some exceptions for amateurs.  See the registration booth to register yourself or your organization.

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