Wavemasters Event Rules

Kite surf wave competition.

Judged on wave riding. In the event of good wind but if no waves we may run a strapless freestyle competition as well.


Compulsory registation and safety briefing on Saturday morning. Details of timing and exact venue will be posted on BKSA Website, facebook page and Instagram on the Friday Evening.

ENTRIES CLOSE @ 5pm on the Friday before the competition.

Competition will be conducted on Saturday and Sunday with a party for all on Saturday night.


For regular updates on the run up to the event, and during the event please check the website. If you have any questions please contact us by email at events@britishkitesports.org.



The British Wavemaster Championship objective is to deliver a high quality competition that is enjoyable for the riders and provides a platform for them to demonstrate their talent and develop their skills. Riders are encouraged to support each other during the events. To deliver the best possible experience it would be greatly appreciated if every rider offered a bit of assistance when they are not competing (eg judging other categories, flag holder, beach marshal, launching & landing, commentating etc). In this way we can deliver the best possible event for each other.

Briefing and Registration.

Briefing and registration times will be set out on the Friday (on Facebook), briefings and registrations are mandatory. If you are late or do not attend you will be disqualified. At a lot of events we are restricted with time due to wind and tides, so to ensure the maximum competition time, we need to run smoothly, and all competitors need to help with this.

Wave riding

Wind and wave permitting the main focus will be a wave competition. If wave quality is deemed insufficient we will include scores for strapless freestyle as well as waves. If wave quality is very poor this may even be 100% based on strapless freestyle. This is consistent with the approach taken by the GKA.

There will be the following categories:

Pro Men

Pro Women

Masters (over 40)

Amateur Men (over 16)

Amateur Women (over 16)

Junior Girls (under 16)

Junior Boys (under 16)

A minimum of three riders are required for each category. In the event of categories only having 1 or 2 riders, these will be merged with the appropriate other gender fleet.

In each category the first, second and third place will be recognised.

Riders may only enter one category at each event.

The format for the events will be a Dingle Elimination to allow us time to get through all the heats. If conditions limit time this will switch to a Single Elimination to allow us to complete the event as fully as possible. If conditions further limit time we may run expression sessions to allow the opportunity for riders to compete despite severe time restrictions, the expression sessions will not count towards overall titles.

First Round heats will consist of either 2, 3 or a maximum of 4 riders depending on the number of riders entering the category.


Wing riding

An expression session wing wave riding (possibly combined with wing freestyle) may be run during the weekend. This will be the first time the BKSA has run a wing wave riding and this year’s event will provide a demonstration / learning experience for the event. In future years to hope to formalise the wing part of the competition.


Other awards

Additional awards will be presented for categories such as best crash, best trick, best sportsmanship, best newcomer. Categories will be determined to reflect the conditions and action at each event.



Entry is open to all BKSA Members – you will need a valid membership card and number with you when you complete registration at the event.

We will be running the registration through Just Go which is linked on the main event page. You will need to PRE REGISTER for each event. There will be NO registration at the event.


Age Divisions:

Open – No age restrictions

Amateur – 16 +

Junior – 15 and under

For age categories (Under 18, Over 40, 15 and under, 16 and over we will use age on 5th October



Pure wave – Judged on scores from best 2 waves during the heat.

Combination – If strapless freestyle is included we will score a combination eg 2 waves and 2 strapless tricks

Pure strapless – best 4 strapless tricks only … or overall impression

The judging criteria will be clearly explained to all riders at the briefing.



Wind readings will be taken during the heat transition, based on a 1-minute average.

Juniors will compete in a minimum of 12 mph (1 min average).

Amateur and Open fleets will compete in a minimum of 15mph (1 min average).

If we get a sustained 12mph we may run an expression session for Open riders but the results may not count for the overall championship.


Entry fees

No refunds for lack of wind (we still have to provide all the judges / event costs etc whether there is a competition or not)

All fleets will receive product prizes.


Competition Area

At each event there will be an area for the competitors to rig up their kites on the beach, there will also be a launching area with kite launchers and landers on hand to help you get on the water.

The competition area itself will be marked by a line of feather flags providing a transit on the beach at either end of the zone. The outer flag will be placed close to the waters edge. There may or may not be buoys on the water marking the area. This will enable us to quickly set up the event and will also mean we won’t be waiting for the rescue craft to move buoys around as the tide changes.

The competition zone (scoring zone) is marked by the feather flags and will run at 90 degrees from the beach. 250m from shore is the outer limit. This is down to the judges discretion.

The judges will be placed at an appropriate location for best view of the box, this is usually inline with the downwind competition zone flag.


Start and Finish

Heats shall be started with the following system:

Red Flag Up – Horn – Beginning of transition ( Red flag time stated on ONB)

Red Flag Down, Yellow Flag Up -1 Minute To Start

Yellow Flag Down, Green Flag Up – Horn – Heat Start

Heats shall be finished with the following system:

Green Flag Down – 1 Minute to Heat End

Red Flag Up – Horn – Heat Finishes – Beginning of Next Transition

Heat and Transition Duration Heat and Transition Duration shall be posted at least 30 minutes before the heat in question on the Official Noticeboard.



Interference may be called if:

1. a kiteboard changes course to obstruct another kiteboard.

2. a kiteboard not in that heat enters the competition area when a heat is in play

3. there is deliberate unsportsmanlike action with the competitors in the heat.

Interference Penalty:


The Head Judge will decide on the penalty, if severe the rider may be disqualified from the event.


Scoring System

Waves will be scored on

– Degree of difficulty of the maneuvers performed.

– Commitment in the maneuvers performed and the risk taken to perform them.

– Variety and combination of maneuvers within the same wave.

– Speed and power.

– Flow and linking of maneuvers.

– Size of the waves ridden, directly linked to the degree of difficulty of maneuvers performed in each wave.

– Innovative and progressive maneuvers.


Strapless freestyle will be scored on

– Height and amplitude – The combination of height and amplitude of the tricks completed during the heat. As the wind conditions increase, this aspect will exponentially become more and more into consideration, but only when the height and amplitude are achieved along with risk factor and technical difficulty.

– Technical Difficulty – The technical difficulty of tricks completed during the heat.

– Power – The power during the execution of the tricks. Power will be considered as a combination of speed into the trick to pop and speed out during the landing, height and amplitude during the trick.

– Risk factor – The risk factor is directly linked to the power, height, amplitude and technical difficulty of the jump, but also to the commitment of the competitor and physical challenge during the execution, duration of the critical moment, and energy on the execution.

– Smoothness – Smoothness and fluidity during the execution and landing of tricks completed during the heat.Innovation – Tricks that have never been landed in competition before.



A crash will be considered when:

1. a competitor is capsized, losing control of the board or bar when landing a trick.

2. a competitor grabs the bar leash to regain control of the bar.

3. a competitor lands a trick but did not control the kite throughout the execution of the trick resulting in the release of the bar and/or the crashing of the kite into water after landing the trick.

4. a competitor sinks and is completely stopped when landing a trick.

5. a competitor lands on their back and the board is completely out of the water.

Judges may give credit to a landed trick that is not a crash when:

1. a competitor butt-checks when landing the trick but keeps riding and control the kite.

2. a competitor grabs the chicken loop to regain control of the bar.


Overall Title

The British Wavemasters Championship are fully endorsed and supported by the BKSA as such the coveted British Title will be up for grabs for the winners of the pro class, who will be the Male and Female British Champions.