PRO TECHNICAL COURSE (1.2 miles per lap)
*Men Pro, Women Pro, Pro Jr Men, Pro Jr Women
The Pro Technical course was designed to challenge competitors' speed, surf skills, and change of direction. In all heats, except the finals paddlers will complete two laps of the "bow tie" shaped course which has a mix of right & left hand turns, and features two buoys inside the surf line. These two buoys in the surfline will be place just off the beach in water deep enough to execute a turn, not directly in the impact zone. Pro Men & Women finals will be 3 laps. Two laps: 2.4 miles. Three laps: 3.6 miles.
Pro Men Advancement
Round 1 - 4 heats of 24 (or less) with 12 advancing from each heat to quarter finals.
Competitors placing 13th and above move into repecharge round.
Repecharge - 1 heat of 32 (or less) with 12 advancing to quarter finals
Quarter Finals - 4 heats of 15 with 10 advancing to semi finals
Semi Finals - 2 heats of 20 with 10 advancing from each heat to Finals
Finals - 1 heat of 20
Pro Women Advancement
Round 1 - 2 heats of 20 (or less) with 7 advancing from each heat to the finals.
Competitors placing 8th and above move into repecharge round.
Repecharge - 1 heat of 26 (or less) with 6 advancing to finals
Finals - 1 heat of 20
Pro Jr Men & Women will have 1 final heat
OPEN TECHNICAL COURSE (2.4 miles)
*All Open competitors + Pro Prone Men & Women
The 2018 Open Technical Course features 6 turns per lap with a mix of right and left turns. All turning buoys will be outside the surfline. Competitors will start on the beach, make their through the surf making a left turn on buoy #1. Turn #2 will be a right turn around the large yellow, U-shaped PPG buoy. Followed by a left turn on buoy #3, right turn at buoy #4, and a left turn on buoy #5. On the first lap competitors will then make a left turn at buoy #6 which is the small U-shaped PPG buoy. Following the same course for lap two, after buoy #5 competitors will make a right turn on buoy #7, head towards shore, finishing on the beach.
YOUTH TECHNICAL COURSE (1.2 miles)
The 2018 Youth Technical Course will include 6 turns, with a mix of right and lefts. All turning buoys will be outside the surfline. Competitors will start on the beach, make their through the surf making a left turn on buoy #1. Turn #2 will be a right turn around the large yellow, U-shaped PPG buoy. Followed by a left turn on buoy #3, right turn at buoy #4, and a left turn on buoy #5. After buoy #5 competitors will make a right turn on buoy #7, head towards shore, finishing on the beach.
DISTANCE COURSE(6 miles)
With a water start, paddlers will make there way south to turning buoy #1 which will be 1.4 miles from the start. After rounding buoy #1 with a left shoulder turn, competitors will head to buoy #2, make a left turn on Buoy #2 and buoy #3, then head south to the southern most turning buoy (#1). On the second lap competitors will make a right shoulder turn at buoy #4 and proceed to the finish line. The Distance Course features a buoy (#2) where the crowd will be able to see the racers position after the first of two laps. Competitors must complete the course in under 3 hours.
BEGINNER SUPER GROM COURSE (400 yards)
All Super Groms will start at the waters edge next to their boards. On the start command they will jump on their board and paddle towards buoy #1, making a left turn to buoy #2, making another left turn and head towards shore. After reaching shore, Super Groms will jump off their board and run through the finish with their paddle. This course is designed for beginning youth paddlers, taking place on the far north side of the beach. There are no breaking waves on the Super Grom Course.
TEAM RELAY COURSE:
The first paddler will start with their boards on the start line. On the start command the first relay member will paddle towards buoy #1, making a left turn to buoy #2, making another left turn and head towards shore. Competitors will dismount their board and run through the finish area to the start line and tag the second paddler. Relay teams have the option of having the second paddlers board in their hand, or in the water with a handler. If the board is in the water, after being tagged the competitor will run to their board and jump on. Paddlers 2-4 will follow the same course. The fourth paddler will finish through the finish area. Each team member will complete one lap of the course.
PRO PADDLERS: IF YOU WANT TO COMPETE FOR THE BIGGEST PRIZE PURSE IN PADDLE SPORT HISTORY, YOU MUST DO BOTH THE TECHNICAL AND DISTANCE RACES. This also applies to the PRO PRONE and PRO JUNIOR divisions and their prizing. OPEN class prizing will be awarded to age group winners from the Distance and Technical divisions.
Please acknowledge all 2018 registration deadlines as part of our effort to accommodate all #PPG2018 competitors and deliver the best competition experience possible.
EARLY REGISTRATION FOR ALL PADDLERS ENDS 9PM PST ON SEPTEMBER 7, 2018. A $25 LATE FEE WILL APPLY TO ALL LATE REGISTRATION.
PRO PADDLERS REGISTRATION ENDS FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2018 @ 9PM PST THERE WILL BE NO RACE-DAY REGISTRATION FOR PRO RACERS!!!