The 2018 Stance ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship will take place from December 12-16 in La Jolla, California, USA. The Stance ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship was created to give surfers with physical challenges an opportunity to compete and display their talents in a Paralympic-style, world-class competition. The event has experienced unprecedented growth since the inaugural edition in 2015 and has spurred the growth of the sport around the world, with nations such as France, Australia, Chile, Brazil, USA, Hawaii and South Africa holding National Championships of their own to select their National Teams to compete. For more information stay tuned. To visit the event site of the 2017 Stance ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship, click here.
View the 2018 ISA Adaptive Surfing Rulebook
Key Rulebook Change Summary:
- Further definition of Adaptive Equipment at the discretion of the ISA and with the opportunity to be reviewed at any time during the competition
- AS-VI: While in the water coaches will no longer be allowed to physically assist the athletes. Verbal cues will only be allowed.
Each National Federation will be allowed to field a team of up to eight athletes for both the Open and Women Divisions in the following six classifications:
- 2 athletes – AS-1 (Stand)
- 2 athletes – AS-2 (Stand/Kneel)
- 1 athlete – AS-3 (Upright)
- 1 athlete – AS-4 (Prone)
- 1 athlete – AS-5 (Assist)
- 1 athlete – AS-VI (Visually Impaired)
If a team does not have an athlete to compete in a specific division, that team will lose scoring potential. Women athletes may compete in both the Open and Women’s Division if selected. Each Division that has a minimum of three (3) athletes; all from different countries will be run. *Please note: it is not a requirement to have a full team. Each National Team can be comprised of as little as 1 athlete. However, for maximized scoring potential it is recommended to field the maximum number of athletes. Summary:
- Inclusion of Open and Women’s Divisions for each Division with a minimum of three (3) athletes; all from different countries
- Maximum Team Size is 16 athletes (8 Open + 8 Women)
- Women athletes may compete in both Open and Women’s Divisions, if selected
- All Divisions will accumulate team points: Open Division counting for 1000 and Women’s Division counting for 500
All National Teams must be nominated by their National Surfing Federation in order to be eligible to compete. If you are an athlete interested in competing and have not been in touch with your National Federation, we suggest you contact them to inquire about the qualification process as all National Teams must be selected by their National Federation. The contact for each National Federation can be found on the ISA Membership Directory.
View the 2018 ISA Para Surfing Classifications The ISA has been working with our Para Surfing Classification Committee to align the Para Surfing Classification with the IPC Classification Code. Last year we conducted a classification research study during the 2017 Stance ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship which provided us with some valuable information. In 2018, we’ve sent our Para Surfing Head of Classification to a classification meeting with the IPC Classification Committee in an effort to further learn and improve our classification system. Based upon this study and some key observations we have made some minor adjustments to the Para Surfing Classification system; however, it has remained very similar to the 2017 classification system.
Our goal was and still is to complete a physical classification assessment on every athlete prior to the 2018 Stance ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship and this will take place during the event registration period and 3-4 days prior to the start of competition. In the coming months, we will release additional information about the Para Surfing Classification Rulebook and Assessments.
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We have now opened up the initial classification review process for the 2018 WASC and the information below serves as a guide for how-to complete a classification review for your athletes:
- Complete the Para Surfing Medical Diagnosis Form (MDF).
As an IPC Recognized International Federation, the ISA is required to receive the following Medical Diagnosis Form from every athlete in order to participate. The form must be completed in English and signed by a registered medical doctor (M.D.) with a specialization of the Athlete’s Health Condition. You can download the forms via the links below: Physical Impairment MDF Visual Impairment MDF ***If an athlete correctly completed an MDF in 2017 and their medical condition has not changed and they were not given a review (R) status then they will not be required to re-submit the MDF Form. Please reference the Para Surfing Master Classification List if the athlete was given a Review Status (R next to their name) then they will need to re-submit the MDF. Additionally each National Federation will receive a separate email notifying them of any athletes that are required to re-submit their MDF Form. All other athletes must submit an MDF via step 2 below.
- Upload your Para Surfing Medical Diagnosis Form (MDF) to the ISA Website here: http://www.isasurf.org/para-surfing-medical-diagnosis-form-mdf-upload-page/
Once you have completed your MDF please scan and upload this along with supporting medical documents, surfing pictures, and any other relevant information for the Para Surfing Classification Review Committee to review your classification. Once uploaded, this will be reviewed and confirmed by the ISA Para Surfing Classification Review Committee.
- Receive Initial Classification Assessment
Once your MDF Form has been properly uploaded and assessed, the Para Surfing Classification Review Committee will assign you a Sport Class. Unless given a review status, this will determine your classification assessment for the 2018 Stance ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship. However, you will still be required to complete an on-site classification assessment in December prior to the start of competition. Any athletes given a review status, may be required to complete an on-site classification assessment prior to the 2018 ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship in order to have their classification confirmed.
- On-site Classification Assessment
As mentioned above, we will be sending out more information about the Classification Rules and these assessments in the coming months. For any specific questions about classification or the MDF please contact Jessica Tidswell, Para Surfing Head of Classification at firstname.lastname@example.org
Official event registration will open three months prior to the start of the event (September 12) and you will receive a notification when this takes place. We will begin collecting payments and sending out the link to the required online registration forms at that time. In the meantime, please review the classification and team size information below and begin preparing your team roster with the names and emails for all athletes and team officials. Registration Price Schedule: **Registration cost is per athlete and includes one support personnel/team official per registration
- USD $250 per entry: September 12 – November 12
- USD $300 per entry: November 13 – December 5
As you are aware, the ISA has a long-standing commitment to gender equality in both surf and SUP and to promoting gender equality through all our events. We have demonstrated this by announcing equal slots for men and women in our ISA World Surfing Games, ISA World Junior Surfing Championship and ISA World Stand Up Paddle and Paddleboard Championship (LINK). This year we also announced that there would be equal slots for Men and Women in the 2018 Stance ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship (WASC).
These equal slots were warranted after the inclusion of separate women’s divisions in the 2017 ISA WASC spurred the growth of women’s participation from only 7 athletes from 5 countries in mixed-gender divisions in 2016 up to 20 athletes from 11 countries in 2017.
The Women’s Divisions were originally announced to accumulate 500 Team Points towards the team point total, which the ISA believed would be a positive step towards gender equality without disproportionately penalizing the countries that do not yet have women adaptive surfers. However, in an effort to continue our commitment to full gender equality and after further review with the ISA President and Executive, the decision has been made to increase the Women’s Division’s Team Points accumulation to equal 1000 points for the 2018 Stance ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship.
The goal of this decision is both to incentivize you to include more women in your delegation as well as to encourage women around the world to participate and believe in their equal opportunity for success.
We understand that the presence and participation of Women Adaptive Surfers in some of your countries may be limited, but we strongly encourage you promote this opportunity and to proactively seek out participants.
Now is our chance, together, to grow women’s participation on a grassroots and global level.
- Discounted Room Rate – $128.00 + 12.695% occupancy tax
- The discounted rate is available until November 10, 2018. After this date room rates may increase
- A credit card will be needed upon check-in for incidentals
Teams can book this accommodation by calling the Holiday Inn directly at 858-454-7101 and mentioning that you are part of the ISA group. La Jolla Shores Hotel 8110 Camino Del Oro, La Jolla, CA 92037 (5 min walk to event site) Hotel Website
- Double room (two queen beds) or single room (one king bed) are offered
- Room rate – $169.00 + 12.695% occupancy tax
- The discounted rate is available until November 16, 2018. After this date room rates may increase
- A credit card will be needed upon check-in for incidentals
Teams can book online with that info or can contact Kristina Cacha Kartwongsin, our Group Housing Coordinator – Kristina will be point of contact for all reservations’ related questions and can be reached at Kcacha@ljbtc.com, or 858-964-1967