What is the Athlete Classification Process for ISA Para Surfing?

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What is the Athlete Classification Process for ISA Para Surfing?

Athletes who are interested in competing at national and international events must be classified into a Para Surfing Sport Class by a certified International ISA Para Surfing Classifier. Athletes must follow Steps 1-7 first and then they will be eligible for Step 8 which is to attend a classification assessment.

Step 1: Download the Medical Documentation Form (MDF) and have your medical or healthcare provider fill out the front and back of the form along with their signature. The MDF is to be completed in English.

Step 2: Upload the completed MDF form and the supporting medical documents (such as an x-ray) to the ISA Para Surfing website: https://www.isasurf.org/para-surfing-medical-diagnosis-form-mdf-upload-page/ or send via email to:  [email protected]

Step 3: Upload an identification photo that clearly shows your face (no sunglasses or hats please).

Step 4: Upload a photo of you surfing.

Step 5: Upload a video of you surfing.

Step 6: Upload a photo of the equipment you are using while surfing.

Step 7: After the Head of Classification is satisfied with and approves your uploaded documents, you will be notified of your eligibility to be officially classified. Prepare yourself to come 1-2 days earlier than the dates of the next surf contest where there will be official ISA Para Surfing International Classifiers. Classification usually takes place 1-2 days prior to the start of an event.

Step 8: Attend a Classification Assessment by a Para Surfing Certified Classifier*. You can expect a panel of 2 classifiers for national classification or 2 panels of 2 classifiers for international classification.

*There are two levels of classification: National Classification and International Classification

            National Classification:

            You are eligible to compete at any national level competition.

            International Classification:

            You are eligible to compete at any international level competition.

Once officially classified with a Confirmed status, an athlete does not need to be reclassified until there is a change of status in the athlete or a change in the rules and regulations, for example, a change in the Minimal Impairment Criteria.

If the athlete is classified with a Review status, the athlete will need to be reclassified in the year that is stated, for example, if the athlete was classified with a Review Status 2021, that athlete will need to be reclassified in the year 2021.