What to Expect During the Classification Process?

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What to Expect During the Physical Classification Process?

Classification sessions typically are conducted 1-2 days before the start of a surf event and take about 20-30 minutes per classification session. Athletes are given an appointment that will provide date, time range, and location of classification in advance.

All Athletes are permitted to have one person accompany them to their classification appointment. If an Athlete is under the age of 18 years old, another person is required to accompany the minor Athlete to the classification appointment. If the Athlete does not speak English, it is recommended that the person they bring can translate to the Athlete.

At the Classification Appointment:

  1. The Athlete and accompanied person will check in at the classification table.
  2. The Athlete will be provided the ISA Para Surfing Classification Athlete Evaluation Form and will be asked to fill out page 1, page 2, and page 9 of the form.
  3. The Athlete will enter the classification room or tent and be greeting by 2 classifiers. Expect to be asked more questions about surfing, abilities, and equipment. Athletes are required to bring any equipment or prosthetic limbs or devices that they use while surfing.
  4. Participate in the testing. The classifiers may measure arm and leg strength, arm and leg flexibility, measure arm and leg lengths, reflexes, coordination tests and/or balance. It is a good idea to where loose clothing and not a wetsuit to the classification appointment.
  5. At the end of the physical assessment, the classifiers will allocate a surf class and either confirm or review the Para Surf Class status OR they may state an Athlete is not eligible (NE) to compete at this time.
  6. If the Athlete is requested for a water observation, the classifiers will schedule a water observation with the Athlete for later in the day or the next morning before the contest.
  7. Athletes will pay the one-time fee of $50 for their ISA Para Surfing Classification Process ($25) and their Classification Card ($25 – if the Athlete is given a confirmed or reviewed status for their sport class). This card will either be provided immediately, by the end of the surf contest, or at the next surf contest depending on the materials available. It is recommended that the Athlete carry their ISA Para Surfing Classification Card to all ISA events.
  8. If the allocated Para Surf Class and Status is confirmed, the Athlete does not need to be reclassified unless there is a change in their physical status or a change in the Para Surfing Classification rules and regulations. If the Athlete is allocated a Para Surf Class 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.

At all future ISA events, the Athlete needs to register for the contest online in their designated Para Surf class.

If the ISA Para Surf Classification card is lost or missing, there is a $5 replacement fee.

*Athletes given a Para Surf Class Confirmed Status at Para Surfing Classification during the US Open ASC in September 2019 do not need to reclassify.  These Athletes can contact [email protected] to obtain their ISA Para Surfing Classification Card.


What to Expect During the Visual Classification Process?

Classification sessions typically are conducted 1-2 days before the start of a surf event and take about 15-20 minutes per classification session. Athletes are given an appointment that will provide date, time range, and location of classification in advance.

All Athletes are permitted to have one person accompany them to their classification appointment. If an Athlete is under the age of 18 years old, another person is required to accompany the minor Athlete to the classification appointment. If the Athlete does not speak English, it is recommended that the person they bring can translate to the Athlete.

  1. The Athlete and accompanied person will check in at the classification table.
  2. The Athlete will be provided the ISA Para Surfing Classification Athlete Evaluation Form and will be asked to fill out page 1, page 2, and page 9 of the form.
  3. The Athlete will enter the classification room or tent and be greeting by 2 classifiers. One of the classifiers will be a Paralympic Trained Ophthalmologist or the Head Classifier will have the results of the professional review from a Paralympic Trained Ophthalmologist. Expect to be asked more questions about surfing, abilities, and guides.
  4. At the end of the visual assessment or discussion, the classifiers might allocate and confirm a sport class for the Athlete OR they may state an Athlete is not eligible (NE) to compete at this time.
  5. If the Athlete is requested for a water observation, the classifiers will schedule a water observation with the Athlete for later in the day or the next morning before the contest.
  6. When the classifiers have determined the status of the sport class then the Athlete will pay the one-time fee of $50 for their ISA Para Surfing Classification Process ($25) and Classification Card ($25). This card will either be provided right away, by the end of the surf contest, or at the next surf contest based on the materials available. It is recommended that the Athlete carry their ISA Para Surfing Classification Card to all ISA events.
  7. The allocated Para Surf Class and Status is confirmed and the Athlete does not need to be classified unless there is a change in their status. If the Athlete is allocated a Para Surf Class 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.

At all future ISA events, the Athlete needs to register for the contest online in their designated surf class. It is recommended that the Athlete carry their ISA Para Surfing Classification Card to all ISA events.

If the ISA Para Surf Classification card is lost or missing, there is a $5 replacement fee.