The World Surf Boat Championships will be held at the Lifesaving World Championships | Adelaide (LWC 2018). Awards shall be presented to the overall first, second, and third place crews in both Open and Masters categories. The first place crews shall be recognised as World Surf Boat Champions in that category.
The World Surf Boat Championships is conducted in both male and female categories in the Open and Masters categories. There is no restriction on the number of club entries in this championship.
The surf boat competition does not contribute to the point score in National Teams or Interclub Lifesaving World Championships.
The 2018 World Surf Boat Championships shall be conducted in the following categories:
- Open Male
- Open Female
- Reserve Grade (crews may consist of any combination of males and females)
- Under 23 years Male
- Under 23 years Female
- Under 19 years (crews may consist of any combination of males and females)
The 2018 World Masters Surf Boat Championships shall be conducted in male and female categories in the following age groups:
- 120 years+
- 140 years+
- 160 years+
- 180 years+
- 200 years+
- 220 years+
- 240 years+
- 260 years+
How does a surf boat race work?
Boat crews stand in knee-deep water holding their boats about 23 m apart.
After the starting signal the crews row around the assigned turning buoys positioned approximately 400
m from the start and return to the beach.
The finish is determined by any part of the hull crossing the finish line from the seaward side, between the designated flags.