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Rules/Classes/Registration Fees

The 2013 Paddle Royal will feature racing in four classes: Professional,  Elite Amateur, Weekend Warrior (Recreational competitors including Juniors) and Keiki (kids racers). You can register in only one class.

New for 2013 is registration limits of 75 competitors in the pro class and 225 competitors in all Elite Amateur and Weekend Warrior classes. 

Gear Limitations and Gender Divisions. For a division to receive prizes it must have at least 5 registered competitors. Divisions that do not meet this criteria will be combined with other divisions at the discretion of the race director.

Note: You may register in only one class and must use the same board for the whole weekend.

Professional Class

The  Professional class is for world’s best athletes and those that want to compete against them. The racing in this class is extremely challenging. This is the only class where racers compete for prize money ($25,000). The long distance race (up to 9 miles) takes racers in this class around the Island of San Juan, and is Paddle Royal’s signature race!. The men may only compete in the 14′ class but they can use a smaller than 14′ foot board if they want. Women wanting to compete in the 14′ division may but they would compete along with the men. Women compete for their own share of the prize money in the 12’6″ class. This Professional 12’6″  division is exclusive to women. They can use any board they want as long as the length does not exceed 12’6″.

  •  14′ (any board 14′ or less)
    • Men or Women compete together
  • 12’6″ (any board 12’6 or less)
    • Women Only

 

Elite Amateur

The Elite Amateur class is for top athletes not quite ready to challenge the pros for prize money. This event draws really good racers from here and abroad and racing in this class is very tough. Racers compete for valuable prizes from our sponsors by racing the same courses and number of races as the Pro class.  In this class the long distance race (up to 9 miles) takes racers around the Island of San Juan, Paddle Royal’s signature race! Women wanting to compete in the 14′ division may but they would compete along with the men.

  • 14′ (any board 14′ or less)
    • Men or Women compete together
  • 12’6″ (any board 12’6 or less)
    • Men
    • Women
  • BIC Wing One Design
    • Men
    • Women

 

Weekend Warrior Class (Recreational)

This is our most popular class and its meant for anybody from first timers to high level recreational racers. Juniors 13-16 are a division of this class. The long distance is shorter and does not go around San Juan and this class does fewer short course and sprint races. There are more prizes given away in this class as the class is divided into a huge array of board types and sizes.

  • 14′ (any board 14′ or less)
    • Men or Women compete together
  • Bic Wing One Design
    • Men
    • Women
    • Youth (16 or under)
  • 12’6″ Race (Racing or Touring Boards 12’6 or smaller)
    • Men
    • Women
  • 12’6″ Flat (surf style boards 11’7″ to 12’6 )
    • Men
    • Women
  • 11’6 Flat (surf style boards 11’6″ or less)
    • Men
    • Women
  • Juniors 12  to 16 (they can race on any type of gear 12’6 or less)
    • Boys
    • Girls

 

Keiki Class (Kids)

Kids race lots in Paddle Royal. Keiki races are scheduled for Saturday afternoon after the end of long distance racing. The race multiple heats.

  • 10 to 12 y/o
    • Boys
    • Girls
  • 7 to 9 y/o
    • Boys
    • Girls
  • 6 y/o or less

 

Event Scoring:

Scoring will be by division. Competitors will get points equal to their placing within their division in each race. The Around San Juan race (or alternate long distance race) will count as two races and each of the short course or sprint races will count as one. The final scores will be the aggregate results of each individual race score. That means that every race counts towards your score. If we complete the long distance AND at least 3 sprint races, then racers will be able to discard their worse score (which could be one of the long distance scores, if that is their worst score).

If you do not start or finish a race you will receive score points for that race equal to the number of competitors in your division plus 1.

Competitors with the lowest score after all races are counted (minus discards, if any) win! It there is tie it is resolved in favor of the competitor with the most number of 1st places. If that does not resolve the tie then it goes to the competitor with the greatest number of 2nd places and so on until the tie is resolved. If the tie remains then it will go to the competitor with the best long distance score.

Registration Fees

BIC Wing One Design Worlds Only
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   Cash Only Before Before Before
  Dec 5 and After 5-Dec  Oct 31 Sep-31
   $100  $90  $85  $70
Paddle Royal Only
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   Cash Only Before Before Before
  Dec 5 and After 5-Dec  Nov-18 Sep-31
Pro Men  $290  $250  $225  $200
Pro Women  $200  $175  $150  $125
Elite  $150  $125  $100  $75
WW  $150  $125  $100  $75
Juniors  $90  $75  $60  $50
Kids 7-12  $40  $30  $20  $10
Kid 6 or less  $20  Free  Free  Free
Paddle Royal and BIC Wing Worlds Events
At the Beach Online Online Online
  Cash Only  Before Before Before
  Dec 5 and After 5-Dec  Nov-18 Sep-31
Discount $25 $20 $15 $10

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