OBJECTIVE OF THE SAST

The objective of the SAST is to run a robust a domestic surf tour primarily for girls and boys in the U10 to U16 Divisions. The SAST will also cater for the U18 Division if this division is not included as a WSL rated event.

Surfing South Africa will use the SAST to continue to develop a competitive attitude of young South African surfers and use the mechanics of the SAST to prepare these surfers for competition in World Surf League events.

Every SAST contest will be a replica of WSL events, from the ratings points awarded to the creation of a dynamic rankings list which will be updated after each contest. All SAST tournaments will include the winning of prize money and prizes.

SAST RATINGS AND ANNUAL CHAMPIONS

In order to determine the annual SAST Champions in each division points will be allocated based on the rating of each event. SAST events will be rated from 1A upwards. The higher the rating the more points awarded.

At the end of each year 70% of the contests will be used to determine the final adjusted ratings. In divisions where there have been five contests or less all the ratings points earned will count.

The top three surfers in each Division after the ratings have been fairly adjusted at the end of each year and will be named the South African Surf Tour Champions in their respective divisions.

The division winners will be awarded a gold medal, the SAST Floating Trophy and a portion of the annual prize pool. Surfers who end second and third in their divisions will receive a silver and bronze medal respectively.

SAST, THE WSL & THE SAST OPERATIONS MANUAL

In the case of U18 Girls and Boys (Pro Junior) and the Open Men and Women’s Divisions, the WSL points earned in the contests that they compete in within South Africa will be converted to SAST points. These points and any points earned in an SAST rated event will be used to create a rankings list so that the SAST Champions can be crowned in these divisions at the end of each year. The Champions in these four categories will also share a portion of the prize pool which is generated by the income from each SAST event held. Some of the events on the SSA Events calendar are Specialty SAST Contests. These do not earn

These points and any points earned in an SAST rated event will be used to create a rankings list so that the SAST Champions can be crowned in these divisions at the end of each year. The Champions in these four categories will also share a portion of the prize pool which is generated by the income from each SAST event held. Some of the events on the SSA Events calendar are Specialty SAST Contests. These do not earn

The Champions in these four categories will also share a portion of the prize pool which is generated by the income from each SAST event held. Some of the events on the SSA Events calendar are Specialty SAST Contests. These do not earn

Some of the events on the SSA Events calendar are Specialty SAST Contests. These do not earn ratings points but offer prize money or equivalent. Surfers must be members of the SAST to compete in SAST Specialty events.

Refer to the 2017 SAS Surf Tour Operations Manual to see the ratings points and prize money allocation in SAST events.

AFFILIATION TO THE SAST

In order to compete on the SAST all surfers must affiliate to the SAST and make the R400 affiliation fee payment. This can be done online at www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za

Surfers in the Pro Junior and Open Men & Women’s Divisions who will be competing in WSL events must also join the SAST and pay the relevant affiliation fee of R400 if they wish to be part of the SAST ranking system or compete in SAST Speciality events.

A portion of the Affiliation Fees and Entry Fees paid to SSA will be used to present SAST contests at various venues around the country.