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Part A.       organization
Section A.1          General
(I)   Objective
1)        The object of the WSA Tour Championship Rules is to establish a framework for competition windsurfing.
2)        That framework shall include, but not limited to, the regulation of the disciplines competed in, the structure of racing/competition, the equipment rules and regulations, the minimum requirements for running an event, safety at events, and, rider points and ranking administration.
1)        The official language of the class is English and in case of dispute over translation the English text shall prevail.
2)        The word shall is mandatory and the word may is permissive.
3)        The Tour refers to the WSA National Tour.
4)        The Rules refers to the WSA National Tour Championship Rules described in this document.
5)        The Rules are open; where it does not specifically say that you shall not then you may.


Windsurfing South Africa


International Sailing Federation


South African Sailing


SAS Provincial Colours Criteria


Racing Rules of Sailing


Notice of Race


Sailing Instructions
1)        The WSA National Tour, the classes/disciplines or riders that compete on the Tour, shall be governed by the Rules outlined in this document.
2)        Where relevant, WSA may co-operate with SAS and their affiliates in matters concerning these Rules.
(V)  Responsibility of Governing Authorities
1)        WSA, SAS, its affiliates or representatives accept no liability or legal responsibility in respect of these Rules.
(VI) Responsibility of Competitors
1)        It is the sole responsibility of each competitor to decide whether or not to start or to continue to race and to provide for his/her safety.
(VII)           Safety
1)        Dangerous sailing will not be tolerated under any circumstances.
2)        When in a position to do so, a rider must make every effort to assist a fellow rider in danger.
(VIII)          WSA and SAS
1)        SA national and provincial champions, the associated SA national rankings, and, SAS Colours, shall be determined from WSA Tour events only.
2)        SAS Colours shall only be awarded to riders who are SAS members and have met the SASProCC.
(IX) wsa tour events shall be run according to the following criteria
1)        Each region is entitled to host one round of the Tour.
2)        The host region may select a venue outside of their region.
3)        Each round may include any combination of the recognised disciplines.
4)        It is the responsibility of each region’s representative to nominate, motivate and organise a round of the Tour in a manner that produces the best conditions for competition and growth in the sport.
(X)  Tour calendar period
1)        The Tour calendar period will run from 1 May – 30 April.
Section A.2          Administration
(I)   ADMINISTRATION OF THE rules, regions and disciplines
1)        It is the responsibility of each region to elect a representative to co-administer the rules by which the Tour is governed by.
(II)  Establishing a region
1)        Any region or sub-region may form a new region in which a round of the Tour may be hosted.
2)        The new region’s representative shall propose and motivate for the additional region, to the existing regional representatives.
3)        The regional representatives shall vote on the establishment of the new region on the bases that it will be in the best interests of the sport.
(III) voting and amendments to the rules
1)        All amendments to the rules shall be made by a unanimous vote by the regional representatives on behalf of the riders of that region.
2)        Voting may be conducted by any means, on any medium, provided sufficient and transparent record keeping of the process is made.
Section A.3          regional classification
(I)   the country will be divided into four regions with the following designations
1)        Inland Provinces (GP)
2)        Kwa-Zulu/Natal (KZN)
3)        Eastern Cape (EC)
4)        Western Cape (WC)
Section A.4          Disciplines
(I)   the following discplines ARE recognised on the Tour
1)        WAVE
2)        SPEED
3)        SLALOM
4)        SUPERCROSS
5)        FORMULA
6)        FREESTYLE
Section A.5          Divisions

The following divisions shall be recognised on the Tour.
(I)   Leagues
1)        Pro-League (Master)
2)        Open-league (Blaster)
(II)  Gender
1)        Men
2)        Women
(III) age
1)        Youth: under 19 years on 31 December in the current season
2)        Senior: 19 – 44 years
3)        Masters: 45+ years on 1 January in the current season
Part B.       Eligibility

For a rider or equipment to be eligible for competition on the Tour, it shall comply with the rules in Part B.
(I)   Rider eligibility
1)        Any rider is eligible to compete in the Open-League on the Tour.
2)        A rider wishing to compete in the Pro-League shall be a member of WSA before the start of his/her first Tour event.
1)        Any equipment is eligible to be used on the Tour provided it meets the requirements and limitations of Part D.
(III) SAIL numbers
1)        All riders wishing to compete in either League of the Tour shall register a sail number with WSA.
Part C.       Conduct of events
Section C.1          general
(I)   Event duration
1)        Events shall run for a minimum of two competition days.
2)        Events shall not exceed nine competition days.
(II)  suitable conditions
1)        The decision on the suitability of the conditions shall be made by the Race Director.
(III) Disciplines
1)        Any of the recognised Tour disciplines may be run at an event.
2)        The SPEED discipline shall primarily be run independently from the Tour events in the form of the WSA GPS Speed League.
Section C.2          Notice of race
(I)   Purpose of the NOR
1)        The NOR is a notice to riders about an upcoming event that will form part of the WSA National Tour.
2)        The NOR shall be published no less than 60 days prior to the first day of the event.
(II)  the nOR shall contain the following information
1)        Title, location, schedule and dates of competition
2)        That the event is sanctioned by WSA and governed by the WSA National Tour Championship Rules
3)        Any changes or additions to the rules that may apply during the event
4)        Average anticipated weather conditions at the venue
5)        Tourist, travel and accommodation info
6)        Scheduled disciplines
7)        Conditions of entry
8)        Fees payable
9)        Place, time and conditions of registration
10)    Location of the Official Notice Board
11)    Any special circumstances in which the SI, or changes to the SI, will be published/issued
Section C.3          Sailing instructions
(I)   Purpose of the SI
1)        The SI shall define all information relevant to the conduct of the event described in the accompanying NOR.
2)        The SI may supplement the rules that govern the event.
3)        Alteration of a rule may be made by specific reference to it.
4)        The SI shall be posted on the Official Notice Board at the event.
(II)  Contents of the SI
1)        That the event shall be governed by the WSA National Tour Championship Rules, the NOR and the SI
2)        The schedule of races/elimination heats
3)        The maximum number of races/elimination heats
4)        A description of the start/finish system
5)        A description of the start/finish line
6)        A description of the competition area and any hazards that may be found
7)        The location of the Official Notice Board
8)        Any special safety information
9)        Any social functions that shall/may be attended by the riders
10)    The names of the race officials
(III) Changes to the SI
1)        Any change to the SI shall be posted before 09h00 on the day it will take effect.
2)        Any change to the schedule of races shall be posted by 20h00 on the day before it will take effect.
3)        Any change to the competition venue shall be posted by 20h00 on the day before it will take effect and be communicated directly to each competitor.
Section C.4          Start and end of race/heat
(I)   slalom
1)        The start procedure shall use SYSTEM 2 or SYSTEM 3 identified in Appendix B3.3 of the RRS.
(II)  wave
1)        Heats shall be conducted according to Appendix B4.2 of the RRS.
(III) speed
1)        The SPEED event shall start and end with the calendar year according to the criteria laid out by the WSA GPS Speed League.
2)        Should a SPEED heat be conducted at an individual event, heats will be conducted according to Appendix B6.2 of the RRS.
Section C.5          scoring at an event

All scoring of races/eliminations will be made according to the RRS, with the following exceptions.
(I)   scoring system
1)        Scoring at an event will be made using the Alternate Points Scoring System:


Finishing place






Each place there after

Add 1 point
2)        Riders who tie in a WAVE or SLALOM elimination will be given a score equal to the average of the position scores covered by the tied riders.

For example, if four riders tie for 5th in a WAVE elimination, the four riders will each earn 6.5 points as identified below:


Points earned




Rider 1



Rider 2



Rider 3



Rider 4


(5+6+7+8)/4 = 6.5

Rider 5, 6, 7, 8












Rider 9
3)        The rider with the lowest points, in a given discipline, at the end of the event, shall be that discipline’s event Champion.
4)        No scoring will be made for SPEED at an individual event – scoring will only be made with respect to the overall GPS Speed League Rankings using the Rankings Points System identified in Section C.6.
(II)  race/elimination discards
1)        One in every four races/eliminations shall be discarded.
2)        The races/elimination with the worst score shall be discarded.

(III) ties
1)        In the case of two or more riders with the same points, the tie shall be broken according to RRS Appendix A8.
Section C.6          tour scoring

To determine the relevant Discipline National Champion, each event on the Tour will be scored as follows.
(I)   Ranking points system
1)        The final rider positions for each discipline, from each event, shall be scored as follows:
































2)        Points shall not be awarded to positions after 15th place.
3)        The rider with the highest ranking points, in a given discipline, at the end of the Tour season, shall be that discipline’s WSA National Tour Champion.
(II)  event discards
1)        One in every four events shall be discarded.
2)        The event with the lowest ranking score shall be discarded.
(III) ties
1)        In the case of two or more riders with the same ranking points, the tie shall be broken according to RRS Appendix A8.
Section C.7          Overall Tour Champion
(I)   the overall WSA National Tour Champion will be determined as follows
1)        The ranking points from a rider’s top three disciplines shall be added to give their overall tour ranking score.
2)        The rider with the highest overall ranking points at the end of the Tour season shall be the Overall WSA National Tour Champion.
Section C.8          SA SAILING COLOURS
1)        SA Sailing Provincial Colours shall be awarded in accordance with criteria described in the SASProCC.

An event, rider and equipment shall comply with the Rules in Part D in a given calendar year.
Section D.1          tour requirements and limitations
(I)   Validity of event/round
1)        A minimum of 10 entries are required for an event to be considered valid.
2)        A minimum of four fleet races, or, one completed elimination is required for the event to be considered valid.
(II)  windsurfing conditions
1)        The wind minimum for SLALOM racing shall be 12 knots over the course area.
2)        The WAVE competition must be held in surf and riders must be capable of sailing beyond the breaking waves.
3)        The Race Director shall ultimately decide if the conditions are suitable for windsurfing.
1)        Advertising shall only be displayed in accordance with Category C of the ISAF Advertising Code.
Section D.2          equipment requirements and limitations
(I)   GENERAL limitations
1)        During a single WSA Tour season, not more than 2 boards and 4 sails shall be used in each of the recognised disciplines.
2)        Every rider’s equipment shall be inspected and registered prior to the start of the rider’s first event.
3)        Only 1 board, 1 sail and 1 fin shall be used during a race/heat.
(II)  board identification
1)        The board shall carry a permanent unique serial number applied by the manufacturer.
2)        The serial number shall be used to identify the board at registration.
3)        A board without a serial number shall be “marked” by the Official Equipment Inspector at the first event the board appears in.
(III) SAIL identification
1)        Sail size and manufacturer shall be recorded at registration.
2)        The national letters and sail numbers shall comply with RRS-Appendix G.
3)        The sail letters and numbers shall be of a contrasting colour to the body of the sail.
(IV) SUBSTITUTION during an event
1)        The Jury, Race Director or other appointed Official may only permit substitution of irreparably damaged equipment on a 'like for like' basis.
2)        Other equipment is interchangeable provided it complies with the Rules.
(V)  substitution during the tour
1)        Equipment may be substituted on one occasion only during a WSA Tour calendar year.
2)        Substitution shall be on a ‘like for like’ basis as determined by an Official Equipment Inspector.
3)        The substituted equipment will be required to be re-registered.
1)        Normal damage repairs are permitted.
2)        A damaged fin box may only be replaced by the same 'type' of box, and be positioned the same as the original.
(VII)           PERSONAL EQUIPMENT limitations
1)        Clothing and equipment for the purposes of increasing the weight of the competitor is prohibited.

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2014/15 WSA Final Slalom Results

# Rider Sail #
1 Steven Rhodes RSA-411 
2 Robbie Bense RSA-68
3 James Moore RSA-111 
4 Mitchell Wagstaff RSA-1111
5 Ralph Cromarty RSA-10
6 Donovan Fick RSA-59
7 Paul Burger RSA-36
8 Hennie Bredenkamp RSA-17
9 Jaco Conradie RSA-147
10 Greg Harrowsmith RSA-505
11 Eugene van Niekerk RSA-4  
11 Shayne Krige  
12 Mark Derman RSA-88
12 Nikolai Germann RSA-90
13 Matthew Rickard  
14 Justin Newcombe-Bond RSA-69
14 Reuben Venter RSA-330 
15 Chris Gippert RSA-14
16 Andre van der Walt  
17 Cameron Bruce RSA-29
17 Wayne Smith  
18 Deon Burger  
19 John van der Vyver RSA-13

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1.1           Notice is hereby given for the 2017 Kite-Windsurf Cup (KWC), scheduled to take place as detailed in this Notice of Race.

1.2           The KWC is sanctioned by Windsurfing South Africa (WSA)

1.3           The 2016/17 WSA Championship Tour will consist solely of the events of the KWC as detailed in this NOR.

1.4           Entries are invited in terms of this Notice.


2.1           The KWC will be organized by the WSA Club and Surf’N’Curve.

2.2           The Langebaan Downwind Dash is organised by Saldanha Beach Sailing Club.

3       RULES

3.1           In terms of the KWC, the events are governed by:

3.1.1           The WSA National Tour Championship Rules (WSACR)

3.1.2           The ISAF Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS)

3.1.3           This Notice of Race (NOR)

3.1.4           The Sailing Instructions (SI)

4       VENUE

4.1           The KWC will be hosted by Friday Island in Langebaan from 2nd  to 6th January 2017.

4.2           The event HQ and official Notice Board will be the Cape Sport Center lawn.

4.3           Racing will take place in the Langebaan/Saldanha Bay area.

4.4           Wind conditions in January are typically moderate to strong from the South East and can range from 10 to 35 knots. Water temperature in the bay ranges from 11 - 19°C, air temp 16°C (night) and 26°C (day).

5       The Events

5.1           The KWC will contest five events on five separate days.

5.2           Each event has a separate course and prize giving, and may be contested as a stand-alone event.

5.3           The Langebaan Downwind Dash is organised and run separately, and is not part of the KWC, yet we encourage all contestants to partake.

5.4           The KWC overall rankings will be determined from the rider’s results from all events.

5.5           Should four or more events be completed, the rider’s worst event will be discarded from the KWC overall rankings.


6       Classes

6.1           The competition will contest the following Classes;

6.1.1           Kitesurfing

6.1.2           Windsurfing

6.1.3           Kite Foiling

7       Categories

7.1           The competition is open to men and women of all ages and nationalities.

7.2           Results will be scored separately should there be 10 or more entries within the following categories:

7.2.1           Race (Slalom or Course Racing equipment)

7.2.2           Freeride/TT (Freeride or Twintip equipment)

7.2.3           Team Country (first 3 riders, kite or windsurf)

7.2.4           Ladies

7.2.5           Youth

8       COURSES

8.1           Five courses are planned around the Langebaan/Saldanha Bay area;

8.1.1           “Island Run”, numerous races starting North of Skaapen Eiland with 5+ legs of slalom ending at Cape Sports Center.

8.1.2           “Mykonos Challenge” starting North of Skaapen Eiland with 5+ downwind legs of slalom ending at Mykonos.

8.1.3           “Marks Beach Bar Bash” numerous races starting and ending in front of Mark’s Beach Bar.

8.1.4           “Saldanha Sprint”, numerous figure eight slalom races in front of Saldanha Beach Sailing Club.

8.2           The courses will be displayed on the HQ Notice Board. Cape Sport Center.

8.3           The organisers reserve the right to change the course at their discretion.


9.1           A wind minimum of 12 knots shall be required in the course area.

9.2           There must be sufficient wind to navigate to the course area within reasonable time limits of the start sequence.

9.3           A minimum of one completed race is required for an event to be considered valid.

9.4           A minimum of one completed event is required for the KWC to be considered valid.


10.1       Prizes may be awarded in the following categories;

10.1.1       Race (Windsurf, Kitesurf)

10.1.2       Freeride/TT (Windsurf, Kitesurf)

10.1.3       Foil

10.1.4       Team Country

10.1.5       Ladies

10.1.6       Youth

10.1.7       Overall winner


11.1       All competitors shall bring their own equipment and there is no limitation restrictions.


12.1       All competitors will be required to wear an event  Lykra.


13.1       The SI and event programme will be available at registration and on the HQ Notice Board.




2 Jan 2017




Skippers meeting @ Cape Sports Centre

Entries- participants given an overview of event Races, schedule and the point-system.



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15.1       All competitors shall be members in good standing of WSA Club or SAKA.

15.2       Competitors shall possess valid third party liability insurance.


16.1       Registration will open at Marks Bach bar from 09h00 to 12h00 on Monday 2nd January 2017.

16.2       Registration for the Langebaan Dash is separate and will take place as indicated on the event schedule (please check for updates to their schedule).

16.3       Competitors will be required to produce the following prior to completing registration formalities on site:

16.3.1       Original Regatta Entry Form.

16.3.2       Parental/legal Guardian Consent – for those under age of 18.

16.3.3       Medical Treatment Permission – for those under age of 18 or on their parent’s medical insurance policy.

16.3.4       Original Bank Transfer/Draft details.

16.3.5       Proof of age.


17.1       The KWC will contest five events on five separate days.

17.2       Entry for the Langebaan Dash must be made at the Langebaan Dash website (

17.3       Entry for the remaining KWC events may be made as follows;

17.3.1       Online entries can be made via

17.3.2       On the day entries can be made via registration at “Marks Beach Bar” 2nd Jan 09:00 am.

17.4       Entry fees are as follows:



Entry, all events (not incl. Langebaan Dash Entry)

R 750

17.5       Payment must be made to the WSA account;

Account Name:  Windsurfing South Africa Club

Surf and Curve bank Details

Surf'n'Curve (PTY) LTD


Acc. No. 62568126877

Business Cheque Account

Branch Name Woodstock

Branch No. 250655


17.6       Entry forms can be collected from the event secretary (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or at event registration.

17.7       Entry forms must be countersigned by a parent or guardian where the competitor will be under the age of 18 years on the first day of the regatta.


18.1       Recommended Accommodation:

18.1.1       Mykonos


19.1       In registering for the event, competitors automatically grant to the Organising Authority the right in perpetuity to make, use and show from time to time at their discretion, any motion pictures, still pictures and live, taped or filmed television and other reproduction of them, taken during the period of the event, for the said Championship as defined in the Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions in which he/she participates without compensation.


20.1       During racing, competitors may be required by the organisers to wear lycras carrying the event sponsors' branding; and carry the event sponsor's advertising on their sails in accordance with RRS B2.4


21.1       Competitors are reminded of the ISAF rules and regulations concerning the use of banned methods and substances.

21.2       Drug testing may take place during the event.

21.3       Sailing under the influence of alcohol will not be tolerated.



22.1       Competitors participate in the event entirely at their own risk. The Organising Authority, WSA or any of their officials or representatives or the sponsors or their officials or representatives, are not responsible under any circumstances for any damage, loss, injury or death sustained in conjunction with, prior to, during, or after the event either ashore or on the water, to persons or equipment. Participation in these events, supporting events and in each race in them is at the sole discretion of the sailor and at his/her own risk. Notice is drawn to RRS 4.

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The first two days of the 2016 Surf N Curve, Kite Windsurf Cup have been completed in challenging conditions for the fleet of windsurfers and kites from around the world.  Mixing it up with the local South African Sailors are Vincent Langer, Danny Aeberrli, Craig Gertenbrach and Miriam Rasmussen has joined the fleet all the way from Norway, Chris Le Masurier from Jersey, and foils Jerome Bonieux,  Sunny Bonieux from Mauritius

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The 2016 Kite Windsurf Cup is almost upoun us. This years event incorproates the WSA Nationals and Downwind Dash.  The event is generously sponsored by Surf n Curve and Grennel Security.

We invite all kiters, windsurfers and foilers to take part in 5 epic races including the Langebaan Downwind Dash from Jan 9 - 17, 2016.

Fun racing for all levels and lots of prizes to be won.

All Kite Windsurf entrants receive a discount on the Dash entry fee when entering both competitions through our website ( Enter now )

Book your accommodation in Langebaan as we will be racing in Churchhaven, Langebaan and Saldahna.

Meeting point in Langebaan Jan 9, 2016 at Friday Island at 10:00am.

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New World production speed record and All African speed record -- 2015 Windsurfing

"Those who take part in windsurfing world attempts have to be more than a little crazy, almost fearless and driven by some impulse that most people will simply never understand."

Mark Grinnell again entered the Lüderitz speed challenge that takes place in Namibia in a man-made canal. The Lüderitz World Speed Sailing Challenge is the most extreme windsurfing event on the planet. A manmade canal with hurricane plus winds that the average person would take cover from yet alone sail down. It’s dangerous and unbelievably fast and on the extreme limits of control if there is such a thing.

He has been knocked out at least four times while windsurfing in his speed sailing career. In 2013, in the first week of the event he broke three ribs. He was patched up and ‘tied together’ with duct tape and in the second week (bolstered by anti-inflammatory pills) he managed to achieve his top speed, which secured for him the seventh place in international ranking and the top place in South Africa and Africa.

"This year, on the 2nd of November the World no 1 Antoine Albeau of France did a 53.27knots after 33 runs down the canal and sailing with custom equipment. World no 2 Patrik Diethelm of Switzerland achieved 52.33knots after many runs too. On the 14th November I managed an average of 51.83knots over the 500m run with a top speed of 53.51 which equates to 99.61kph. The wind was blowing over 109kph so the desert sand stings your hands and feet and makes it difficult to walk. Stones fly and it really is like being assaulted by the elements of nature.

According to the Beaufort wind scale, a violent storm consists pf 88.5kph winds and a hurricane 102.99kph, so my record run was achieved in insane hurricane plus winds whilst standing on a windsurf speed board and holding onto a sail for dear life. I was the only sailor in the water as the conditions were not only insanely windy but also choppy on the canal so danger of getting hurt and having an accident. I started my run crossed the start line and just continued to accelerate while trying to hold on and keep the board in the water. As I crossed the finish line and tried to stop, I realised that the water was just too choppy and impossible, so I let go of my equipment and rolled over and over in 30cm deep water at nearly 90kph. It was like being in a car accident while carrying an extra 10kg of lead on my back in a weight jacket. This is how I got the name Cannonball.

In short you get your speed board ( big water-ski ) going, hold on for dear life, "turn the corner" and accelerate from 20 knots to 50 knots in just over 50 meters! It’s like having a rocket up your ass and then navigate your way down the 500m long canal while getting pulled around by the wind, blasted by sand and small stones and when it’s all over you need to stop within 50 meters which is in itself near impossible. Far less control than being in a race car as the elements are in control and with the use of your weight jacket you hold on and hope to keep it all together.

At the end of the day I am 1.44knots off the world record and only 0.5knots off second place and all that with standard production equipment. Not bad as a recreational sailor compared to world professionals whose living is derived from the sport of windsurfing. Now I’m the third fastest in the world of all time.

The fastest production speed sailor in the world ever. No 1. !!"

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