Judging and Priority

AASP Judging and Priority

Events are comprised of rounds and those rounds are made up of heats ranged from two-to-four surfers looking to lock in their two highest-scoring waves, both out of a possible 10 points for a possible 20-point heat total. There will be an active judging panel of three scoring judges, one rotating judge and one priority judge. A Head Judge will be used to oversee the judging panel. The two best scoring waves (each out of a possible 10) are added together to become a surfer’s heat total (out of a possible 20). Surfers must perform to the ASP judging key elements to maximize their scoring potential. Judges analyze the following major elements when scoring a ride:

  • Commitment and degree of difficulty
  • Innovative and progressive maneuvers
  • Combination of major maneuvers
  • Variety of maneuvers
  • Speed, power, flow and length of ride


Judging Scale

[0.0 — 1.9: Poor]
[2.0 — 3.9: Fair]
[4.0 — 5.9: Average]
[6.0 — 7.9: Good]
[8.0 — 10.0: Excellent]

The subjective judging system will be used (0-10 points using .1 integrals) 


No more than four-man heats. All heats will be twenty minutes, twenty-minute heats allow for a maximum of 12 waves to be ridden. All final heats will be 25 minutes with a maximum of 15 waves ridden.

No priority will be given at the beginning of any heat. The first surfer to catch a wave will be given last priority at the end of the ride, the next surfer to catch a wave will move into last priority and so on until all surfers have established the priority structure. Once priority is established there is no “paddle priority”, it is first to take off will be given last priority throughout the heat. This is to insure every surfer get the opportunity to catch a scoring wave

The surfer with priority has the unconditional right of way to catch any wave they choose. Other surfers in the heat can paddle for, and catch, the same wave, but only if they do not hinder the scoring potential of a surfer with priority. A surfer loses priority once they catch a wave and/or a surfer paddles for but misses a wave.

AASP will be a double elimination round robin format giving each surfer a second chance to advance. 

Judging Protests

Complaints and protests by competitors shall be in writing and handed to the event Beach Marshall before action can be taken. All written protests will only be received after a 20-minute cool down period after the heat end. The event Contest Director, Beach Marshall and/or The HEAD JUDGE will handle all written protests. THEIR DECISION WILL BE FINAL. Videotape of the wave(s) will not be watched or considered by the judges. No heat that involves a competitor whose advancement is under protest will take place prior to the resolution of the protest. 

Equipment Requirements

The AASP equipment requirements listed below:

  • Surfboard (Stand-Up/Prone)
  • Knee Board
  • Wave Ski
  • Tandem Prone Surfboard

*No kayaks, surf ski’s, or open water canoes are permitted. 

Point Structure

This point structure will be used by all tour events to determine an overall AASP World Champion in each division based on combined points per event.

The Winner of the annual Association of Adaptive Surfing Professionals Championship is the adaptive surfer with the most points after the tour events combined. If the number of points is the same the advantage is given to the adaptive surfer with the highest wave score at the tours final event stop.



1st Place 


2nd Place 


3rd Place 


4th Place 


5th Place 


6th Place 


7th Place 


8th Place 


9th Place 


10th Place 


11th Place+