To provide you all with some indication on how seriously the ASRL/SBC take this opportunity to address our future these are the agenda items to be discussed at the May conference. Twenty plus sweeps representing every State will be in attendance along with many of our National and State Referees.
We are acknowledging the past but concentrating on the future in this debate. What we all want is the best for our sport and by airing all these issues in a controlled way we hope to come out the other side with some good gains.
We did make the call for contributions to the agenda and received two suggestions that are included below. We have had some people call wanting to see an open forum for all to attend. We have such a forum already and it's called the AGM. You elect a committee each year to run the ASRL and that is what they are doing by organising this set of discussions between members from SLSA, our boat officials and a representation of sweeps. Unfortunately we can't open the doors further because firstly where do we stop and secondly if a committee of one is the best committee this group of 40 in full cry will be difficult to control.
Forum No 1
Future for Surfboats at Australian Championships
• Date for any future event to be held on the GC including next year
• Identify the Gold Coast beaches we can operate on to provide a fair racing arena for boats
• Do we want to try to have the Aussie boats run by the ASRL in place of the ASRL Open albeit at a later date then we currently run
• Size of the overall event, do we support boats being attached to the main Aussie events or removed to a different beach that best suits the surfboat
• Should the Australian Championship be for participation of all or should crews have to qualify
• Do we support the removal of the younger age divisions in all events from the Aussies thus making the titles a senior event only
• If yes what does that mean for our U19 crews
• Does any of this have an effect on our racing divisions i.e. U19 back to U18 & U23M back to U21
• What is happening to our numbers and what issues are influencing the crew entry numbers
• What is our opinion of a flat water fall-back position
• SLSA Risk and Safety Management processes, and where a sweeps / organising group's responsibilities and liabilities start and finish
• Sweep competency in surf conditions – If we wish to be able to continue to race in 'surf' conditions, the level of sweeping competency must be raised and in turn, the decision to go to sea must be removed from some sweeps that are not deemed competent for the given conditions. How should this be managed? Given that crews have paid for airfares and accommodation to be at the championships, how do we allow for other sweeps to take crews if their sweep is ruled not competent?
• Should the sweep accreditation system have stages so only say grade 3 sweeps be allowed to contest these championships
• Beach fairness – What are the elements we are looking for with regard to the most suitable beach for racing at major championships? Is it a beach with a consistent wave that will provide the same racing conditions from alley 1 through 7 including the likelihood of a consistent wave?
• How do we identify the best racing area for boats
• How do we work with SLSA so that the best racing area for the boats is determined as close as possible to the commencement of the event rather than months out when conditions may shift enormously prior to commencement?
• Discuss PFD & Helmets
Forum No 2
Racing systems, Course management, Officials needs
• Course Setting – What is the most reliable method of altering turning cans for fairness of racing . Using range finders may be good for laying course length but seem to be inconsistent for alley fairness, what alternatives are there?
• Understanding the effect the waves have on starts and finishes
• The need and willingness to continue to adjust the race course
• Understanding the surf and type of conditions that a surf boat can and can't operate in. What are the elements of 'surf' that we should be looking for to indicate dangerous V testing conditions, how do we educate our officials/sweeps on this
• Starts – what should starters be looking for, how to get consistency across the line. Is one starter/check starter enough?
• Finish line depth – The surf sport manual indicates that finishing depth should be knee depth, this is rarely the case at major events and crews are regularly being left short of the finish line with little to no water under their boat. What are the issues with having the finish line set deep enough?
• Racing formats and when each type should best be used
• Seeding the draw at major events
• Seeding crews into alleys or allow the random system to operate
• Four V six boat heats
On top of all this we will be holding a separate SBC meeting and finally an ASRL meeting with the various State bodies so a big weekend for all involved.
Surf Boat Committee Strategic Plan:
For those that still crave more knowledge of what the SBC is about and what it can achieve out of this new relationship with SLS please look over the attached 2 year Strategic Plan. We have developed this SP and by any reading it is a big document full of challenges for the current and future ASRL committees. If we can stick to this plan and show improvement we will be doing our job for the sport.
CLICK HERE to download the Surf Boat Committee Strategic Plan
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