Thursday, May 23, 2013

New Logging guidelines

Logging cool ©MoonwalkerPhoto


Great news, after consultation with Surfing Australia, Longboard Club members, and our Longboard delegate Trevor Brady, we will be announcing this week the addition of a Logging division into this year's QLD Longboard Titles.

If you have already entered the event on the Sunshine Coast on June 1 & 2, you can just go online and enter in multiple divisions if you wish to also contest the QLD Log Title for 2013.

As many of you are aware, the Log division has been recently added to the Australian Longboard Titles, and as such, we have developed a pathway for those who would like to compete at the Aussie titles, as well as just add an extra division to add to the fun of the Longboard Festival.

Should be a fantastic weekend of surfing, so please feel free to distribute the attached information on the Logging specifications and details to any and all of your Club members.

To enter the QLD Longboard Titles for 2013, just go to or contact the office if your members don't have access to the internet. Office Phone (07) 55 201 165

LOG CRITERIA FOR INCLUSION IN THE SURFING AUSTRALIA – AUSTRALASIAN RULE BOOK PREAMBLE The modern Malibu has evolved into a high performance act that now approaches the philosophy and approach used by the short board community. In response to this there has been a considerable return by the longboard community back to the style and methods that were prevalent in the 1960's – a more stylish approach that involves smoothness, continuity and flow. The exponents of this retro movement are called "loggers" and they now have enough critical mass to be identified as a separate longboard discipline and as such be given standalone status in the structure of Australian Surfing. Recent Pro Events held by Curl Curl's "Mal Jam" and Manly's "Snowy McAlister" has proved to be demonstrable success with the competitive longboard fraternity. Both events were oversubscribed and there are now dedicated log competitions along the whole East Coast. This follows a similar expansion
in the United States and South America. Logging is now a force to be reckoned with and deserves to be recognized in its own right.

The specifications and criteria below have been developed and refined with the input and consultation of the leading exponents and organisers of the log discipline this represents a broad consensus of opinion. There will undoubtedly be further discussion and refinement but we believe that this is a strong starting point.

This section would have to be added to Section 5 rule 9 of the Rule Book

a. The board length is minimum 9 feet measured from the nose to the tail on the deck of the surfboard. The width dimensions are to be a total minimum 47 inches in aggregate. This is the total of the widest point, plus the width 12 inches up from the tail and 12 inches back from the nose

b. The board will have a single central fin that may be permanently fixed or attached via a fin box. There must be no provision for any other fin configuration

c. The rails of the surfboard will be 50/50 or 60/40 from nose to tail.

d. The board will have no resin edge from rail to tail.

e. The fin will be at least 8 inches from its mounted base to the highest point

f. The board will weigh a minimum of six kilograms.

g. No leg rope but at tournament director's discretion

This section would have to be added to Section 7, rule 1(a) of the Rule Book

a.    Standard logging criteria:
"The surfer must execute traditional manouevre's with continual motion, style and grace in the most critical sections of the wave. The surfer must display uninterrupted flow with control of the surfboard with emphasis on creativity, form with smoothness and the linking of manouevre's over the entire ride. The degree of commitment to the key aspects of these criteria will determine the scoring outcome."

        b.   The following are possible manoeuvers to be considered:

•    Nose rides – touch 5 and 10's and extended 5's and 10's
•    Cheater 5 nose rides
•    Cross Stepping and Reverse Walks
•    Bottom turns
•    Lay back cutbacks
•    Fade take offs
•    Late take offs
•    Roundhouse cutbacks
•    Cutbacks
•    Drop Knee Cutbacks
•    Stall and Trim
•    Barrels
•    Cover Ups
•    Hawaiian Pullout
•    Forward and Reverse Flick outs •    Side slides
•    On Deck 360's, Head Stands, Coffins,  Beach Step Offs, Back Arches

1 comment:

Roy Stewart said...

If these rules are intended to loosely define old mals then a maximum width restriction needs to be added, but the noseriding requirement will I suppose help to keep the planshapes narrow and parallel.