Grayland WA, Grayland Beach Rd beach access.
August 10-13 2017
Wednesday Aug. 9th– Set up / practice day. If you arrive early and would like to give a hand with set up, just head to the competition location (Grayland Beach Rd.) and get with one of the organizers to help out. Things to help out with include setting up scaffolding, banners, tables, pop ups traffic lanes etc…
Judges / organizers meeting at 8pm at the Cranberry Rd. Winery
Thursday August 10th – Starting at about 10:30 am we will have a Freeride clinic. The clinic is free and will be put on by the top riders in the Freeride industry. There will be some instruction on the beach followed by on the water training in small groups. Riders at every skill level are encouraged to attend. This is a unique opportunity to get some one on one training from the best riders in the world. Evening hang out location is the Cranberry winery / bog water Brewery Location: 2858 S Forrest St, Westport, WA 98595 (360) 268-7082)
Friday Aug. 11th – Competition Starts. Qualifying heats. There will be no Pro class heats on Friday. Signups are from 8:30-9:45 am. Riders’ meeting is at 10:00 am. We will start the competition promptly at 10:30 am. Heats will run all day with a mid-day break for the judges and safety crew to get some lunch. We will run heats until late in the afternoon. Estimated last heats will be around 5 or 6pm depending on how the weather and surf is throughout the day. After we’re done we will all head to the Cranberry Winery / Bog Water Brewery for live music and dinner. The public is welcome to join as we enjoy some great food and music. Location: 2858 S Forrest St, Westport, WA 98595 (360) 268-7082).
Saturday Aug. 12th – Main competition day. Signups are from 8:30-9:45 am. Riders’ meeting is at 10:00 am. We will start the competition promptly at 10:30 am. Heats will run all day with a mid-day break for the judges and safety crew to get some lunch. We will run heats until late in the afternoon. Estimated last heats will be around 5 or 6pm depending on how the weather and surf is throughout the day. After we’re done we will again head to the Cranberry Winery / Bog Water Brewery for live music and dinner. The public is welcome to join as we enjoy some great food and music. Location: 2858 S Forrest St, Westport, WA 98595 (360) 268-7082).
Sunday Aug. 13th – We will start at 10am with the finals for all Classes. After the finals we will have a short break and start the Pro Jam (top 8 riders all on the water at once for 15 min.). After the Pro Jam there will again be a short break while the award Ceremony is organized. We should be doing awards before or around 3 pm if all goes as planned. After awards it is tear down and Freeride time. Lend a hand if you can to help get the main table, banners and scaffolding packed up. See Dan Lindgren or Dave Collins if you want to help out. After the event everyone is welcome to stick around and ride or just hang out. Bonfire?
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This is an awesome event that you don’t want to miss. All are welcome free of charge to come enjoy some serious aerial action at the beach. Some of the top riders in the world will be in Grayland Washington throwing down some amazing aerial maneuvers. Back flips, barrel rolls, precision surf riding and moto surf racing are just some of what you can expect to see all weekend.
There will be food to feast on. Music will be playing and if you buy a few raffle tickets, you might just get some goodies to take home with you. We will have custom designed event t-shirts and sweatshirts as well as posters available at the main booth while supplies last. Bring your family a lawn chair and a camera and enjoy some free entertainment at the beach.
We ask everyone to respect the beach. All rules governed by the State Parks Dept. are still in effect during the event. Please pack it out if you pack it in. Help us to minimize the impact on the Grayland beach. Avoid soft beach areas with your vehicles as a tow can be very costly. Please park clear of the ribboned off area and leave room for cars to get through.
2017 Grayland USA National Freeride Competition style
TOURNAMENT STYLE Head to head timed 6 minute heats in a section that is marked with 14 ft tall red flags on the beach. Every rider will get a minimum of 2 heats and possibly more, depending on where you end up in the bracketing.
There will be 3 notifications IN THE JUDGES TOWER from the lollipop
– Green means that competition is under way.
–Sideways Lollopop is the 1 minute warning flag.
–Red means to come back to shore immediately because the heat is over.
All competitors are required to wear a helmet with a chin guard and sign a liability waiver.
Entry Fees are $60 per class entered
Stand up classes
Masters Class (40yrs and older)
Rookie class – beginner surf only class
Amateur ( main event) surf and Air
Pro – for the big ballers
Sport class (sit down) – x2, waveblaster, spark
After the competition is over on Sunday, the top 8 riders (if your ski is still intact) as decided by the judges will have a 15 min heat all at once to go as big and crazy as you can to win over the judges and be crowned king of the Pro Jam! No entry fee for those that are invited to be in the Pro Jam. You earn that spot during the competition.
Grayland Open Special Awards
How to score points from Judges
1. Choose the best wave available but don’t wait too long. 6 minutes is plenty of time to find a good couple of waves.
2. Ride the full face of the wave and be sure to get into critical areas of the wave in a bottom to top S motion. Slashing at the top of the wave makes judges and fans smile.
3. Re-entry (jumping out of the wave and landing back into that same wave) – bigger is better! This adds some nice style to a surf score.
4. Once you have chosen a wave, be sure to make the most out of it and play on it until it fizzles out.
5. Stay on you ski…..
6. Don’t cut the other rider off when he is in a wave, judges do not like this. Give a safe space cushion and be respectful of the other rider and know that there are plenty more waves coming.
1. Amplitude – going bigger always has a bigger impact and looks better to the judges. The biggest tricks with the highest level of difficulty will score big points.
2. Technical difficulty – The judges are aware of how hard tricks are to do. Tricks with a higher level of difficulty are always scored higher.
3. Variation – doing the same trick over and over will score some points but you will score much higher if you do many different tricks. Mix it up if you can!
4. Fluency – perfectly timed landings and quick recoveries show how dialed in you are on your bigger tricks.
A well rounded 50/50 run will have a good mix of both Surf and Air.