2011 IWWF Waterski & Wakeboard World Cup Waterski Rules

The IWWF Waterski & Wakeboard World Cup will be a series of tournaments sanctioned by the IWWF as described on the IWWF Waterski & Wakeboard World Cup website. There will be competition in Slalom, Trick, and Jump for men and women. Not all tournaments will have all events. The events are cash prize with a payout as described on the website. A IWWF Waterski & Wakeboard World Cup Waterski Champion will be declared in each event at the end of the series based on points accumulated from each tournament.

The points from all of the IWWF Waterski & Wakeboard World Cup Waterski stops will be added with no results being discarded which is different from the Elite Ranking. The points are calculated using the Elite Ranking List formula which is based on placement and total prize money as is described in the Elite Rules.

The tournament basics.

The basic tournament format will be a semi-final round of 12/8 skiers. The final is 6/4. The semi final will consist of the skiers invited by the IWWF through the seed list process among those who enter. (i.e. the top on seed list are invited to compete, 2 decline so the top 2 on the waiting list are invited in their place).
Wild Cards - The organizer is entitled to name up to five (5) wild card ski positions for the entire 3 event tournament. It is up to the discretion of the organiser to offer Wild card skiers accommodation and meals. Transport from the airport will be provided.
Additionally, in rare circumstances, the IWWF may issue a wild card invitation.
Organizer selected "wild card" skiers are eligible for cash prizes, but not travel compensation.

The IWWF Waterski & Wakeboard World Cup Committee has examined the seeding and as you have seen created a seed list to determine entries into the tournaments.

Preliminary Round ties - When there is a tie that affects the number of skiers in the final there will be a run-off. The skiers will choose their order based on their position in the Elite Ranking List. To place ahead of another skier, the skier must beat the already posted score. If multiple skiers all achieve the same score, their placement shall be in the order that they skied (i.e. first skier to get the score has the highest place among those tied. the second skier to get the score has the 2nd highest place among those tied and so on.)

Final Round Ties - ties will not be run off except for 1st. In the case of a tie in a money position, the cash prize for the tied places will be split among the tied contestants. Points will be awarded for the tied place by adding the points of the tied places and dividing by the number of tied skiers.

If after all IWWF Waterski & Wakeboard World Cup Waterski events in a specific discipline, two skiers are tied for first place, then the tie will be broken by placement at the last event.

Seeding - the skiing order will be determined by the most recent elite ranking list.

A skier missing the gates on his first or second pass in the preliminaries can opt up to the next pass and if he makes that next pass he gets credit for both passes. If he misses the opt up pass he gets zero at the original (missed gate) speed.

Slalom will start at 13m for men and 14.25m for women unless reduced by the judges for poor conditions.