Billy Budds and Mr Mullet’s Surf Classic 2014, ESK Ranking event 3  


The competition is on! 

Check in for Kayaks is 8 to 8.25am at Putsborough beach. 

Check in for Waveskis is by 12.30pm - the competition will be during the afternoon.

First heat starts 8.40am.  A prompt start will help us get the most of the time around high tide. 

Heats will be 12 minutes (unless advised differently on the day).  

Bring your BCU / WCA / bwsa card or buy temp membership.

Every competitor must have third party liability insurance for taking part in the competition. Either:

1.  Show your current BCU/BWSA membership card at check in; or

2.  Pay £6 online to sks for single event BCU membership before Friday 1pm; or £10 on the day.

Complete check-in and we'll give you a voucher for a burger at our main sponsors - Billy Budds in Croyde.  It's the meeting place for a social in the evening - just call in for your burger or stay all evening.  

Please help us get the event started on time by making check-in quick and easy.


Competitors are expected to make decisions on the day suited to their abilities and surf conditions, and with safety of themselves and others in mind.   This is during summer holiday - swimmers in the water always have priority.

Kayaks:  Buoyancy aid or impact vest with British Standard rating of 50N, and helmet, to be worn.  Full foam, bulkhead or airbags in back of boat, some flotation in front.  End tails fitted, no loops.

Skis:  As per BWSA rules.  Helmets required, no b/a's.


20 people in the Short boat class, 12 in the Long boat, 8 Masters Short boat.  Everyone will surf 2 or more heats.  No immediate knockouts!

The Final for 3 Juniors Shortboat, will also entitle them to go into the Open Shortboat reps if they wish.

The Final for 3 Ladies Shortboat, will also entitle them to go into the Open Shortboat reps if they wish.

The Final for 4 Masters Longboat, will also entitle them to go into the Open Longboat reps if they wish.

(This gives the Juniors, Ladies and Masters more paddling time than just a straight final.)

7 Ski entries.  Everyone surfs at least twice.  We'll run it in the afternoon - check in at lunchtime to save you waiting all day.

Heats and a provisional running order will be shown on the sks website by Thursday evening.

We aim to complete the main ranking contest on the Saturday. Prizegiving is at the beach, straight after the last Final.

Heritage Classic

There are 16 Heritage Classic entries.  We shall consider running this after Prizegiving on the Saturday - if there's time, if conditions are good, and we'll have everyone from the day still around.  Or we'll meet 10am Sunday as previous years.  Decision announced during Saturday.

Judging and running to time

We have some judges arranged, so that many competitors will be free to enjoy the day surfing, competing and socialising.

However, if we need to, competitors may be asked to judge / help with flags for a short time - like at other events but much less.

It is still your responsibility to know when your Heat is on, and things do change on the day sometime - please keep an eye on the Heatlists and results board.  Please help us keep moving things along, so everyone enjoys the day - thank you.

Newcomers and Regulars

I think everyone entered this year has been to a similar event.  Here’s a summary of how it all works, but please ask if we can help.  Enjoy your surfing and the good company on and off the water.

How it all works:

Each Heat has between 3 and 5 paddlers, each wearing different coloured bibs.

Each Heat lasts a set time (probably 12 minutes, we’ll announce it at the start of the day).

Judges watch each heat and score each competitor’s waves. 

You can catch 10 waves maximum.  Your best two waves added together count for your result.

Normal surf etiquette applies – no dropping in, swimmers at the beach have priority etc.

Red flag displayed – we are between heats

Green flag – the Heat is on

Yellow flag – 5 mins to go in this Heat;  paddlers in next Heat paddle out (but not catch waves).

Red flag – Heat finished, paddlers come in.  Paddlers in the next Heat watch for green flag.

(If the Red flag is displayed crossed during a heat – competition stopped to sort out a problem).

Results are displayed at a central location.  Find out when you’re on next.  The heat order and times sometimes change so check every now and again.


There are toilets and a café at the carpark.

There is no camping, but camper vans can park up -

There are several campsites around Croyde – search or see tourist information.


Saturday evening 

Billy Budd’s in Croyde. 

A voucher for a burger evening meal is included in the entry fee for competitors.