IBA World Tour 2005

Source: www.ibaworldtour.com

posted by Steve Kirkman on 30th July 2004

At the Executive Meeting of the IBA in Australia on July 18th and after consultation and input from members, competitors, promoters, judges and officials it was decided that there would be one World Tour in 2005.

The success of the Super Tour concept of events with waiting periods and held at heavy / extreme locations had been so well received that it has changed the mind set of many promoters, who are now looking for bigger waves and longer waiting periods for their events. It has also brought many great bodyboarders back into the competition arena.

It was felt however that the success in this area had created a division in other areas. It has been decided that to promote our sport in the best possible light and to promote it at the highest possible level we needed to provide a package that encompassed all of the element required to make a successful World Tour.

Men’s World Tour (WT)

There will be one men’s tour in 2005 (World Tour). The minimum prize money for International WT events will be US$15,000.00.

1.1 Points per Event

Points will be based on the following scale, these being the points for 1st Place:

1(a) 1,000 points (B)…Base event with US$15,000 prize money.

1(b) 1,100 points (BP)…Base event with US$30,000 or more Prize money.

1(c) 1,100 points (BW)…Base event with minimum 10 day waiting period.

1(d) 1,200 points (BWP)…Base event with minimum waiting period & US$30,000 or more prize money.

1(e) 1,500 points (BWV)…Base event with minimum waiting period & critical / extreme wave venue.

2.1 How many Count

Number of events that count will be based on International events. International events for 2005 will be capped at 8 events.

Number of events that count will be:

4 from 8
4 from 7
3 from 6
3 from 5
3 from 4

3.1 Ranking and Seeding

The following will be the make up of the 2005 World Tour ranking.

1(a) Top 16 WST from 2004 will take the top 16 spots. Next will come the top 4 from the WQT 2004 who have not already qualified through the 2004 WST. Next will come the remainder of the 2004 WST followed by the remainder of the 2004 WQT.

1(b) The top 20 ranked riders will pay membership of US$800.00 to secure their top 20 seeding at all events in 2005.

1(c) In the event that a top 16 WST rider does not wish to secure his place in the top 20 for 2005, then his place will be taken by the next remainder WST rider and he will take that riders position.

1(d) In the event that a top 4 WQT rider does not wish to secure his place in the top 20 for 2005, then his place will be taken by the next remainder WQT rider and he will take that riders position.

4.1 Formats

Formats as per Rule Book with the inclusion of:

1(a) At a World Tour event the top 20 seeded riders present will already qualify into the Main event. Any vacancy in the top 20 will be offered to the next seeded rider at an increased fee. Any vacancy left in the top 20 after that will be filled from the trials.

1(b) The seeding for all World Tour events EXCEPT (BWV) events will be: Top 20 seeded riders ( as per 4.1(a) ) followed by 2 local Wild Cards followed by 2 Sponsors wild cards followed by 8 or more from the trials. Total 32

1(c) The seeding for a World Tour (BWV) event will be: Top 20 seeded riders ( as per 4.1(a) ) followed by 4 local wild cards followed by 2 sponsors wild cards followed by 6 or more from the trials. Total 32

Women’s World Tour (WWT)

The WWT will run the same in 2005 as it did in 2004. We aim to have as many WWT events as financially and logistically viable and as many as possible at the same time as the WT events. WWT points will be 1000 points for all International events and 250 points for each Regional event. Minimum prize money will be US$1,000 for Regional events and US$10,000 for International events. Seeding rules will also remain the same.

Regional WT Events

Points and Prize Money for Regional WT events will remain the same as 2004.

Drop Knee Tour

The IBA will also be looking to re-invent the Drop Knee World Tour.

Entry to all World Tour events will be open to all as per the Rule Book

We believe that the new World Tour will be received favourable and positively by all concerned and will give us the perspective and unity needed to move our sport forward.

Steve Kirkman
Managing Director
International Bodyboarding Association
[email protected]

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