(a) The number of entries received for events shall determine the necessity to conduct heats and further rounds prior to the conduct of a final.
(b) The initial draw for heats and beach positions, which may include seeding, may be conducted as directed by SLSA or by nominated officials and supplied to competitors. Draws for positions in rounds, quarter-finals, semi-finals and finals may be drawn at the competition by SLSA or their nominated officials. The Referee shall approve the method used for the draw, including seeding, which should occur at least following the first round of an event to ensure the fairness of competition.
(c) The maximum number of competitors in each heat, quarter-finals, semi-finals and finals will be four, however in special circumstances six may be considered necessary to best conduct the event. The Referee, taking into account the overall fairness to competitors and availability of Judges and the surfing conditions, shall best determine this number.