(a) Three person Taplin Relay is as per the six person Taplin Relay except that the event is conducted with one swimmer, one board paddler and one ski paddler.
(b) Four person Taplin Relay is as per the six person Taplin Relay except that the event is conducted with one Swimmer, one board paddler, one ski paddler and a beach sprinter who is always the last competitor in the event. The third competitor visibly tags with the beach sprinter. (Refer section 2.28 for definition of a tag). The tag can be effected anywhere between the last turning buoy of the third competitor and the seaward side of the first green and yellow turning flag. The beach sprinter proceeds around the first green and yellow turning flag and past the second green and yellow turning flag on the shoreward side and finishes between the two green flags.
Note: Runners are permitted to enter the water to tag the incoming competitor and may wade, porpoise off the bottom with their feet, catch waves and/or run to the turning flags
but are not permitted to swim at any time (this includes taking an overarm action to either catch or stay on a wave.
(c) Competitors must commence their leg of the event from the correctly allotted beach position. The starting positions are reversed for the board and ski legs. For example, in a 16-team race in which a team has drawn position 1; the initial craft leg is commenced from position 1 and the other craft leg is commenced from position 16.