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Age Groups Description Maximum Length Minimum Weight
U9–U10 Soft “Nipper” Boards 2.0m Not specified
U11–U13 Composite or Soft “Nipper” Boards 2.0m 4.5kg
U14 Full Length Composite Boards 3.2m 7.6kg
Masters Full Length Composite Boards 3.2m 7.6kg

Note 1: For full details of SLSA Surf Craft Specifications and Use of SLSA Equipment Policy (1.02) refer to the SLSA website members area.
Note 2: All designated U14 age category board events are to be conducted on 3.2m boards.
Note 3: Proficient U13 competitors with their relevant age award may compete in U14 age category team events, but will be required to use the equipment designated for the U14 age category.
Note 4: Proficient U13 SLSA Surf Rescue Certificate holders who compete in U14 and U15 age category events will be required to use the equipment designated for the U/14 age category.
Note 5: Proficient U10 competitors with their relevant age award may compete in U11 age category team events, but will be required to use foam or fibreglass boards with the minimum weight of 4.5kg designated for the U11–U13 board.
Note 6: The minimum ages and qualifications for training/usage of SLSA owned Surf Boards is as follows:

(b) The minimum ages and qualifications for training/usage of SLSA owned Surf Boards is as follows:


Craft Minimum Training/Usage Age as at 30 September Minimum Qualifications
Soft “Nipper” Boards U8 Completed the U9 Preliminary and Competition Evaluations
Composite “Nipper” Boards U10 Completed the U10 Preliminary and Competition Evaluations
Full Length Composite Boards U12 Completed U12 Preliminary and Competition (Surf Safe 1) Evaluations OR Completed the basic assessment (i.e. pool swim and run-swim-run) for the appropriate award relevant to the age category of the user . If older Proficient Surf Rescue Holders or having met prerequisites for Bronze Medallion.

© The minimum ages and qualifications for training/usage of SLSA owned Surf Skis is as follows: