About A Grade
You may have heard that we’re gunna run a new A-Grade Club Championship series in March, June and July* and hopefully score some cracking conditions on our best breaks in Shellharbour! A wider contest window over the last two weekends of these months gives us a good chance for some great waves.
Check out this vid for more info about A and B Grade championships and our Events Calendar for the contest days.
* we’ll aim for a bonus 4th round in tandem with one our regular pointscores
How do I nominate for A Grade?
How will A Graders be determined?
The Committee will work out the final line up. Depending on interest, we may have to limit numbers. If so, the following criteria will be used: ‘Ability to reach the semi-finals on a regular basis in a full field of all club seniors’.
The list below of finalists in the last 3 years is a rough guide to the ability level for this criteria. The Committee will consider more than just past results. Anyone including new members may be selected if the committee believes they have a good level of ability.
How will I know when a A Grade round is likely to run?
We’ll keep watch during the lead up to each weekend of a championship window and let everyone know mid-week on our socials if conditions look promising for the upcoming Sat or Sun.
If it’s looking good, sign-ons will be open Wed to Fri. As usual, we’ll make the final call early on the day.
Why is A Grade limited?
The A-Grade field will be limited so we don’t bomb our busy premium breaks all day long with our full club field and p#@$ off the locals!
It’s kinda like the WSL CT concept, where the series is held on prime breaks with a smaller number of the better surfers.
It’s also an incentive to lure higher-level surfers to our club and strengthen our competitive stocks. But we haven’t forgotten our B-Graders, who will have their own championship series with more heats and surf time without the rippers. It’s a win-win for everyone!