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This course is the world’s most comprehensive educational program for surf judging and the development and certification of quality surf judges. The course will give you the resources to become a surf judge, a better competitor, an educated surf coach, or a well-informed parent.

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This is a 5-7 hour course, including assessments and an exam.


  • Manoeuvres and their difficulty.
  • Judging criteria
  • Competition rules
  • Tabulating
  • Roles of officials


On successful completion of the course attendance, assessments and the exam, the student receives the ISA level one (Trainee) Judge award. To progress to the next ISA Judging level your hours of experience must be submitted to the ISA or your National Governing Body. 20 Judging hours are required for a Level 2 (National Judge) and 100 Judging hours are required for Level 3 (International Judge).


The course fee includes ISA membership for the first year.  After, the ISA Judging award holder must pay the $30 USD fee to the ISA yearly to maintain a valid qualification.

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Andy Joyce

Turning his love for the water into a career, he started up Surf Steps, his own Surf and SUP training centre in 2005. He now directs the business, and a very happily married Father of 2.

“My dream of a more water filled life was realised through passion, hard work and vision. I see my role is to help people achieve theirs too!”

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