Usher Cup 2022 Head Judge + Panel

With the second Usher Cup underway, boardriders clubs have arrived with their final competitors who are here to represent themselves and club over the 3 days. 

These teams of highly competitive surfers have made the trip to Snapper Rocks in the hopes of taking away the Usher Cup trophy and the incredible prizes up for grabs. 

To win, these grassroots surfers need to impress a panel of professional surf judges who are primed and ready to see the best of the best of grassroots club surfing out on Snapper Rocks.

Usher Cup is excited to have Ty Conaghan taking on the head judge position again this year. His professional expertise in both competitive surfing and judging requirements bring an edge to the competition, especially for those returning. 

“I’m stoked to be back for the second year. It’s such a great event and it’s got a really high level of surfing and it’s just awesome to be here” said Ty

“The girls are always really stacked. There’s XTC girls, girls like Sierra Kerr so, they should be blowing up all weekend.

I haven’t had a chance to look at the men’s heats yet but I’m sure it’ll be just as stacked” said Ty

The rest of the panel consisting of Rory Symes, Troy Minoque, Tory Gilkerson and Hinata Aisawa, all professionals in their own right, with a variety of competitions under their belts. 

The judging panel will be deciding who continues through to the finals by using the World Surfing League competition guidelines, a world standard for scoring in competitive surfing. 

Each round will see 2-4 surfers go head-to-head to gain a score of up to 10, with the two highest scoring waves creating a heat total. 

Whilst competitors aren’t limited to the number of waves they can catch, only the two highest scores will contribute to the final number.

To reach this, judges each give an individual score and the lowest and highest score are discounted. An average of the 3 remaining scores is the total for that wave. 


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