Judges Course


Surfing New Zealand delivers the International Surfing Association (ISA) Judging Seminar. The seminar is great for all club surfing officials, competitive surfers and those involved with the sport of surfing.

Surfing New Zealand Development Manager and top international judge Lee Ryan facilitates the course. Once qualified, judges can officiate at events both in New Zealand and internationally. Alternatively the course offers a great source of information for officials to take back to their local boardriders club and pass on to other club members and help improve officiating at a community level.

The Course

The one day course involves an intensive classroom learning experience where participants are taken through all aspects of the ISA judging criteria including:

  • Competition rules
  • Duties of a judge
  • Interference rules
  • General judging information

Lunch is provided.

Surfing Ability

Participants must have a decent knowledge of surfing prior to attending the course.

Post Course Requirements

On completion of the course, attendees will be qualified as an accredited ISA Level One Judge and eligibility to judge at Surfing New Zealand and ISA sanctioned events.


The course costs $150. The cost includes all course manuals and twelve months ISA Judges registration.

Upcoming Courses

7th October 2014 Taranaki Register online for this course here

More dates to be added subject to demand. If your club wants to organise a course then please get in touch.

Courses will be advertised through local boardriders clubs, on this website and via newsletter and social media. A minimum of eight registrants are required for a course to be held.

If you are interested in attending a course then please register your interest with the Surfing New Zealand Development Manager – Lee Ryan 0211160160 or email lee.ryan@surfingnz.co.nz.

If you have already completed the ISA Judging Course but need to re-register your expired judges card contact Lee Ryan for more information. Annual registration runs from 1st Jan -31st Dec and is $25 for Level 1, $35 for Level 2 and $45 for Level 3.

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