WWS World Overall Tour – Rules & Info

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2023 WWS Overall Tour Rules

1. Tour Points

The Overall Tour consists of 4 stops, France, Canada, Austria, and the USA. The Tour Champion will be calculated based on the top 3 placements of these 4 stops, with 1 tournament being a throw-away score. That being said, only skiers that have skied in the first 3 events (or have an injury, or validated excuse for one of the other tour stops) will be allowed to place in the year-end tour standings (see injury clause).

2. Entry

All Overall Skiers Welcome to Enter -The number of event spots may vary for each event due to the different formats planned by the organizers, which may cause entry limits into Overall prelims. If there are restrictions for Overall entry a LCQ round will be set up so that any athlete without ranking points will have an opportunity to qualify. So please check the EVENT PAGES specific to the event you plan to attend for cut-off dates and entry numbers of each tour stop.

  • 2.1 – The WWS ranking list will be used to determine the initial skiers added to the entry list. WWS ranked athletes have 2 weeks to enter from the opening date after that they forfeit their protected spot. After the 2-week date at midnight, the entry list will be filled from the top down on the IWWF dynamic ranking list.  After 8 men and 5 women have been confirmed, 2 wild cards may be given the opportunity to enter the event, at the discretion of the organizer and the host country. 1 man and 1 woman qualifying spots are available if the event has a LCQ (Last Chance Qualifier) tournament prior to the preliminary overall rounds.


  • 2.2 Intent to ski – If payment is received before the cut-off date an athlete will either be entered into the tournament as a qualified skier or be put on a waitlist. As qualified skiers enter and/or skiers are moved off the waitlist and into the professional tournament, filling all the available spots in the professional event, the skiers remaining on the waitlist will be notified. Waitlisted skiers will be given the opportunity to ski in the LCQ and qualify for the tournament when available. Waitlisted skiers will also be given the opportunity to pull out of the event if they do not wish to ski the LCQ and receive their entry fee back up until 2 weeks before the event. After cut-off dates skiers will need to write a formal valid excuse as stated in Rule #9.   


3. Sanctioning – Prelims and Finals

If an event is held with a Qualifying format (LCQ), the local organizer will determine the schedule. These LCQ rounds will typically be IWWF WR sanctioned.  Preliminary and finals for Pro Overall will follow WWS rules. It is the responsibility of the athlete to check the EVENT PAGE for each event, and what rules will be used for each round. The Overall final will typically be set up to last approximately 3 hours, with a typical final consisting of 5 men and 4 women, although, once again, these numbers may be changed at the discretion of the event organizers. The WWS organization also holds the right to adjust these numbers if deemed necessary.

4. Seeding

The seeding for the 1st event of the year will be determined by the Overall WWS rankings from the previous year. Seeding at the second stop will be ranked from the Overall Tour Rankings, which will be updated after each stop until the tour champion is crowned for that season. Event seeding for each event will be based solely on the Overall Rankings, meaning the highest ranked Overall skier will be the top seed for all three disciplines.

5. Placement

Each event will consist of a preliminary and final round. The prelims will determine the running order for the finals. The final round will be the sole determining round for the Overall placements and the tour points for each event.  The individual event scores will be tracked from all rounds to determine WWS records in each discipline as well as course records. An individual ranking system will eventually determine a bonus system for individual event placements.

6. Tie Breaks

For Overall Tour Point ties, the tie break will be based on which of the tied skiers had the highest single round Overall score throughout the year, which can be from any of the 4 tour stops. If there is a 3 or more way tie, the highest Overall scores will determine the order with the highest overall score finishing 1st, the second highest being 2nd, and so on. In the event of a tie in the prelims of any of the tour stops, the higher ranked Overall skier will advance to the final. In the final round of a tour stop, a tie will be broken by the higher preliminary round Overall score.

7. Bonus Prize

Any single event prize money will be allocated for the highest score in an individual event from either round. Individual event podiums/placements will be tracked throughout the year and will be displayed/discussed during the events to highlight each skier’s achievements, but will not have points associated with the tour rankings this year.

8. Tour Champion Prize Purse

Awards for Tour placements will be handed out at the final stop. Skiers not present to receive checks forfeit their placement to the next skier in attendance. Unless Validated Excuse is met.

9. Injury or Validated Excuses

skiers with valid excuse will be given 1 tour point and will count as a skied event. Both injuries and other excuses will need to be submitted with supporting documents which will be judged by the head committee of the WWS. They hold the power to determine whether a skier’s excuse will be considered valid. The excuse must be sent 1 week prior to the tour stop, by email to admin@WorldWaterSkiers.com

10. Depth Of Field

In the event that the minimum depth of field is not met by the entry cut-off date, WWS reserves the right to amend, or change the prize money breakdown at the discretion of the Tour organizer and the WWS head committee. A minimum of 2 out of the top 5 and 2 out of the top 10 on the current WWS and or IWWF ranking must enter each event. We will attempt to give other entered skiers advanced notice of any changes so they can evaluate the changes.


2023 WWS Tour Points

1st 100
2nd 80
3rd 70
4th 60
5th 50
6th 40
7th 30
8th 20
9th 15
10th 10
11th 5
12th 4
13th 3
14th 2
15th 1


WWS Tournament Rules

  • There will be 4 judges: a Chief, a Driver, an Appointed Judge, and a scorer or secretary
  • WWS sanctioned event will be eligible for WWS records. The event will be sanctioned as an Experimental Class and thus, the scores will not be submitted to the IWWF ranking list.


  • There will be a singular judge calling tricks, with the option of a secretary
  • There will be one judge for trick timing.
  • If EyeTrick is being used 3 judges will be calling tricks and the EyeTrick timing will replace the timing judge.
  • There will be a camera in the boat for video review. All cameras available at review time are eligible for review
  • The driver will be the boat judge
  • If a skier asks for a re-ride, all judges will be pooled and the chief judge will make the final call
  • Added weight is permitted in the boat during the trick event within the permitted designated by the chief judge.
  • Set down time between runs will be determined by the chief judge.
  • Failing to meet the time allotted will be deducted 100 points for each infraction.


  1. The chief judge will be in the main tower watching the skier’s gates.
  2. The boat judge has the right to call in to ask for a review if he/she believes the skier missed the gate. The chief judge is the only judge who can review the gates and ultimately has the final say as to the gate call. If the chief judge deems a skier missed the gates, a review frame by frame can be used.
  3. The boat judge will watch the skier and make the call on the final buoy count of each pass.
  4. If the chief judge, watching in the tower, feels that the incorrect buoy count was called, or the boat judge believes that a review is necessary, the chief judge can review the skier’s pass with any camera, frame by frame, to determine the final buoy count. The chief judge thus has the final buoy count call.
  5. The boat path will be monitored by GPS tracking, or end course cameras.
  6. If a skier asks for a re-ride, all judges will be pooled and the chief judge will make the final call


  1.  The boat crew will consist of the driver and a cameraman, the driver will be responsible for the boat times.
  2. The boat path will be monitored by GPS tracking, or end course cameras.
  3. If a skier asks for a re-ride, all judges will be pooled and the chief judge will make the final call

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