Data will make windsurfing competitions understandable

The KIA @coldhawaii PWA World Cup 2011 has put itself into world history in more than one scence. Not only was a new world champion announced, but together with ACTIVE Institute, the organizers also introduced the "Cold Hawaii Scoresheet” which will hopefully mark the first step in changing the way windsurfing wave performance is communicated to the rest of the world.

The "Cold Hawaii Scoresheet” has, for the last two days and for the first time ever, given an online audience the ability to actually see every counting score right after each heat, in both the single and double eliminations.

"It is important to understand that the product that we've created in Klitmoller isn't the solution. It should be seen as a crucial step to a very important path, that will make the competitive aspect of windsufing wave performace understandable to the world", says Rasmus Johnsen from ACTIVE institute.

PWA Head judge Duncan Coombs and tabulator, Matias Hejl.

The idea was simple. Instead of giving the scores on a single piece of paper, the judges were using scoresheets that produced a carbon copy. Immediately after each heat, the copy was handed to two tabulators, who, through a specially designed interface, were able to very quickly digitize not only all relevant heat information, but - most importantly - all counting scores, that the judges awarded each rider. This made it possible to then display results through a specially designed app on the event website.

“We need this dimension in the dissemination of the sport of windsurfing wave performance, simply because it makes it possible for spectators to see and understand why one rider beats another. But that’s not the only reason. We also need to store the data. Imagine what you could do with that data once the database gets more comprehensive. For starters, who wouldn't like a simple thing as being able to search and find the scores from the legendary heats of Robby Naish and Bjorn Dunckerbeck back in the days“ says Rasmus Johnsen from ACTIVE institute.

It’s not only the spectators and online viewers who can enjoy this new revolutionary idea. Future riders can go back and see the specific points from each event they participated in. For the riders, this means a lot, because they now have the opportunity to see what tricks they got good points in, and which tricks they need work on.

The “Cold Hawaii scoresheet” truly is a new initiative, that the KIA @coldhawaii PWA World Cup are proud to have introduced to the world. The far-from-unrealistic vision is to produce the ultimate system, which is, of course, a live scoreboard that will make it possible to follow scores live, as they are given by the judges.

All counting scores single