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2018 US Kneeboard Titles and Festival

By Joe Coyne on November 4, 2017 in Contests

The 2018 US Kneeboard Titles and Festival will return to Huntington Beach, CA. This event will celebrate the 15th year of Kneeboard Surfing USA sponsored competition, including 12 US Titles and one World Titles event. The Kneeboard Surfing USA Titles will be held on Friday February 16th, 2018. The last US Kneeboard Titles were held in Oceanside and were an overwhelming success.

The last time that the KSUSA US Kneeboard Surfing Titles was held in Huntington Beach was 2014. Here is a video of the 2014 Open finals, courtesy of

KSUSA will partner once again with WSA to bring the contest back to Huntington Beach. WSA’s considerable experience organizing and running surf contests will help to ensure this event will be a success.

The 2018 US Kneeboard Titles will serve a US qualifying event for the 2020 World Titles in New Zealand. Results from the next two KSUSA events will be used to rank US competitors for seeding into the World Titles.


Organizing Committee Contacts
A dedicated group of Kneeboard Surfing USA volunteers and supporters are working hard behind the scenes to make this event a success. If you have any questions about the event, the entry process, or you would like to volunteer or sponsor the event, please contact the contest committee at


2018 SPONSORS – The generosity of the following sponsors make this event possible. Support those that support our sport. Please check back frequently as we add new sponsors and contest information.

2018 Premier Sponsors

Premier Sponsors

Official Surf Shop and Premier Sponsor – TK’s Frog House

Frog House is a long time supporter of kneeboard surfing.  Be sure to mention KSUSA and thank them for their support when you visit the shop.

2018 Event Sponsors

Event Sponsors


The venue for the contest will be the Huntington Beach Pier Southside.

2018 US Kneeboard Titles Divisions:

  • Open – All contestants
  • AAA – *
  • AA – *
  • Junior – under 21**
  • Junior – under 21 to 29**
  • Women’s Division

* As contestants are bumped from the Open Division they will be placed in the AA and AAA division based on their open results.
** Age determined as of January 1, 2018
*** A minimum of two entries is required to run each division.

Heats to be four to six man and of 15-20 minutes duration depending upon conditions and decided by contest director and head judge. All heat draws and results will be posted on the KSUSA website.

On-Line Registration: Click here for On-Line Registration
There is a small convenience fee for on-line registration. If you have problems with the registration process or have questions about the event, please e-mail

The deadline for mail-in registration has past.  Online registration will remain open until the contest is filled.
Click here for On-Line Registration.


  • OPEN: $95.00
  • WOMEN: $30.00
  • Both WOMEN and OPEN: $95.00
  • JUNIOR: $30.00
  • Both JUNIOR and OPEN: $30.00
  • PRO JUNIOR: $30.00
  • Both PRO JUNIOR and OPEN: $95.00

All judges will be selected as accredited by WSA.

Surfers must perform to the WSA judging key elements to maximize their scoring potential. Judges analyze the following major elements when scoring waves.

  • Commitment and degree of difficulty
  • Innovative and progressive maneuvers
  • Combination of major maneuvers
  • Variety of maneuvers
  • Speed, power and flow

NOTE: It’s important to note that the emphasis of certain elements is contingent upon the location and the conditions on the day, as well as changes of conditions during the day.
NOTE: The following scale may be used to describe a Ride that is scored:
0–1.9 = Poor; 2.0–3.9 = Fair; 4.0–5.9 = Average; 6.0–7.9 = Good; 8.0–10.0 = Excellent

WSA Rules will be used for the contest. Click here to view the 2017 WSA Rule Book

Air Temperature: Average 70° F High/48° F Low
Water temp: average 55-61° F
Clothes: Be prepared for chilly mornings and warm sunny days
Wetsuits: 3/2 or 4/3 fullsuit
Surf: We have had good luck with fun contestable surf in Huntington Beach this time of year.

There are numerous options for accommodation close to the contest area:

There are many lower cost accommodations within a short drive of the contest venue.

Camping: Overnight RV camping is allowed in the Huntington Beach State Park Parking Lot near the contest area. Click here for details.

All evening festivities will be held at a location Mario’s Mexican Food & Cantina at 18603 Main Street, Huntington Beach.  Located just three miles from the contest site.

Our generous sponsors have donated boards and gear for the Auction and Raffle Mania fundraiser.

Thursday, February 15th at 6:00 PM – Welcome and Check-in.
Judge’s Overview of the Event
1st Round Heat Assignments Posted
Contest Gear and Raffle Ticket Sales

Friday, February 16th, 7:00 AM – Heats Commence

Friday, February 16th, 6:00 PM – Evening Festivities
Awards Ceremony
Auction and Raffle Mania!
Surf Videos and Slide Shows


Initial heat assignments are listed below.  Please note that there could be some adjustments heat assignments.  Please check back on Thursday night and double check the final heat assignments at the Thursday evening gathering or at the contest area on Friday.

Heat Assignments

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