The Fight for the Founders' Cup

Every wave is its own miracle. But they'll add up to one thing: the first-ever Founders' Cup Champion. Catch the opening ceremony, first wave, and first rounds Saturday, and watch the final three teams battle it out for the win on Sunday.

 

Qualifying Leaderboard

  • Five teams of five athletes. Three men, two women per team.
  • Each athlete surfs two waves per run (left and right) – each wave scored out of 10.
  • Each athlete will surf six waves across three runs during the Qualifying Round – three rights, three lefts.
  • Each athlete's top-scoring left and top-scoring right will contribute to the Team Total.
  • Ten waves (each of the five team members' contributing top-scoring left and right) are added up to a maximum team total of 100.
  • Top three scoring teams out of the five qualify for the Final.
 
 

Run 1

Team A
Team B
Team C
Team D
Team E

Run 2

Team A
Team B
Team C
Team D
Team E

Run 3

Team A
Team B
Team C
Team D
Team E

 
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Top 3 teams advance to Final.

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Final

  • Three remaining teams of five athletes. Three men, two women per team.
  • Each athlete surfs two waves per heat (left and right) - each wave scored out of 10. 
  • The athlete's best scoring single wave (out of either the left or right) will make up his or her heat total (out of a possible 10).
  • There will be five three-surfer heats in the Final.
  • Differing from the Qualifying Round, the Final will assign points for each heat placing toward the Team Total.
  • For Heats 1 - 3: 1st: 2 points, 2nd: 1 point, 3rd: 0 points
  • For Heats 4 - 5: 1st: 4 points, 2nd: 1 point, 3rd: 0 points
  • Heat 4 will be contested by women, heat 5 by men. 
  • Heats 4 and 5 will matter! Let's see who the Captains assign to these heats!
 
 

Heat 1

Team A / Athlete A
Team B / Athlete A
Team C / Athlete A

Heat 2

Team A / Athlete B
Team B / Athlete B
Team C / Athlete B

Heat 3

Team A / Athlete C
Team B / Athlete C
Team C / Athlete C

 
 
 

Heat 4

Team A / Athlete D
Team B / Athlete D
Team C / Athlete D

Heat 5

Team A / Athlete E
Team B / Athlete E
Team C / Athlete E

 
 

TIE:

In the event of a Tie, there will be a Surf Off to decide the winner.

  • Surf Off will be one male, one female per team.
  • Each surfer rides one wave each.
  • Both waves count towards the heat total (maximum of 20 points per team) to determine the winner.
 
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Team with the highest Point Total wins!

 
 
 

Special Awards

 

Jeep Best Ride Award

The athlete who achieves the top wave score over the course of the contest will win a Jeep vehicle.

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Quiksilver Best Air Award

Lead by innovation, Quiksilver will be awarding the best air of the event with a replica of Simon Anderson’s game-changing Thruster. By highlighting the most progressive maneuver, the award will celebrate the groundbreaking vision of the Founders’ Cup with a piece of surfing history.

 
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