2022 ICF Dragon Boat World Championships
31 Dec 2021 - 01 Jan 2022
The competitor must be standing on the board for the entire duration of the race. Exceptions will be made for moments of exhaustion or the orientation phase in which case the athlete may execute up to five paddle strokes kneeling or sitting on the board. Any infringement will result in disqualification.
In water starts and finishes the start and finishing lines have to be crossed while standing on the board and in the case of beach starts and finishes the starting and finishing lines will be crossed by running over them. During the race the competitor may only be propelled by their paddle, the waves and wind. Any assistance by means of a sail or clothing that could be deemed to function as a sail are not allowed. During the whole race paddlers are not allowed to paddle towards or use the waves caused by a board i.e. paddlers must keep an appropriate distance from any board.
Active kneeling (knee contact with board) is not allowed except after a tumble when the paddler is allowed to get the board back into position with just one paddle stroke. In case of infringement the race director will decide whether to disqualify the competitor or just impose a penalty.