Julien Mas likes to perform tricks on the Skateboard, too (Pic: PWA/Bellande)
Continentseven: Live scoring is an advantage for spectators at the event or if you watch online, But is it an advantage for the riders, too?
Julien Mas: I guess, it gives you the opportunity to know how many points you can get, if you make a perfect run. It’s nice to know that the moves you will do will be scored and can make the difference at the final score. Today we all make more or less the same moves and it’s not so easy for the judge to decide after a 7 minutes long heat – he has to remember all the moves – who the winner is. I believe it’s a big advantage for the judge. I mean the system is here to make judging more easy and give the judge the opportunity to really focus on the move’s execution/style. It also saves time for the judge. There’s no need to “write down” the move anymore and unfortunately no moves will be missed during the heats.
Continentseven: We saw, what happened during PWA wave events, where live scoring was used. Teammates gave their friends advise from the beach, how the points are. What’s your opinion about that?
Julien Mas: I dream to have this in freestyle, too ! Such good vibes on the beach. I think it’s nice to see your team mate pushing you to go and this will for sure give you more energy to push yourself!
Continentseven: Live scoring makes a quick result, but is there a chance to change results, if there was a massive fault in judging?
Julien Mas: Yes sure, at the moment the judges can change till the heat is finished. So if there is a mistake they can change during the heat, but if there is a big mistake, it’s also possible to change after the heat. The head judge is always the last to decide.
Continentseven: What are the main criteria your Live Scoring is based on? Difficulty, style, diversity…? Did you watch a lot of heats to create a valid system?
Julien Mas: It’s a bit similar on what we had before, with a different aspect, but we simplify it for the judges. The technical difficulty and diversity are now automatically gone. The judge only has to care how the moves are executed (style, height, power…) and put a note between 1 and 5+. I continued to watch a lot of videos from heats that you or Kuma Movie have released. Last year I also organized a seminar for judges, where we spoke a lot about what is good, what could be easier or faster. Then we tried some stuff back in Bonaire with some real heats.
Continentseven: Do you have lists of moves according to their difficulties?
Julien Mas: Yes we have. I made a list of moves that I gave to all riders during the last meeting in Sylt in 2014. At the end we got 12 riders, who responded to the technical list. But we will probably adjust this list year by year and we are also thinking to make a different list for different conditions, too, but that’s planned for the future.
As you can see we have five groups of moves: slided moves, slided move combos, power moves, power slide moves, double power moves & crazy combos. These groups are only to register and attribute a category for the move. But let’s talk about the diversity. This was the harder part for the programmer to get realized. The system has to automatically choose for example the best 3 out of 6 or 4 out of 7 moves on each tack. So we had to create different families of moves, like Spocks (Spock, double Spock, Spock Culo) or Flakas (Flaka, Flaka one hand, double Flaka). The system chooses the best move from the best families and fines a rider, when he didn’t perform enough moves or only performed moves from one family. It’s difficult, but so far it’s working!