We caught up with two PWA competitors to get their input on this system and their thoughts on the future of scoring. The first, Adrian Beholz, one of the key minds behind the German Freestyle Battle and the second is Valentin Boeckler a competitor and another advocate of the new scoring system in Germany.
Boardseeker: Adrian, you are a strong protagonist of the German Freestyle Battle scoring system, why did you guys come up with this and does it seem to be working?
Adrian: First of all for sure it works really good, our experience with it is that it works perfectly actually. For me the thing is that the PWA judging is called a best trick format but still it is not a best trick format, it is an overall impression of four best moves that count. It is not like you give an overall score per move they just give an overall impression for these best four moves. We think it is better to give straight points per move, then it is really a best move format, because of this we never had these 2:1 decisions. The problem is, is that the judge has to give a score straight away so with this format the judge just writes down the move and then it is tabulated after.
Boardseeker: Can you think of any further developments or changes you may make to it in the future?
Adrian: In the ‘Battles’ the guys don’t do so many moves, so the judges have more time to decide but in the PWA it may be a bit harder to follow and write down, so to save time a touchpad system could work on an Ipad or similar. What also may be good is, in some spots, to have a smaller area to make your moves in, then you sail out the area and back into it for moves, it also gives a focus point for the media.
Boardseeker: Do you see this concept working on the PWA?
Adrian: Yeah I think it would for sure, I don’t see why not.
Boardseeker: Valentin, you compete on the German Freestyle Battle and have experienced this new judging method you guys have introduced, do you feel it works well for what you do?
Valentin: Yeah I feel it works better on this system then on the other system because we have quite a few not so experienced freestylers on the tour and they can really see what their moves mean by scores. This year we had a head judge for the first time and he helped a lot of the new guys to find the right move on the new scoring system. It seems to be working well as many of the young guys are developing their moves and know what they need to practice.
Boardseeker: Do you think there are still ways this can develop in the future?
Valentin: Yeah for sure, we are not the official tour, we are an ‘unofficial’ tour and we had one guy who already questioned how hard the shaka was, saying that it was perhaps harder than the 5 points it is currently scored at. So there is for sure some stuff to fine tune but overall the system works good. It is also good because every rider can make his mind up about the points then we come together as a group and work out ‘as a group’ what each move is worth.
Boardseeker: Do you think this scoring could work on the PWA?
Valentin: Yeah perhaps some fine-tuning with the moves, some more opinions from other top-level riders it could really work. It puts the judge outside of giving too much emotion and personal opinion to the scores but more just what he sees then an external judge/tabulator writes down the points.