As a reminder to races that the IJSBA has made it MANDATORY for back protection. The NZJSBA is introducing this rule for club level and above.
Rulebook 2015 Part 8
Please see the new rule:
17.3.4 Back protection is mandatory for all Ski competitors with the exception of Freestyle. By January 1, 2014, all Ski competitors shall be required to wear a spinal column protection device capable of distributing, diffusing, or absorbing impact. Protection devices may be rigid or soft material capable of absorbing and distributing an impact sufficient to reduce injury. Devices must not be capable of absorbing water. Where there is doubt that the device covers the required area of the spinal column, the following measurement shall be used: “No greater distance shall be allowed than two inches below a horizontal line between the top of both shoulders and no less distance shall be allowed than three inches below a horizontal line between both hips. The Race Director shall have final determination of whether the back protection used by a rider is adequate. Back protection, protective footwear and eye protection are recommended for all riders in all competition events.
Other existing rules….
17.3.2 At all IJSBA- and IJSBA affiliate-sanctioned events, a Personal Flotation Device (PFD) meeting local buoyancy requirements (typically U.S. Coast Guard Type I or Type III) that is in sound condition must be worn by all competitors at all times when on the water. Inflatable-type PFDs are not allowed.
17.3.3 At all IJSBA- and IJSBA affiliate-sanctioned events, a properly fitting, full-coverage helmet with chin and mouth protection meeting local requirements often including internationally recognized DOT and Snell Foundation motorized vehicle standards will be worn by all competitors at all times when on the water. Helmets with bolt-on chin guards are not allowed. Full face shields shall be allowed providing the shield is pivoting with no locking mechanism. A quick release capability is acceptable in lieu of a pivoting mechanism. Exception: Helmets are not required for freestyle competitors when engaged in freestyle competition. All helmets must be in sound condition and must be appro