FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. Who can enter BL’s Blast Off?
Blast Off is open to any boy or girl who is 14 years and under as at the 24th September 2015.
You will need to have surfed for a period of time sufficient to give you surfing skills that would be described as being better than a beginner.
2. What age division am I in?
BL’s Blast Off has the following divisions for both girls and boys:
- 6 years and under
- 8 years and under
- 10 years and under
- 12 years and under
- 14 years and under
Your division will be determined by your age as at the 24th September 2015.
So if, for example, you are 8 years old and turn 9 the day after the event ends, you are in the 8yrs and under division. However if you turn 9 at any stage during the event you will be in the 10 and under division.
You will be entered in the age division that is the age you are at anytime during the event.
3. When can we find out the running schedule for each day?
As the groms safety is our number one priority we determine each days schedule after assessing the conditions each morning –with these things in mind we decide the days running schedule. This is done by 7am for an 8am start.
We make the schedule available on Facebook (Barton Lynchs page), Instagram @blsblastoff & @lynchapalooza, and on the Blast Off Hotline 0421 834 114.
NB: any messages left on the hotline answer service will NOT be heard. This is solely an info hotline and not an attended phone line.
4. When do I surf in my heat?
Every participant in every division will surf in a heat on each of the first two days and needs to be ready for a heat start at 8am on the Monday morning.
The schedule for the day will be decided each morning and then posted on the hotline, Facebook & Instagram.
5. Do I have to be there every day and for each of my heats?
When you enter Blast Off you are making a commitment to participate in your heats with the understanding that there are other kids who would have loved a start but missed out.
6. Can I enter more than one division?
No, you can only enter one division and this is because of the number of people wanting to take part and the need to accommodate as many participants as possible.
7. Do you have parent assist in the younger divisions?
Yes we have parent assist in the boys and girls 6s and 8s divisions, from the 10s and up there is no parent assist.
Please see the “Parent assist rules” at the website – www.blblastoff.com.au
8. How and when can we see the heat draws?
Heat draws for round 1/ day 1 will be published on the Friday afternoon before the event (on the 18th Sept) at www.blblastoff.com.au, and Facebook – Barton Lynch
9. What if my division is full when I try to enter?
In the situation that your division is full you can enter but will be placed on the waitlist and not charged and then notified when and if a position becomes available. When you receive notification of a spot opening up you will have 24 hours to confirm your spot or pay or it will be given to the next in line. Waitlisted surfers will be included in the order they are received.
10. Can I get a refund if I have to pull out at anytime after entering?
Please be advised that refunds are possible but only for 60 days after the date that you enter the event, after that refunds will not be processed or possible.
11. Do I have to accompany my child to and from, and while at Blast Off?
Yes you do. Your child cannot not be unaccompanied at any time while at the event and adult supervision & the childs safety is the parent/ guardians responsibility. It is also the parent/guardians responsibility to ensure children turn up to their heat on time.
12. Who will I see the charge come from on my credit card when entering?
When you enter Blast Off you will see the charge on your credit or debit card come from “Surfing World Australia McMahons Point”.
13. What is Blast Off Idol and who can enter it?
Blast Off Idol is our very own talent search competition and is open to anyone who is entered in the Blast Off surfing event/ program.
You will perform your act on the Tuesday evening, there are judges that assess the performances and there are prizes for participants deemed the most entertaining. Your can sing, play instruments, act, rap, beat box, poetry, whatever you other talents may be.
There are limited numbers so please get in quick if you are keen. Also please be 100% sure you want to participate before securing one of the places.
We will have a “waitlist” for those who miss the cut off just incase of withdrawals.