Series Points

NQ Ocean Paddle Series Points

To be eligible to win a series position, you must compete in 3 or more series races. You can collect a race point by attending a race as a volunteer (must be pre-arranged) if you are unable to race.

Points allocation

Category Points – These are awarded based on your finish position for your category.

Overall Points – These are awarded to the top 10 based on your overall finish position (long course only) regardless of your category. They are split into Male and Female Overall. Sprint points are added to the overall points for final score.

Sprint Points – These are awarded at the sprint before each race. Sprints are split between male and female.

Long Course Categories

Male Open Ski Male Open OC1 OC2/Double
Female Open Ski Female Open OC1 Open SUP
Male Masters Ski (40+) Male Masters (40+) OC2 OC6
Female Masters Ski (40+) Female Masters (40+) OC2  


Short Course Categories

Short Course Male Junior Female
Short Course Female SUP Male
Junior Male SUP Female


Other categories such as Grand Masters, Plastic Kayak, Male/Female etc will be created as required.

 Points Allocation

Placing Points Accrued
1st Place 16 Points
2nd Place 13 Points
3rd Place 11 Points
4th Place 9 Points
5th Place 7 Points
6th Place 6 Points
7th Place 5 Points
8th Place 4 Points
9th Place 3 Points
10th Place 2 Points
All Finishers (category only) 1 Point


Sprint Points Allocation

Placing Points Accrued
1st Place 3 points
2nd Place 2 points
3rd Place 1 point


Race Volunteer – 1 point

Refer a friend to try the Short course and get 2 points added to your overall points score. They can not have competed in the NQOPS Series before and they must tell us when they register that you referred them (they can only choose 1 paddler to give the points to).
The short course and junior courses are perfect for people wanting to give the sport ago. If you have a friend who might be interested (even a little…..maybe they glanced at your boat one day….) let them know about the short course option.


Points for Race 6 -Around Magnetic Loop will be different from the standard point system as points will be awarded for each stage of the race. See Around Magnetic Loop race booklet for point details.