Satisfaction of Para Surfers on Classification: A Survey Analysis


  • Maureen Johnson
  • Heather David
  • Mohan Ganessan


A new evidence-informed classification structure following the Paralympic classification code was recently developed and implemented at two para surfing competitions. The purpose of this study was to understand the agreement and satisfaction levels of this novel classification structure among para surfers. Pre- and post-surveys were conducted in September 2019 and March 2020 at two international competitions before the COVID-19 pandemic. Surfers (n=131) met inclusion criteria of being older than 18 years old, completed classification, and surfed at least twice in their sport class. Pre-surveys (n=79) were conducted after classification and before surfing and post-surveys (n=98) were conducted after surfing twice in their sport class. Agreement and satisfaction levels were measured using a 4-point Likert scales. Results demonstrated high agreement and high levels of satisfaction (95%-100%) with this para surfing classification. No significant difference was found between the pre- and post-survey scores except in one sport class, Para Surfing Stand 2, that showed a significant difference in the requirement to be classified. Findings suggest para surfers widely accepted this new classification structure immediately after classification and after competing at least twice in their sport class.





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