High Fluoro wax rule clarification
Following the ban of High Fluoro wax in Cross Country skiing events in 2016, the National Interschools Committee (NIC) and subsequently the NSW / ACT / QLD (SSA Northern) Interschools Committee together with the Victorian Interschools Committee (VISC), have adopted a rule banning applying High Fluoro and Fluorocarbon wax additives to equipment during all ski and snowboard Interschools events and locations. This includes HF wax applications such as; Powders / Liquids / Blocks and Sprays which are not to be used on the day of the race.
The contributing factors to this rule coming into place are:
Recommendation from the Ski and Snowboard Australia National Discipline Committees on:
- National focus shifting to skill development achievements and not competition results at early stages of athlete development.
- Reducing the cost to families of participating in snow sports in early years.
- Desire to create a more even playing field in an entry level event such as Interschools.
- North American and European countries shift away from High Fluoro wax at Junior levels.
- Minimise the possible environmental and health impact of using High Fluoro wax.
Maintaining equipment by brushing and tuning edges is still an acceptable practice during Interschool events and locations.
Whilst the rule will be based on an honour system and peer group review, event organisers reserve the right to inspect or test waxing practices in the interest of fairness.
The National & State Interschools Committees have every confidence that participating schools and competitors will respect this new rule.