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How do you calculate projections?

Hey,  we like you a whole lot,  but we're not giving up our secret sauce.  We calculate Proj AHS through historic performance records for each surfer that involve conditions,  locations,  recent trends and the forecast.

What does QSFW mean?

For this and all other inquiries regarding specific terms,  we've created a glossary page for you to reference.   If you can't find what you're looking for there,  give us a shout at and we'll gladly sort it out.

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Ok,  smartypants,  where is it?  Seriously – we'd love to know when you find an error of any kind!  Quality is our top priority and if we don't hit the mark of excellence,  we want to fix it.  This means a statistical or grammatical error of any kind,  or if you simply hate something on the site.  Rear back and let us have it,  we'll all be better in the end.

Do you have QS stats?

Right now,  we don't have any live statistics for either Men's or Women's Qualifying Series.  There's a mountain of data there that needs to be entered,  but fret not – we're tackling it!

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2 thoughts on “FAQ

  1. Could you explain how you calculate the statistics for the various criteria in your research tools? For example, I assume you have historical statistics for 6′-8′ waves, and assume you use these to calculate the average heat score for 6-8′ waves, but how do you calculate Projected AHS and Projected Points? Another question is how you deal with surfers in their rookie year, since there may not be any history of how they’ve done at a certain contest. Thanks, I just found your site and love it, but am trying to understand it better.

    • Hi Bahboric, thanks for the questions! For the conditions AHS you are correct. A few years ago we realized the ASP (now WSL) didn’t have any historic data or stats for their athletes. They did have PDF files of all their contests, though, so we’ve spent 4 years transposing that data into excel for analysis (it’s been an extensive project!). The contest PDFs included conditions for each round, so we have been able to add those to the data set. Since the development of the WSL Heat Analyzer, we have been able to more accurately record statistics for conditions.

      As for the projections algorithm we use, it’s one that has been developed by professional predictive analytics providers for major sports organizations in the United States. Other than that, we can’t give out our secret formula!

      This also comes into play for Rookies. We have a baseline that we assume they will fall into based on historic performance by all rookies in the past, then we weight that with overall performance for each event location. We gradually reduce the weight of this baseline through the year and replace it with their actual performance.

      QSFW is a power-score based on each surfer’s performance at a location historically. This weights their advancement into the competition exponentially, as it is that much more difficult to attain a QF > SF > F > Win each consecutive round (field of 8 > 4 > 2 > 1). So the formula is QF Appearances + (SF Appearances*2) + (F Appearances*4) + (Event Wins*8). A maximum QSFW of 15 is awarded to each event winner while second place only gets 7.

      Hope this all makes sense and welcome to Surf-Stats! Our Portugal Fantasy Outlook is on the way!

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