Stand Up Surf Shop King of the Cut - Finishes up WA DW Week
The Stand Up Surf Shop King of the Cut has a two-day window for the best conditions - Saturday 2nd December and Sunday 3rd December.
The Half Cut will move from the Sunday to the Saturday if the main event is held on Sunday.
Spectators are invited to watch competitors start the race at Dawesville Cut and to cheer them across the finishing line at Secret Harbour. Entry is free!
Date: Saturday, 2 December (or 3 December)
Location: Start at The Dawesville Cut at Port Boulevard, finish at Secret Harbour
Time: 12.30pm approx. – finish time expected to be from 2.30pm
Competitors: 160 approx.
Craft: Stand Up Paddle Boards and outrigger canoes
More info: www.kingofthecut.com or www.supwa.com.au
Competing for world tour points or state representation, the Stand Up Surf Shop King of the Cut competitors will paddle 24 kilometres starting at The Dawesville Cut at Port Boulevard and finishing at Secret Harbour. The King or Queen of the Cut title will be awarded to the first paddler across the line, regardless of board class or age, however, only competitors paddling 14-foot boards are eligible for prize money.
The optimal weather conditions namely the powerful and consistent ‘Fremantle Doctor’ sea breeze makes this fast event a favourite with SUP racers.
In its sixth year, the 2017 King of the Cut has some exciting additions:
1. The Express Two Storey Living Jeridjinap Run – a short 5km paddle to Central Mandurah down the Estuary. It’s a great opportunity for novice paddlers to gain experience while being chaperoned along the course by professional paddlers. Finishing with a sundowner and dinner in Mandurah as a prelude to the KOTC. Exclusive clinics run by World champs Terrene Black and Travis Grant.
2. The Starboard Half Cut - a shorter 10km race. This event will be held on the Sunday, the day after the main race. This is a great opportunity for a downwind paddler of medium level to participate and experience the thrill of Western Australian Downwinding. The Oceanside run is the first half of the famous KotC run, fantastic medium to large runners to propel paddles down the Peel Coast.
3. Open Board Class For Prize Money - With the popularity of the Unlimited Class and listening to feedback from the Pro Riders, there is now a Male and Female Open Board division* for the Pro Class - the first 5 male paddlers across the line and first 3 female paddlers, regardless of board length (14' or UL) will take out the prize money. An Unlimited board has yet to win the KotC, the technical nature of the course seems to even out the board lengths.
4. Foiling Class - the KotC will open up a foiling division as a demonstration class for 2017. Whilst this division won't compete the Open Prize money (or the line honours KotC trophy), Enviroplumb has kindly sponsored a $500 cash prize for first Foiling Board across the line.
5. New Age Divisions – Female under 40 14'; Open Female Unlimited (not Pro Class); Male over 60.
6. Outriggers For The Cut - Last year, Outriggers (OC1) were invited to compete in the King of the Cut. The Outrigger community shares similar values to the SUP community and having this traditional craft involved in Australia's Premier SUP Downwind Event is a great addition. Welcome onboard Outriggers!
First prize is $4,000 second prize is $1,750 and third prize is $1,200 for male and female professional classes, as well as a first-across-the-line bonus of $500. In the male pro class, fourth and fifth placed racers will receive $800 and $600 respectively, bringing the total prize pool to $18,300, making it the largest prize purse for an SUP event in the country.
Only select events in the USA offer an equal prize purse for male and female paddlers, namely the Paddle Pacific Games, Hood River, Carolina Cup and Pier Paddle.
SUPWA SUPer Clinic with World Champ Michael Booth Michael Booth, current EuroTour champion will hold a clinic on Saturday 26th November to help new SUP competitors with stroke technique. $50 for SUPWA members, $60 non-members. Limited availability.
Express Two Storey Living Djeridjinap Run The Express Two Storey Living Djeridjinap Run and SUPWA SUPer Clinic is a social downwind run held on Friday 1st December from 4.00pm on the protected waters of Mandurah Estuary. Two world champions Travis Grant and Terrene Black will be on hand to help intermediate paddlers with downwind technique. It’s a free event for SUPWA members, and membership to SUPWA is just $25.
SUP Yoga and SUPWA SUP Canal Tour Prepare for the day with a morning SUP Yoga. Supported by the Stand Up Surf Shop, specialised Yoga SUP boards will be available and an instructor will lead participants through blissful postures in nature and in balance. After SUP Yoga, take a guided tour along the picturesque canals of Mandurah learning SUP technique. Free event for SUPWA members, and membership to SUPWA is just $25.
West Oz Downwind Week is a series of five races within a week
25 November - The Doctor, a combined 28km SUP/surf ski race attracting about 400 elite, professional amateur and novice competitors from Rottnest Island to Sorrento Beach.
26 November – The Super SUP Clinic, the biggest gathering of SUP paddlers in Australia and an opportunity to lean from the best SUP athletes in the world.
29 November - Triple SSS, a mid-week 11km SUP race downwind from Port Beach to City Beach alongside top paddlers from around the world, followed by a social get together at the City Beach Clubhouse
2 December - Stand Up Surf Shop King of the Cut, (or Sunday 3 Dec) – the biggest and most prestigious SUP downwind race in Australia that attracts the world’s best to race 24km from The Dawesville Cut to Secret Harbour
3 December - Stand Up Surf Shop Half Cut & Sea Rescue Gratitude Run, (or Saturday 2 Dec), 10km downwind race, the first half of the King of the Cut course from the Dawesville Cut to Mandurah.
Perth Dragon World Series Event
One long hot weekend brought paddlers out in force on the golden sands in Perth as 18 teams prepared to battle it out for the first Dragon World Series of 2019 hosted by Stand Up Surf Shop Freo and Red Paddle Co Australia.