Stand Up Surf Shop King of the Cut 2017: Australia’s Open as of Next Month

  • 1 – 3 December 2017, Mandurah, Western Australia 24km from Port Boulevard to Secret Harbour
  • World‚Äôs fastest downwind paddle race
  • Australia‚Äôs richest Stand Up Paddle (SUP) race with equal prize money for men and women
  • Over 160 international, interstate and local competitors
  • New additions to train next generation¬†of¬†downwind racers

Participants set off at the 2016 King of the Cut challenge in Western Australia

There is just one month to go before Australia’s most prestigious Stand Up Paddle (SUP) race and the word’s fastest downwinder, the Stand Up Surf Shop King of the Cut, gets underway.

Confirmed competitors include Australia’s best: EuroTour 2017 Champion Michael Booth, current World Champion Travis Grant, and 2014 Doctor and Stand Up Surf Shop King of the Cut winner Beau O’Brian in the men’s division.

Australia’s top four female competitors have registered to compete, namely, newly crowned 2017 APP World Tour Champion Terrene Black, 7-time Surf Lifesaving Ironwoman Champion Karla Gilbert OAM, Olympic Gold Medallist and Women’s National Marathon SUP Champion Belinda Stowell-Brett, and professional SUP athlete Angie Jackson.

New events have been added to the SUP festival weekend to help those new to downwind SUP hone their skills: Clinic with Michael Booth, Express Two Storey Living Djeridjinap Run with Travis Grant and Terrene Black, and SUP Yoga and Mandurah Canal Tour.

King of the Cut Chairman Greg Kerr announced earlier in the year that the Stand Up Surf Shop King of the Cut would offer equal prize money for male and female competitors, the first major international Stand Up Paddle (SUP) event in Australia to do so.

King of the Cut Chairman Greg Kerr said the event committee has listened to feedback from female competitors regarding board classes and motioned change as a result.

‚ÄúThe¬†majority¬†of¬†females voiced a preference for a 14-foot class for¬†the¬†Female Pro Class, from an initial interest in possibly going Open Board Class (Unlimited and 14‚Äô) this year. There is still an unlimited Female Class but this class won‚Äôt be eligible for¬†the¬†major prize money,‚ÄĚ Kerr said.

‚ÄúRegardless¬†of¬†class,¬†the¬†first female racer across¬†the¬†line will receive $500.”

‚ÄúWe are very proud to be able to reward all competitors equally and lead by example in Australia by being¬†the¬†first major SUP event to do so.‚ÄĚ

Kerr said the female board class would be reviewed again for 2018.

King of the Cut is set to attract about 160 top local, interstate and international competitors.

The¬†optimal weather conditions namely¬†the¬†powerful and consistent ‚ÄúFremantle Doctor‚ÄĚ sea breeze makes this fast event a favourite with SUP racers.

The Stand Up Surf Shop King of the Cut is a 24-kilometre race will take place on Saturday 2nd December 2017 in Mandurah.

Competing for world tour points or state representation, King of the Cut competitors will start at The Dawesville Cut at Port Boulevard and finish at Secret Harbour. The King or Queen of the Cut title and will be awarded to the first paddler across the line, regardless of board class or age.

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Australian SUP rider Karla Gilbert and New Caledonian SUP rider Titouan Puyo pose with their prizes at the 2016 King of the Cut

About Stand Up Surf Shop King of the Cut

The Stand Up Surf Shop King of the Cut has a two-day window for the best conditions РSaturday 2 December and Sunday 4 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. ‚Äď finish time expected to be from 2:30pm
  • Competitors: 160 approx.
  • Craft: Stand Up Paddle Boards and outrigger canoes
  • Distance: 24km
  • More info:¬†or¬†

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 ‚ÄėFremantle Doctor‚Äô sea breeze makes this fast event a favourite with SUP racers.

Michael Booth and Belinda Stowell-Brett, both Aussie Starboard SUP riders, pose for the promotion of the Stand Up Surf Shop King of the Cut 2017

Exciting Additions

The¬†Express Two Storey Living Jeridjinap Run¬†‚Äď a short 5km paddle to Central Mandurah down¬†the¬†Estuary. It‚Äôs 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.

The Starboard Half Cut Рa shorter 10km race. This event will be held on theSunday, 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.

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.

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¬†theline honours KotC trophy), Enviroplumb has kindly sponsored a $500 cash prize for first Foiling Board across¬†the¬†line.

New Age Divisions¬†‚Äď Female under 40 14′; Open Female Unlimited (not Pro Class); Male over 60.

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!

Prize Money

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.

New Events

SUPWA SUPer Clinic with World Champ Michael Booth

Michael Booth, current Euro Tour champion will hold a clinic on Saturday 26 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 1 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.

Competitors battle it out at the 2016 edition of the King of the Cut challenge in Western Australia

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 ‚ÄstThe¬†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 РTriple SSS, a mid-week 11km SUP race downwind from Port Beach to City Beach alongside top paddlers from around theworld, 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) ‚Ästthe¬†biggest and most prestigious SUP downwind race in Australia that attracts¬†the¬†world‚Äôs best to race 24km from¬†TheDawesville Cut to Secret Harbour

3 December РStand Up Surf Shop Half Cut & Sea Rescue Gratitude Run, (or Saturday 2 Dec), 10km downwind race, the first half of theKing of the Cut course from the Dawesville Cut to Mandurah.

Photo credits : Pronto PR / SUPWA/Woolacott

About the Author

Mathieu Astier

Mathieu is the hyper-active founder of TotalSUP and a multilingual online marketing veteran with more than 20 years of experience working for top international internet companies. His love-at-first-sight for Stand Up Paddling in 2013 led him to build one of the leading online media dedicated to SUP in English and French and to turn his family lifestyle towards the ocean.

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