King of the Cut: big day on water off Mandurah for paddle racers


Left: The start of the 2016 King of the Cut. Right: Matt Nottage (third), Clements Colmas (second) and Titouan Puyo (first).
King of the Cut: big day on water off Mandurah for paddle racers
Left: The start of the 2016 King of the Cut. Right: Matt Nottage (third), Clements Colmas (second) and Titouan Puyo (first).

NEAR perfect conditions blew in for the world’s fastest downwind stand-up paddleboard race held off Mandurah on Sunday.

From New Caledonia, 25-year-old Titouan Puyo took title honours at the 24km 2016 King of the Cut.

In second place, a huge performance by 15-year-old Clements Colmas stunned the field’s finest to give New Caledonia a 1-2 clean sweep.

Defending King of the Cut champion Matt Nottage, from Queensland, rounded out the top three.

Puyo, who also won The Doctor race last weekend from Rottnest Island to Sorrento, said that he was delighted with his win.

“The conditions were good, the wind wasn’t so strong to start with, but I rode every bump I could,” he said.

“With downwind, it’s not so hard, I don’t feel too tired now, not like last week when I did The Doctor. It’s more about gliding; it’s good fun.”

The first female across the line and Queen of the Cut was favourite and seven-time Champion Surf Lifesaving Ironwoman Karla Gilbert followed by Marie Buchanan (UK) and Angela Jackson (Qld).

Gilbert said she was happy with her win.

“I’m thrilled; I was just trying to focus on one run at a time,” she said.

The highest placed West Australian competitors in the Pro Class were Lincoln Dews (8th), Jake Jenson (9th) and William Lee (10th).

Sharing the start line at Dawesville Cut with 130 competitors, more than 90 of them from outside of Western Australia, was a pod of dolphins, adding to the already postcard vista of the WA coast.

Competitors travelled from as far away as New Caledonia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, Japan and Ireland as well as from around the country.

The King of the Cut attracted its biggest field in its five-year history that included elite competitors as well as first time downwind racers.

The youngest competitor was 14 years old and the eldest 60 years old.