King of the Cut: standing room only for paddle race


Michael Booth
winning the Fiji ISA World SUP Championships last Thursday.
Picture: Sean Evans/ISA
Michael Booth winning the Fiji ISA World SUP Championships last Thursday. Picture: Sean Evans/ISA

STAND Up Surf marathon world champion Michael Booth is heading to Mandurah next month to race the world’s fastest downwind paddle race, the King of the Cut.

More than 130 international, interstate and local competitors are expected to take part in the prestigious local race.

Competitors will be vying for a total prize pool of $17,350, making it the largest prize purse for a SUP event in the country.

The King or Queen of the Cut title will be awarded to the first paddler across the line, regardless of board class or age, but only competitors paddling 14-foot boards are eligible for prize money.

They will also be competing for world tour points or state representation. The event is also the headline act of West Oz Downwind Week, which combines five races in the space of a week.

Australian Booth is the newly crowned world champion after he won the Fiji ISA World SUP Championship, a 17km marathon race from Cloudbreak to Musket Cove.

Other high-profile professionals to take to the Dawesville Cut include seven-time champion surf lifesaving ironwoman Karla Gilbert OAM, who also competed for Australia in the Fiji ISA World SUP Championship. Olympic gold medallist and women’s national marathon SUP champion Belinda Stowell-Brett will also take part in the paddle.

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.