Melville SHS student crowned prince at Mandurah King of the Cut


Melville Senior High School student Sam McCullough has a bright future in the sport of stand up paddle boarding.
Melville Senior High School student Sam McCullough has a bright future in the sport of stand up paddle boarding.

THE Mandurah King of the Cut appears to have a new prince after 14-year-old Sam McCullough claimed line honours in the 10km Half Cut event last Saturday.

The Melville Senior High School student took a leisurely approach to the paddle in a bid to conserve energy for the next day’s main event but said he was thrilled with the win.

“I was just going to take it easy,” he said.

“I was paddling to keep up with another competitor, and then the finish line was not far off, so I just went for it.”

The following morning Sam backed up at the 24km main event to be the first WA competitor across the line in the under-18 category and third in under-40s.

His time of 2 hours 21 minutes and 18 seconds was just over half an hour slower than overall winner Titouan Puyo, who flew in for the event from New Caledonia and also claimed The Doctor race from Rottnest Island to Sorrento at the end of November.

The first female across the line and Queen of the Cut was race-favourite and seven-time Champion Surf Lifesaving Ironwoman Karla Gilbert.