Karratha local takes on the cut
A Pilbara stand-up paddleboarding fanatic became Karratha’s first competitor among a 130-strong field in Australia’s fastest downwind race at the weekend.
Cracker Jack Paddle Sports owner Jaclyn Nicholl finished eighth in her class and 82nd overall in the King of the Cut race.
Paddlers raced 24km down the Peel coast competing for a $17,350 prize pool, the largest purse for any SUP event in Australia.
Nicholl finished the race in a time of 2hr 42min. 46sec., about 28 minutes behind female Pro Class winner Karla Gilbert.
She said conditions were rough, with the last 12km of the race becoming quite messy.
“This really sets me up well to compete in WA in the future,” she said.
“This was just the beginning for me.
“It was really nice to prove to them we are serious in the Pilbara.”
Nicholl said she would now focus on growing the North West Boardriders club and building a junior development program for next year. SUPWA vice-president Roger Goodwin said 70 per cent of competitors at the King of the Cut would be travelling to Mandurah from outside of the local area, including some from overseas.
“It’s so great that Jaclyn is making the effort to travel and compete, it gives her the opportunity to rub shoulders with the world’s best,” he said.
New Caledonia’s SUP aces Puyo Titouan (1:48:28) and Colmas Clements (1:49:9) finished first and second overall.