Best of sport chase ti­tle

Southern Telegraph - - News -

Some of the world’s best stand-up pad­dle­board­ers will cruise into Se­cret Har­bour this Satur­day hop­ing to be crowned the 2017 King of the Cut.

Now in its sixth year, the 25km SUP race along the Peel and Rock­ing­ham coast­line has be­come a ma­jor eco­nomic boost for the area.

This year, about 12 international cham­pi­ons and more than 20 com­peti­tors from around the coun­try have signed on for the event.

SUPWA com­mit­tee mem­ber and Western Aus­tralian Stand Up Pad­dle shop owner Rick Maxwell said con­di­tions in Rock­ing­ham made for easy and en­joy­able rid­ing.

“Rock­ing­ham is be­com­ing re­ally pop­u­lar with stand-up-pad­dle­boards and we’re see­ing peo­ple who have never been here be­fore make the jour­ney specif­i­cally to use this area,” he said.

“A lot of peo­ple see this as a very ac­ces­si­ble sport and not as hard on bod­ies as surf­ing or wind­surf­ing; if you can walk on the foot­path, then you can SUP. “This week­end, we’re in for some re­ally ex­cit­ing rac­ing and

I’d en­cour­age ev­ery­one to come down to Se­cret Har­bour be­cause there’s usu­ally waves and car­nage, with peo­ple fall­ing off and push­ing for the fin­ish line.”

City of Rock­ing­ham Mayor Barry Sam­mels and deputy mayor Deb Ham­blin took to the water this week to try their hand at the sport, which has surged in pop­u­lar­ity in re­cent years.

The coun­cil­lors were in safe hands, with 2017 ISA World SUP and Pad­dle­board cham­pion Yuka Sato show­ing them how it’s done.

Cr Sam­mels said the sport was a great way to stay fit, while ap­pre­ci­at­ing what the Rock­ing­ham coast had to of­fer.

“As a City, we en­cour­age ev­ery­one to take up some ex­er­cise and it’s great to see this event fin­ish­ing in beau­ti­ful Se­cret Har­bour,” he said.

“It’s ac­tu­ally a bit eas­ier than I thought it would be.”

The 2017 King of the Cut is part of West OZ Downwind Week, with five dif­fer­ent SUP com­pe­ti­tions.

The 2017 King of the Cut starts at Dawesville Cut from 1pm on Satur­day, with the first com­peti­tors ex­pected to cross the fin­ish line at Se­cret Har­bour about 2.30pm. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit supwa.com.au.

Pic­ture: David Sal­vaire

City of Rock­ing­ham Mayor Barry Sam­mels, Rick Maxwell, from WASUP, Yuka Sato, of Ja­pan, Nina Maxwell, 6, and deputy mayor Deb Ham­blin at Rock­ing­ham Beach.

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