The Doctor

The Doctor

25th November 2017

(alternate date Sunday 26th Nov)

Facebook Updates will be available throughout The Doctor.

The Doctor in Perth, WA is Australia’s most exciting ocean paddling event from Rottnest Island to Sorrento Beach covering 27kms (or vice versa depending on wind conditions).

The event is scheduled to race on Saturday 25th November 2017 starting at Rottnest Island and finishing at Sorrento Beach. This will be reversed if strong off-shore conditions prevail. In the advent of dangerous conditions on Saturday the event will move to Sunday 26th November.

The Doctor is a must do race for all paddling enthusiast. Check out below the videos from previous years races and be inspired!

The Doctor is an event of the World Surfski Series and Australian Ocean Racing Series. 


West OZ Downwind Week – Events Program

For those travelling from interstate or overseas take advantage of the events and our special West Coast Downwind Camp that take place around The Doctor.

Then head over east to Sydney for the Palm 2 Pines on Saturday 9th December 2017.

About The Doctor Race

Craft is loaded the day prior to the event on a barge at Fremantle and transported over to Rottnest Island on race day. On the morning of the event competitors catch the ferry over to Rottnest Island which takes about 40mins. On arrival they unload their craft and prepare for the race. There are cafes on Rottnest Island to relax before the long paddle back to Sorrento Beach. The race start time will depend on weather conditions and shipping movements. The race is 27km starting from Rottnest Island and finishing at Sorrento Beach SLSC where competitors will enjoy the very best ocean paddling conditions. Please navigate through this website for full details.

Final race course and time will be decided on Friday evening at the pre race briefing. The races plans to start at Rottnest Island and finish at Sorrento Beach, however should the winds be blowing easterly then the course may be reversed.

Please navigate through the website for full event information. If you have any questions please make contact with us. 

The Doctor – Spectator and Competitor Transport on-board Silverado

Watch The Doctor or travel to the start of The Doctor on board Silverado!

The Doctor Offical Race Tech Top by Vaikobi

Vaikobi is a proud supporter of the Australian Ocean Racing Series (AORS) which is headlined by the biggest Ocean Race in Australia- The Doctor, held in Perth, WA on November 25th.

This year, Vaikobi is offering all competitors an official race tech top specifically designed for paddlers.

Available in Light Grey, this top is fast drying and features UV 30+ sun protection as well as a paddlers fit for maximum comfort on the water.

Available in sizes S- XXL, this top is available to order through or through your online entry for the Doctor.

All tops will be available for pick up in Perth on registration day and all orders must be placed by November 1st.

Vaikobi looks forward to seeing all competitors at the 2017 Doctor in Western Australia!

The Doctor Commemorative pair of Ridiculously Comfy FUNKY PANTS

Event sponsor FUNKY PANTS have developed a pair of ‘very Australian’ Ridiculously Comfy FUNKY PANTS, especially for The Doctor. 

Orders will be taken up to Monday 23rd October. 

To order email and a PayPal invoice will be issued. Pants will be available to collect at The Doctor.
Price: $65 AUD
Sizes available:
  • XS Men (Size 28) / S Lady
  • S Men (Size 30) / M Lady
  • M Men (Size 32) / L Lady
  • L Men (Size 34) / XL Lady
  • XL Men (Size 36) / XXL Lady
  • XXL Men ( Size 38) / XXXL Lady

Ocean Paddling Safety Video

presented by best Practice Certification

Watch THE DOCTOR in action. 

 Doctor 2014 – Event Video


Doctor 2013 – Fenn Nelo Ski Race

The Doctor 2013 Fenn Nelo Ski Race from Ocean Sports Media on Vimeo.

Doctor 2013 – Starboard SUP Challenge

The Doctor 2013 Starboard SUP Challenge from Ocean Sports Media on Vimeo.


Doctor 2012 – by White Hot Media

Thanks to White Hot Media.

Doctor 2012 – by Ocean Sports Media

The Doctor 2012 OceanPaddler World Series Race 3 from Ocean Sports Media on Vimeo.


Doctor 2011

The Doctor 2011 from Ocean Sports Media on Vimeo.