The Doctor

The Shaw and Partners Doctor

23rd November 2019

(alternate date Sunday 24th Nov)

Race Day Live Tracking  & Facebook Updates

You can watch the live tracking via this link on race day. LIVE TRACKING.

Only those paddlers that are using SafeTrx App will appear on the tracking.

Keep up to date with our posts on FACEBOOK.

SafeTrx Tracking App Information – everything you need to know about the tracking app.

Event Code:  DOCTOR19



Check out the prize pool breakdown here. 

Thank you to the ongoing support from Shaw and Partners Financial Services.


This year FENN will be offering all Under 19 FENN Paddlers FREE entry to the Shaw and Partners Doctor (excludes barge transport). Please contact Oceanpaddler and we will provide you with a promo code to use when entering online. You must paddle a Fenn surf ski to be eligible. Email

The Shaw and Partners WA Race Week will combine five big events over various distances to find the best Surf Ski Paddler on the Planet.  Starting with the Fenn West Coast Downwind, a couple of Sunset Surf Ski Series Races, the Dash for Cash and wrapping up the week with The Doctor.  Points across all 5 events will be accumulated with $35,000 in Bonus Prize Money up for grabs.  This promises to be the biggest week of ocean paddling and if WA lives up to its reputation, some of the best downwind racing and with a total prize pool of $100,000. Click here for full details.

The Shaw and Partner WA Race Week Events

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 23rd November 2019 starting at Rottnest Island and finishing at Sorrento Beach. This can be reversed if strong off-shore conditions prevail. If wind strength is forecast to exceed our maximum operational strength for the course we will move the event to a coastal race. In the event of dangerous conditions on Saturday the event may be moved to Sunday 24th 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 The Shaw and Partners Australian Ocean Racing Series. 


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. 

All the information you need about the race can be found by navigating through the links on the sidebar. Here are some of the most popular links.

The Doctor Spectator Boat 

Watch The Doctor on board Silverado, an 80 Foot long, 27 Foot wide, Power Catamaran, with a 360 degree 2 level viewing platform.

This is a great way for spectators to get amongst the action and watch their paddling friends participate in The Doctor – one of the greatest ocean paddling events in the world.

The boat will depart Rottnest Island and follow the race to the finish on Saturday 23rd November 2019.

You will need to arrange your own transport to Rottnest Island by ferry. Our preferred ferry carrier is Rottnest Fast Ferries. 

Final details will be emailed to you prior to the event.

West Coast Downwind Camp

For those travelling from interstate or overseas take advantage of our special West Coast Downwind Camp that takes place the week after the Doctor. 

Latest Event News

Ocean Paddling Safety Video

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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.