23rd November 2019
(alternate date Sunday 24th Nov)
The Doctor Event
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!
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. More info available soon.
There will be a number of events that will take place around The Doctor.
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.
Ocean Paddling Safety Video
presented by best Practice Certification
Watch THE DOCTOR in action.
Doctor 2014 – Event Video
Doctor 2013 – Fenn Nelo Ski Race
Doctor 2013 – Starboard SUP Challenge
Doctor 2012 – by White Hot Media
Thanks to White Hot Media.
Doctor 2012 – by Ocean Sports Media