The Doctor

The ‘Shaw and Partners’ Doctor

24th November 2018

(alternate date Sunday 25th Nov)

Prize Pool of $50,000!

$10,000 for the 1st Male and Female Surf Ski Paddlers!

Check out the prize pool breakdown here. 

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


Latest Event News

Exciting Announcement – SafeTrx Tracking App to be used for The Doctor 2018

We are excited to introduce for the first time live event tracking for The Doctor event using the Coast Guard SafeTrx App. The app will allow the event organiser and spectators to track competitors live GPS location during the event via the web.  The competitor will carry their smartphone in a waterproof bag using the SafeTrx App. To learn more about SafeTrx for The Doctor click the link below.

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 24th November 2018 starting at Rottnest Island and finishing at Sorrento Beach. This can be reversed if strong off-shore conditions prevail. In the advent of dangerous conditions on Saturday the event may be moved to Sunday 25th November or an alternative course put in place. If wind strength is forecast to exceed our maximum operational strength for the course we will move the event to a coastal race.

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. 

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 from Monday 26th to 30th November 2018.


Perth Events 

There is also a number of Shaw and Partners Australian Ocean Racing Series events that take place before and after The Doctor. 

Then head over to Sydney for the Shaw and Partners 20 Beaches Classic on Saturday 15th December. 

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 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 24th November 2018.

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.

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.