- Australia’s richest Stand Up Paddle (SUP) event offers equal prize money for men and women
- Over 160 international, interstate and local competitors
- World’s fastest downwind paddle race
- 2 - 3 December 2017, Mandurah, Western Australia
The Stand Up Surf Shop King of the Cut is the first major international Stand Up Paddle (SUP) event in Australia to offer equal prize money for male and female competitors.
Arguably Australia’s most prestigious SUP race, the Stand Up Surf Shop King of the Cut is a 24-kilometre race will take place on Saturday 2nd December 2017 in Mandurah.
King of the Cut Chairman Greg Kerr said it was only fair to offer equal prize money.
“SUP is one of the few sports that has started on an even gender basis - all our racing in WA reflects this, so it was a very easy step for us to apply this equality to the prize money for the King of the Cut as it is something we strongly believe in,” Kerr said
“The majority of competitors are male and about 15 per cent of the field are female, so we felt it fair to offer additional prizes for males finishing in fourth and fifth.
“We are very proud to be able to reward all competitors equally and lead by example in Australia by being the first major SUP event to do so.”
First prize is $5,000, second prize is $1,750 and third prize is $1,200 for male and female professional classes, as well as a first-across-the-line bonus of $1,000. In the male pro class, fourth and fifth placed racers will receive $800 and $600 respectively, bringing the total prize pool to $18,300, making it the largest prize purse for an SUP event in the country.
Olympic Gold Medallist and Women’s National Marathon SUP Champion Belinda Stowell-Brett said that equal prize money is a fantastic step forward.