- “Dash for Cash” ocean paddling race brings world’s best athletes to Sorrento Beach this Friday
- Event offers competitors the chance to win $15,000 in prize money from a pool of +$180,000 earmarked for the wider WA Race Week series
- Major participating athletes include London Olympic gold medallist Murray Stewart, Paris Olympian Riley Fitzsimmons, current Surf ski World Champion Kenny Rice and two-time Coolangatta Gold podium finisher Danielle McKenzie
- The three-heat “Dash for Cash” will see paddlers compete in two ocean sprints capped off by a final race from the cans to the shore followed by a short run to the finish line
NOTE: vision and images available post race. Interviews with organisers, participants, etc available pre race.
The richest week in global ocean ski paddling, the Shaw and Partners Financial Services WA RACE WEEK, is set to host the fast-paced “Dash for Cash” this Friday at Sorrento Beach, which will see the world’s best surf ski and kayaking athletes compete for over $15,000 in prize money.
The “Dash for Cash” consists of a nail-biting three-race knockout format, with the first two races consisting of open ocean sprints whittling the field down to just 15 racers. The epic finale will see the bunch race past deepwater cans to the shoreline, capped off by an exhilarating sprint up the beach.
Races will begin at 8am on Friday 24 November and will be held for men and women across five categories, ranging from juniors (aged 15-18), right up to over 50.
A number of elite athletes will be vying for the tile including London Olympic gold medallist Murray Stewart, Paris Olympian Riley Fitzsimmons, South Africa’s reigning world champion Kenny Rice and highly decorated Australian ski paddling specialist Cory Hill.
In the women’s category, international talent such as New Zealander and two-time Coolangatta Gold podium finisher Danielle McKenzie will be competing alongside USA-based Ana Swetish and Australian hopeful Hannah Sculley.
WA Race Week event organiser Dean Gardiner, said, “While lots of ocean paddle events are focused on distance, the Dash for Cash is all about pure sprinting speed with three heats offering viewers a front-row seat to a real paddling shootout.
“The quality of some of the racers who are taking part in the Dash, and WA Race Week more broadly are second to none and demonstrate that this really is a major event on the global ocean sports calendar. There is major prize money up for grabs and plenty of hungry athletes ready to flex their muscles in pursuit of the grand prize”
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