|Great aerial view after the start. Photo: John O'Sullivan|
On a perfect day for the surfski, no more and no less than 330 boats gathered in Rottnest Island to face the 27 km. of downwind to the finish line in Sorrento Beach. Among them, 46 SUP (Stand Up Paddle), booming discipline in the last years.
The massive start was hectic until the first turn of the race, before facing the open sea. The Australian Cory Hill ...
set from the beginning a very strong pace in order to break off the race. He did not want any company and only the Mockes were able to follow him closely, leaving behind other top paddlers like Michael Booth, Jeremy Cotter and Bruce Taylor.
|The Mocke brothers at the time that Jasper (background) passed his brother Dawid . Photo: Greg Kitto|
As kilometers went by, Cory Hill was reached by the Mocke brothers and a good run of swells by Dawid gave him the lead. This situation lasted for about half race, with Jasper and Cory Hill always around 20 seconds behind. However, with 6 km. to go, in the second and final compulsory mark, Jasper increased his pace and chased his brother along with Hill. The youngest of the Mockes didn't want to wait for the reaction of his opponents and decided to push for some runs that gave him an advantage that would later become decisive. Dawid Mocke managed to follow him not far behind, while Cory Hill ended up paying the effort of his explosive start and was relegated half a minute behind.
|The podium: Left to right, Cory Hill, Jasper Mocke & Dawid Mocke.|
In women, 14 paddlers, where the fastest was the Australian Ruth Highman, who managed to take an important advantage of eight minutes on her two companions on the podium. Wendy and Tracy Wilson Rentjes sprinted for the two spots left and finally Rentjes took 2nd place, leaving Wilson on 3rd.
The final results are available at this link.