With another top-level surfski race featuring solid conditions, Rachel Clarke and Cory Hill have made loud and clear statements following strong wins at the Perth Doctor this weekend.
Clarke, who many expected to challenge for overall at the ICF World Championship race in Hong Kong last week, had to instead settle for a somewhat disappointing fourth-place finish. She can now enjoy a level of vindication though, as the Kiwi has reasserted herself as a force in the women's division with a big day in Perth.
Aside from Hong Kong, Clarke has enjoyed a fantastic year with wins at Molokai, King of the Harbour, Gorge Downwind Championships and now the venerated Doctor.
The win has Clarke poised to secure the 2017 World Surfski Series overall title with one race remaining on the calendar.
Clarke was followed by nineteen-year-old South African wunderkind Kyeta Purchase who showed composure far beyond her years as she held off World Champion Hayley Nixon who came in at third.
Cory Hill has been busy making a statement of his own with a consecutive win after trouncing the field last week at World's. Hill is fast becoming the man to beat when conditions get jumpy and has enjoyed his own stellar season after taking the early win at the Auckland King of the Harbour.
Hank Mcgregor brought the fight again, trading punches with Hill and making him dig deep to earn the victory, but ultimately had to settle for second. American Austin Kieffer enjoyed his highest finish ever in a title event, coming in at a highly respectable third. Kieffer continues to show a great deal of promise with solid finishes in top events.
415 paddlers signed up to see the Doctor, confirming the growing status of the event and continued upward trajectory of Surfski racing as whole.
The next race in the series will head over to New South Wales on December 9th at the Palm 2 Pines Ocean Race outside of Sydney Australia.
Live updates were curated by Robin Mousley of Surfski Info in what's becoming a welcome addition to international surfski racing.