2023 ICF Canoe Ocean Racing World Championships

The City of Stirling is proud to sponsor the International Canoe Federation (ICF) Canoe Ocean Racing World Championships from 30 November to 3 December 2023. Competitors from around the world will gather to showcase their skills and passion for ocean racing in this prestigious event.

This three day globally recognised event will be the first time held in the Southern Hemisphere, let alone Perth.

One of the biggest drawcards to host this event in Perth was the famous Fremantle Doctor (afternoon sea breeze) which creates perfect downwind paddle conditions. With the wind behind them, they can reach speeds of over 30km/h.

The City and Scarborough Beach are the host of the Athlete’s Hub for the event duration, and finish line for the 20km ocean paddle race from Fremantle on Thursday 30 November and Saturday 2 December.

These World Championships follow on from The Doctor paddle race held one week prior.

Event and race dates

Please note that race times will be confirmed on race day via Paddle Australia’s Facebook page.

See the City's Community Fun Day event website here

DateEvent details
Monday 27 November
  • 9.00am to 5.00pm - Event hub administration located at Scarboro Surf Life Saving Club
  • Downwind shuttle bus service available for participants, times to be confirmed.

Tuesday 28 November

  • 9.00am to 5.00pm - Event hub administration located at Scarboro Surf Life Saving Club
  • Downwind shuttle bus service available for participants, times to be confirmed.

Wednesday 29 November

  • 9.00am to 5.00pm - Event hub administration located at Scarboro Surf Life Saving Club
  • Downwind shuttle bus service available for participants, times to be confirmed.

Thursday 30 November – Day 1 Competition

  • Surf Ski-1 World Championships (all SS-1 Categories) 
  • 5.30pm to 6.15pm - Welcome to Country and Opening Ceremony at Scarborough Beach Amphitheatre, held as part of the Scarborough Sunset Markets
  • 4.00pm to 8.00pm -Trade Expo in the Paddle Australia marquee at Scarborough Beach Amphitheatre

Friday 1 December

  • Back up race day – no racing if Day 1 competition has been completed.

Saturday 2 December – Day 2 Competition and Canoe World Championship Scarborough Community Fun Day

  • Double Surf Ski World Championships (all SS-2 Categories) 
  • 11.00am to 6.00pm - Canoe World Championship Scarborough Community Fun Day  at the Scarborough Square and Amphitheatre
  • From 6.00pm - World Championship Celebration Function at Livid Skate (ticketed event)

More information

Information for local businesses

The City will make direct contact with businesses located in the surrounding area. 

With international and national competitors and spectators expected to arrive in Australia and stay in Scarborough and its surrounds there will be many mouths to feed and many opportunities for local businesses to get involved in providing hospitality and tourism services.

We recommend you consider healthy food and drink options given the demographics of the event – being competitive athletes and their supporters – as well as takeaway meals, value for money deals and combos suitable for tourists and visitors.

Please fill out this form to express your interest and discuss these opportunities further.

Canoe World Championship Scarborough Community Fun Day

Come and join us down at Scarborough on Saturday 2 December for an afternoon of fun for both adults and kids from 11.00am to 6.00pm. Full list of activities below. Or visit the website Event Calendar. 

Dodgy Bro's Dodgeball (Amphitheatre)11.00am - 6.00pm
Face painting (Amphitheatre, near licensed area)11.00am - 6.00pm
Giant Bubbleology (Roaming)11.00am - 6.00pm
9 Hole Mini Golf (Amphitheatre)11.00am - 6.00pm
Retail Markets (Market Square)11.00am - 6.00pm
Licensed Area by Crafted Events (Amphitheatre)11.00am - 6.00pm
American Car Club WA (Market Square)11.00am - 6.00pm
Sweetcart Fairy Floss (Market Square)11.00am - 5.00pm
Circus Workshop (Market Square)11.30am - 5.30pm
Mermaid Meet and Greet (Market Square)11.30am - 1.30pm & 
2.30pm - 4.30pm
Skateboarding WA Lessons & Demos (Skate Plaza)1.00pm - 5.00pm
LIVE AND LOCALPerformance Pitch
Michael Ward
11.30am - 1.00pm
1.10pm - 2.40pm
Ancient Echoes
2.50pm - 4.20pm
4.30pm - 6.00pm

Special offers

Scarborough Beach Pool

Scarborough Beach Pool are offering free entry to Athletes from the 27 November until the 3 December.

There will also be a lane reserved during these times:

Monday 27 November to Friday 1 December – 9.00am to 3.00pm

Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 December – 12.00pm to 5.00pm

A competitor card will need to be presented at reception for access.

To view all special offers this summer, visit the Explore Scarborough page.


What parking will be available?

The usual Scarborough Beach public and paid parking will be available and there are no road closures in place.  Parking during peak periods can be limited, so please be patient. 

Visit Scarborough Parking Page for more information.

If Scarborough Beach carparks are full, the White Sands Tavern has all day parking for $4.00 per day.

How do I get there?


Neuron eScooters will be available for hire from Scarborough Beach station and along the coast. For further information on the eScooters, please visit the City’s website.

Public transport

The Stirling and Glendalough Train Stations are the closest with buses 410 and 421 regularly servicing Stirling Train Station to Scarborough.  Check the TransPerth Journey Planner for the best route.

Will there be food available?

There is an abundance of cafes and restaurants along the precinct and we encourage you to visit the local businesses for food and drink offerings - check out the deals on offer. There will be fairy floss and a sausage sizzle available at the Canoe World Championship Community Fun Day.

Is the event free?

Yes! Except for the sausage sizzle on Saturday which will be raising money for a local club.

What else can I do in the City of Stirling?

The City of Stirling is a vibrant hub of activity with many things to see and do. For more information on great shopping, fun activities and places to see, please visit the City’s tourism page.

Will there be water available to fill up bottles?

Yes, the Scarborough precinct has water fountains to refill water bottles.

Will there be sunscreen available?

The City of Stirling marquee will have free sunscreen available at the Canoe World Championship Community Fun Day however it is advisable that people slip, slop and slap, drink plenty of water and find shade.