MICHAEL BOOTH. ELITE WATERMAN… WORLD CHAMPION.
“Success is no accident. It’s hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all loving what you do”. – Michael Booth.
Michael Booth; known as the Aussie SUP Powerhouse continuing to dominate in the sport internationally, is fast becoming the most highly regarded and respected SUP contender world-wide.
The last two years has seen the best of Booth as he has become a 2 x Australian Champion, a World Champion in 2016, back to back European Tour Champion in 2017/2018 and is currently leading the APP World Tour rankings. Needless to say, Michael continues to impress his sponsors and loyal followers.
Michael prides himself on the quality and consistency of his performance and believes that success can only be achieved through hard work, self-belief and dedication – words which he continues to live by during both the off season and the racing season.
There is no doubt that Michael is both physically and mentally strong, pursuing in setting himself some huge personal goals to be the best in the sport as well as encouraging others to reach their goals. Booth launched his own coaching business, which he offers all over the world as well as tailored and personalised online programs, sharing his knowledge and skills in SUP racing. Additionally, Michael is in the final stages of fine-tuning his own paddle range and hopes to see this take off and launch in the early stages of next season.
When asked, “what’s the secret?”
I really don’t have a secret. I like training hard, I like seeing progress and I love setting myself goals to work towards, there really isn’t any better feeling than when you can and do finally achieve them.
- APP World Series 1 London Champion 2018
- European SUP Tour Champion 2018
- Carolina Cup Champion 2018
- Australian SUP Distance Champion 2017
- European SUP Tour Champion 2017
- World Champion ISA SUP Marathon Fiji 2016
- QLD SUP Distance and Technical Champion 2016
- Australian SUP Distance Champion 2015
- World Series Ocean Ski 2nd Overall 2015
- Australian Ocean Ski Series Champion 14/15
- Representative Australian Senior Kayak team Moscow, Russia 2014
- Representative Australian U23 Kayak team Szeged, Hungary 2014
Michael Booth took out the win last weekend in the Hong Kong International SUP race, taking place in Sai Kung, just outside of Hong Kong City.
The 18km race was a three-lap flat water grind with Boothy and Kenny Keneko battling it out for mass of the race.
“Kenny and I fought hard against one another for the first lap and then I managed to get a little break on the second lap and used it to my advantage which made all the difference in the end,” said Booth.
Familiar with the conditions and aiming for a back-to-back title, Booth was stoked to take out a second win in the HK International, giving him confidence heading into the ISA later in the year which is being held in China in very similar racing conditions.
Michael Booth will return to race again this weekend in the Hong Kong International SUP Race held on Sunday 19th August.
After a highly successful Euro Tour Championship Title finish for Booth, it was in the best interest of his family and himself to take some well-needed time off last month whilst his father recovered from open-heart surgery.
Booth withdrew from the Molokai to Oahu World Championship held in Hawaii in July, making the tough decision to cancel his flights just a few weeks prior to race day.
“It was a challenging month or so seeing my dad un-well and it didn’t sit well with me to not be close to my family during that difficult time,” said Booth.
Now returning to race the end of the season in a focussed and ambitious state of mind, Michael aims to head into the Hong Kong International this weekend and achieve a great result, revamping his confidence and skills before leading into the major races that will be held across America over the next few months.
Michael Booth will not compete in the M2O Championship, withdrawing from this weekend’s prestigious Hawaiian race for family health reasons.
Whilst it was a tough decision for Booth to have to make, entered as a favourite contestant heading into the 32-mile race, known as the “Channel of Bones”, Michael said it is for the best he stays close to his family during a rather difficult time.
“I have been travelling a lot this year, and when things involve my family, that will always take priority,” he said.
After an admirable finish to the European Tour, Booth said he was looking forward to heading over to Hawaii and racing in the SUP component of the M20 for the first time.