Aussie Champion Michael Booth, along with mates; Luke Hallam, Cameron McKay and Alex Fossilo completed a 230km SUP journey like no other on Saturday, raising close to $16,000 for the charity Ocean Heroes and spreading awareness for ‘Autism’.
Booth and the team began their paddle from Dunsborough to Perth to spread autism awareness, spending a total of 28 hours on the water over five consecutive days.
“I have always valued being involved and working closely with charity’s. When Luke asked me to join in the ‘Paddle 4 Ocean Heroes’ a few months back, I really wanted to get involved” said Booth.
Ocean Heroes is a Charity that helps Autistic children get the opportunity to go surfing.
On Saturday 2nd December, Australia’s Michael Booth took out 4th place in ‘King of the Cut’, renowned as the biggest SUP Downwinder race to be held in Australia.
In it’s 6th year running, the 24km King of the Cut race was better than ever, with top contestants smashing previous race records in an ultimate contest.
The race began at Dawesville Cut and finished at Secret Harbour, Mandurah, with top conditions on the day making the contest “the best ever”.
Booth said the competition was tough, with fellow Aussie paddler Jake Jensen breaking the previous record time by more than seven minutes, completing the paddle in a speedy 1 hour and 40 minutes.
Michael Booth will begin a 230km charity paddle on Monday 4th December from Dunsborough to Perth, Western Australia to raise funds and awareness for autism.
Booth along with five of Australia’s best SUP paddlers will begin their weeklong journey early tomorrow morning, supporting Ocean Heroes.
Aiming to enhance the lives of those living with autism through surfing, Booth along with Luke Hallam, Cameron Mckay, Lincoln Dews and Alex Fossilo will support Ocean Heroes charity and paddle for those who can’t.
Australia’s Michael Booth will take on the best SUP paddlers this weekend in a premiere ocean challenge, ‘King of the Cut’, to be held at Secret Harbour, Mandurah, Western Australia.
The King of the Cut is one of the biggest and most prestigious downwind races held in Australia. The race is 24km long and considered a downwinders paradise.
“The King of the Cut is one of the best downwind events in the World. No doubt this weekend is going to be challenging with plenty of big names making their way from the East Coast, and overseas to W.A to compete”, said Booth.
On Saturday 25th November, a competitive field put their boards on the start line to compete in a challenging 27km race from Rottnest Island, Western Australia to Sorrento Beach.
Michael Booth placed 3rd in the ‘Doctor’, competing on the unlimited SUP for the first time and finishing the race in just under two hours, battling it out with James Casey and Jake Jensen.
Booth said the angry ocean and challenging conditions set the mood for the race early on.
Michael Booth has set a new challenge for himself competing for the first time on an unlimited SUP board in the upcoming Doctor Race to be held this Saturday 25th November.
The 27km paddle from Rottnest Island to Sorrento Beach, Western Australia, known as ‘The Doctor’ is said to be one of the most challenging and exciting races of the year, as paddlers take on their individual approach to the competition.
“It’s important to get a good feel for the conditions of the ocean leading into the event, thinking about what might give you the best run home to Sorrento”, said Booth.
Whilst consecutive wins was the ultimate goal for Michael Booth today, a number of small errors cost him just that in the Australian Titles technical race, held today on 19th Avenue, Palm Beach.
Returning to the beach this morning after a tough day of racing yesterday, where Booth was crowned Australian Champion in the 18km marathon race was always going to be a challenge. However Michael believes it wasn’t fatigue that let him down today, rather small errors of judgement and ‘silly mistakes’.
W.A representative Michael Booth, today took home with him yet another impressive win at the Australian SUP Titles held on Currumbin Beach, Queensland.
Completing the 18km marathon race in 1 hour and 38 minutes, Booth said he felt fit and confident leading into todays race.
“I knew I had put in the hours of work and hard training leading up to the titles, but I do still get nervous from time to time. I think that’s a good thing though,” said Booth.
The Australian SUP Titles will be held on Currumbin Beach, Queensland, from the 15th-18th November, with over 200 of the nations best paddlers competing for the prestigious title.
The Red Bull Heavy Water Event was held on Friday 20th October, living up to it’s name with10-15ft swell taking on the worlds best male SUP paddlers over a 12km open ocean course, from Ocean Beach to the Golden Gate Bridge. The conditions were brutal this year, with competitors saying it was the most challenging course to date. The huge swell, cold water, poor visibility and low hanging fog definitely set the mood of the event.