Australian Michael Booth will race in New York City this weekend for stop #2 of the APP World Tour.
Taking on the best SUP athletes from across the globe and showcasing their talents in one of the most iconic cities in the world. This years APP World Tour is proving to be one of the best yet, with the next race being a 10km paddle starting from North Cove Yacht Harbour on the Hudson River on Saturday the 15th September.
With focus shifting on the USA leg of the year, Booth says he is feeling confident and headstrong heading into this weekends challenge.
“I am really excited to be racing along the Hudson and around the Statue of Liberty in NYC. It’s such an iconic City and I really do feel so privileged to paddle here!”
Michael Booth is pleased to announce that he is now the newest ambassador for Ocean Heroes Australia, a charity that is giving people with all ages with Autism the opportunity to experience the thrill of the ocean.
With 164,000 people across Australia diagnosed with autism, Ocean Heroes aims to deliver a service like no other.
Ocean Heroes was first discovered in 2017 in Perth and at present has given 1500 people suffering with the disorder the opportunity to “feel alive” through surfing waves in Western Australia alone.
With the hope of expanding to the East Coast and run events throughout Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria, Ocean Heroes aims to see their organisation take off and continue to be supported, as it becomes better known across the nation.
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.
The SUP World Tour has taken SUP racing to a whole new level, with the best of the best paddling down the River Thames of London, United Kingdom last weekend.
Aussie paddler; Michael Booth once again took out the win against a highly competitive field with the likes of Kai Lenny, Mo Freitas, Travis Grant, Arthur Arutkin, Casper Steinfath and Connor Baxter (just to name a few) giving him a run for his money.
“There was so many world class names that raced on the weekend, making it a super strong field of competition that put on a fantastic show for spectators,” said Booth.
“To have been apart of such an incredible event, racing down the River Thames was something really special”.