Michael Booth reflects on ISA World Title

Michael Booth ISA World Championships Hainan China
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Australian powerhouse Michael Booth put on an incredible performance this past week in Hainan, China for the ISA World Championship distance race. Michael has been at the forefront of the action throughout 2018 and his standout performance this week in China solidifies his place at the front of the pack in the realm of stand up paddle racing.

Here’s what he has to say about his win:

Michael Booth Austraila ISA World Championships Hainan China

Michael Booth takes down the World’s Best at ISA World Championship in China

“From the first stroke, I knew I felt strong. Despite the lack of preparation involving a lot of travel back and forth, I felt good physically and mentally and knew I had a job to do.

I felt like I had regained my form and, if I did everything right, I would win.

In the warm up, it was pouring rain with low visibility. I got out to the downwind part of the course and, for one of the first times ever, I was stoked that it would be a 2KM a lap.

In the race itself, Connor and I did that first lap together with a chase pack of about 9 behind us. As soon as I turned downwind on the second lap, I knew I could get away. From there, I kept the lead comfortably and maintained composure which I feel is the hardest thing to do sometimes when in front.

Michael Booth ISA World Championships Hainan China

After a poor showing last year due to sickness it was pretty awesome to win back this title. Moments like this don’t come around too often so when it does, it’s a pretty special day.

It was also fantastic to have my Dad here in support after a tough year with his health. A big congratulations to the whole Australian team for taking the Overall Win at the ISA World Championships and for their awesome performances all week. I’m stoked to be a part of the Overall Win.

You should all be so proud of yourselves, especially those who stepped up and filled in for races beyond their comfort zone and excelled! It was impressive to watch.

Thanks to my girlfriend Kristi for always supporting my crazy dreams; to my family and extended family. I wouldn’t be here without you. To my sponsors, thank you so much for believing in me and supporting me to achieve my goals and to my friends and all the people who support me through the good and bad results.

This one feels really awesome!”  – Michael Booth


2018 ISA World Championships:
SUP Distance Racing Men:

1st      Michael Booth (AUS) 1:53:57
2nd     Bruno Hasulyo (HUN)  1:55:19
3rd      Vinnicius Martins (BRA): 1:55:34
4th      Daniel Hasulto (HUN) 1:56:20
5th      Titouan Puyo (FRA) 1:58:31
6th      Connor Baxter (USA) 1:58:54
7th      Martin Vitry (FRA)  1:58:59
8th      Christian Anderson (DEN) 2:00:00
9th      Sam McCollough (AUS) 2:00:01
10th    Oliver Houghton (NZL) 2:01:25

Congrats to ALL the competitors in the 2018 ISA World Championship games!

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Evelyn O'Doherty, owner & publisher of the new Standup Journal 2.0, worked her way up the ranks in the world of stand up paddling. A former surfer gone rogue, Evelyn stepped onto a SUP for the first time in 2009 when a plaguing neck injury kept her out of the water from surfing. Discovering the core benefits and expanded perspective on the water that stand up paddling brings, Ev immediately was hooked. She became a strong SUP racer in the North East and a year-round SUP surfer, gathering multiple top brand sponsorships including becoming a team rider for Starboard SUP and a national ambassador for Kialoa, as well as celebrating all aspects of the sport with additional brand ambassadorships including lululemon athletica, Clif Bar, Cobian, Kaenon & Indo Board. Her love of watersports and commitment to advocacy in preserving our marine environments led to a short film made with The Nature Conservancy as part of their Clean Water initiatives on Long Island, NY, called "A New Perspective". Evelyn just keeps paddling. Today, she's stepped up to take over the helm at Standup Journal after having worked for the magazine for 2 years as senior online editor. Her dedication and belief in the power of print to immerse readers in the watersports they love even if they don't have access to the water in a daily existence plus a powerful desire to spotlight the amazing people doing rad sh*t on the water is what drives her vision for Standup Journal 2.0. Evelyn welcomes the conversation about how to make the magazine benefit as many people as possible and encourages feedback, letters to the editor and communication at editor@standupjournal.com . Now, as owner/publisher for Standup Journal., Evelyn continues to live in East Hampton NY where she has daily access to the water. When the swell is working, you can find her in Montauk rattling around in her Ford Ranger surfboards hanging out the back headed for points East.