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 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.
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!