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We know it’s good when the best of the best in the world of stand up paddling, like Aussie legend Michael Booth, are saying ‘Thank You’ for a great event at the NY SUP Open.

Michael Booth is in the race for a World Championship Title. He’s shown himself to be in top form all year and is currently on fire, taking down big names in the sport. He is one to watch in the final rounds at Red Bull Heavy Water and the Paris SUP Open. Photo by: John Carter / APP World Tour


We caught up to Michael Booth after his 3rd place finish at the Statue of Liberty race (a great drive to the wire with fellow Aussie Travis Grant and France’s winning athlete Arthur Aruktin) to ask him what he thought overall about the Tour’s stop in New York.

The New York SUP Open really opened my eyes to the potential of our great sport.  It was the most professionally run event I’ve ever been to and I feel fortunate to be a part of it. Paddling under the Freedom Tower in such an iconic place as Manhattan was spectacular and I am looking forward to next year already!” APP Tour athlete Michael Booth, Australia

The athletes are excited as we are two stops into the World Title championship tour for stand up paddle racing.

The APP World Tour has two stops left:

The legendary Red Bull Heavy Water event and the Paris SUP Open.  Red Bull Heavy Water, a wildcard event that allows athletes to replace their scores from any other distance race on the Tour, is being held in San Francisco in October 2018.  This event, an iconic race through the surf break at Ocean Beach in San Francisco is a big wave event and is held only if the surf is 10 foot or larger. Event organizers will call the event 5 days in advance giving athletes time to gather in Northern San Francisco. For the first time this year, both male and female stand up paddle racers from around the globe will compete in this extreme paddling competition to vie for the top tier on the podium of this legendary event.

Next, after San Francisco, APP World Tour athletes will gather in Paris for the Paris SUP Open.  Paris is the final event on the 2018 World Tour and will host the crowning of the Men’s and Women’s overall champions on December 8th & 9th at the Salon Nautique after the distance and sprint races held there.

Booth is most certainly in the mix with his Overall 1st Place win at the London SUP Open and his 4th Place standing in New York. He will be up against the massive talents of Connor Baxter, Arthur Arutkin and Casper Steinfath to name a few in this final heated battle to become the 2018 APP World Champion.

We know it’s going to be a great showdown!

Aloha & see you in San Francisco.

Written by:  Evelyn O’Doherty Online Editor / APP World Tour



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