Mike Austin CAN
Originally from the Sunshine State, Mike grew up in the beach town of Pensacola, FL and was instantly attracted to all things water. Surfing, Skim boarding, and Wake boarding were just a few of the daily activities hard to resist with friends. With his family later moving to Atlanta, GA – Mike was land locked and became a Certified Lifeguard at the local water park. There he was introduced to the Flow Rider wave machine and took on a greater love for the sport. After Atlanta he moved to Altamonte Springs, FL with his home break being Cocoa Beach, and shortly after that he took a career on a Cruise Ship and sailed the Eastern & Western Caribbean. This is where he met the love of his life “Nadia Austin”. The two travelled for a few years and eventually settled in Toronto where Nadia is from. Mike’s first introduction to lake life was through Kite Boarding in Ontario. After a few years of chasing the wind, he turned to SUP right around the same time he and Nadia had travelled to Hawaii. “We first tried it out in 2010 in Kauai, HI and of course instantly fell in love with the sport.” Upon their return, their love for the sport exploded and instantly took on surf sup & then sup racing a year later. Mike is now very active in the sup / surfing & racing community and is very passionate about the preservation and beautification of all the Great Lakes. He is very open minded and motivated to help others reach their goals, while always living the Aloha! You are sure to bump into Mike during a beach clean up or at a local surf break in Toronto hanging ten.