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Connor wins the Overall Title of The New York SUP Open – Event Recap by Connor Baxter

Connor wins the Overall Title
of The New York SUP Open
Presented by the APP World Tour

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The New York SUP Open was an incredible event and definitely a bucket list of a race. This was the second stop of the APP World Tour after London and they did it again with an amazing race around the Statue of Liberty.
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2018 China Uemura SUP Foil Surfing Contest

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Check out this video I took from the 2018 China Uemura SUP Foil Surfing Contest. It was an awesome event with some of the top SUP foilers in the world. Big thanks to Alex Aguera and Leleo Kinimaka for inviting me.
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John Puakea Teaches Canoe Paddling Technique: The Catch – Part 2

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Here’s part two of our canoe paddling technique video with elite paddler and championship coach John Puakea. In this video, Johnny continues teaching us the importance of “The Catch”. According to Johnny, once you get your catch right and master it, then you can work on the rest of your paddle stroke, your conditioning, and your strength.
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Connor takes out the Kerama Blue Cup in Japan – Event Recap by Connor Baxter

Connor takes out the Kerama Blue Cup in Japan

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The 2018 Kerama Blue Cup was an event to remember, with its stunning blue water and amazing island life style. It was definitely a mission to get here for me coming from Hawaii with 20 hours of traveling to Okinawa. Then jumping on a 3 hour ferry ride to some incredible islands that reminded me of back home.
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John Puakea Teaches Canoe Paddling Technique: The Catch – Part 1

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Here’s another canoe paddling technique video from elite paddler and championship coach John Puakea. This time Johnny teaches us in detail an important part of the canoe paddle stroke: “The Catch”. According to Johnny, it is critical to set your catch correctly since it is the first part of your paddle stroke. If you don’t get the catch right, it will be hard to get the rest of your stroke right as well. Johnny himself spent one year mastering his catch.
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John Puakea Presents the Kahele OC1 Canoe

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We’re back with canoe designer and championship coach John Puakea as he shares his latest creation with us, the Kahele OC1 canoe. Johnny designed the Kahele for improved efficiency by eliminating length in the nose and tail of the canoe. Although the Kahele is shorter than most OC1 canoes, it features a longer, optimized waterline of about 19 feet. According to Johnny, this gives the Kahele faster flatwater speeds and more high-end speed in the bumps. The shorter length also makes the Kahele more maneuverable in the surf.
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Connor Baxter Wins the 2018 OluKai Ho’olaule’a – Event Recap by Connor Baxter

Connor Baxter Wins the 2018 OluKai Ho’olaule’a

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The 2018 Olukai was another great event with some crazy conditions that we will be talking about for years to come!

The race was originally supposed to be on Saturday, but with the crazy north winds and lots of rain it was postponed until Sunday. I woke up early to have the meeting about doing either a course race or the traditional downwinder. The decision was made and I headed towards Maliko for an 11:30 start. Continue reading ‘Connor Baxter Wins the 2018 OluKai Ho’olaule’a – Event Recap by Connor Baxter’

Connor Baxter Wins The Battle of the Bay – Event Recap by Connor Baxter

Connor Wins the “Battle of the Bay”

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This year’s Battle of the Bay in San Francisco was an epic grind. The day started off beautiful without a cloud in the sky and the conditions were ramping up to be super fun for the afternoon with some wind. It was going to be a full day with the a 8 mile distance race in the morning and then a 4 mile course race in the afternoon.
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Connor wins the 8th Annual Maui-2-Molokai – Event Recap by Connor Baxter

Connor Wins the 8th Annual Maui-2-Molokai Event
Making it 8 Straight
And the Longest Winning Streak in SUP

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Recap by Connor Baxter

This years 8th Annual Maui-2-Molokai was another Epic Battle and Channel Crossing.
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Board Meeting Episode 22: SUP Hyrdrofoiling – Part 3

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Here’s the last part of our SUP Hydrofoiling episode. Robert and I continue our discussion about foiling and in this part we talk a bit about foil installation on SUP boards, suitable board lengths, rider weight, and more. Robert also gives his tips on learning how to SUP foil.
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Board Meeting Episode 22: SUP Hyrdrofoiling – Part 2

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Here is part 2 of our SUP Hydrofoiling episode where Robert and I continue our discussion about the different aspects of this new sport. For this part we talk more about getting started, safety, equipment, the skill level required, and more.
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Connor Wins the 2017 Hossegor Paddle Games – Event Recap by Connor Baxter

Connor Wins the 2017 Hossegor Paddle Games!!

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The 2017 Hossegor Paddle Games was a great event in a sick town here in France for my second stop on the Euro Tour.
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Board Meeting Episode 22: SUP Hyrdrofoiling – Part 1

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Welcome to another episode of Board Meeting. In this episode, Robert and I will discuss hydrofoiling on a stand up paddle board.
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How to SUP Foil

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Foiling is an amazing sensation and a great way to enjoy the ocean. We recently got our GoFoils and have been going out almost every day trying to learn this amazing sport. Flying over the surface with minimal drag is an addictive feeling and we can’t get enough. In this video Sam Pa’e and Robert Stehlik offer some tips on learning, safety, and gear. If you are thinking of trying this cool sport, watching this video will be helpful:
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SUP Downwind Tip – Connecting Bumps by Using the Onramp to the Freeway

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This video covers how to catch the smaller, slower moving bumps to connect into the bigger, faster moving swells. Guy Pere, a great paddler from Oahu, used this great analogy: use an “onramp” to pick up the speed you need to merge onto the “freeway”. Then, as you come off the faster moving swell, look for an “offramp”, a smaller bump that will keep your speed up as you come off the back of the bigger, faster swell, which allows you to maintain the glide and look for another faster moving “freeway” to merge onto, keeping the momentum going at a high average speed, this is what connecting bumps is all about. Continue reading ‘SUP Downwind Tip – Connecting Bumps by Using the Onramp to the Freeway’