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The 2016 Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge – Recap by Connor Baxter

Connor Sweeps The 2016 Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge

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The 2016 Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge was a huge event with heavy competition. It was the largest contingent of elite competitors getting together at one event for this entire year – in both the men’s and women’s fleet.
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John Puakea Paddle Stroke Analysis and Coaching – Part 1

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We recently met up with elite paddler and coach, John Puakea for some paddle technique coaching. In this session, John watched and analyzed Robert’s (from Blue Planet Surf Hawaii) and Darin’s (my brother) paddle stroke and coached them on how to improve their technique. John gives a lot of paddling tips in this video so be sure to check it out.
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The 2016 Quiksilver Survivor Race – Recap by Connor Baxter

The 2016 Quiksilver JM Survivor Race

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The 2016 Quiksilver Survivor Race was a huge success – with very tough competition. It was a one day event and had the survivor format – which is the hardest race format for short sprints. The first heat started with 44 men and the bottom 10 were eliminated. This was the worst round for me and I got stuck in the back of the pack. I finished in 11th and made it through to the next round, but this year each round you get points for what place you get and at the end you want the smallest number of points.
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Ryland Hart Paddling the Puakea Kahekai OC1 Canoe in Hawaii

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Canoe paddler Ryland Hart shares with us his thoughts on the Kahekai OC1 Canoe by Puakea Designs.
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Travis Grant’s New Paddle Stroke Technique

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Champion SUP and canoe paddler Travis Grant shares with us his new paddle stroke technique which he learned from paddling guru John Puakea.
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The 2016 Molokai-2-Oahu – Recap by Connor Baxter

Molokai-2-Oahu Championships

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The 2016 Molokai2Oahu Championships was a big turn out with some tough competition. This is one of the biggest events in Hawaii for stand up paddling.
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OC1 Canoe Paddling Technique 101 on Kahekai OC1 Canoe with Bill Pratt

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Here are some more paddling tips, this time from canoe paddler Bill Pratt. Bill also shares his thoughts on the new Kahekai OC1 Canoe by Puakea Designs.
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Interview with Robert Stehlik and Jimmy Fitt at the 2016 Blue Planet/Wet Feet WPA Race

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I caught up with Robert Stehlik and Jimmy Fitt at the 2016 Blue Planet/Wet Feet WPA Race. They shared their thoughts about the race, gears they used, as well as some tips for those looking to participate in the same SUP/paddleboard race.
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Connor wins his 7th Straight Victory at the Maui-2-Molokai Crossing – Recap by Connor Baxter

Connor wins his 7th Straight Victory
at the Maui-2-Molokai 28-Mile Crossing

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Connor’s victory extends the longest winning streak in the men’s sport. Not only has Connor never lost this race, but nobody else has ever won it. Connor took out the inaugural event as a scrawny teenager at 15 years old back in 2010, and he has triumphed every year since.
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Hawaii Kai Downwinder on Tempest OC2 Canoe

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My brother Darin and I recently went on a Hawaii Kai downwind run in Oahu to test out my new Ozone Tempest OC2 two-man canoe in open ocean conditions. The Tempest OC2 is fast and it glides really well. We caught some really nice bumps, I think some of the longest bumps we’ve ever caught.
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2016 Blue Planet/Wet Feet World Paddleboard Association (WPA) Race

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Here’s a video that I took from the finish line of the 2016 Blue Planet/Wet Feet World Paddleboard Association (WPA) Race. I was dilly-dallying on my camera when the first place guys came in so I wasn’t able to film them. But I was able to interview the SUP division race winner Jimmy Fitt and will post that in a separate video so watch out for it.
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Puakea Canoe Paddles

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Canoe designer and championship coach, John Puakea shows us the new one-man (OC1) and six-man (OC6) canoe paddles from Puakea Designs.
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The 2016 SUP World Cup – Recap by Connor Baxter

Connor Baxter secures Victory at Stop 2 of the 2016 World Series

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The 2016 SUP World Cup in Scharbeutz Germany was a huge event. There was a huge crowd on the beach and a stacked field of competitors. After five weekends of racing in Europe, it was finally coming to an end. This was my Sixth and Final Event in Europe for the summer.
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Blue Planet Kai Zen Paddle with 98″ Blade Review

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I recently had the chance to try out the Kai Zen Paddle with the 98″ wide blade on a SUP surfing session. The Kai Zen has a super solid catch and it really grips the water, which means you get a lot more paddle power.
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John Puakea Teaches the Tahitian Paddle Technique with Video Analysis

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Canoe designer and championship coach, John Puakea teaches us the Tahitian paddling technique that Shell Va’a is using to dominate the canoe races. In this video, John breaks down the Tahitian paddling stroke taught to him by Gerard Teva by using videos of champion paddlers from California and Tahiti.
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