Connor Baxter wins the Sprint racing component of the Stand Up World Series


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Monday 2 July

Chicago sees intense action, storms and sunshine in 1 day

During a day that started out beautifully, Chicago saw intense action on the water, but also a taste of nature’s raw power as a fast moving storm ravaged North Avenue for over 30 mins, only to return to a picture perfect finish for the 1st day of Pacifico’s Chicago World Paddle Challenge, presented by Starboard.

What seemed like a war zone for the best part of an hour, turned back to a picture perfect setting that saw the exciting conclusion of the 1st day of action for this inaugural World Series event in Chicago.


Connor Baxter edges out Kai Lenny in the closing seconds

Connor Baxter (Starboard) secures a worthy victory in the sprint racing of the first day of Pacifico’s Chicago World Paddle Challenge, presented by Starboard. In a star studded final that saw Kai Lenny (Naish) lead for the majority of the race, Connor dug deep to find what it took to overtake Kai in the final feet of the race, as both athletes sprinted across the finish line after a battle of epic proportions. 

Check out the highlights by clicking here: Sprint Highlights


Kai Lenny demonstrates speed out of the gate & paddling

Despite finishing in a close second, Kai Lenny (Naish) demonstrated his skill and paddle power today, even on flat water, as he led the star studded international fleet throughout the heat, only to be pipped at the post by the ever impressive Connor Baxter (Starboard). These two athletes from Maui certainly set the pace here in the sprint course and showcased why they are two of the sport’s most prominent and celebrated figures.


Ryan Helm represents Punta Sayulita here in Chicago

With 2 representatives from Punta Sayulita, Mexico in attendance here at Pacifico’s Chicago World Paddle Challenge, Ryan Helm showed impressive form to finish in 3rd place behind Connor and Kai in the stacked final here in Chicago. Ryan will be looking to consolidate on his performance in the long distance for a strong overall result at this World Series stop.


Annabel Anderson dominates the Pacifico women sprints

Annabel Anderson (Starboard) from New Zealand reaches the semi finals of the sprints and once again showcases her speed and talent here in Chicago to take the win in the women’s division. Following Annabel was another great paddler and resident of Abu Dhabi, Jen Scully, who made it to Chicago for this inaugural showdown in the Windy City.


International representation is secured here in Chicago

The Final saw 4 Nations represented here in Chicago, from Hawaii, and Mexico to France and Australia. Here are the final standings from the sprint racing on day one of Pacifico’s World Paddle Challenge presented by Starboard and in association with Maui Jim:

  1. Connor Baxter (Starboard)
  2. Kai Lenny (Naish)
  3. Ryan Helm
  4. Jake Jenson (Naish)
  5. Eric Terrien (Bic SUP)
  6. Slater Trout


Stay tuned to for latest

Stay tuned to for the latest news, results, highlights and info from this epic event in the windy city as the tension mounts and competition intensifies.

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