Archive for the 'Pro Updates' Category

2011 Namotu World Paddle Challenge Event #1 – Recap by Connor Baxter

01

Connor Wins the Overall Title in Fiji!!!

The 2011 Namotu World Paddle Challenge was a great event. The first day they started off big and ran the long distance race first. They said the race was going to be 19 miles, but it ended up being 23 miles. The race was from Natadola Beach on the main island to Namotu Island and there were about 15 of us at the starting line. We were all on 12′6″ race boards – which made the crossing that much more challenging. It was a beach start and once I heard go – it was on. Continue reading ‘2011 Namotu World Paddle Challenge Event #1 – Recap by Connor Baxter’

Connor Baxter in Action – Videos

This was sent to us via email by Karen Baxter.

Aloha Everyone -

During this past year Connor put together some YouTube videos I wanted to share.

Please enjoy – and pass them along to anyone else you think will enjoy. Thanks so much!!

 
Africa SUPafari:


(click thumbnail to launch video)

Continue reading ‘Connor Baxter in Action – Videos’

Interview with Connor Baxter and Robert Stehlik – Video

connor-baxter-and-robert-stehlik-at-dukes-oceanfest-2011

I shot these videos of Connor Baxter after he won the 2011 Duke’s Oceanfest Distance Race. Connor also won the surf race the day before and is on a pretty strong winning streak. Robert Stehlik did well too and had a great idea to interview Connor away from the crowd to get more in depth info on what keeps him winning.
Continue reading ‘Interview with Connor Baxter and Robert Stehlik – Video’

Duke’s OceanFest Event – Recap by Connor Baxter

“Duke’s OceanFest – Waikiki” By Connor Baxter

The Duke’s OceanFest is held each summer at the end of August. It’s a week long celebration in honor of Duke Kahanamoku, who is the definition of The Aloha Spirit.

It’s one of the events that I have not missed since I started Stand Up Paddling! It’s a fun event with loads of people, good food and just an all around good beach day with family and friends.
Continue reading ‘Duke’s OceanFest Event – Recap by Connor Baxter’

2011 Columbia Gorge Paddleboard Challenge – Recap by Connor Baxter

SUP Event in Hood River!! By Connor Baxter

The first ever 2011 Gorge Challenge was a great, fun event. There were three different races – the Elite course race, the long distance, and the most fun part – the team relay.

The event took place in Hood River Oregon, which is one of my favorite places to go, because there is so much to do. Before the race I got to windsurf, kayak, as well as go down the rapids on a SUP board.
Continue reading ‘2011 Columbia Gorge Paddleboard Challenge – Recap by Connor Baxter’

2011 Molokai-2-Oahu World Championships – Recap by Connor Baxter

“Surprise” Weekend!! By Connor Baxter

The Molokai-2-Oahu Race as Jamie Mitchell states, “If you love paddling, this is the race of all races – it’s our Superbowl. I love the feeling of apprehension, the nerves and waiting to see what the ocean’s going to deliver. The depth of talent in this year’s race is unsurpassed.”

Well – the event for me started on Thursday. My dad, mom and I were to take our boat from Maui to Molokai on Friday, relax on Saturday, Race on Sunday. So preparations started on Thursday getting the boat provisioned and equipped.
Continue reading ‘2011 Molokai-2-Oahu World Championships – Recap by Connor Baxter’

2011 Naish Paddle Championships – Recap by Connor Baxter

Recap of Sunday’s Event by Connor – and Winning the 12′6″ SUP Division:

The 2011 Naish Paddle Championships Maui Event was held on Sunday July 24th. The race is from Maliko Gulch to Kahului Harbor – a 9.54 mile downwinder.

There were 238 competitors from Europe, Japan, Tahiti, the US Mainland, Australia, Brazil, and Hawaii participating in the 6th Annual Event.
Continue reading ‘2011 Naish Paddle Championships – Recap by Connor Baxter’

Maui to Molokai Crossing Triple Crown Video by Connor Baxter

This was sent to us via email by Karen Baxter.

Aloha All -

Connor put together a great Youtube Video of the Mormaii World Cup Maui to Molokai Crossing – The last event of the Maui Jim Triple Crown.

Although my settings on my camcorder must have been a bit off for clarity – it is a great video of Connor & Dave Kalama together from start to finish.
Continue reading ‘Maui to Molokai Crossing Triple Crown Video by Connor Baxter’

Interview with C4 Waterman Ambassador Raimana Van Bastolear

c4-bop-training-raimana-van-bastolear-interview

I had the chance to interview C4 Ambassador and surfing legend Raimana Van Bastolear during the C4 Waterman’s “secret traning day“. In the video, Raimana talks about surfing Teahupo’o, how he got started in stand up paddle surfing, and surfing with Laird Hamilton. Check it out.
Continue reading ‘Interview with C4 Waterman Ambassador Raimana Van Bastolear’

Triple Crown Event #3 – Recap by Connor Baxter

Connor’s Re-Cap from The 3rd Event of the Triple Crown – and WINNING 1st Place!! And the OVERALL TITLE OF THE TRIPLE CROWN!!

01

The Mormaii World CUP … 3rd Event of the Maui Jim Triple Crown of SUP

All I can say about the last leg of the 2011 Triple Crown is WOW!!! This race could not have been better. The conditions were epic; East North East winds blowing 30+ knots with some swells breaking over my head in the channel.
Continue reading ‘Triple Crown Event #3 – Recap by Connor Baxter’

Triple Crown Event #2 – Recap by Connor Baxter

Connor’s Re-Cap from The 2nd Event of the Triple Crown – and WINNING 1st Place!!

01

The WARRIOR CUP … 2nd Event of the Maui Jim Triple Crown of SUP

This event was from Maliko Gulch to Honolua Bay (21+ miles) on Sunday – July 10th.

This was a great race but had some of the hardest conditions. The race started at 10:45 in the morning inside of Maliko Harbor. Only 32 competitors showed up for this race – but they were some of the best from here, a few from Oahu and some from Australia. Most racers know how grueling this run is, so many opt not to compete in it. Continue reading ‘Triple Crown Event #2 – Recap by Connor Baxter’

2011 Hui He’e Nalu Race – Recap by Connor Baxter

Connor’s Re-Cap from July 4th’s Big Event – and WINNING 1st Place!!

2011 Hui He'e Nalu Independence Day Race

The Hui He’e Nalu Independence Day Race

After Sunday’s Triple Crown Event – I was on a plane to Oahu for this event on Monday.
Continue reading ‘2011 Hui He’e Nalu Race – Recap by Connor Baxter’

Triple Crown Event – Recap by Connor Baxter

Connor’s Re-Cap from Sunday’s Big Event – and WINNING 1st Place!!

connor-triple-crown-event-recap-01

The Poi Bowl…1st Leg of the Maui Jim Triple Crown of SUP

The Triple Crown consists of Three Events on Maui. The First Event is from Maliko Gulch to Kahului Harbor (9.54 miles). The Second Event goes from Maliko Gulch to Honolua Bay (21-miles). The Third and final Event of the series, paddlers traverse the Pai’lolo channel from Honolua Bay to Kaunakakai Harbor, Moloka’i (27-miles).
Continue reading ‘Triple Crown Event – Recap by Connor Baxter’

WPA National Race – Recap by Connor Baxter

connor-wpa-02

WPA National Race – by Connor Baxter:

The 2011 Wet feet WPA National Race was a super fun event. I flew over to Oahu from Maui on Friday and the event was on Saturday. The WPA – World Paddle Association – has a series of qualifying events for the Hennessey’s World Event in San Diego in September. An event I definitely want to compete in.
Continue reading ‘WPA National Race – Recap by Connor Baxter’

C4 Battle of the Paddle Secret Training Day Part 2

c4-battle-of-the-paddle-secret-training-day-27

Here are some more videos that I took at C4 Waterman’s “secret training day“.
Continue reading ‘C4 Battle of the Paddle Secret Training Day Part 2′