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2011 Battle Of The Paddle HI Recap by Connor Baxter

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2011 BATTLE OF THE PADDLE once again lives up to its name. First off this was a great event with three different disciplines that I competed in – The Elite, The Long Distance and The Team Relay.
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2010 Battle of the Paddle California – Recap by Connor Baxter

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Recap of the BOP Event in California by Connor Baxter

Another great event here in California at the 2010 Dana Point Rainbow Sandals Battle of the Paddle. There were a total of five races involved with the Battle of the Paddle over 2 days. There is the main event, which is the Elite race, the Open Age group race, Distance race, Team Relay, and the Kids race. I competed in the Elite race, Open Age group, Distance race, and Team Relay.
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2010 Duke’s OceanFest Events – Recap by Connor Baxter

Aloha Everyone!!

What a fun week in Oahu!!

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The 2010 Duke’s Ocean Fest was a great event. The purpose of this event is to honor Duke Kahanamoku. This event has swimming, surf polo, surfing, and stand up paddling events throughout the week.
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Molokai To Oahu – Race Recap by Connor Baxter

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Molokai to Oahu – 32 mile Crossing across the Ka’iwi Channel. Before this race I felt so prepared because that week I ate super good, drank lots of water and rested. My mom and I went over to Molokai Friday night on the Ferry to Kaunakakai. Then headed over to the west side and stayed at the condos right where the event was. I slept in on Saturday and then went for a swim – I basically had a super relaxing day. Around 5:00 the race meeting started and then I had a huge dinner and went back to the room – and went right to bed to get a good night sleep. Continue reading ‘Molokai To Oahu – Race Recap by Connor Baxter’

Naish Paddleboard Championships – Race Recap by Connor Baxter

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I just competed in the Naish Paddleboard Championships in Maui. What a great race. Well organized and really fun. It started at Maliko Gulch and finished at the Kahului Harbor – about 9 1/2 miles.
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27 Mile Mormaii Pailolo Express Race – Recap by Connor Baxter

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The Mormaii 27 Mile Pailolo Express held on Sunday July 11th. Otherwise know as the Maui to Molokai Crossing. The first time I did this crossing I was 8 1/2 years old – and I windsurfed across it. But this time I did it – I WON FOUR THOUSAND DOLLARS!!!!
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Race Recap – The 32nd annual Hui O He’e Nalu Independence Day Race

It was a beautiful day for Da Hui’s annual 4th of July race. Here’s a recap from Robert Stehlik from Blue Planet Surf.

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Going to the beautiful North Shore on Independence day for the Hui race has become somewhat of a tradition for our family. With clear water, blue skies and light tradewinds, the North Shore once again served up a beautiful day for the most popular paddleboard/ SUP race on Oahu (with the exception of this year’s Battle of the Paddle). The race results show a total of 478 finishers with of which 309 were stand up paddlers, an impressive turnout. The wind was very light in Honolulu but when we got closer to the start at Sunset beach, there were whitecaps and conditions looked good. The crew from Da Hui once again put together a great event.
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Connor Baxter Wins the 2010 Sarento’s/Kai Wa’a Maui to Moloka’i Challenge

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Congratulations to Connor Baxter for winning the Stand Up Solo division at the 2010 Sarento’s/Kai Wa’a Maui to Moloka’i Challenge. Here’s a recap of the race from Connor.

I just finished the Maui to Molokai event on Saturday April 24th, put on by the Maui Canoe and Kayak Club (www.mauicanoeandkayak.org). The race was really fun and all the people were super nice and helpful. In the event there were a total of 14 or 15 SUP soloist including Livio Menelau, Alan Cadiz, Thomas Maximus Shahinian, Campbell Farrell, Jack Dyson, Ann-Marie Richman, Donna Badome-Raaphorst – to name a few. Continue reading ‘Connor Baxter Wins the 2010 Sarento’s/Kai Wa’a Maui to Moloka’i Challenge’

C4 Waterman Ambassador/Rider racing 22 miles – flat water Oct 17 2009 for LIVESTRONG

This was sent to us via email by C4 Ambassador/Rider Chip Bock.

All,

Tomorrow is the 3rd Annual 22 mile Causeway 2 Causeway Challenge in Cocoa, FL. This is my 3rd year competing in the C2C and I won the overall SUP Div last year. It is a brutal race due to it being flat water (no following swell etc) and is one of the longest annual flat water paddleboard races in the US.

More importantly I do this race each year to raise funds and awareness for LIVESTRONG and the Lance Armstrong Foundation.
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Zane Schweitzer at the 2009 Battle of the Paddle

Shawneen Schweitzer sent us this race recap of the 2009 Battle of the Paddle. Thanks Shaween!

Aloha;

Here is the report from the Battle of the Paddle. It was an incredible event, over three hundred competitors and lots of fun (and a bit of carnage). With what seemed like a thousand spectators on the beach, the SURF EXPO and the top SUP racers in the country here to compete in the 2009 Battle of the Paddle, you know it was a huge success.

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2009 Molokai Race Update from Zane Schweitzer

From Starboard’s winning team, waterkid Zane Schweitzer shares his Rainbow Sandals Molokai-Oahu Paddleboard race experience.

It was such a cool event too, there were over 135 teams and competitors. Next year you should try to come out for it, you would love it!!!

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Ekolu Kalama Dominates the JEVER SUP World Cup 2009, Hamburg

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Congratulations to Starboard team rider, Ekolu Kalama for sweeping the grand prize in the pro sprint and distance races of the JEVER SUP World Cup 2009 in Hamburg, Germany.  He brought home the goods in both the 200 meter sprint and the 10,000 meter distance race. Now Ekolu has the official title as 2x “World Champion!”
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John Hibbard on JEVER SUP World Cup Hamburg 2009

Here’s a first hand recount of the JEVER SUP from the Pro division’s distance and sprint 3rd placer, John Hibbard. Read on…

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“When someone told me there was a race event going on in Germany I was expecting some small fry event with a few people. I could not have been more wrong. Arriving at the event after driving across England, catching a ferry to France and then driving across France, Belgium, Holland and finally Germany I was blown away by the size of the thing. A tented event village with hotdog stands, mobile beer sellers and 20,000+ spectators this event was something else. The whole race area was wired for sound and a mix of pumping tunes and commentary boomed around this man made canal basin that had been turned into a SUP Stadium! Continue reading ‘John Hibbard on JEVER SUP World Cup Hamburg 2009′

John Hibbard Makes It at 125 miles SUP in Devizes to Westminster Paddle Race

Here’s an updated post from John Hibbard after a successful SUP surfing (a first) at the recently concluded Devizes to Westminster Canoe Race in UK.

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We made it! We took on the Devizes to Westminster Paddle Race and tamed it – 125 miles standing up. Here’s my story…
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Ekolu Kalama Test Riding His New Starboard 14′8″ The Point SUP Board


This is the video that Starboard’s Ekolu Kalama sent us when he got his new 14′8″ The Point which is especially designed for downwind paddling.

It’s fresh from the box and he tried it at Puena Point with the whole Kalama family. They’ve got “kona” (leeward) winds blowing bringing some swells straight into the harbor so they were able to have some downwind glides.

Catch Ekolu with his family in this video doing some downwinder.


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