Waterman Connor Baxter was born and raised on Maui Hawaii. At 20, he is the Youngest Competitor at this event. Connor’s Accomplishments, Winnings and Media Coverage include the most recent accolade, earning the “2014 World Championship Race Title”.
Raised on the water, Connor’s playground is the Ocean. Competing since age 8 in Windsurfing and Surfing, Connor is now also focused on Stand Up Paddling. No matter what the conditions – stand up paddling, surfing, windsurfing, tow-in surfing – Connor is always out there – pushing himself – pushing the limits – in all water sports.
Connor has over 80 1st Place finishes in SUP. He is the Molokai-2-Oahu World Champion for the third time – and the current 2014 World Record Holder for this event for the third time. He is the youngest paddler to win this event, as well as the Battle of the Paddler, Maui-2-Molokai event, Olukai Ho’olaule’a – to name a few.
Connor is ranked the #1 Paddler in the World on the racing stats. And, he has been voted the #1 Male Paddler in 2014, 2012, 2011.
His unique paddling technique is now named after him – “The Connor Baxter Choke Stroke” and people worldwide have adapted to his style of paddling.
While global travel is a way of life for this waterman, competition and racing is just part of the events that attract Connor while on the road. Connor took time to visit with middle school students. His perspective on focusing on what you’re passionate about was an engaging way to share the message, “Follow your dreams, not drugs.”
Connor recently won the 2016 Red Bull Heavy Water race in San Francisco, which included a gnarly paddle out in heavy Ocean Beach.
Connor is also the 2016 Faster Paddler on Earth: