Maui2Molokai #8: Connor Baxter Is on the Verge of Greatness

Maui-2-Molokai-stand-up-paddle-race-videoIn brief: As if we needed any further proof that Connor Baxter is the greatest stand up paddler on the planet, I present you with exhibit a: This coming Saturday afternoon, Connor will line up on the west coast of Maui for the start of the 2017 Maui2Molokai race, arguably the greatest ocean race and definitely the best downwind run in the world of paddling.

If the world number one can reach Molokai before anyone else on Saturday afternoon he won’t just win this year’s M2M, he’ll set an almighty record that may never be beaten. That’s because Connor is going for an incredible 8th-straight Maui2Molokai title. And this is only the 8th year of the event. Or in other words: no other guy has ever won this race.    → READ MORE

FPV Downwinder: Watch James Casey Effortlessly Glide along the South Side of Molokai

hawaii-downwind-stand-up-paddleboarding-videoWatch James Casey effortlessly glide along the south side of Molokai on his Sunova unlimited alongside fellow Aussie (and Sunova’s head designer) Marcus Tardrew.

Jimmy filmed this clip during the Molokai4Molokai race last Sunday, which was held a day after the M2Molokai Challenge where he and Marcus finished 1st and 2nd respectively. The M4M race goes along the south shore of Molokai island, a stretch of open ocean often described as the finest downwind run on the planet.   → READ MORE

Foil Freak: Watch Zane Schweitzer Fly from Maui to Molokai


 
With the trade winds blowing and big bumps rolling between Maui and Molokai last weekend, Zane Schweitzer decided to ditch his race board and compete in the M2Molokai challenge on his SUP foil board. Despite ceding about 10ft in board length, Zane was the quickest racer in (or rather: out of) the water.

 

James Casey, Annabel Anderson Win the M2Molokai Challenge as Team Sunova Sweeps Top Spots

James Casey downwind stand up paddling HawaiiIn brief: Aussie James Casey has continued his winning ways in Hawaii, with the 2017 OluKai champ taking out the M2Molokai Challenge on the weekend as the ocean paddling world gears up for a big double header later this month.

Jimmy completed the 42km (26 mile) crossing from Maui to Molokai in a time of 3 hours, 19 minutes and 9 seconds, narrowly avoiding an upset at the hands of his Team Sunova board designer Marcus Tardrew, a lesser-known but extremely talented downwind paddler who crossed less than a minute later. Maui’s Kody Kerbox restored some pride for the home team by snagging third place.

Annabel Anderson was in a league of her own in the women’s race, claiming the win in 3:39:05, with Andrea Moller runner-up and stars-of-the-future Kali’a Alexiou and Lara Claydon enjoying a close battle for the third step on the podium.   → READ MORE

WATCH: Downwind Highlights from the Onexe Fuerteventura Downwind Race (EuroTour)


 
Connor Baxter and Susak Molinero take out week 10 of the EuroTour in the Canary Islands, with competitors enjoying an epic downwind crossing from Fuerteventura to Lanzarote.

EuroTour Week 9: Connor Baxter, Susak Molinero Win Epic Downwinder in the Canary Islands

Marcus HansenIn brief: World number one and freshly-minted “unicorn” Connor Baxter has taken out week 10 of the EuroTour, claiming what looked to be one of the funnest races of the summer: a 15km, open ocean downwind crossing between Lanzarote and Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands.

New Zealand’s Marcus Hansen was an impressive runner-up, relishing the ocean conditions as strong winds whipped up the Canaries’ signature downwind runners, while Paolo Marconi was third for Team Italia.   → READ MORE