Connor Baxter gets redemption in Huntington & secures 2014 World Title
After a dramatic day of action here in Huntington Beach, Connor Baxter (Starboard) not only navigated an incredible Long distance Race to take the win earning him the event Title here at Stop 4, he has been able to secure the 2014 World Title in advance of the Final event.
Going into this final day of action here at the Huntington Beach Pro Grand Slam Connor knew that the Title was within his grasp as he lined up a the start line under the Pier, ready to take on the Challenge.
It was certainly not given to him though, as he battled blow for blow with an intense pack, that consisted in the early part of the race of Jake Jensen (Fanatic), Mo Freitas (Focus SUP), Casper Steinfath (Naish) and Kai Lenny (Naish).
By the latter stages of this dynamic 5 lap course, the battle was on with Jake Jensen from Australia, as the two went back and forth for the lead over the last two laps, with Connor just able to get the edge by catching a wave into the finish line to take the win.
This dominant performance by Connor Baxter puts an exclamation mark on what has been an incredible year for the young Champion, with a World Title now under his belt and an incredible run of victories in the 2014 season. Congratulations go out to Connor from all of us here at the Waterman League.
Make sure to watch the highlights from the long distance and all of this week’s action by going to: www.watermanleague.com
Shot of the day goes to this photo of Connor Baxter being chaired to the stage
Unlike the previous 5 days that have seen action shots prevail on the shot of the day, today, a shot of the new 2014 World Champion Connor Baxter (Starboard) being chaired to the stage seemed like the shot to remember. Watch the highlights, check out the photos, news and rankings at www.watermanleague.com
Mahalo Huntington Beach for a dramatic week of action to remember
There were so many epic moments from this week’s Huntington Beach Pro Grand Slam, that it is hard to do them all justice. But looking back, a few moments really stick out:
The Conditions: the surf at Huntington Beach this week was flawless, allowing for some of the most progressive and radical surfing ever witnessed in competition
The Trials: a truly international fleet with new faces stepping up to do battle on the Stand Up World Tour, with stand out performances from the South African contingent
The Main event: pumping surf and some of the most exciting battles we have seen on the Stand Up World Tour, particularly in the closing rounds. From Kai Lenny and Zane Schweitzer’s last minute heroics to Poenaiki’s memorable battle with Caio Vaz to earn his spot in the Final, and of course Kai Lenny’s return to the top of the World Rankings
World Series Sprint Racing: some of the most spectacular conditions and exciting racing yet on the Stand Up World Series, as the best of the best took on the surf race at the Pier; watching Connor Baxter use strategy for positioning in the surf and a final come back to take the win on Day 1.
World Series Long Distance: a battle for the ages between Connor Baxter and Jake Jensen and Connor Baxter securing not only bullet wins in this event, but his first World Title ahead of the Final event in Turtle Bay.
A big thank you goes out to Starboard, Turtle Bay, Oakley, SoBe, Deuce and all our partners of this year’s Huntington Beach Pro Grand Slam, but also to the City of Huntington Beach and its surfers, who so graciously provided us with access to their surfbreak for the week.
Make sure to check out all the highlights, photos, news and much more at www.watermanleague.com, and join us LIVE for the prestigious and climactic World Series Finals at Turtle Bay from the 10th – 12th October on Oahu’s Fabled North Shore.