Sportsman, Champion & Soon-to-be Husband: Paddlewoo Podcast with Connor Baxter

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Connor Baxter Paddlewoo Podcast
Connor Baxter Paddlewoo Podcast
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I really enjoyed listening to the latest Paddlewoo Podcast with all-time sup champion Connor Baxter. Podcast host and Blue Zone SUP coach  Chase Kosterlitz guides Connor through questions regarding his training, technique and ability to stay focused on his goals when everyone else is out there surfing.

Connor Baxter:  From Strength to Burnout and Back Again

Connor, ever self-effacing, is direct and affable, happily discoursing about his growing up on Maui and the tutelage as a young athlete he received from his ‘uncles’ like Dave Kalama, Bart de Zwart and more.  He speaks freely about his childhood rivalry with fellow super star Kai Lenny.  And, Connor gives great insight into the Starboard board design process and his integral role in the testing and release of each year’s designs.

In short, this mature 25 year old, who is getting married in a few weeks to his longtime sweetheart Anae´ Anderson, leaves nothing a secret.  He is both stoked and willing.  He is a fierce competitor, but his love of the sport of stand up paddling shines through like a star, guiding the rest of us to new levels of honesty and clarity about how to train more efficiently, learn about the ocean and, as Connor says,

“Have fun and always do your best.”

Here’s to one great winner who makes this sport the show of camaraderie, athleticism and sportsmanship it is:  Connor Baxter.

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Evelyn O’Doherty
Evelyn O'Doherty, owner & publisher of the new Standup Journal 2.0, worked her way up the ranks in the world of stand up paddling. A former surfer gone rogue, Evelyn stepped onto a SUP for the first time in 2009 when a plaguing neck injury kept her out of the water from surfing. Discovering the core benefits and expanded perspective on the water that stand up paddling brings, Ev immediately was hooked. She became a strong SUP racer in the North East and a year-round SUP surfer, gathering multiple top brand sponsorships including becoming a team rider for Starboard SUP and a national ambassador for Kialoa, as well as celebrating all aspects of the sport with additional brand ambassadorships including lululemon athletica, Clif Bar, Cobian, Kaenon & Indo Board. Her love of watersports and commitment to advocacy in preserving our marine environments led to a short film made with The Nature Conservancy as part of their Clean Water initiatives on Long Island, NY, called "A New Perspective". Evelyn just keeps paddling. Today, she's stepped up to take over the helm at Standup Journal after having worked for the magazine for 2 years as senior online editor. Her dedication and belief in the power of print to immerse readers in the watersports they love even if they don't have access to the water in a daily existence plus a powerful desire to spotlight the amazing people doing rad sh*t on the water is what drives her vision for Standup Journal 2.0. Evelyn welcomes the conversation about how to make the magazine benefit as many people as possible and encourages feedback, letters to the editor and communication at editor@standupjournal.com . Now, as owner/publisher for Standup Journal., Evelyn continues to live in East Hampton NY where she has daily access to the water. When the swell is working, you can find her in Montauk rattling around in her Ford Ranger surfboards hanging out the back headed for points East.