Connor Baxter – Can the Double Whammy upset the Standings in the Ultimate Waterman competition?

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Starboard's Connor Baxter looks to upset the standings in the Ultimate Waterman competition by using his double whammy points to ride up the leader board in the sup endurance race coming up next!
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As we head into the final three of six grueling disciplines in the Ultimate Waterman competition in New Zealand, Connor Baxter of Hawaii is eyeing up the scoreboard and looking to make his move.

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Connor Baxter eyes his opportunity to upset the leader board as the Ultimate Waterman competition takes on the 16km endurance sup race next.

Could Connor Baxter be this year’s Ultimate Waterman?

With just three of the six disciplines remaining in this year’s Ultimate Waterman competition, Connor Baxter is currently sitting in sixth place, 1740 points behind leader Caio Vaz from Brazil. But don’t count him out. Baxter is the clear favorite to win the 16km stand up paddle endurance race from Colac Bay to Riverton in Southland, New Zealand.

Double Whammy Points:  A Way to Leap Frog to the Top of Leaderboard

The endurance paddle represents Connor’s chance to win his “double whammy” points in this year’s competition. By winning his chosen discipline – the sup endurance battle – Baxter could take an additional 2000 points and leap frog his way to the top of the leader board.

“For the last two years my double whammy has always been the very last event,” says Baxter.

“So I always start near the very bottom and try to get the double points, upset some people and move up the leader board towards the end.”

If Baxter manages to pull off the win, he will be only the second Waterman to take the maximum points in this year’s competition.  Jack Maynard from Australia so far is the only athlete to have won his double whammy discipline; however, Californian Chuck Glynn poses the largest threat to Baxter as he too is using his double whammy points in the stand up paddle endurance race up next.

Top of the Standings

Brazilian Caio Vaz is currently holding the lead in this year’s Ultimate Waterman, fending off last year’s champion Zane Schweitzer of Hawaii.  The two are closely followed by Daniel Kereopoa of New Zeland and Jack Maynard from Australia rounding out the Top Four.

What is the Ultimate Waterman?

The Ultimate Waterman is a  ‘by invitation only’ event which selects eight of the world’s top athletes in the field of watersports.  The competition is a true test of athlete’s skill across six different water disciplines within eight days: shortboard surfing, longboard surfing, stand-up paddleboard endurance, sup surfing, waka-ama endurance and tow-in surfing.

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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.