Connor Baxter stroke tips on muscular engagement from the 2017 Carolina Cup

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We asked Starboard’s team rider and World Champ Connor Baxter if we could sit in on his stroke clinic at the 2017 West Marine Carolina Cup yesterday.  As ever, the champ welcomed us. In the few short minutes we were there, he dropped a few gems on technique I’d never heard spoken before. Here’s the short view.

Connor Baxter Stroke Clinic at the 2017 Carolina Cup

There is no question that Connor Baxter is the MAN when it comes to stroke technique.  For a young, lithe, skinny guy, he is the ultimate powerhouse in paddling.  His sprints are incredible to watch and his distance game is equally impressive as he recently proved at The Ultimate Waterman competition in New Zealand.

But, what makes Connor stand out, aside from his inspiring kindness is also is ability to teach.  He is articulate and intelligent and clearly has thought through this body mechanics in such a way that he can talk about them.  He shares fully and willingly.

In this recent video (sorry about the quality, it was shot on my iPhone) Connor gives a brief overview of what muscles should be at work in stand up paddle racing and what a paddler’s stance should look like in order to get there.  He talks about the importance of the glutes, a muscle group that often gets overlooked.  At the end of the day, he says, your butt should feel it and your core.  This is not a game of shoulders and arms, as we knew, but a dynamic cross-lateral abdominal strength that comes from your hip thrust to propel the board forward.

Thanks, Connor!  This little tidbit is enough to keep our viewer’s engaged and moving forward … in the right way 😉

 

 

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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.