Baxter, Funk help Americans take silver at ISA SUP Championships
The Maui News
Maui stand-up paddlers Connor Baxter and Ryan Funk both produced high finishes, including a win for Funk, to help the United States team take second place overall at the International Surfing Association World SUP and Paddleboard Championships last week in Wanning, China.
Funk, a Paia resident originally from California, won the junior boys SUP technical race on Wednesday. He completed the course in a time of 31 minutes, 8.86 seconds, over 10 seconds ahead of runner-up Oliver Houghton of New Zealand.
Baxter competed in three races and posted a runner-up, a third-place and a sixth-place finish to earn valuable points for the U.S.
The Haiku SUP star placed second in the men’s technical race in 30:52.38 on Wednesday; Hungary’s Daniel Hasulyo won in 30:25.53.
On Friday in the men’s sprint final, Baxter was just edged out for second place. He crossed in a time of 53.60, just 0.35 seconds behind New Zealand’s Trevor Tunnington. Arthur Carvalho of Brazil won in 51:72.
Baxter wrapped up his individual schedule with a sixth-place finish in the men’s distance race on Saturday with a time of 1:58:54.16. Australia’s Michael Booth won in 1:53:57.67.
On Sunday, Baxter did the men’s SUP leg of the team relay, helping the Americans place second in 12:45.08, nearly 12 seconds behind winner Australia.
The Aussies took the team title with 15,748 points, while the Americans settled for silver with 14,853. France won bronze with 12,568.