Baxter, Funk help Americans take silver at ISA SUP Championships

Connor Baxter competes in the sprints at the International Surfing Association World SUP and Paddleboard Championships in Wanning, China, last week. ISA / Pablo Jimenez photo

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.