Connor Baxter

The Storm

Sep 20, 2007
Outside Magazine
Connor Baxter

   Photo: Photo by Robert Maxwell

Connor Baxter
In August 2006, Baxter, then 11, won the junior division at Hawaii's notoriously tough Molokai Crossing; three months later, he took first at Maui's Aloha Classic Wave Championships. And yet between all the contests, the champion windsurfer, now 13, has helped develop a new category of sailboarding products: extra, extra small. Thanks to the Pukalani, Maui–based Baxter and his parents—Hobie Cat veteran Keith Baxter and former pro windsurfer Karen Calvert, who are in the board-distribution business—companies are creating boards for kids weighing as little as 40 pounds. But it's not all about the gear. "My biggest dream is to be overall world champion," he says. "That would be so sick!"

—Vanessa Pierce

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