A professional standup paddler and waterman from Hawai’i is sure to have some great tips for a visit to his home state, right? We got all the inside tips from The Ultimate Waterman Ambassador, Connor Baxter including his favourite things to see, do and eat in the Aloha State:
Where do you live?
Maui's North Shore, Hawai'i.
Name your top 3 places to eat.
The top three places to eat in Maui are Tobi's Shave Ice for poke, Flatbread Pizza (order the Mopsy pizza) and Nuka Sushi next to my house.
Where do you like to surf and what beach do you recommend if you’re a tourist wanting
I like to surf at Hookipa. For a tourist a good spot is on the south side of the island at Laniapoko.
What is your “must do” Hawaiian experience?
Go to a Luau!
What is the best thing about Hawai'i?
The best thing about Hawaii is the aloha spirit and of course the surf.
What is the most important thing to pack on a holiday to Hawaii?
Definitely pack sunscreen 'cause the UV index is really high in Hawai'i. Of course boardshorts and a surfboard are important also!
Which is your favorite Island?
Kauai is awesome because they have great surf and the whole island is green and peaceful! I love Maui though 'cause it's home and it's the perfect mix of all the islands I think. Also Maui is perfect for all the water sports I like to do because we have cranking wind for wind sports and also great waves all year round.
What is your local insider tip, place to visit, thing to do?
Go see the sunrise at Haleakala, drive the road to Hana, hike in the bamboo forest. The lavender fields are also a sick place to visit. Maui has so much to offer its insane. The beaches are spectacular, especially in Hana and don't miss out on all the hikes and waterfalls.
The Ultimate Waterman competition with eight disciplines has been unfolding across New Zealand over the course of ten days, with the winner being decided on Sunday 20th March 2016 at the Auckland Viaduct. For more information about The Ultimate Waterman and their events happening around the country this month, visit their website here.