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Connor Baxter Fights off 10ft Tiger Shark

Posted August 12, 2016, 03:35 PM HST Updated August 12, 2016, 05:11 PM HST

One of Maui’s best competitive paddle boarders, Connor Baxter, found himself in a frightening situation earlier this week when he encountered what he described as a 10-foot tiger shark attacking his foil SUP surfboard.  It happened just outside of Maliko Bay on Maui’s North Shore while Connor was participating in a down wind paddle exercise with some friends.

Connor, from Haʻikū, said that the shark came up from behind him and started attacking the long foil attached to his SUP board.  The three time Molokaʻi to Oʻahu SUP champion was knocked down by the force of the shark and Conner had landed on his back, luckily still on his board and not into the water.  Baxter said “the power was incredible, he [the shark] was twisting all around and shaking its body.”

After a few attempts at attacking Connors surfboard, Baxter said he was able to fight back and managed to hit the shark on the nose with his SUP paddle which eventually scared the shark away.  We are happy to report that no injuries were caused to Conner and he made it safely back to shore.


Video link: http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/clip/12649765/connor-baxter-fights-tiger-shark

Connor Baxter using his foil board. Photo: via Connor Baxter GoPro

Connor Baxter using his foil board. Photo: via Connor Baxter GoPro

Connor's view just before the shark attacked. Photo: via Connor Baxter GoPro

Connor’s view just before the shark encounter. Photo: via Connor Baxter GoPro


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Dee Anne Santos I wanna know who fought off the second "f" in "off". I had to read the headline twice.August 12, 2016 03:49pm
Daniel Matsumoto A tap on the nose is all it takes sometimes to scare them away. Fortunately, I've never encountered a shark in the water...YET.August 13, 2016 06:43am
Matthew Kinoshita Makes sense, the foil looks like food for the shark. Luckily it was Connor, anyone else would have ended up in the water and probably bit.August 12, 2016 05:56pm
Grace Elisabeth Kurt Kaiser😳August 12, 2016 04:00pm
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