C&K Hero Greg Barton

Olympian, Inspiration. Her: Greg Barton. Photo by Mike Powell/Allsport
Olympian, Inspiration. Her: Greg Barton. Photo by Mike Powell/Allsport

By Joe Glickman

With four Olympic sprint medals and three 10-kilometer world championships to his credit, Greg Barton is among the greatest flatwater paddlers of all time, and he remains America’s best surf ski paddler. With the exception of Molokai–the unofficial world surf ski championship in Hawaii–he has won every paddling race that he has entered more than once. But suggest to the 48-year-old that Molokai may now be forever beyond his reach, and his eyes narrow. Barton is notably humble and gracious, but there’s a reason he won all those races. “Well, yeah,” he says finally. “But I’d love to spend a year in Hawaii to see what I could do.”

This story first appeared in the March 2009 issue of Canoe & Kayak magazine.

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