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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