Current & 2014 SUP WORLD #1 Ranking
A dominant force, the most consistent female SUP athlete, Annabel Anderson’s resume reads like a roll call of the most prestigious events in Stand Up Paddling from around the world and she can lay claim to having her name on the trophies of almost all of them – most, many times over.
While growing up quintessentially Kiwi, her pathway to where she is now is anything but normal.
Born in the mountains, farm life, horses, tennis, athletics, skiing and almost any other sport that was going was the rigueur du jour and as far from the ocean as you could get.
High school brought the challenge of juggling multiple sports and crisscrossing seasons and the uglier side of what can happen when things go wrong – like when her left leg shattered in a skiing accident or her right knee blew apart 11 months later.
As university came to a close and the constant frustration of repetitive injuries forced the end of a burgeoning triathlon career, the corporate world reluctantly beckoned.
It would take a redundancy, the global financial crises and moving from New Zealand to the other side of the world and a strange mix of events to point to the current fork in the road.
A chance decision to attend the Jever Stand Up Paddling World Cup in late 2010 in Germany while working in London kicked open a door to her old past, only this time it was on the water. The rest is as it stands – history in the making.
Annabel is an Ambassador for SUBARU NZ, Lahui Kai Paddleboards and SUP ATX.
Look out for her regular articles, interviews and columns.
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CURRENT + 2014 WORLD #1 Ranking (has lead the World Rankings consecutively since their inception)
2015 Molokai to Oahu stock class CHAMPION (32 mile race)
2014 Champions Tour CHAMPION
2X Stand Up World Series CHAMPION 2012,2013
2X Battle of the Paddle CHAMPION 2012,2013
3x Carolina Cup Champion 2013,2014,2015
2013 Female ATHLETE of the Year
2013 Female PERFORMANCE of the Year
2014 Central Otago OVERALL Sports Person of the Year
1ST FEMALE TO PADDLE Across Cook Strait, New Zealand (one of the most treacherous stretches of water in the world)
Only Female to win a Men’s World Cup Event outright (Oleron, France 2012)
5X NZ SUP CHAMPION 2011,2012,2013,2015
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Pro Stand up Paddle racer/surfer who rides for Team Naish. follow Mariko on Facebook
more to come