On be­ing Num­ber One

Central Otago Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - By MAR­JORIE COOK

mar­jorie.cook@fair­fax­me­dia.co.nz Wanaka’s Annabel An­der­son de­scribes her­self as a pro­fes­sional recre­ator.

It’s what many in Wanaka as­pire to but An­der­son, 33, is proof you can live the dream in any part of the world.

The world Num­ber One fe­male stand-up pad­dle­boarder is de­scribed by SUPracer.com as a ‘‘long time tor­menter of male pad­dlers’’. She has a rep­u­ta­tion for leav­ing her fe­male ri­vals and most of the men in her wake.

She now mostly lives in Los An­ge­les, en­joy­ing the beach-side life­style of Her­mosa Beach.

‘‘It’s 10 min­utes from LAX in the South Bay of LA, it’s the home of the LA Kings, the epi­cen­tre of pro­fes­sional beach volleyball, I don’t have a car, I live in flip flops, there is a har­bour on the doorstep, an amaz­ing marine wildlife. Ev­ery day we are able to do things with seals, st­ingrays, birds, dol­phins,’’ she said.

An­der­son was home at New Year to visit her par­ents Robert and Janet, and spent most of her time rip­ping up bike trails.

She’s been two hec­tic years on the pro­fes­sional cir­cuit and has re­turned to the US to launch her branded range of prod­ucts at the


Time for self: Annabel An­der­son re­laxes on Lake Wanaka.

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