On being Number One
firstname.lastname@example.org 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.