Wanaka’s Annabel Anderson still number one
Wanaka paddle boarder Annabel Anderson has won her fifth consecutive Carolina Cup in the United States and maintained her number one world ranking going into her northern hemisphere season of races.
Anderson’s victory was earned on April 22 at Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, on the the 13.2 mile elite ‘‘graveyard’’ course.
It was her first hit out after a summer spent keeping fit on Wanaka’s mountain bike tracks.
However, a ‘‘couple of stacks’’ off her bike, plus a mistimed ejection from a wave, saw her nursing her shoulder and ribs for two months and hampered her paddle boarding preparation.
But the mountain bike crashes have not caused her to throw her wheels away.
‘‘I am gutted that this clashed with the Hawea Epic. I really want to do that one. All the fun on the bike seems to pay off on the water.’’
she executed her race plan exactly as she wanted.
‘‘I opened up the after-burners at the 2-hour mark,’’ she told journalists afterwards.
There was a gap of several minutes back to her closest rival, Fiona Wylde, of the US.
Fellow New Zealand paddler Penelope Stickland-Armstrong was seventh.
Annabel Anderson in a recreational mood on Lake Wanaka.