If there was ever anyone who lived up to the moniker of versatile – Annabel Anderson is it.
A multiple world champion and world #1 SUP athlete for years on end (consecutively from 2012-2017), an elite cyclist & mountain biker – you’ll also find this adventure hunting free spirit at home on yachts, running up and down mountain trails, skiing, surfing, hosting TV shows, capturing mind blowing imagery, coaching and sharing her story as a key note and guest speaker.
She’s won the biggest titles in the world, but her eyes will light up just the same at the hint of a mission and the scent of an adventure.
Hailing from the idyllic mountain resort of Lake Wanaka in the heart of New Zealand’s Southern Alps, Annabel’s always been accustomed to making the most of what ever she has found on her back door – be it snow, mountains, rivers, oceans or even the concrete jungles of some of the biggest cities in the world.
It’s been a journey that was far from plain sailing and smooth seas. With an unquenchable thirst to push herself and physical boundaries, this has drive resulted in catastrophic accidents and career ending injuries.
Enduring no less than 11 major surgeries to her legs before the age of 24 these set backs did little more than build tenacity and resilience that saw her excel in the business world working for some of the biggest brands in the world before a fork in the road saw her athletic abilities emerge to the forefront once again. In 2018 she would need every ounce of this resilience to face multiple freak accidents, one of which she was lucky to survive.
It’s this jack-of-all trades McGyver-like versatility of brains and heart that separates her from the pack and has allowed her to forge a unique trajectory combining both talent and passion.