Our friend and top international paddleboarder Kiwi Annabel Anderson was dearly missed in Podersdorf, but after reading this story, no one will blame her. She added another first to her ever expanding portfolio of achievements in recent months by paddling the longest distance in a 24 hour period while crossing from the Baleric island of Ibiza to Spain on Friday together with Fred Bonnef (France) and Belar Diaz (Spain).
While unofficial and still to be verified, it appears that she may have scored several firsts with the crossing. The inaugural crossing from Ibiza to Spain, the longest distance paddled in one day (96.5km in 14 hours and 48 minutes) and the longest distance paddled in one day by a female.
“I was in La Torche, France at the Stand Up World Tour surf event where Belar and Fred mentioned they were going to attempt to cross from Ibiza to Spain later in the week and that there was a spare place due to someone dropping out. I rearranged a couple of things and drove across France to Barcelona on Tuesday. I had no board in Spain and that may go some way to explaining how incredible it was to pull this attempt together, let along start and complete it” she told Petra (who was stuck on A1 in a 4 hour highway closure due to burning truck) from Denia, Spain, on Saturday.
“When I heard about it, I thought it would be a good mission and great training for some ocean crossings I have lined up for later in the year. Challenges like this are as much about logistics planning, project management and mental stamina as they are physical prowess. I was certainly calling on the countless hours I spent on the water over the NZ summer in the late afternoon when the thermal land breeze was kicking in (head wind) and the two guys I was paddling with were fading. It was as much about motivating and keeping everyone on track as it was about finishing. Sighting the lights on the beach of Javea was a welcome sight and the support crew on the catamaran were phenomenal in keeping us on course, refuelled and safe.”
To think that 4 days ago this was merely an idea being thrown around in a car park at a surf beach on the Brittany coast to starting and completing it is incredibly satisfying. The range of emotions you go through when you do something this like are far and wide. Even though I was out on the water for close to 15 hours yesterday, I was still able to surf into the beach and carry a 14ft board up the sand. There’s swell forecast tomorrow, so there’s no guessing what I’ll be doing. Paddleboarding is incredible for conditioning your body and how my body has held up after yesterday is testament to that.”
“In the past two weeks I have been in 3 continents and 7 countries, it’s hectic, but exciting. It’s the ultimate endless summer. It’s such a mindblowing thing to be a part of right now and the opportunities I am getting to go to beautiful places is incredible.“
Annabel Anderson getting ready for extreme challenges by surfing a river wave on Isar in Munich, Bavaria in November (5°C water temperature)
Congratulations Annabel, for showing once more what a girl on a SUP can achieve. Wonder how she got so incredibly fit? Check out these videos where she shares her best exercises!
Thanks to all those who made this crossing possible; Coast Mountain Kayak, Aquila Vent Sailing Charters, Naish, Starboard, C4 Waterman, Fanatic & Quick Blade, El Nino Mallorca, Nautilus Cambrils, & Windsurf Paradise.