Anna Mathisen

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Anna Mathisen is an American OC1 Paddler from Kailua, Oahu. Mathisen has spent a lifetime in and on the water, starting on a swim team at age four, and competing at US nationals at 18. For the past 9 years, she has applied swim conditioning, technique and discipline to Outrigger Canoe Paddling. She has just completed her 4th season of OC1 racing in Hawaii. Each year her goal was to race all of the coastal races on Oahu, and all the major channel crossings between Maui, Molokai, and Oahu. During the January - May 2012 season, she competed in 12 OC1 races totaling over 230 miles of racing. She swims in open water swimming events including the North Shore Race Series and Waikiki Roughwater Swim are some of her favorites in Hawaii, as are the Sheko Challenge and Clean Half in Hong Kong.

Ocean Ambassador

As an Ocean Ambassador for Ocean Recovery Alliance is her goal to use less now and challenges herself to race and train single use plastic free. She talks constantly with other competitors and race organizers about reducing plastic at the consumer source.

By bringing attention to the choices made on a daily basis and how avoiding single use plastic products can reduce the plastic in the ocean she feels the individual impact will add up to make a difference. Her upcoming goals include expanding her focus into other ocean disciplines, such as surf ski, stand up paddling and paddle board - all with Ocean Recovery Alliance logo boldly displayed on her equipment.

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