Christian Anderson: Polar Bear on the Rise from Fanatic SUP

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Christian Anderson of Kitmoeller, the “Cold Hawaii” of Denmark, has been an apprentice to world champion paddle athlete Casper Steinfath since an early age. Christian’s recent victory at the ISA Junior World SUP Racing Championships launches him onto the larger playing field and as competitor to his mentor. The relationship between the two remains unfazed. Here’s a look at Christian’s rise from his cold water roots to the man he is today.

Fanatic SUP Team Rider:  Christian Anderson, the Polar Bear

Christian Anderson has been on a rise for some time. Chasing and training his mentor Casper Steinfath and surfing the waters of Kitmoeller, Denmark together gives Christian an edge that will only motivate him in one direction:  Success.

“Stand up paddling is my passion.  I think it’s the freedom of the ocean. I’ve had so many great moments from the ocean. It’s given me so much.”

Christian Anderson Casper Steinfath ISA Junior SUP World Champion Denmark
In a moment to be remembered, Casper Steinfath hoists Christian Anderson high after his Junior World Championship win for SUP Racing at the ISA World SUP & Paddleboard Championships in 2019. Photo by: Ben Reed.

His 2019 win at the ISA Junior SUP World Championships and his 4th place finish at 2019’s treacherous Red Bull Heavy Water adds his fiery presence to every event where he inches closer to the Top 3 is a testament to how far this young Dane has come … and a beacon to show just where he’s headed.

This dynamic video by Fanatic SUP and filmed by Stu Howells (@paddlestu) gives the background on young Christian’s relationship with Casper, shows the range of talent this young team rider has and his passion for the ocean. It is the first of Fanatic’s new Waterman Series of videos. We look forward to the next installment.

 

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Evelyn O’Doherty
Evelyn O'Doherty, owner & publisher of the new Standup Journal 2.0, worked her way up the ranks in the world of stand up paddling. A former surfer gone rogue, Evelyn stepped onto a SUP for the first time in 2009 when a plaguing neck injury kept her out of the water from surfing. Discovering the core benefits and expanded perspective on the water that stand up paddling brings, Ev immediately was hooked. She became a strong SUP racer in the North East and a year-round SUP surfer, gathering multiple top brand sponsorships including becoming a team rider for Starboard SUP and a national ambassador for Kialoa, as well as celebrating all aspects of the sport with additional brand ambassadorships including lululemon athletica, Clif Bar, Cobian, Kaenon & Indo Board. Her love of watersports and commitment to advocacy in preserving our marine environments led to a short film made with The Nature Conservancy as part of their Clean Water initiatives on Long Island, NY, called "A New Perspective". Evelyn just keeps paddling. Today, she's stepped up to take over the helm at Standup Journal after having worked for the magazine for 2 years as senior online editor. Her dedication and belief in the power of print to immerse readers in the watersports they love even if they don't have access to the water in a daily existence plus a powerful desire to spotlight the amazing people doing rad sh*t on the water is what drives her vision for Standup Journal 2.0. Evelyn welcomes the conversation about how to make the magazine benefit as many people as possible and encourages feedback, letters to the editor and communication at editor@standupjournal.com . Now, as owner/publisher for Standup Journal., Evelyn continues to live in East Hampton NY where she has daily access to the water. When the swell is working, you can find her in Montauk rattling around in her Ford Ranger surfboards hanging out the back headed for points East.