Photo shared via Instagram @mariannsaether

Photo shared via Instagram @mariannsaether

Mariann Saether


KNOWN FOR: First descents throughout her native Norway and the world, and competitive excellence across the whitewater spectrum, from freestyle to slalom.

THIS YEAR: Although we didn't see Mariann at too many competitions this year, we all know that competing isn't what kayaking is all about. Last summer Mariann led an all-women's expedition to run some of the most rugged and challenging wilderness rivers of Northern Norway. She spent the winter in Patagonia on the notorious big water of the Rio Baker. Wherever she travels in the world, Mariann is always elevating the definition of whitewater style and ease.

Laura Farrell   Female Paddler of the Year HOME   Martina Wegman