- World Paddle Award ”Sportswoman of the Year”
- National Geographics “Adventurer of the Year”
- “Outdoor” European Adventurer of the Year
- KANU Magazin “Paddlers Pick” 2015
An all-round paddling athlete, Freya, besides thrilling long-distance sea kayak expeditions, enjoys also surf ski racing, open water marathon and Greenland style rolling. With regards to ocean racing, she won the Arctic Sea Kayak marathon in Norway in 2004, came second in the 2006 300 km circumnavigation of the island of Fyn (Denmark) and she completed the then and now still woman’s record aroun the Isle of Man (UK) in 14.07 hours.
Competitively, Freya also won the overall woman’s category at the 2006 Greenland National Championships, taking 8 golds in Greenland-kayak rolling and racing – never had an overseas competitor been so successful.Freya’s achievements in endurance open ocean paddling and numerous other sports, below, are nothing short of super-human.
ACTIVITIES AND ACHIEVEMENTS OFF THE WATER:
10 years of competitive gymnastics
5 years of competitive Body-Building
6th in the Miss Germany beauty contest
10 years of skydiving (1500 jumps, first female tandem pilot with 500 jumps with a passenger), has skydived over North pole and in numerous record-formations
30-year business entrepreneur: seven ice cream cafés, a salad bistro, a large Christmas shop
She gave birth to her son Helge in Jan 1996
NEW ZEALAND SOUTH (2007)
SOUTH AMERICA (2011 – 2015)
K1, 27.000 km and 30 months of solo paddling in six legs. She started this historical “First” in Buenos Aires (Argentina), and rounded the infamous Cape Horn with getting in 60 knots winds and having to do an emergency crash landing on a remote island.The West coast performed with 4 m high swell waves, massive surf and very few safe landing possibilities. The crossing of the Panama Canal put her to the hot Caribbean where she had to fight headwinds and counter currents until Brazil, heat rashes, mosquitoes and the endless shallows and swamps of the Amazon area.
She survived an unintentional night side surf on the “Pororoca” tidal wave in the Amazon, which lasted about 8 km, 15 min and accelerated her up to 30 km/h,all in darkness. She managed numerous massive surf landings, reefs, and whatever else may be on her way until she will finish this epic journey successfully on May 3-2015. “THINK BIGGER!” is her motto for this trip. Freya is convinced no one ever will any time soon do this trip after her…
This expedition around North America will be Freya’s third continent and her challenge for the next 8-10 years. It is impossible for her to judge how long it will take to complete.The distance is roughly 50.000 km/ 30.000 miles, to be paddled in blocks of 3-5 months on and off the trip. It’s another mind-boggling and insane long distance trip – tougher and longer than Freya’s first and second continent trips combined.
Freya will paddle in two half loops, starting twice in Seattle and finishing twice in New York City. She’ll paddle northwards half of the year’s trip time and southwards the other half .
From Canada to Panama – through the North West Passage and the Panama Canal. Freya will paddle fully inside the big Gulf of Mexico and Bahia California and cross Hudson Bay.
No one has circumnavigated this whole continent by kayak before. Will her body hold up? It will be an unsupported expedition mostly paddled solo.
The challenges, despite her vast kayak expedition experience, are impossible to list here – it’s just another continent! Paddling with Black-, Brown-, Grizzly- and Polar bears plus a lot of ice in the north will be new to Freya…is the rest just “business as usual” after her two other continental circumnavigations?
The northern sections are only ice free for a few months per year, so paddling in just one direction would extend her circumnavigation by even more years. And age is proceeding with all of us…but “Never stop starting – Never start stopping!” is her motto for her new trip!
Using satellite communication the trip will be documented with daily posts on her website and facebook pages.