Rowing the Pacific Ocean Alone
A lifelong athlete, Angela Madsen sustained a serious back injury while in the military in her early 20s, and underwent corrective surgery at the VA that went completely wrong. She woke up ten hours later a paraplegic.
Despite this horrible event, Angela persevered and found adaptive sports as a refuge, excelling in rowing. She eventually went to the Paralympics three times and placed bronze in both rowing and shot-put. Soon after, she set her sights on rowing oceans, for which she earned six Guinness World Records and became a leader in the rowing world.
She is now off to set her next, most arduous record: to row the Pacific Ocean completely alone. She will not be followed by any support boat for 2,500 miles. She will bring all her own food, use a desalinator to make freshwater, and row 12 out of every 24 hours for 3-4 months. If she achieves this, she will be the first paraplegic, first openly gay athlete, and oldest woman to do so.
Angela plans to start her journey in Spring of 2020. Follow her progress on her website https://www.rowoflife.org/
If you would like to donate to her Crowdfunding campaign please click here https://igg.me/at/rowoflife
Angela is one of the Imperial Hawaii Vacation Club Owners. She is our Ohana and here is her story…