Mathea Olin

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Mathea Olin
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Olin appearing on CBC Sports in 2019
Personal information
Born (2003-02-02) February 2, 2003 (age 16)
Canmore, Alberta
Home town Tofino, British Columbia
Sport Surfing

Mathea Dempfle-Olin (born February 2, 2003) is a Canadian surfer. As a 14 year old, she won Canada's first ever surfing medals in international competition with a gold and bronze at the 2017 Pan American Surf Games. Olin also won a bronze at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru.


Mathea Dempfle-Olin was born in Canmore, Alberta on February 2, 2003.[1] She moved to Tofino, British Columbia at the age of six where she started surfing;[2] she began surfing competitively at the age of ten.[3] Olin was also a gymnast, training in Port Alberni — she dreamed of competing in gymnastics at the Olympics until the 128th IOC Session, when surfing was added to the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.[4]

In 2017, Olin was a recipient of CA$10,000 from Petro-Canada's Fuelling Athlete and Coaching Excellence (FACE) program.[4] She was the first surfer to be awarded by the program.[5][6]


Olin surfing on CBC Sports in 2019

2017 Pan American Surf Games

From December 5 to 9 at the 2017 Pan American Surf Games, Olin competed in the women's shortboard event, where she won bronze.[7] She also competed in women's longboard. She beat out Peruvian silver medallist Maria Fernanda Reyes and bronze medallist Carolina Thun to win gold.[8]

Olin's performance qualified her for the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru. Her medals at the competition are also Canada's first ever medals in international competition for surfing.[9]

Canadian Surfing Championships

At the May 2019 Rip Curl Nationals at Wickaninnish Beach in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, Olin competed in the girl's U18 event, where she scored 8.80 points, securing second place. She was held off by her sister, Samoa, who took first place with 10.74. Olin also participated in the open women's event. She placed fourth with a score of 10.03, 0.9 points behind her sister in third place.[10]

2019 Pan American Games

On June 7, 2019, Surfing Canada and the Canadian Olympic Committee announced Olin to be a part of Canada's first Pan American surfing team, which was set to compete at the 2019 Pan American Games.[11]

From July 29 to August 4, Olin competed in the women's longboard event at Punta Rocas [es] beach in the Punta Negra District.[9] In the first round on July 29, she competed in a heat against Argentinian Maria Gil Boggan and Mexican Risa Machuca. Olin placed second and advanced to the next round with a score of 8.73, 0.33 behind Boggan. In round two on July 31, she faced Brazilian Chloe Calmon and Ecuadorian Michell Soriano. Olin advanced to the third round and placed second with a score of 8.63, 6.03 behind the heat winner, Calmon. In the third round on August 1, she competed against American Tiare Thompson. Olin won with a score of 12.03, beating Thompson by 1.67 points. In the fourth round on August 3, she competed against Calmon for a spot in the finals against Peruvian Maria Fernanda Reyes. Olin started strong in her first wave, scoring 7.83 points against Calmon's 5.83, but fell behind in her second wave, only scoring 2.47 points against her opponent's 4.77 points. Olin scored 10.30 points in total, losing by only 0.3 points to Calmon's 10.60[12] — she moved on to the bronze medal match against the winner of the repechage rounds, Maria Fernanda Reyes, where the winner would face Chloe Calmon for the gold medal.[13] On August 4, she scored 8.70, which was not enough to beat Reyes' 13.50, giving Olin the bronze medal.[14]

Olin's bronze medal is Canada's first and only Pan American medal in surfing.[3][9]


  1. ^ "Mathea Olin". Team Canada. Canadian Olympic Committee. June 7, 2019. Retrieved August 30, 2019.
  2. ^ Turner, Dre (March 16, 2018). "Mathea Olin: Tofino Surfer Prepares for the World Stage". Mountain Life. Retrieved August 31, 2019.
  3. ^ a b Strong, Gregory (August 4, 2019). "B.C. teen Mathea Olin wins Canada's first surfing medal at Pan Am Games". Toronto Star. Punta Rocas. Retrieved August 30, 2019.
  4. ^ a b Dheensaw, Cleve (December 16, 2017). "Tofino surfer Mathea Olin on crest of a wave". Times Colonist. Retrieved August 30, 2019.
  5. ^ Best, Lisa (August 24, 2017). "Olympic dream gets boost". IHeartRadio. Retrieved August 30, 2019.
  6. ^ "Tofino surfer, 14, awarded cash boost to chase her Olympic dream". Vancouver Island CTV News. August 24, 2017. Retrieved August 31, 2019.
  7. ^ Huffman, Alexa (December 12, 2017). "Tofino teen surfer wins gold medal in international competition, first for Canada". CHEK. Retrieved September 1, 2019.
  8. ^ "Peru wins the 2017 Pan American Claro Games presented by Herbalife". Pan American Surf Association. December 10, 2017. Retrieved September 1, 2019.
  9. ^ a b c Canadian Press (August 4, 2019). "Teenager Mathea Olin wins Canada's first-ever Pan Am surfing medal –". Sportsnet. Punta Roches. Retrieved August 30, 2019.
  10. ^ "Rip Curl Nationals presented by Red Bull". Surf Canada. May 2019. Retrieved September 1, 2019.
  11. ^ "Mathea Olin leads Canada's surfing team at the 2019 Pan Am Games". CBC Sports. Canadian Broadcasting Company. June 7, 2019. Retrieved August 30, 2019.
  12. ^ Dheensaw, Cleve (August 3, 2019). "Tofino surfer Mathea Olin goes for bronze at Pan Am Games". Whistler Question. Retrieved August 31, 2019.
  13. ^ Wong, Agnes (August 4, 2019). "Day 8 at Lima 2019: A Pan Am Games record falls". Team Canada. Canadian Olympic Committee. Retrieved August 31, 2019.
  14. ^ ATOS (August 4, 2019). "ÁRBOL DE RESULTADOS" (PDF). Juegos Panamericanos y Parapanamericanos. Punta Rocas. Retrieved August 31, 2019.
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