We're stoked to have one of the most experienced, talented and respected paddlers in the world contributing to SUPracer.com: Bart de Zwart. Mr. Endurace. The SUP Explorer. The wise old man of paddling... Bart is known around the world for not only being a phenomenal racer (regularly beating guys half or even a third his age, including a three-peat at the SUP 11 City Tour) but also for his gnarly solo adventures, which include paddling the length of the Hawaiian Islands unsupported and exploring the wilds of Greenland.

Bart will be posting regular updates from the big SUP races to his bold SUP adventures all around the world under his new column "Beyond The Finish Line". The name sums up Bart for me: He races hard but certainly isn't done when he crosses the line... he keeps going well beyond it and into places no other paddlers have come close to. So keep an eye out for Bart's regular posts on the site and catch up with his latest updates from the world of Stand Up Paddling below.

Bart De Zwart Wins At Home In Holland, Qualifies For 2015 ISA Worlds

Bart de Zwart SUP NetherlandsBoss Man’s note: Euro Tour. Week #4. There was plenty of action around Europe on the weekend: While the big one was in Bilbao there were also great races happening in Oslo, the UK, France, Austri and the Netherlands.

The race in the Netherlands was the Battle of the Coast, the country’s biggest beach race and this year the Dutch National Championship event as well. That meant a spot on Team Netherlands (or is it Team Holland? Seriously, which one is it?) for the 2015 ISA Worlds was up for grabs. Click through for the recap thanks to our roving reporter and all round adventure SUP pioneer, Bart de Zwart…   → READ MORE

Rise Of The Young Guns: Bart De Zwart’s Reflections On The 2013 Stand Up World Series

Bart de Zwart The 2013 World Series came to an end this weekend. It was all there: The drama, the waves, the fierce competition and the companionship. It made me appreciate that this sport of ours is developing fast and so are the competitors…

Only two years ago I met Jake Jensen when I was racing the 11-City Tour and on the first day, in the first few hours of the race, we had four men in the lead: Jake , Jacko (Paul Jackson), Ryan James and myself. We were doing a good pace when suddenly youngster Jake started to sprint even though there was 30 kilometres still to go. Five kilometres later he fell back and couldn’t keep up with us.

I couldn’t help smiling at this young kid from Australia, who showed the courage to go to the front and paddle hard to prove what he was worth, only to pay the price later that day… Now two years later, he is the one smiling after winning the World Series Finals on Oahu. The last two years Connor Baxter and Kai Lenny have been dominating the World Series (and many other races) but there is some new talent coming up and Jake is certainly one of them.   → READ MORE

Bart De Zwart’s “SUP 11 City Tour” Race Recap & Insights (Final Stage UPDATED)

Bart de ZwartBoss Man’s note: Bart de Zwart is currently competing in the longest Stand Up Paddle race on the planet: the 220km, five-day epic that is the SUP 11 City Tour in the Netherlands.

Bart has won this event the past three years in a row and is paddling hard for a fourth straight victory this week. The race is happening from 4th-8th September and we’ll be speaking with the champ as soon as he steps off his board at the finish line each day. So click through to find out what Bart has to say about this grueling endurance race…   → READ MORE

How Do You Prepare For A 220km SUP Race? Find Out With Bart de Zwart’s Preview Of The Dutch “SUP 11 City Tour”

SUP 11 City Tour 2013Boss Man’s note: Maui resident and renowned SUP explorer Bart de Zwart has just arrived back in his home country, the Netherlands, to prepare for one of the toughest (and definitely the longest) races in the world of Stand Up Paddling: The SUP 11 City Tour.

The 11 Cities race stretches for a mammoth 220kms, across five days, through the canals and lakes of Friesland province. Paddlers are usually on the water for between four and eight hours every day, with the overall winning times usually around 24 hours in total. To those who have completed this race (or attempted to…) the SUP 11 City Tour is considered one of the toughest, or perhaps THE toughest race in stand up paddling. If you win the SUP 11 City Tour you’re doing pretty well, and one man who has won it more than anyone, in fact one man who has almost never lost is Bart…

Mr. Endurance has won the past three years in Holland and now returns home to try for four-in-a-row. But he won’t just be paddling each day; Bart will be also be giving us updates and thoughts about the race right after every one of the five stages. The race starts on Wednesday but while we’re waiting for the action to unfold, click through to read Bart’s preview of what’s coming up…   → READ MORE

Bart de Zwart’s Hamburg Recap Day Two: No Love Lost On The Water…

Hamburg SUP World Cup Day Two RecapToday’s Long Distance race was a 10-lap course around a floating pontoon in the harbour. The cool thing is there were spectators everywhere cheering us on.

The start was tight and narrow. Kai, Casper, Beau and Leonard got away clean while most of us got a little bit squeezed at the first turn, which was only 50 meters from the start. I thought I was clever to go all the way to the inside, but that turned out to be my worst start ever after I got stuck behind a little dingy boat. A draft train formed in front of me with all of the main racers in there. Kai was leading the pack and I was trying to catch up to the back of it…   → READ MORE

Hamburg Day One: Kai And Annabel Win The Sprints While Leonard Nika and Manca Notar Win Plenty Of Respect

Hamburg SUP World CupBoss Man’s note: Check out Bart de Zwart’s recap of Day One @ the Camp David SUP World Cup in Hamburg, Germany, which is part of the 2013 Stand Up World Series. Today saw the knockout sprint races while tomorrow it’s the distance race. So take a look below and see how Day One went down, then check back tomorrow for Bart’s recap of the whole event.

And in case you missed it, give Bart a warm welcome as SUPracer.com’s latest correspondent. Bart will be sending us regular updates from the big SUP races to his bold SUP adventures, via his new column Beyond The Finish Line.   → READ MORE

Bart de Zwart’s Hamburg Preview: Rebirth Of The SUP World Cup

Jever SUP World CupBoss Man’s note: We’re stoked to have one of the most experienced, talented and respected paddlers in the world contributing to SUPracer.com: Bart de Zwart. Mr. Endurace. The SUP Explorer. The wise old man of paddling… Bart is known around the world for not only being a phenomenal racer (as a member of the elite Team Starboard, Bart regularly beats guys half or even a third his age, including a three-peat at the SUP 11 City Tour) but also for his gnarly solo adventures, which include paddling the length of the Hawaiian Islands unsupported and exploring the wilds of Greenland.

Bart will be posting regular updates from the big SUP races to his bold SUP adventures all around the world under his new column “Beyond The Finish Line”. The name sums up Bart for me: He races hard but isn’t anywhere near done when he crosses the line… he keeps going well beyond it and into places few other paddlers could imagine. So keep an eye out for Bart’s regular posts on the site, starting this weekend with updates from the Stand Up World Series event in Hamburg, Germany…   → READ MORE

Icebergs, Whales And The Midnight Sun: Bart de Zwart’s Inspiring Adventure In Greenland

Bart de Zwart's SUP Arctic CrossingBoss Man’s note: Bart de Zwart is one of the most recognisable names in the sport of Stand Up Paddling. Not only as a racer (he’s won the SUP 11 City Tour three years running) but also as one of the most adventurous and inspiring paddlers on the planet. Bart has done many of the biggest and gnarliest SUP crossings ever, from paddling the length of the Hawaiian Islands unsupported to crossing the North Sea.

Bart’s latest adventure was something else though… originally planned as a 450km crossing from Canada to Greenland, weather forced a change of plans but also gave Bart the opportunity to explore some incredible scenery, so click through to check out his inspiring story and photos. Anyone else feeling adventurous all of a sudden?   → READ MORE