Niek van der Linde breaks race and world record as bold paddlers complete the epic SUP11-City Tour “Non-Stop” in times of 23-39 hours

It was a bright, sunny morning in the rural Dutch province of Friesland. The locals were sitting at cafes on the banks of the canal sipping coffees and enjoying the last days of summer. The flag of Friesland – a province that considers itself more of a nation – fluttered gently in the breeze. And as is the norm in the Netherlands, bikes outnumbered cars on the road by four to one. But down on the water, something rather extraordinary was happening.

Coming around the final corner, passing under the final bridge and taking the final few paddle strokes, Niek van der Linde crossed the finish line in the host city of Leeuwarden to complete one of the most incredible performances our sport has ever seen. After completing an entire lap around Friesland – along seemingly-endless canals, through quaint villages and across pancake-flat farmlands – Niek finished the 204km “Non-Stop” edition of the famous SUP11-City Tour in an utterly extraordinary time of 23 hours, 32 minutes and 16 seconds.

Simply finishing this quest is an achievement, doing so in less than a day is mind-boggling…   → READ MORE

This photo pretty much sums up the Non-Stop 11 Cities

This photo pretty much sums up the “Non-Stop” SUP11-City Tour: A long, flat and rather lonely journey through Dutch countryside that some describe as beautiful, others as boring (I sit firmly with the former). But what everyone can agree upon is that it’s an epic paddle requiring extreme mental strength to master.

There’s no drafting in the non-stop. However, with a distance of just over 200km and finishing times between 24 and 36 hours, there is certainly plenty of time to think. These ultra events are far more of a mental challenge than a physical one — your mind is often screaming at you to quit long before your body starts to falter.   → READ MORE

11 Cities: Niek van der Linde paddles all day, all night to win third “Non-Stop” title (FINISHING TIMES UPDATED)

Niek van der Linde has claimed his third non-stop 11 City Tour title after paddling all day and all night for more than 200km around the long, flat canals of Friesland in the Netherlands. The Dutchman crossed the line of this mind-boggling event just after 1pm on Sunday afternoon in the finishing town of Leeuwarden–the same place he started at lunchtime on Saturday.   → READ MORE