The SUP 11 City Tour (or simply the “11 Cities”) is a five-day stage race held annually in the Netherlands. Covering more than 200km, the SUP 11 City Tour is one of the longest and toughest stand up paddle board races in the world…

Paddlecast #27: Nicola Masci talks about 45-day lockdowns in Italy, paddling addiction and SUP11 City adventures

I caught up with my good friend and fellow shaved-head-enthusiast Nicola β€œNico” Masci from Italy to chat about living in isolation, craving the ocean and a renewed appreciation of paddling. We also reminisce about the rollercoaster of emotion that is the SUP11 City Tour β€” Nico joined me in Holland last year where we both tried out the new “rocket ship” race board from ONE.

Nico used to live in Australia and train with the ONE crew here in my hometown before returning to Italy with his family a year ago. That country has been harder hit by the coronavirus than anywhere — Nico hadn’t been outside (let alone paddling) for almost seven weeks. But despite the extreme situation, he’s staying positive and looking forward to when Italy reopens the ocean.
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“Stuck” in Bali, Daniel Hasulyo talks 11 Cities, 11 Islands and competing against his brother

I caught up with distance race superstar Daniel Hasulyo (who’s currently stuck in Bali with his pregnant partner) to chat about the allure of the 11 Cities, 11 Islands and competing against his brother.

We also hear what it’s like to be a Starboard ‘Dream Team’ athlete plus Daniel’s thoughts on the 2021 ICF Worlds set for his home nation (and paddling powerhouse) of Hungary.    → READ MORE

Seychelle talks emotional wins, heated buoy turns and why she’s never been busier…

Seychelle is a Paddle Monster coach, the reigning APP world champion and current world number two on the SUP Racer World Rankings.

The Floridian has also won the famous SUP11 City Tour three times, including an emotional, come-from-behind victory in 2018, which we chat about on today’s episode of Paddlecast: Quarantine Edition. Ironically, the Seychelle has been more active than ever now that she’s technically out of a job. You can find her doing daily live shows on Instagram and Facebook.   → READ MORE

Stop whatever you’re doing right now and go buy a ticket to the “11 Islands Tour” of Thailand before it sells out


It’s only the first week of January but I’m already excited about November.

The “SUP 11 Islands Tour” was the funnest event I did last year, and while it’s still 10 months away, if you want to join the adventure in 2020 you better be quick.

Tickets for the 2nd annual 11 Islands Tour go on sale TODAY — at 3pm Thai time, to be precise — and there’s a good chance the event will sell out immediately.   → READ MORE

If “more adventure” is part of your New Year’s resolution, add the “11 Islands” to your bucket list

Why the β€˜11 Islands’ Tour of Thailand is probably the funnest “race” in the world

“Chris, do you want a beer?”

“Yeah, why not. It’s bloody hot out here.”

I was holding onto a rope and surfing behind the media boat when the race organiser threw me a beer. That’s an instant DQ in just about any other event (for so many reasons), yet it seemed oddly appropriate here. Because while I was technically in the middle of a “race,” the ‘SUP 11 Islands Tour’ is so much more than just a race that the term hardly applies.    → READ MORE

11 Cities: Stage 3 highlights

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Bruno Hasulyo has tightened his grip on a third SUP 11 City Tour title after once again breaking the field on the canals of Friesland. Bruno won today’s third stage by almost 10 minutes to extend his lead over the chase pack. The difference now stands at nearly half an hour–the rest of the boys are fighting for second place.

Conditions were near perfect on Friday for the “split-stage” — the day started with a 12km time trial (staggered starts, no drafting) and finished with a 30km group stage.

Lena Ribeiro from Brazil finally turned the arm-wrestle with Petronella van Malsen to her favour by gaining a minute in the TT, but the Mistral duo once again crossed the line together. It’ll all come down to Sunday’s 27km time trial.

Before then, we’ve got a 42km stage from Franeker to Dokkum on Saturday morning. Follow the race with the live GPS tracking map and regular updates on @sup11citytour Instagram.

“The wind was speaking to me.” How I paddled 38 hours non-stop and set a bizarre new record


My hands were actually OK this time. They’re usually the first thing to go. The blisters, the swelling, the cramps. But this year they escaped relatively unscathed even with a pair of cheap gloves that seemed to do more harm than good when wet.

My feet weren’t so lucky.

It was about 20 hours into the race when I realised an uncomfortable fact: I couldn’t stand up anymore. That’s a problem when you’re a stand up paddler.   → READ MORE

Welcome to “Brekkie Bites” — your bite-sized breakfast briefing with daily news from the SUP world.


 
Good morning and welcome to “Brekkie Bites” #001.

The SUP world moves fast, but SUP Racer has been slower than ever lately. Partly because I invested my energy in The Paddle League, partly because my posts are just way too long (and time consuming).

It’s been a little frustrating.

SUP Racer’s mission has always been to keep a finger on the pulse and share the news fast, so instead of waiting til I’ve written the perfect post, now I’m simply going to post a daily briefing around breakfast time (“brekkie” in Aussie slang).   → READ MORE

Seychelle has claimed her third SUP 11 City Tour title after a roller-coaster battle with Japan’s Yuka Sato.

Seychelle has taken out the 10th anniversary edition of the classic SUP 11 City Tour, putting in a superhuman performance on the final time trial to claim her third title after a roller-coaster battle with Japan’s Yuka Sato.

The Floridian won the first stage and looked on track for the title early, before Yuka blasted a big win on day two and then extended her lead on day three’s 12km time trial. The pendulum swung back to Seychelle on Saturday, day 4, when Yuka’s overall lead was cut down to 2 minutes 30 seconds after the Japanese dark horse was unable to keep touch in the second half of the day’s 43km stage.   → READ MORE

The ‘SUP 11 City Tour’ begins Wednesday: Here’s when, where and “why” to follow this classic race.

It’s arguably the most epic race in the world of paddleboarding: Five days, five stages and more than 200 kilometres of fun, horrible, grueling and rewarding paddling through the Dutch countryside.

Welcome to the 10th anniversary edition of the SUP 11 City Tour, a race that holds a special place in the hearts of the many paddlers from around the world who make an annual pilgrimage to the province of Friesland for a week-long event that’s best described as “school camp for adults.”

Every edition of this unique race is a week to remember, but with 10th birthday celebrations this year’s SUP 11 City Tour is set to be an instant classic. The event is also part of The Paddle League, with the 11 Cities earning a 6-star “Specialty Major” status on the new world tour.   → READ MORE

You’ll Love It, You’ll Hate It, and You’ll Come Back For More Next Year: Inside the Epic 11 City Tour

11 City Tour

It was around the 44km mark that I looked up and realised, to my horror, I was quite literally paddling backwards.

After more than six hours on the water, and wearing a t-shirt comically ill-suited for such extreme conditions, my body and mind were both screaming out for me to stop whatever I was doing and immediately seek shelter from this nightmarish headwind, piercing rain and bitter cold. Do not pass Go. Do not collect $200. Just get the bloody hell off this lake and into some dry warm clothes, you idiot.

Unfortunately for my body, mind, and self in general, that lake was in the middle of nowhere in one of the Netherlands’ most remote provinces. And I was in the middle of a race.   → READ MORE