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
SUP Racer is back, and so is the 11 City Tour. → READ MORE
I caught up with my good friend and fellow shaved-head-enthusiast Nicola “Nico” 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 — 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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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 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
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
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You're invited! Join us for one of the most incredible SUP events in the world, the '11 Islands Tour' of tropical Thailand from 25-29 November. Five days and 130km of fresh coconuts, cold beers and good company 🏝️🍻 It's just like the famous '11 City Tour' except in warm blue water 😉 Registration opens in 72 HOURS – January 4th – so get ready because there's only 50 spots available… #bucketlist #sup11x #paddleleague #dronestagram #amazingthailand 🏝️🏝️🏝️🏝️🏝️🏝️🏝️🏝️🏝️🏝️🏝️ @sup11x
“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
In brief: Bruno Hasuluyo has claimed his third SUP 11-City Tour title and Lena Ribeiro her second after an epic week of paddling around the Dutch province of Friesland. → READ MORE
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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.
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
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