As you will see, highlighted by the fact that I’m about to write 1,200 words on a topic most would suggest doesn’t even warrant a simple caption, I take my cover photos seriously. Like the exchange of flags between host cities at the Olympic Games closing ceremony or the inauguration of a new President, the changing of our Facebook cover photo is a weighty subject. → READ MORE
The 11 Cities is a unique race. First: It’s long. Very long. Over 200 kilometres all said and done. Second: It’s held across five days, in five different stages. It’s like the Tour de France of SUP.
It’s an amazing event and one that you should definitely add to your bucket list. The SUP 11 City Tour is long. It’s painful. You’ll hate it. You’ll love it. You’ll make great friends. Lasting memories. Sore muscles. Big smiles. You’ll test yourself physically. You’ll test yourself even more so mentally. Oh and your hands will be full of calluses. → READ MORE
We’ll have a full recap of this crazy/painful/amazing/awesome event soon, but in the meantime here are the final standings from the solo divisions. You can also relive the week-long live blog, including daily recaps and photo highlights. → READ MORE
We’re just a couple of days away from the start of the 2014 SUP 11 City Tour… As that anxiety-inducing clock over there to the right suggests, we’re into the final countdown for the world’s longest/craziest/why-oh-why-did-I-agree-to-this SUP race.
Just over 200 kilometres (124 miles) of racing across five days. It truly is an epic adventure. Though with its maze of canals, endless green fields and place names that sound like they were plucked straight out of a Harry Potter novel (Sneek? Hindeloopen?!), the SUP 11 City Tour certainly takes some navigating.
So to give you an idea of exactly where we’ll be this week, here are the full, interactive course maps for the SUP 11 City Tour… → READ MORE
Next stop: Amsterdam. From there I’ll travel a few hours out into the Dutch countryside to the province of “Friesland” and the city of Leeuwarden. That’ll be my home base for the next five days as I prepare for the craziest SUP race I’ve ever attempted: The SUP 11-City Tour.
The 11 cities is a 200km (125 mile) stage race held over five days. It’s long. It’s tough. And I have no idea why I agreed to do this. But I believe it’s going to be one hell of an adventure… → READ MORE
Yes, that SUP 11 City Tour. One of the most difficult (and by far the longest) races in the world of stand up paddling. Five days, 220 kilometres (136 miles) and lots and lots of pain. I’m not entirely sure I know what I’m getting myself into here, but I’m really excited about the challenge and adventure that awaits on September 3rd.
And now thanks to the support of Mistral SUP and the SUP 11 City Tour organising team, I’m going to give you an inside look at just how awesome/fun/challenging/crazy/painful this great race really is. → READ MORE
The longest, most grueling SUP race in the world, the SUP 11 City Tour in the Netherlands, just got a whole lot harder. As if paddling 220kms over five separate stages wasn’t enough (that’s basically a Molokai-a-day for five straight days), the organisers will be adding a new “Non-Stop Tour” division to this year’s 11 Cities event.
That’s right, you can now race non-stop along the entire 220km route. → READ MORE
If you had to race over 200kms on a SUP, which type of board would you choose? Probably a nice, sleek, 14 foot carbon fiber design, yeah? That’s what most paddlers would go for, but not Sam Ross from the UK, who last week paddled the entire SUP 11 City Tour on an inflatable.
Up to 45kms of flat water paddling every day for five days straight. On an inflatable.
The SUP 11 City Tour is tough enough at the best of times, even when you’ve got a carbon race board under your feet. Doing it on an inflatable SUP sounds just plain wrong. But Sam’s result on his 14 foot Red Paddle Co. inflatable shows once again that plastic blow-ups aren’t that much slower than their far more glamorous (yet far less practical) carbon fiber brethren. → READ MORE
The world’s longest stand up paddle race, the SUP 11 City Tour, has just wrapped up in Netherlands. From the 4th to 8th of September competitors paddled over 200kms in five separate stages, Tour de France-style, making it one of the hardest races in the world of SUP racing.
The race is now over and it was Peter Bartl (Austria) and Marie Buchanan (UK) who are the new SUP 11 City Tour champions. Peter finished two and a half minutes ahead of three-time defending champion Bart de Zwart to claim a memorable win. Click through for full results plus video highlights from each stage… → READ MORE
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
Video highlights of the SUP 11 City Tour, which is happening right now in the Netherlands. In case you’ve somehow missed our coverage of this event the past few days here’s a quick primer: The race involves five different stages over five days. All up it’s 220 kilometres (137 miles). Competitors are on the water between four and eight hours each day. Overall winning times are expected to be around 24 hours in total.
Oh and it’s all flat water… the whole way. Yes, the 11 Cities is a grueling race. Well now you get a glimpse of just how grueling it is, with daily video highlights from Holland. The first two stages are below and we’ll keep adding each day as the vids get released. → READ MORE
Boss 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
If you think your winter SUP training is getting a little slack, get ready to feel really lazy: Dutchman Jasper van Overbeek has just completed the entire SUP 11 City Tour course non-stop, paddling 37 hours straight to cover the 220kms.
While this wasn’t a race, Jasper was paddling the same route used for the infamous SUP 11 City Tour, which is the gruelling, five-day-long, Tour de France-style SUP race held each September in the Netherlands. → READ MORE
Feel like five days of pain on a Stand Up Paddleboard? Then mark your calendars for the end of August next year: The SUP 11 City Tour has just released its dates for 2013.
The 11 Cities is one of the most gruelling and definitely the longest Stand Up Paddle race in the world. The course covers 220km in five days, traversing through the canals and lakes of Friesland in the Netherlands. It’s basically the Tour de France of SUP.
Dutch native and Starboard team rider Bart de Zwart (who now lives on Maui) has won the SUP 11 City Tour past three years straight. SUP’s Mr. Endurance held off a strong challenge from the Danish Viking Casper Steinfath to claim the hat-trick in 2012 and will no doubt start favourite in the 2013 edition as well. → READ MORE
Mr. Endurance won all five stages to finish a total of six minutes clear of Casper Steinfath. In third place was Peter Bartl, just under 10 minutes behind de Zwart. Meanwhile in the women’s race, defending champ Anne-Marie Reichmann was bumped into second place by Laura Quetglas, who finished in a time of 26 hours, 59 minutes and 30 seconds.
To highlight just how long this race is; The top three guys were the only paddlers to complete the race in under 24 hours. Click through for full results… → READ MORE
The race stretches along the canals, lakes and waterways of the northern Dutch province of Friesland. Paddlers pass through 11 cities and plenty of towns and villages, as they recreate the historic “Elfstedentocht” (eleven cities tour) race made famous by Dutch ice-skaters during the winter freeze. → READ MORE