It’s on! From September 7 to 11, the 3rd edition of the SUP 11-City tour takes place. Athletes will experience the ultimate challenge as they paddle 220 kilometers (136 miles) in five days with heavy weather conditions, with wind forecasts up to 7bft!
Beside the ultimate challenge the SUP 11-City Tour is also a unique experience. Over 150 national and international paddlers from around the world (Hawaii, USA, France, Norway, Denmark, Australia and New Zealand) get to know Friesland, the northern province of Holland, from the water. Open fields with windmills, cows, and sheep will present itself along the water ways alternated by eleven historical cities built from 1700 onwards.
Participants paddle the original waterways, where ice skaters started conquering this historical tour 101 years ago on frozen waters. SUP 11-City supporters come from all over the country and from all over the world to Friesland to encourage participants from bridge tot bridge, and from town to town.
The “celebrity stage” is also part of the event history. Just like in 2009 and 2010, National and International celebrities are invited again in 2011 to help promote SUP and the SUP 11-City Tour.
In 2008 founder Anne-Marie Reichman (professional water sport athlete, Dutch and living in Hawaii) peddled the ‘tour of tours’ for the first time. A dream and challenge came true. In 2009 the tour was by invitation, 25 athletes participated. In 2010 the tour is organized for ‘solo’ athletes and teams. This year, the organization offers again the solo competition, the solo tour and team participation. On top of that, the last day (shortest distance) is offered as separate “final day stage”.
Want to participate?
Solo (competition or tour) or with a team, both is possible. On top of that, the last day (shortest distance) is offered as separate “final day stage”. For more information about participating the tour go to www.sup11citytour.com/entry or come to Friesland to watch the spectacle to encourage the participants.
Free SUP lessons
Besides organizing the ultimate challenge in SUP, we also like to give everyone the opportunity to get to know this new, fun, healthy and outdoor sport. Free SUP lessons will be offered to everyone by our SUP sponsors at the end of each day, where the athletes will cross the finish line.
Follow the tour?
During the event athletes can be followed via Internet. All paddlers will carry a GPS tracking unit, so you can follow them LIVE (7-11 September) along the tour. Go to www.sup11citytour.com “follow the tour live”. The SUP 11-City Tour can also be followed on Twitter: www.twitter.com/sup11citytour and Facebook: www.facebook.com/sup11citytour.
See you in Friesland in SUPtember!