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SUP-11 City Tour

Day 3 Women

Going into day 3 of the event, Petronella was firmly positioned in 3rd place. Indeed the top 3 ladies are well ahead of the rest of the women’s pack. Cold…

Going into day 3 of the event, Petronella was firmly positioned in 3rd place. Indeed the top 3 ladies are well ahead of the rest of the women’s pack. Cold winds and overcast conditions greeted the paddlers. Introduced last year, a 12km Time Trial was the first leg of the race. Paddlers leave at intervals and are timed over the distance – drafting is not allowed. Regrouping, the 2nd leg requires some 30km of non-stop paddling.

Petronella finished 3rd in the time trial 1:21:04 – Seychelle 1:18:40 Yuka 1:17:58

For the long section of racing, the three women, Tuka, Seychelle Hattingh (now Webster since her marriage) and Petronella were in their own drafting train, with Tuka leading the way for most of the distance. Coming down the long downwind section towards the finish in high winds, they remained together in their train. It was not until Seychelle broke away, passing Tuka to split up the three of them.

300m from the finish of the 30km stretch.

The finish was closely separated, with Petronella finishing a very solid 3rd place in a world class group.

Finishing just behind the world no 3 is not bad!

 

Petronella (top) looking happy and relaxed and below Tatum Prins happy to over the lne.

Tatum Prins from South Africa enjoyed the days paddle and continues to battle on having paddled now over 300km since the last weekend having completed the non-stop event. She’s loving the new Vortex SD1.

Tatum finished her time trial in 1:37:16

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Day 3 Men

Going into day 3 of the event, James Van Drunen and Ricardo Haverschmidt were positioned 6th and 7th respectively. Cold winds and overcast conditions greeted the paddlers. Introduced last year,…

Akira starts his 12km time trial.

Going into day 3 of the event, James Van Drunen and Ricardo Haverschmidt were positioned 6th and 7th respectively. Cold winds and overcast conditions greeted the paddlers. Introduced last year, a 12km Time Trial was the first leg of the race. Paddlers leave at intervals and are timed over the distance – drafting is not allowed. Regrouping, the 2nd leg requires some 30km of non-stop paddling.

Ricardo’s time trial time 1:14:04 James 1:14:38 Akira 1:16:18 Edonays 1:28:10

Race start of the Mens 30km’s.

Following the time trial, the winds increased throughout the day making for testing conditions on some legs of the course. James and Ricardo paddled in the lead pack for most of the distance and Akira held on in this lead pack also.

Mistral support crew cheering on the paddlers.

At around 18km into the race, strong headwinds separated the pack and both Ricardo and Akira fell of the pace a little, James managing to hang on and finished a respectable 6th not so far from the leaders. Paddling his first 11 Cities, Akira performed very well.

Edonays during the 30km leg.

Meanwhile Edonays from Panama is doing the miles and finishing each day well off the pace, but loving the experience of each and every day.

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Day 3 Japan’s Students

Today it was the turn of Midori Sango the first of the ladies to paddle. Having watched Kento and Tubasa paddle over the first two days, Midori had plenty of…

Midori starts her 12km time trial – the 30km non-stop followed this.

Today it was the turn of Midori Sango the first of the ladies to paddle. Having watched Kento and Tubasa paddle over the first two days, Midori had plenty of time to discuss with them the nature of the race and for her to prepare mentally for the task ahead. Cold winds and overcast conditions greeted the paddlers. Introduced last year, a 12km Time Trial was the first leg of the race. Paddlers leave at intervals and are timed over the distance – drafting is not allowed. Regrouping, the 2nd leg requires some 30km of non-stop paddling.

Midori’s Time Trial time 1:33:32

As the time trial got under way, it was clear that Midori’s paddling technique was very good and after the 12km, she was still feeling good and very positive.

Kento assits in preparation for Midori’s 30km paddle.

Coach Akira and Midori

Some food and drink and she was back on the board. Battling high winds and some hard upwind sections she loved the downwind leg and came into the finish fast and positive to the cheers of her Japanese supporters. We salute her for her great contribution to the Team.

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Results After 2 Days

The results after 2 days were only posted on day 3 at 6am. Here’s the standings after the second day – day 3 just ended. RESULTS    DIVAS LADIES FIRST…

The results after 2 days were only posted on day 3 at 6am. Here’s the standings after the second day – day 3 just ended.

RESULTS 
 
DIVAS LADIES FIRST NAME LAST NAME DAY 2
1 Morene Dekker 5:57:35
2 Diva Hatami 6:02:52
3 Micheline Hauchecorne 6:07:50
4 Tracy Cullinane 6:21:41
5 Joanna Davidson 6:37:33
6 Babette Schuur 6:37:33
7 Heleen Straatman 6:42:17
8 Michal Morag 6:50:53
9 Magdalena Oliver Barcelo 6:52:22
10 Alison Rennie 6:54:53
11 Krista Zhivago-Prall 7:18:03
12 Candice Betts 7:21:57
13 Maeva Hargrave 7:32:56
14 Tineke Merkus 7:33:28
15 Jolieanne Marxen 7:50:17
16 Andrea de Souza Almeida 8:24:32
17 Galit Danin  
       
ELITE LADIES  FIRST NAME LAST NAME DAY 2
1 Yuka Sato 5:37:22
2 Seychelle Webster 5:43:35
3 Petronella van Malsen 5:48:52
4 Ella Oesterholt 5:58:40
5 Tanja Ecker 5:59:18
6 Aukje Hofman 6:02:46
7 Afrodita Ruso Brotons 6:04:46
8 Tatum Prins 6:29:54
9 Yvi Mahoney 6:34:56
10 Krista van Beek 6:42:22
11 Elske Wind 7:33:28
       
ELITE MEN FIRST NAME LAST NAME DAY 2
1 Bruno Hasulyo 5:10:17
2 Daniel Hasulyo 5:10:18
3 Martino Rogai 5:10:19
4 Kjell de Bruyn 5:11:11
5 Joep van Bakel 5:18:58
6 James Van Drunen 5:19:02
7 Ricardo Haverschmidt 5:19:04
8 Richard Proost 5:19:12
9 Martijn van Deth 5:19:24
10 Leonardo Toso 5:22:10
11 Akira Murata 5:23:53
12 Alain Luck 5:23:59
13 Bart de Zwart 5:26:35
14 Jo�l Criblez 5:26:38
15 Edonays Caballero 5:43:27
16 Fred Bonnef 5:49:04
       
MASTERS MEN FIRST NAME LAST NAME DAY 2
1 Torsten Ahrens 5:30:02
2 Thomas Soeters 5:30:43
3 Robert Adrichem 5:31:00
4 Pascal Bleys 5:33:10
5 Bruno Pitanga 5:46:14
6 Mark Kruisheer 5:46:59
7 Miguel Martorell 5:48:22
8 Christian Moutsakos 5:49:09
9 Duncan Slater 5:49:09
10 Shayne Chipps 5:49:10
11 St�phane Guillermin 5:49:18
12 Mathieu Astier 5:52:28
13 Reto Aerni 6:00:54
14 Juerg Geser 6:10:04
15 G�ran Gustavsson 6:11:16
16 Andrew T Smith 6:12:51
17 Erik Bruining 6:12:51
18 Gunther de Bin 6:20:23
19 Takaaki Ishii 6:22:50
20 Victor Gonzalez Segui 6:25:12
21 Ed Reichman 6:26:16
22 Craig Lestrange Girdlestone 6:31:00
23 Allistair Swinsco 6:31:33
24 Martin Luitwieler 6:32:15
25 Hasan Ismail 6:32:20
26 Luis Aulet 6:54:22
27 Hans Henrik Hedegaard 6:55:55
28 Paul Pollanka 6:56:23
29 Javier Dario Alvira 7:04:28
30 Rachman Djajakusama 8:02:52
31 Ricardo Chiari 8:40:56
32 Herman van den Berg DNS
33 Wolfgang Ortfried Leeb DNS
34 Niels L�nborg DNS
       
OPEN MEN  FIRST NAME LAST NAME DAY 2
1 Harry Bartelds 5:31:45
2 Jano Rodriguez 5:31:47
3 Armin Zeitler 5:43:09
4 Jochum Steur 5:43:16
5 Crispin Jones 5:51:14
6 Brian Duff 5:57:06
7 Stephen Waterreus 5:59:52
8 Kevin Kohn 6:10:59
9 Sibren Tadema 6:19:31
10 Thiago Silva Dos Santos 7:06:06
11 Pim Dijkman 7:26:03
12 Michael Orin 8:26:19
13 Christopher Parker 8:32:50
14 Vladimir Saveliev DNS
15 de Boer Wietse DNS
       
PRONE LADIES FIRST NAME LAST NAME DAY 2
2 Annelinde Horsman 8:02:05
1 Anne de Jong 9:47:50
       
PRONE MEN FIRST NAME LAST NAME DAY 2
1 Sotiros Bouchlas 7:45:08
       
SOLO STAGE LADIES FIRST NAME LAST NAME DAY 2
  Donkerbroek Gerda 6:47:35
  Sijpkens Dorine 7:40:10
  Corien van Rijswijk  
  Agnes Jansen  
       
SOLO STAGE MEN FIRST NAME LAST NAME DAY 2
  Patrick Smits 6:38:31
  Menno de Groot 7:11:47
  Regelink Wester 7:43:58
       
SOLO TOUR LADIES  FIRST NAME LAST NAME DAY 2
  Carla Schellart 6:27:07
  Tea Wieland 7:04:00
  Annemarie Reichman-Totah 7:30:32
  Lotte Spaargaren 7:31:22
  Sietske de Wit 7:31:24
  Janneke Smits 7:40:32
  Joanne Hamilton-Vale 7:40:33
  Jolanda de Pater 7:48:44
       
SOLO TOUR MEN  FIRST NAME LAST NAME DAY 2
  Elko Londo 6:01:53
  Martyn Geurts 6:11:11
  Stefan Grosch 6:14:21
  Volker Wohnlich 6:20:01
  Arjen de Wit 6:27:07
  Sven Immoos 6:28:28
  Hugo Vernhout 6:29:48
  Jimmy Albert 6:39:01
  Jeroen Donkers 6:46:40
  Marcel Schulz 6:47:00
  Rene Raimondo 6:57:13
  Marcus Pozetta 7:10:18
  Ernst Disse 7:11:23
  Tjietse Veenstra 7:11:23
  Bas Brouwer 7:22:47
  Uwe Seefeldt 7:29:42
  Arndt Fiolka 7:32:57
  Martijn van den Broek 7:37:13
  Simon Jager 7:49:30
  Jeroen Klarenbeek 7:50:52
  Gordon Middleton 9:46:39
  Christian Shaw 9:46:39
       
       
TEAM COMP MEN FIRST NAME LAST NAME DAY 2
1 Team   6:37:32
       
TEAM COMP MIXED FIRST NAME LAST NAME DAY 2
1 Mistral Studentes   5:40:11
3 Team   7:09:15
4 SUP Skool   7:40:45
2 SUP Skool   7:54:31
       
TEAM TOUR MIXED  FIRST NAME LAST NAME DAY 2
  Bert   7:50:41
       

 

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Day 2 Men

Following on from day one, James Van Drunen, buoyant from a first day top performance in coming in 4th, was counting on Ricardo Haverschmidt for a recovery to form, given…

Following on from day one, James Van Drunen, buoyant from a first day top performance in coming in 4th, was counting on Ricardo Haverschmidt for a recovery to form, given he was nurturing an elbow and intercostal muscle injury. James got off to a bad start and was back in 8th place with Ricardo ahead of him in 5th. Over distance, the two were to be together and come into the rest are within this secondary pack – the Hasulyo brothers and 2 others formed the primary pack.

Pulling into the rest area on day 2, James Van Drunen, Ricardo Haverschmidt and Akira Murata were all in contention.

Akira settled into a better rhythm on day two and was visibly more comfortable managing to hang with the 2nd pack for much of the way.

Japan’s Akira Murata put on a much improved performance after the shock of the first day and was visibly happier in being in the second pack, with James and Ricardo though dropped off the pace leading towards the finish line but a great effort. Meanwhile Edonays battled hard all day often on his own but finished day exhausted but happy to have finished.

Edonays Caballero

At race finish, Ricardo pulled just ahead of James in a close finish, in what seems to be a 5th and 6th place, official results to come later.
 
A recap on the race days:
 
Day 1
43 km Leeuwarden 9:00am Sloten 14:30-20:00
Day 2
45 km Sloten 9:00am Workum 14:30-20:00
Day 3
42 km Workum 9:00a Franeker 14:30-20:00
Day 4
43 km Franeker 10:00am Dokkum 15:00-20:00
Day 5
27 km Dokkum 10:00am Leeuwarden 13:00-18:00
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Day 2 Japan’s Students

Today it was the turn of Kento Mistuishi to paddle the 45km leg of day 2 and he paddled very strongly over the course. Having experienced the first leg of the event…

Today it was the turn of Kento Mistuishi to paddle the 45km leg of day 2 and he paddled very strongly over the course. Having experienced the first leg of the event on day 1, by following the riders by car and supporting fellow team mate Tubusa Hamano, he was mentally prepared for what was to come. Paddling sensibly he managed to spent a lot of the time in draft trains and work with 0thers to conserve energy and push on through the day, though did find himself at times paddling on his own.

Eventually, Akira Murata paddling in the Elite division, caught up with Kento late into the race, much to the excitement of the rest of the team. Akira acts as their Coach back home, so it was fitting to have the Coach catch up after the staggered start; the Mixed Team entrants leaving before the Elite men. 

Late into the race on day 2 coach Akira caught up with Kento who had left earlier with the mixed team division.

At the rest point Kento had plenty of support as the rain fell and during the second leg did a great job to finish strong and put the Team in a good position. Tomorrow it will be the turn of Midori Kashiwagi, the first of the ladies to paddle and we wish her success and the best of luck – we shall all be their in support!

Recap on the race days:

Day 1
43 km Leeuwarden 9:00am Sloten 14:30-20:00
Day 2
45 km Sloten 9:00am Workum 14:30-20:00
Day 3
42 km Workum 9:00a Franeker 14:30-20:00
Day 4
43 km Franeker 10:00am Dokkum 15:00-20:00
Day 5
27 km Dokkum 10:00am Leeuwarden 13:00-18:00

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Day 2 Women

After a decisive win yesterday for Seychelle Hattingh, the race took on a different pace with a different front runner, namely Yuka Sato from Japan which was appreciated by Team…

For much of the first stage of day 2, Petronella and Seychelle swapped places, with Japan’s Yuka Sato taking an early lead.

After a decisive win yesterday for Seychelle Hattingh, the race took on a different pace with a different front runner, namely Yuka Sato from Japan which was appreciated by Team Japan, with Petronella and Seychelle returning to a familiar paddling partnership as experienced in 2016; the two of them sharing the lead during the first part of race, with Seychelle coming in ahead of Petronella at the rest area.

Yuka is currently ranked number 3 in the world according to SUPracers statistical analysis, but the performance of Petronella and Seychelle cannot be overshadowed, indeed it puts into perspective their abilities. In the second leg of the race, Yuka extended her lead and Seychelle also on Petronella, by around 3 mins, resulting in another 3rd place finish by Petronella. 

Janneke Smits was cruising comfortably on the Stealth board, taking nearly 1 stroke for every two of others on their 14′ boards. She’s enjoying the board and we hope to have some comments from her soon. Meanwhile our other Mistral supporters and paddlers are loving their new Vortex SD1 making the race very enjoyable.

Tatum Prins South Africa on day 2 of the 5 day event.

Recap on the race days:

Day 1
43 km Leeuwarden 9:00am Sloten 14:30-20:00
Day 2
45 km Sloten 9:00am Workum 14:30-20:00
Day 3
42 km Workum 9:00a Franeker 14:30-20:00
Day 4
43 km Franeker 10:00am Dokkum 15:00-20:00
Day 5
27 km Dokkum 10:00am Leeuwarden 13:00-18:00

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Day 1 Japan’s Students

The Mixed Team of Kento Mistuishi, Tubasa Hamano, Chika Kashiwagi and Midori Sango are entered in the Mixed Team Division, where over the 5 days, each member takes a turn at paddling 1 of…

Tubasa Hamano gets off to a great start paddling along side SUPracer’s Chris Parker.

From left to right students, Midori Sango, Chika Kashiwagi, Tubasa Hamano, Kento Mistuishi,  and also Akira who manages the IMOD races in Japan.

The Mixed Team of Kento Mistuishi, Tubasa Hamano, Chika Kashiwagi and Midori Sango are entered in the Mixed Team Division, where over the 5 days, each member takes a turn at paddling 1 of the legs, with 1 having to paddle twice.

Tubasa was not short of support along the course from fellow team mates together with Maurits Huisman (Sales and Logistics) and Steve West (R&D and Marketing).

Today it was the turn of Tubasa to paddle first with the remaining team members left to follow and cheer him along the course. This is not a distance they are used to, however in the spirit of participation and adding such a great experience to their list of achievements, this was a time to revel in the once in a lifetime opportunity.

Tubasa put in a great performance and never quit, never wanting to let his team mates down. Meanwhile, Kento who will be paddling tomorrow’s second day, was clearly sensing how big the task is, but he’s clearly eager to get to the start line. Following this on day 3 and 4, it will be the turn of the girls, Chika and Midori, with Kento also paddling the day 5 over the last day. Tubasa can now rest in the knowledge he did a great job.

Toshi, Mistral’s importer and distributor, together with Yuki from Japan’s on-line SUP Magazine, are along for the ride and to follow the race endeavours of their fellow country men and women.

Chika and Midori looking at the GPS positions. It will be their turn to paddle on the coming Friday and Saturday.

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Day 1 Men

In the Elite men’s division, it has to be said that after the hype of last year that their would be a large contingent of world beaters attending the 10th…

Start of the Men’s Elite division gets under way.

In the Elite men’s division, it has to be said that after the hype of last year that their would be a large contingent of world beaters attending the 10th Anniversary, this has not all together been the case, but it may prove the point, this event is not for the feint hearted and it would certainly expose any weaknesses for those not conditioned or of the right mind-set. Therefore we can assume the field remains hardcore with only those tough enough to cope with 220km over the five days.

The Hasulyo brothers took an early lead and maintained it unchallenged to the end, an event they certainly excel at and without the likes of Mistral’s Steeve Teihotaata a man capable of taking them on, it seems almost certain they will go on to take podium places. 

Youngster James Van Drunen in 3rd place during the first half of race with Ricardo Haverschmidt hanging on in 4th.

This then brings us to the ‘real race’ for 3rd onwards. At the first rest point, Mistral’s James Van Drunen, still only 18yrs and still the youngest paddler to have ever competed at the event, came in a solid 3rd spot. Fully motivated he was determined to hang on to this 3rd position, but was narrowly beaten into 4th, but a very encouraging start nevertheless.

James Van Drunen managed a 4th place finish while Ricardo succumbed to his on going elbow injury.

Ricardo struggling with an elbow injury.

Ricardo Haverschmidt, recovering from a badly injured elbow after a collision and fall during a Euro Tour event, struggled to find form as he pushed on with the injury and it is not clear if he will continue, given he very nearly did not start.

One of Japan’s leading paddlers, Akira took off very quickly and held 3rd place for sometime, before falling back off the pace. Wiser for the experience, tomorrow he will pace himself a little slower at the start, but a huge effort on his first day.

Japanese paddler Akira, experienced in racing and a many time winner in Japan, went off the start line at a very fast speed and maintained 3rd position for nearly one hour, before dropping off the pace, which saw him come into the rest area, looking drained and shocked by the experience. After some drink and food, he was on the board again and went on to finish strongly ready to race on day 2 wiser for the experience of day 1.

From Panama, Edonays Caballero, super stoked to be here in Holland competing.

From Panama, Edonays Cabellero expressed he ‘Felt like a winner just being here. It’s my first time to Europe and I love it!” Paddling a hard fought race today he completed the day exhausted but in high spirits, looking forward to tomorrows challenge. On a footnote, Chris Parker of SUPracer was seen paddling a Mistral Vortex, but confessed he is a little out of shape, but we were happy to welcome him back to have him on a Mistral board.

Full results to come – meanwhile the paddlers will be refuelling and readiness for tomorrows 2nd stage.

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