SUP 11-CITY TOUR - THE ULTIMATE CHALLENGE - 220 KILOMETERS
SUP-11 City Tour

Day 1 Women

After last years close racing between two leading Mistral women, Petronella Van Malsen and Lena Ribeiro, this year Petronella is alone in her quest for a podium finish. Seychelle Hattingh,…

Petronella Van Malsen in the closing stages of day one finishing at Sneek.

After last years close racing between two leading Mistral women, Petronella Van Malsen and Lena Ribeiro, this year Petronella is alone in her quest for a podium finish. Seychelle Hattingh, a two time winner for Mistral, took line honours today, with Petronella finishing in 3rd position. After a close fought first half of the 40km + race, the three leading women were closely spaced, however on the second leg to the finish at Sneek, a sizeable gap opened up between the top 3, with Petronella hanging on to a commanding 3rd place.

Tatum Prins after her non-stop efforts from the weekend in taking second, is nursing a shoulder injury.

South African Tatum Prins, nursing a rotator-cuff shoulder injury, was doing it tough and went through the motions of completing day one, with a view to paddling through her injury after her 2nd place finish in the non-stop 220km event.

Joanne Hamilton Vale paddling in the Master’s division and doing well having flown in from Australia.

Mean while in the Masters Division, paddling a Vortex, Joanne Hamilton Vale, well known endurance paddle from the UK now living in Australia, had a good day and seems to be in the lead position for her division.

Mistral boards were in evidence all along the race course and by far the ‘coolest’ looking. Since 2014, Mistral is not just a strong supporter of the event as a sponsor, but has a strong following of paddlers on the water!

Physical prowess and great board in the new Vortex SD1 to match.

Janneke Smits paddling the Stealth Unlimited took time to collect some debris along the way.

There were other notable women on the course including Elkse Wind, representing Mistral in style and loving their boards, while Janneke Smits, paddling the Stealth Unlimited, found time to collect debris along the way as part of her campaign for cleaner waters. On the flip side, she loves the board and its speed and glide, though she’s still taking it easy after having to retire from the non-stop event with fatigue this past weekend.

The Stealth is super quick and we aim to make some definitive testing very soon.

Full results are still being finalised for posting.

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Non Stop Movie

Re-live some moments from the 220km non-stop Edition of the 11 Cities SUP event from this past weekend, featuring Mistral riders Janneke Smits, Tatum Prins (South Africa) and Mike Kranenburg….

Re-live some moments from the 220km non-stop Edition of the 11 Cities SUP event from this past weekend, featuring Mistral riders Janneke Smits, Tatum Prins (South Africa) and Mike Kranenburg. Each fought their own inner voices in order to push themselves to the limit, motivated by inner challenges. Mike was doing it for Cancer Research and his mother whilst Janneke continued to raise awareness of the need to protect and clean up our waterways! We congratulate you all and wish you the best of luck over the coming days, beginning tomorrow with the start of the 5 day 220km event. Enjoy the movie clip!

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An Emotional 220km

After yesterday’s race start of the 220km non-stop edition of the 11 Cities event, it has proven over 30hrs of mixed fortunes of pain, pleasure and disappointment. Race favourite in…

After yesterday’s race start of the 220km non-stop edition of the 11 Cities event, it has proven over 30hrs of mixed fortunes of pain, pleasure and disappointment. Race favourite in the women’s division and one Holland’s leading ladies, Janneke Smits, was over come with fatigue and regrettably had to retire . . .

Tatum Prins of South Africa proved her abilities and strengths in taking an early and narrow lead over 2 time champion and fellow Mistral paddler, Janneke Smits. This positioning was to change later on in the day, with Janneke taking over as the front runner. However during a tough, long night, Janneke began to experience a break down in her body and made the tough decision to retire from competition, which was a great personal disappointment. She’s now setting her sights on the 5 day event and the new concept of paddling the Mistral 17’6″ Stealth board, entered as a demonstration test with the vision of creating an Unlimited Division for future events. View the Gallery of Image from the Non-Stop Race

Tatum Prins powers her way to 2nd place.

It was then left to Tatum to set the lead pace, but in a twist of fate and as happens too often in this arduous test of stamina and concentration, Tatum found herself taking a wrong turn, which was a set back she had to overcome mentally, in having to come back on her course and rejoin the correct route. Paddling on into the night and through the morning, Tatum went on to claim 2nd position in the non-stop 220km 11 Cities race, after some 30hrs and 45 mins. A superb effort and another Mistral board and rider victory podium finish in this event. View the Gallery of Image from the Non-Stop Race

Along the course yesterday, Mike Kranenburg (Mistral) paddling to raise money for cancer charity, received strong words of encouragement from Dutch Olympic swimmer Maarten van der Weijden, who recently swam the 11 Cities course to raise money for cancer researching, raising over €4.7 million in the process  (read more here.) With Maarten’s support this added focus and impetus for Mike and an unexpected show of support and appreciation from a fellow athlete and philanthropist. Mike’s not in it to win it, but in it to raise money and spread hope for suffers and Mistral is proud to be a part of this constant battle. Amazing he will be backing up to also do the 5 day event as will Janneke and Tatum. What a huge effort and Mistral congratulates you on your heroic efforts. View the Gallery of Image from the Non-Stop Race

Mike Kranenburg receives welcome support from Dutch Olympic swimmer Maarten van der Weijden.

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Non Stop 220k Begins!

Janneke Smits of Holland, a two time Champion of the 220km non-stop from 2016 and 2017, will soon begin her quest to win her third consecutive non-stop challenge of this…

Janneke Smits of Holland, a two time Champion of the 220km non-stop from 2016 and 2017, will soon begin her quest to win her third consecutive non-stop challenge of this unique event. Joining her this year for Mistral, will be Tatum Prins from South Africa, well known in her home country for her feats of endurance, notably in mountain bike riding and running. She clearly has the mind-set for this form of racing and for task of paddling for possibly up to 30hours in order to complete the course.

Janneke Smits, two time Champion of the non-stop edition of the 220km race.

Janneke has won her previous victories, paddling our standard Vortex race board and this year will be paddling our latest offering, the Vortex SD1. At just under 24′ wide, this is truly a big step up from our standard Vortex, although the under-water shape remains essentially the same, the primary changes being in the rail shape and side walls. It will offer faster speeds and improved glide time, while the lowered standing area, provides no loss of stability for a narrow board. For Tatum, this will be her first time on the Vortex SD1, although she has managed to train on our standard Vortex back in South Africa.

 

Tatum Prins from South Africa, represents Mistral for the first time at the event.

REGISTRATION for this event, begins today at 7pm at Prinsentuin, Wissesdwinger, Leeuwarden with the race setting off between 5am and 12am tomorrow (Saturday morning) depending on weather conditions. The early finishers should be arriving from 12am to 5pm on Sunday. That’s a lot of paddling!

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Mistral SUP 11 Cities

It’s no secret, that since 2015, Mistral have come to embrace the SUP 11 Cities event with some degree of fondness and it’s little wonder, given that Mistral’s Head Office…

It’s no secret, that since 2015, Mistral have come to embrace the SUP 11 Cities event with some degree of fondness and it’s little wonder, given that Mistral’s Head Office is located in Wierden Holland, making the event a back yard affair. When Mistral took serious interest in the event, it was more or less a laid back adventure based SUP event, which although attracting the likes of Dutchman, Bart de Zwart, notorious for his long distance promotional paddling stunts on behalf of Starboard, it remained a little under the radar as a globally recognised event. This was all to change.

Mistral’s support of the 11 Cities event, has truly elevated the international status of the event. The list is impressive in terms of our globalisation of the event having supported and hosted paddlers from:

Tahiti, Brazil, South Africa, United Kingdom, Panama, Japan, USA, Holland, Spain . . .

When in 2014 Mistral set it’s sights on the 2105 event as being a goal to aspire to in terms of winning the event, we set in motion a wave and a gathering surge of international interest. We invested as sponsors, developed a flat water race board for the race conditions (the now legendary Vortex) and in addition, hired the services of Tahitian paddling super star, Steeve Teihotaata and American, Seychelle Hattingh, both unknown to SUP paddlers of Europe, until that is they arrived and dominated the 2015 event in winning every stage virtually unchallenged.

It was no secret, Starboard, who in that year as a major sponsor were not happy, having sent the Hasulyo brothers with the intent of dominating, were left wondering what had just happened? With a huge fleet of Starboard boards and riders, here was Mistral with a mere two riders and two boards, dominating every day of the event, proving that you did not need a cast of hundreds to win; just great riders and a superb board.

We had arrived in style and from this moment Mistral become a force to be reckoned with, not for its size, but its potency, typical of the brands legacy. What it led to, was not altogether pleasant, when in the following year, 2016, the Hasulyo brothers arrived and employed from the start, regrettable tactics to ‘shut’ Steeve Teihotaata out of the race, tactics which became infamous and unappreciated by legions of fans of Steeve back in Tahiti and beyond. The race had taken on a new level of intensity, one that was not becoming of the event.

In this year Steeve paddled our new Vortex XL, a blown up version of the original Vortex, with an added 25lt of volume. The board performed fantastically, despite the outcome. Finishing 3rd in that year, Steeve was very much battered from the experience but remained ever the gentleman in defeat; Seychelle Hattingh managed another 1st place, again winning every stage, Janneke Smits winning the non-stop 220km event again paddling a Vortex. 

Our continued sponsorship of the event was questioned by us at Mistral following the unsportsmanlike behaviour and the win at all costs approach by Starboard’s team riders. This was not what we wanted to be a part of. What was becoming clear, brand rivalry was now a little out of hand and more’s the point, the organisers were confronted with the reality they needed to tighten up their rules and indeed their general approach to policing of the event, in order to safeguard the integrity of the event itself. Whilst most attend the event for a fun-challenge, the front runners take the event very seriously, as do the brands who are the primary investors. 

Being confronted with the new pressures of being ever more in the international spotlight, the organisers were faced with the reality of having to respond to issues raised from the 2016 event. With Mistral’s continued support at stake, by chance, Mistral’s Steve West, with over 30 years of competitive of Outrigger Canoeing racing at elite level, a former 12’6 Starboard Team Captain of the UK and former OC National Coaching Director in Australia and Fiji, was well qualified to review the race rules together with the race committee, in order to firm up areas addressing key issue of racing in such narrowly constricted waterways and acceptable levels of tactics used by  fellow team riders.

The resulting change of rules were absolutely essential in order to safeguard not only ‘fair play’ but indeed the investment of brands. Gamesmanship spilling over into unsportsmanlike behaviour in a new sport was always going to result in a negative outcome and for brands to feel cheated of results, which should be fair and just, would surely result in brands retracting their support.

Moving into 2017, our star paddler Steeve Teithotaata was unable to attend due to the birth of his first child. However a strong contingent of Tahitian paddlers arrived to represent Mistral, led by their team manager, Stephan Lambert and included Rete Ebb and Bruno Tauhiro, notoriously tough competitors on the back of our sponsorship of the Waterman Tahitian Tour series. 

The arrival of high winds, driving rain and low temperatures and the loss of a full days racing, was more than our tropical Tahitian paddlers could deal with and without the impetus and on water leadership and experience of Steeve Teihotaata and despite pushing the Hasulyo brothers to new levels of effort, we failed to make the podium in the mens division, but still managed again to make it a Mistral / Starboard dominated event.

Meanwhile in the ladies division, for the 3rd consecutive year, a Mistral paddler, Lena Ribeiro of Brazil won the 5 stage event and local, Petronella Van Malsen finishing a close 2nd and Janneke Smits again winning the non-stop edition. All in all, we were far from disgraced and could hold our heads up high for the results under terrible conditions. Importantly, the new rules had worked and the organisers did a fantastic job under tough circumstances.

For 2018, we’ve changed focus a little, with less focus on winning and more on the participation and for the support of University Paddlers from Japan in particular along with Japanese paddling star Akira and from Panama, little known Edonays Checa, once more adding international spice to the 11 Cities event in true Mistral style. Add to this our Dutch paddlers Petronella Van Malsen, James Van Drunen and Ricardo Haverschmidt Mistral shall once again be in full support of the event.
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Edonays Checa PAN

Edonays Caballero Checa, is one of Panama’s top 5 stand up paddleboard racers and has been participating since 2011. An active sportsman in crossfit and running, he has competed with…

Edonays Caballero Checa, is one of Panama’s top 5 stand up paddleboard racers and has been participating since 2011. An active sportsman in crossfit and running, he has competed with some success in Panama on the local race circuit and the current National Sprint Champion over 200m. He has trained with top names in the sport who have visited Panama and is dedicated to the growth of SUP sport and to the brand that he loves, Mistral. This will be his first attempt at this event.

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Janneke Smits NL

Janneke Smits is the official SUP Ultra-Distance Queen. A winner 2 years running of the non-stop 220km edition of the SUP 11 Cities (paddling a Mistral Vortex) and recently she…

Janneke Smits is the official SUP Ultra-Distance Queen. A winner 2 years running of the non-stop 220km edition of the SUP 11 Cities (paddling a Mistral Vortex) and recently she set a new world 24hr distance SUP record. In this years event, she will again contest the non-stop edition of the race, paddling our new Mistral Vortex SD1 race board. She will then back up from this and take on the 5 day stage of the event, paddling our Mistral Stealth 17’6″ board as a demonstration of this uniquely brilliant design, complete with rudder system.

Janneke is the owner of Jaba SUP and Supboardshop.  In 2010 she left the sport of Rafting at which she competed at the highest level. The urge to undertake and take a sport seriously again was still there and when she came into contact with Stand Up Paddling, she was convinced that that was the right combination.

In 2013 she founded Jaba SUP. In Gouda / Reeuwijk there was still nothing in the field of Stand Up Paddling while the possibilities to explore the area from the water are endless. In addition to the SUP school, she also started participating in competitions. Both at national and international level she participated in competitions where ultra long distance appeals to her most. These are competitions where you paddle more than 100 km continuously or paddle for more than 24 consecutive hours. The SUP 11 Cities is the best known ultra long distance competition in the Netherlands. When you paddle this non-stop you are between 24 and 32 hours on the road.

Janneke took over Supboardshop in April 2014, a webshop in the field of SUP materials providing an ideal opportunity for her to expand her business. In this way she can offer the equipment and provide people with the right advice, both on the water and when purchasing or renting materials. Since 2016, together with 3 other SUP-trainers, she trains people to become recognized SUP instructors under the flag of the Watersportverbond.

Besides her wish to introduce as many people as possible to the the sport in a fun way, she also has another (social) goal in mind, the reduction of litter. Because of the paddling, she is  very much on the water which has a relaxing effect on her, however, she sees a less pleasant side of society, namely pollution. The water is heavily polluted by litter.  Since April 2017 she has been allowed to clean the waterways of the Gemeente Gouda for 8 hours a week. From her SUP she can travel everywhere and place the rubbish on the front of her board using a waste stick. Schools take this issue seriously and that is why they combine SUP activity with the theme of litter. These are only small steps, but in the end we stimulate each other to reduce plastic consumption wherever possible.

http://www.supcleanup.nl
 
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Kento Mistuishi JP

From Japan, Kento attends Hosei University and is a third-year student of Architectural Design. Started outrigger canoeing at high school age and SUP when he entered University. Currently competes in both…

From Japan, Kento attends Hosei University and is a third-year student of Architectural Design. Started outrigger canoeing at high school age and SUP when he entered University. Currently competes in both OC-1 and SUP racing.

  • 2017 All Japan Championship 7th Long Distance, 9th Technical
  • 2018 Kuwata Cup 4th Elite 12’6
  • 2018 Lake Yamanaka SUPer Marathon 22km Ironman Class 12’6 2nd place
  • 2018 Marboloyal Cup 3rd Elite 12’6
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Tubasa Hamano JP

From Japan, Tubasa attends Keio University and is a second-year student at the Faculty of Policy Management. Started SUP after entrance to the University and became hooked, which resulted in…

From Japan, Tubasa attends Keio University and is a second-year student at the Faculty of Policy Management. Started SUP after entrance to the University and became hooked, which resulted in watching SUP racing videos on Youtube all day.

  • 2017 All Japan Championship 21st Long Distance
  • 2017 All Japan University Student Championship Winner
  • 2018 Kuwata Cup 5th Eite 12’6
  • 2018 Lake Yamanaka SUPer Marathon 22km Ironman Class 12’6 Winner
  • 2018 Lake Tanzawa Marathon 10km 2nd place
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Mike Kranenburg NL

Dutch paddle Mike, paddles for charity and Mistral are pleased to support  his efforts. His passion has driven him to paddle extraordinary distances and all the while with a Mistral…

Dutch paddle Mike, paddles for charity and Mistral are pleased to support  his efforts. His passion has driven him to paddle extraordinary distances and all the while with a Mistral board under his feet.

Seven years ago, my mother was diagnosed with cancer. Ever since, I’ve been paddling the SUP 11 City 220km, to raise money for research. The challenge has become bigger and bigger, just like the battle for my mother having to fight. In 2015 I paddled the 220km non stop, followed by 220km over 5 days. In 2017, I paddled 440km non stop and in 2018, my mother has now reached the point, where nothing more can be done. These last weeks and months, we like to be together and make best of what time there is left. Together with the organisation of the SUP11 City and the support from Mistral, we want to give my mother the best help that we can and the best of memories. With research we can help more and more people to survive, to have a longer life, more quality and less pain. Please donate if you can to cancer research.

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