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

Tatum Prins ZA

Hailing from South Africa, although she sprints after her young kids, Tatum epitomizes ‘endurance athlete’ and loves any challenge that pushes her to the limit because, she has discovered that…

Hailing from South Africa, although she sprints after her young kids, Tatum epitomizes ‘endurance athlete’ and loves any challenge that pushes her to the limit because, she has discovered that the limit is never there. Coming from a river guiding background her love for the outdoors grew and she quickly became a passionate Adventure Racer. She has podiumed or won the majority of the hardcore multisport or endurance races in SA and competed at many Adventure Racing World Championships. With less time to train in the mountains she is spending more time on the water and recently supped the Breede River from Source to Sea. ( 320km) She is now heading to Holland to complete in the 220km nonstop 11 Cities SUP race through the canals and the 5 day stage race.

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Akira Murata JP

From Japan, Akira is one of the countries leading SUP paddlers. He is a representative of OSY Club (SUP and Sailing), Head Coach of the Japan University Student SUP League and…

From Japan, Akira is one of the countries leading SUP paddlers. He is a representative of OSY Club (SUP and Sailing), Head Coach of the Japan University Student SUP League and a former 470 Class and Fire Ball dinghy sailor and all-round athlete.

2017 All Japan Championship Elite Class 3rd place
2018 Kuwata Cup Elite Class Winner
2018 Lake Yamanaka SUPer Marathon 22km Elite Class Winner
2018 ISA World Championship Japanese representative for long distance.

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Unlimited Board at Event

At the end of last year’s event, we proposed to the 11 Cities SUP organisers, that the event is ideally suited to an unlimited class of board designed to cover…

At the end of last year’s event, we proposed to the 11 Cities SUP organisers, that the event is ideally suited to an unlimited class of board designed to cover long distances at higher speeds. It is the board of choice for establishing 24hr distance records with boards approaching 18′ in length, featuring foot operated rudder systems.

Since this time, there’s been some resistance in adding the division, largely because it would be disruptive in adding another class and indeed the potential speed gains, would indeed shorten stage winning times and add pressure to logistics. Regardless, the evolutionary process of boards cannot be stopped and indeed unlimited boards open up a new level of performance and appeal and within the context of ultra distance paddling, whether it’s setting 24hr distance records or taking on huge distance races, whether on sheltered waters or taking on Molokai to Oahu, the unlimited boards reign supreme.

We’re very lucky therefore to have Dutch paddler Janneke Smits, winner of the 2016 and 2016 non-stop edition of the 11 Cities event (paddling a Mistral Vortex)  and current 24hr distance world record holder, who will for the first time in the event, paddle our Stealth 17’6″ unlimited board during the 5 day stage race, as a demonstration of this incredible board and of the potential to add it as an official division for 2019.
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2015 Mistral Debut

In 2014 when we sat at the finishing line and saw how few Mistral boards were competing in the 11 Cities Tour and certainly not anywhere near the front runners,…

In 2014 when we sat at the finishing line and saw how few Mistral boards were competing in the 11 Cities Tour and certainly not anywhere near the front runners, it was a day of reckoning which made us resolve to change this. Mistral, Dutch owned and involved in SUP, with one of the premier races of the world on its doorstep, had to step up and get involved. Indeed it proved to be not just a seminal moment for Mistral’s place in the SUP sport, but indeed our actions from that moment on assisted in no small way, to elevate the 11 Cities event, from relatively unknown, into a truly international event of status.

Steve West took on the task to develop a race winning board for the event. Working with shaper Chris Diplock in the UK and paddler Ryan James, the basic shape was created and a mere two prototypes created, named the Vortex. Ryan used an early prototype during the UK 2015 season and by the start of the 11 Cities event in September of that year, we were confident in the boards capabilities, speed and handling.

Added to this, we knew we would also need two world class riders to add to the mix if we were to do well, one male and one female rider. We enlisted very probably the world’s best outrigger canoe paddler from Tahiti, Steeve Teihotaata and from the USA a relatively unknown, but talented Seychelle Hattingh. When race day came, both Steeve and Seychelle had spent no more than an hour familiarising themselves with the new Vortex.

In this year the Hasulyo brothers competed for the first time and within just a few short miles of the start of the event, they were leading and working together in true drafting and team racing fashion. It seemed on their new Starboard boards and the with this tactic, the race was over before it had really started. This tactic to the event may have been new, but in a twist of fate, Steeve quickly formed a working relationship with French paddler, Dode Florent, an alliance which was to prove super fast, as both Steeve and Dode went on to dominate all five days, with Steeve taking line honours for every stage and winning by a margin of some 20 minutes. Meanwhile in the ladies division, Seychelle lead from start to finish and won every stage, doing it tough in having no drafting support. In short Mistral, won both the Men’s and Women’s Five Day Stage Race in a shock result.

For us, it was a genuine coup d’etat, which rocked the foundations in establishing our footprint as a force to be reckoned with. With a mere two international team riders and two boards, the achievement was truly something to be proud of, achieved in such a short time frame. From this moment, Mistral has become strongly associated with the event and indeed continued to innovate board designs to suit and indeed dominate in key areas of the event.

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2018 Board of Choice

This year will see the launch of the new Vortex SD1 at the event. Since the launch of our Vortex design back in 2015 and following the overwhelming success of…

This year will see the launch of the new Vortex SD1 at the event. Since the launch of our Vortex design back in 2015 and following the overwhelming success of Steeve Teihotaata (Tahiti) and Seychelle Hattingh (USA) at the 11 Cities SUP Tour in the same year, the board has since gone on to win many great races and has won the women’s division of the 11 Cities every year since and indeed many podium finishes in the non-stop division of the event.

But we wanted to develop the board further and the Vortex XL was developed to increase the volume for heavy riders and specifically for Steeve Teihotaata – the improvements proved successful, but we wanted more. Going back to the drawing board, Head Designer, Steve West together with Chris Diplock, created the Vortex SD1 (Special Development) board during the latter part of 2017, which addressed the need for a narrow board, while retain high volume and importantly, stability.

Vortex SD1 2018 – 19
Narrowing of width to 21.25″ as standard (23.5″ also available)
Volume of 277l (21.25″) and 301L (23.5″)
Lowered standing area
Hardened rails
Raised side walls
Increased nose volume

Developed with 11 Cities event in mind, the Vortex SD1, is the result of an evolutionary pathway, which draws upon a variety of known design parameters which we know to work, together with input from riders in terms of what it is they wan to feel and experience in addition to ensuring the ergonomics of the stand in area, is comfortable for long periods of time. Double sets of side mounted scuppers (drain holes) ensure a good outflow of water in the event of swamping and overall the design has been set up to give the feeling of paddling downhill which makes for a very encouraging feel to the board Our team riders will be using the Vortex SD1 as the weapon of choice for this gruelling event!

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Petronella Van Malsen NL

A fan of travelling, reading, kitesurfing, mountain bike riding, cross fit, eating and drinking with family and friends, Petronella is one of the Netherlands most popular stand up paddlers. She…

A fan of travelling, reading, kitesurfing, mountain bike riding, cross fit, eating and drinking with family and friends, Petronella is one of the Netherlands most popular stand up paddlers. She loves downwind paddling and loves challenging race and experiences.

 

‘For me, SUP offers me freedom to challenge myself mentally and physically while also enjoying the peace as well as the battle with the elements of nature.’

 

She is the current Dutch National Marathon Champion from 2016 and finished runner up to Seychelle Hattingh in the same year at the 11 Cities event and finished 1st in the Eurotour Namur Long Distance Race, 7th at the Lost Mills Eurotour Race and finished 2nd at the Battle of the Coast Zandvoort Beach Race. In 2017 she finished the 11 Cities in 2nd position behind Mistral Team Rider, Lena Guimares Ribeiro from Brazil. This year Seychelle Hattingh returns paddling for SIC, which promises to be an interesting contest.

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Midori Sango JP

From Japan, Midori attends Waseda University and is a third-year student of School of International Liberal Studies. During a stay in the USA as a high school student, she started…

From Japan, Midori attends Waseda University and is a third-year student of School of International Liberal Studies. During a stay in the USA as a high school student, she started SUP and is training hard at the Waseda SUP Club. Visiting Spain as an exchange student from September 2017 to April 2018, she was training more than 3 days a week at the Barcelona Beach with her IMOD 12’6.

  • 2018 Marboloyal Cup Winner of Inflatable Class
  • 2018 Unio Catalana de Surf en Garraf (SPAIN) Winner of Inflatable Class
  • 2018 Euro Tour 5th World SUP Festival Costa Blanca (SPAIN) Participated in Elite class
  • 2018 Euro Tour 7th Bilbao WORLD SUP Challenge (SPAIN) Participated in Elite class
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Chika Kashiwagi JP

From Japan, Chika attends Yokohama City University and is a third-year student at the International College of Arts and Sciences. After entering the University, she stared SUP. She was long…

From Japan, Chika attends Yokohama City University and is a third-year student at the International College of Arts and Sciences. After entering the University, she stared SUP. She was long distance athlete during junior high and high school age. After winning the All Japan Student Championship in 2017, she is regularly on the podium.

  • 2017 All Japan University Student Championship Winner
  • 2018 Kuwata Cup Inflatable Class Winner
  • 2018 Lake Yamanaka SUPer Marathon 22km Ironman Class 12’6 Winner
  • 2018 Marboloyal Cup 5th Elite
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Ricardo Haverschmidt NL

Ricardo is an experienced paddler, outdoor and watersports person. Since a young age, he has been fascinated by water and outdoor sports. Ricardo studied Sports Science in the Netherlands and…

Ricardo is an experienced paddler, outdoor and watersports person. Since a young age, he has been fascinated by water and outdoor sports. Ricardo studied Sports Science in the Netherlands and then worked as a water sports instructor for 7 years and as a guide for outdoor activities and instruction in stand up paddle, lifeguarding, swimming, snow skiing, sailing, surfing, rafting, canoeing kitesurfing. His SUP school is based at Haarlem and has delivered thousands of hours of SUP lessons from beginner to elite-advanced and downwinding for individuals to corporates to disadvantaged, at a range of locations around the Netherlands.

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James Van Drunen NL

James Van Drunen was born in Spain in 1999 of Dutch and English parents. He took up SUP at the young age of 14 and has not looked back since….

James Van Drunen was born in Spain in 1999 of Dutch and English parents. He took up SUP at the young age of 14 and has not looked back since. Living in Spain, he is able to train most days and in competition, he particularly enjoys the longer distances. He is a highly popular figure with an active following. He is involved with teaching and promoting the sport. James participated in some of theEuro Tour events in 2017 and recently spent 6 months in Australia training and competed on the Euro Tour Circuit during 2018. The youngest competitor to have ever taken on the 220km 11 Cities Tour, he is back this year with an aim to be up with the leaders.

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