5 Reasons to Go To Anne Marie Reichman's Race SUP 11-City Tour and 3 Reasons Not To
SO, I've been hearing a bunch of rumors from our pro-riders that made it to last years SUP 11-City Tour that Anne Marie-Reichman is putting on. A lot of big names in the industry made the 220 kilometers (136 miles) paddle last year and a bunch more will make it this year. Let me set you straight on these with the super semi-official 5 Reasons to Go To Anne Marie Reichman's Race SUP 11-City Tour and 3 Reasons Not To
Me: There's one BIG problem with your 11 city race
Anne: Oh yeah...what's that?
Me: I'm awesome and I'm not going to be there
Reason 1 not to go: I'm not going to be able to make it this year
Reason 1 to definitely go.....You'll be paddling through Anne Marie Reichman's hometown and we all know nobody hosts (parties) like the Dutch.
Anne was born in the area known as Friesland a northern province of Holland. Paddle the waterways, where ice skaters started conquering this historical tour 101 years ago on frozen waters. It takes a lot to keep any canal/river the same for 101 years, So when people are not ice skating people they are paddling through 11 super cool cities/villages.
She knows how it makes her feel and knows what its like and is passionate to share her hometown(s) with people and wants to show the rest of the world her roots and let them experience the vibe.
Reason 2 to book your ticket now....It's all in the title 11-City Tour
It's a competition but it's also a historical/cultural experience as you coast through these cities each night and day will be packed with the following;
Awesome people from the surrounding areas, they've been hosting people for 101 years and they will continue hosting people for the next 101. These folks will give you the low down on the best places to stay, eat, and drink for their city and the next city down.
There's a lot of history here from the ice skating races that took place in the same waterway you'll be paddle boarding to the people that have seen the best and worst of these cities over the years. You'll discover a bunch of interesting things about these spots as you paddle through them.
Anne: "Compete in a team, or stop at a mill and take a picture or a waterside cafÃ© and just simply enjoy life."
Reason 3 to preregister for the paddle board race of a life time today...challenge yourself .
It's 220 kilometers (136 miles) of paddling, you've been training, you've been riding, it's time to push it to the next level.
You can go solo, you can go duo, or you can go as a team this year they've added this third way to participate. If you're a bit tired (hungover) from a long night of cultural experiences (drinking) with the good people from each city it might be quite nice to have a team member to fall back on and divide the tour of duty known as the SUP 11 City Tour into an exercise in team building. Reduce the endurance element of it and hop on with a group if your looking for team members or want more info on team structure and rules check out supholland.com
Reason 4 do it for the children...for every two dollars you give 1 goes to Right To Play and the Other to the Riders
This years race is good for kids....will maybe not...136 miles is a long paddle if you're not Connor Baxter
Seriously, I love the organization Right To Play when you get done reading this check them out righttoplay.com run by professional athletes that work hard to improve the lives of people in very underdeveloped areas of the world, through sports and play. They educate community members to become ambassadors to setup these programs and inspire children to participate in sports and play. They have an amazing effect on communities if you want to donate directly to this event and help make it possible in future years here's the link http://www.supfryslan.nl/?page=donate
Right to Play is supported by Athlete Ambassadors, who have experienced the power of sport, and its ability to build essential life skills such as self-esteem, discipline, fair play, respect and teamwork. They serve as powerful role models for children, and exemplify the positive power of sport.
Reason 5 paddle with great people from across the world...the word 'comradery' defines last year quite nicely.
Anne Marie put's it quite nicely "you enter this waterway as a 'vague acquaintance....and you leave after this week of paddling as a family'
I promised I'd give you 3 REAL reasons to not paddleboard in this 11-City SUP Tour Race
Reason 1 if...you've never paddled 27 miles in a day before.
136 miles is no joke even if for seasoned paddlers that have been training
You only option (the funnest) option is to join up with a team or travel along with the race. Paddleboarders are generally super friendly people go hang out, register and on days when you can't be bothered to paddle take a boat down.
Reason 2 if...you aren't friendly. ; )
Seriously this is going to be a cool event for years to come let's keep it that way. I'm headed out there next year for the 2011 11-City SUP race and expect the same great vibe they always provide.
Reason 3 if...you generally dislike children.
This race is one part bad ass enduro, one part exploring a new culture and a dash of history, and one BIG part fundraiser for Right To Play.
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