Mistral SUP 11-City Tour - Press release day three.
The conditions for today were very good. A lot of sun and not much wind made it a good day to paddle. All contesters arrived at the start. Today's route could have been a big battle with the northern wind (given the weather expectations) coming straight from the front.
Today's route went through many small canals, wide open agricultural fields and lots of small villages and three of the 11 Cities. Helen Tume (Australia) "So nice to paddle through these villages and experience the atmosphere. It's almost like entering their garden".
Although enjoying the surrounding, the competition is not slowing down. Both solo athletes as the teams among each other are monitoring their watches closely when updates about the other competitors are provided. Today Xavier and Bart won back 9 minutes after the incident of yesterday.
The duration over multiple days gives the tournament extra dimension.The physical and psychological conditions of the individuals get challenged for 5 days in a row. On day three the physical impact of the previous days was undeniable. But all men and women finished in time.
The 2010 edition of the Mistral SUP 11-City tour can already be called a successful. In its second edition it attracted a strong field of participants both men and women.
The world top SUP athletes flew in from all over the world (New Zealand, Australia, Spain, USA, Scheveningen and Noordwijk) to paddle the 11-City tour XTREME.
The Mistral SUP 11-City tour is really gaining attention. More and more people are visiting the route. A complete school class signed up for SUP lessons in their own spare time. Today lessons were given on two locations along the tour route.
Follow the tour
For all of you oversees, you can feel that sensation when following the tour (or re-play the tour).
Go to www.supholland.com and click on "follow the tour live".
All paddlers will carry a Mylaps GPS tracking device, so you can follow your favorite contestant every minute. See what happened on day two after 4 hours and 8 minutes.
Free SUP lessons will be offered to everyone at the end of each day, where the athletes will cross the finish line. Starboard and Naish present their SUP boards and demonstrate 'how to SUP'.
Donations: The Mistral SUP 11-City supports Right to Play. www.righttoplay.com Right to play improves lives of children in less privileged places in the world through sport and play. We gather donations through our event website www.supholland.com (there you can see the total amount being donated) Half of these donations go to Right to Play. The other half will go
to the price money for the athletes who battle 5 days â and 220 kilometers long to be crowned the