Another New 24 Hour Flatwater SUP Record
2017 will likely go down as The Year Records Kept Getting Shattered. First it started with “Superman” Robert Norman, then Scottish powerhouse Joanne Hamilton-Vale set a new record for both female and male in the flatwater arena and then just yesterday, Bart De Zwart added his name to the list and became the new world record holder. In 24 hours, he paddled 193.8 km or 120.42 miles in Alrech, Switzerland.
Here’s his recap of the event:
I started the day before in nice conditions. I used a Starboard Sprint unlimited, with 21.5, just stable enough to stand on it for 24 hours.
The first three laps (10.5 km laps) went well with a 9.2 average – the record was right on track. Soon after, clouds came in and gathered to form thunder and lighting. Luckily it stayed in the mountains nearby, but the winds stirred up, changing directions every 20 minutes. At some point , six hours into the record, I was doing 6km/hr, not really record breaking speed. In the next few hours the wind lightened up but having used a little more energy than I should have in the windy conditions, my average speed went down in the next few hours. I had to adjust my goals.
My first goal was to break the existing 179.99 km record, secondary a good goal was 192 km and I hoped for 200km. But it became clear pretty quick, that the 200 km would be hard in these conditions. I kept a pretty good pace during then night and picked it up slightly during the day. Racing like this is very different than any other long distance race I have ever done. It is a constant pressure of not loosing time and watching your speed. I have four different GPSs on the board to document the distance paddled, which is required for a record like this. My support was a crew consisted of Joanne Hamilton-Vale (Women 24 hour distance record holder) and two locals, Micheline Hauchecorn (local paddler) and Philipp (SUP station, Erlach). Every couple hours they supplied me with a fresh hip bag with my liquid drinks and some solid food. I have one bladder filled with Hammer , Perpetuem (liquid endurance food) and one with water. The Perpetuem energy drink gives me a constant energy level. Apart from that I use energy bars, bananas and nuts.
During the afternoon when I got closer to the finish of the 24 hours it looked like I would get to my 192 km goal. I was hurting everywhere, at times it was hot and at times there was wind again. But knowing I was breaking the record motivated me even more. The first part of a record like this is power, strength and endurance. The second part of 24 hours is endurance but mostly mental. Coping with sore muscles and just keep going, although every part of your body wants to stop and relax.
After 22 hours and 20 minutes, I broke the original record and finished at 24 hours with 193.8km. New World Record set.
PHOTO CREDITS: Joerg Husi