At only 13, Maximus Sijrier from The Netherlands became at the end of last month, the youngest athlete to complete the SUP 11 City Tour, a 5-day Ultra Long Distance race and one of the toughest in the world. Max conquered the 220 kilometers of the Dutch canals under a combo time of 25 hours, winning the “Solo Tour Men” division. Here is our interview with the young phenomenon who doesn’t want to stop there! (Full Results
Hello Max, can you tell something about yourself?
Hello, I am Maximus and I live in the Netherlands, all the way up in the North in the city Workum. Supping is my favourite sport since I was 9 years old and I just turned 14. The last few years I have competed in several national and international races. This year I got first place in the ICE Race Thun in long distance and technical U15, the Dutch youth championship in all disciplines and the Belgian youth championship long distance.
It was an honor to be asked to represent The Netherlands at the European championships (u18) in Denmark. The club where I sup is SUPkids Makkum and I still train there once or twice a week. Since January I have been training with SEPA to prepare myself for the Sup 11 city. In the end, I was training 6 times a week together with my father.
Congratulations on your sup11citytour. You’re now officially the youngest to ever complete it. How do you feel?
I feel great! Before I started I was a little bit nervous. Although I was determined to finish the whole tour I was anxious to see if I could finish all 5 days. As I started the tour, I became confident that I could do it. There were no big setbacks for me and I got through the days allright. At the end it took me 24:57,27 to finish the whole 11-city tour and was the fastest in the tour division.
Why did you make such a record attempt?
In earlier editions of the sup 11 city tour, I had already done the last day stage a couple of times and last year I did the weekend. Soon after I had finished the weekend stage last year I started thinking about when I could do the whole tour. At a certain point, I decided that I wanted to do it this year and become the youngest to do the entire sup 11 city tour. I love long distances and this is a real long distance race and an extra special one because this is so close to home. The second day even finishes in my hometown and the third day starts here.
What do you know about the previous youngsters who did the SUP 11 City Tour and how do you compare?
I met James Van Drunen a few times here in Holland, he is a really cool guy unfortunately I haven’t seen him in a long time. Connor Baxter the sprint legend who does not know him!! I had some contact with him about the 11 city and he was sure I would make it, since all the training he did as preparation was doing downwinders. Casper Steinfath is a true legend as well, all the crazy stuff he does in and around the water is really cool!!
Tell us about the toughest memories/moments from your race?
The toughest day was the third day, my shoulders were hurting pretty bad that day from the beginning. All days, except the first, there was a lot of wind. My shoulders got sore and all I could do was keep paddling after an hour the pain started getting less or I got used to it. The weather was hard and the last two days I was getting fed up with the strong wind.
What are the the happiest moments?
The parts of the tour where I could do a downwinder were good parts. I was happy with my finish on the first day and still felt strong after the firts 48 km. Obviously the last finish was my happiest moment, I could finaly stop paddling and celebrate my accomplishment and birthday. Lots of family was waiting for me at the finish and they were really proud of me.
Ooh, and the massages were also pretty good and something to look forward to!
What are your next challenges?
I look forward to keep improving myself in the sport. For next year, I hope to do more international races and my main goal is the European championship again in two years, where I hope to show that I have been training really hard in all water conditions.
Last words, I would like to thank Mom and Dad and my little sister for helping me with my crazy training schedules, Supkids Makkum for supporting me from the beginning and Bruno Hasulyo and SEPA for helping me with my training plans and equipment.
For the 15th edition of the SUP 11 City Tour, TotalSUP is partnering with 404 Europe boss and defending Champion Tanja Ecker, who is sending us a short daily recap of the iconic 5-day Ultra Long Distance competition on the Dutch canals of Friesland. Find all the daily results of the 2023 SUP 11 City […]
For the second year in a row, Swedish Paddler and ASI SUP Instructor, Göran Gustavsson has completed the SUP 11 City Tour, the ultimate 220km challenge through Friesland, a northern province of Holland, not once but twice! Competing in both the non-stop race and the five-day event, coming in second place in a time of […]
Swiss paddler and California resident Juerg Geser is both a SUP 11 City Tour and Infinity SUP convert. Each year, he crosses the Atlantic to challenge himself on one of the most epic endurance races in Europe, on his trusty Infinity Whiplash. Just fresh off the 32 miles of the Chattajack race where he finished […]
September 5th will mark the 11th edition of Dordogne Intégrale, one of the most extreme open SUP races in the world. Ahead of this iconic event, TotalSUP caught up with three extremely experienced endurance paddlers competing worldwide in ultra-distance paddle competitions, Shara Dubeau, Christian Moutsakos and Miguel Martorell, as they embark on the 130 km challenge […]
With impressive global following and competitions, CrossFit has taken the fitness industry by storm. TotalSUP had a unique opportunity to cut through the hype and talk with Pascal Bleys, Fanatic Team Rider, Endurance SUP Athlete and CrossFit Champion, to look how stand up paddlers could benefit from cross-training workouts. Hi Pascal, massive congratulations on your […]
The Dordogne Intégrale is a water race unlike any other. It is a true celebration of distance endurance racing, described as one of the most iconic enduro paddling events in Europe. The race is set on the Dordogne in the South of France, its is a race that tests the personal limits of all endurance […]
British paddler and SUP business owner Duncan Slater has been paddling since the beginning, the former windsurfer made the jump 10 years ago and hasn’t looked back since, it is safe to say now he is definitely an addict! Duncan, the Red Paddle advocate is often seen in UK and Dutch endurance races on his trusted […]
Le mois dernier lors de la 10ème édition du SUP 11 City Tour aux Pays-Bas, Frédéric Bonnef, le rider de Fanatic, est allé au bout de ses 220 kilomètres avec les tripes et le mord aux dents. Pour cet ex-pro du windsurf et l’un des premiers SUP racers français de niveau international, privé de sports nautiques […]
2 weeks ago Floridian paddler Seychelle stormed to victory in the 11 City Tour for the 3rd time. Her victory came after a week of highs and lows whilst competing on the 10th anniversary edition of the SUP 11 City Tour, with victory swinging back and forth between Seychelle and Starboard paddler Yuka Sato. Seychelle started the […]
Necessary cookies enable core functionality such as security, network management, and accessibility. You may disable these by changing your browser settings, but this may affect how the website functions.
3rd Party Cookies
We use a set of third party tools to provide information on how our users engage with our website so that we can improve the experience of the website for our users. For example, we collect information about which of our pages are most frequently visited, and by which types of users. Keeping this cookie enabled helps us to improve our website.
Please enable Strictly Necessary Cookies first so that we can save your preferences!