Last night at 5:00 p.m. Bart de Zwart finished his 24-hour SUP distance record in Alrech, Switzerland with a new world record of 193.8 km.
Here is a short recap of record in his own words:
"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 3 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 steered up, changing directions every 20 minutes. At some point, 6 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 losing time and watching your speed. I have four different GPS' 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's 24 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, Perpethuem (liquid endurance food) and one with water. the perpethuem 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 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 want to stop and relax. After 22-hours, 20 minutes, I broke the original record and finished affect 24-hours with 193.8km. New World Record set!"
Bart de Zwart/Pro Stand-up Paddler and Adventurer
International Teamrider STARBOARD
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