SUP11City Version: 2019-2,  5 aug 2019, REV HS


  1. C-5: only a cross if paddler completes the tour.
  2. C-6: addition of boat wakes
  3. C-7: assistance will be penalized instead of disqualification
  4. C-19: Return to tour event after stopping in race
  5. G-10: 100 km mark added.
  6. K-12: Timing of tour athletes
  1. Event rules
  1. Race packets must be picked up at the registration day in Leeuwarden, if you are paddling less than the 5 days you will be allowed to pick up the race packet on your paddle day before the Skippers meeting at the registration office.
  2. All solo paddlers and Team captains must attend the registration. Please send an e-mail to to make arrangements if you cannot show up at the registration.
  3. Paddlers must follow instructions of racing committee and support boats at all times.
  1. The organization has the right to change the route, cancel part of the route or temporarily stop the race in case of severe weather. Changes will be communicated as soon as possible.
  1. Equipment rules
  1. Solo competition: SUP boards must be 14 feet or under. Rudders and/or foils are not allowed.
  2. Team competition: SUP boards must be 14 feet or under. Rudders and/or foils are not allowed.
  3. Solo tour, team tour, day stages and weekend stages: SUP boards must be between 12 and 16 feet.
  4. Only single hull boards are allowed. There are no weight restrictions on the boards.
  5. Prone boards must have a minimum length of 12 feet.
  6. All paddlers must wear official SUP 11-City Tour race jersey during the entire race.
  7. A paddle shall be a single blade design, with one blade on one end and a handle on the other end. The length of a paddle may be adjustable. Only a single paddle may be used while racing.
  8. A replacement paddle may be securely fixed to the board. You may switch paddle during the race.
  9. You may switch boards when you have an equipment failure. The broken equipment must be presented to race officials to verify the failure.
  10. All paddlers must be securely tethered to the boards (with a leash).
  11. All paddlers have the responsibility to read the signs along the route and complete the course of the day. A wrong turn or miss turn is hereby also the responsibility of the paddler.
  12. Any 5 day paddler must check in with race directory at the finish each day and return GPS tracking device to race directory in able to be charged for the next race day. When you lose or get your GPS tracking wet, this will cost you €200,-.
  13. You can switch categories up to 2 weeks before the event start. Be aware of the refund policies
  1. Racing rules
  1. Solo competition and team competition stand up paddlers must complete the entire race standing up.  Kneeling or sitting for more than one minute at a time for competitors will result in a time penalty to be determined by race officials. Exceptions may be made for bridges and weather conditions.
  2. Participant in solo tour, team tour, weekend-category and day-participants are allowed to kneel or sit for more than one minute.
  3. No team or solo participant can have their own boat as their escort. The only boats that are allowed in the field of competitors are from the organization. Any other boats have to be behind the last boat of the organization, the end of the participant-field. When you organize your own boat during the event, this will result in a time penalty to be determined by race officials.
  4. The race director will set out cut off times during the course. If an athlete does not make a certain limit in able to make the finish line in time, the athlete will be picked up by an escort boat or car. The cut off time depend each day on the weather conditions.
  5. DSQ or DNF during a race or stage results in not getting the famous ’11 city cross’. This does not apply If the race is stopped or postponed by the organization. In the case of a stopped or postponed race, finish time will be determined by the race committee. Day participants receive a day medal. Only paddlers who paddle the complete tour receive a ’11 city cross’.
  6. A paddler shall only use the paddle, waves and wind to propel the board forward during the race. No outside assistance from boats, boat wakes, sails, clothing designed to catch wind, or any other speed device not considered the norm to SUP racing is allowed.
  7. A competitor shall not receive external assistance during a race from another competitor or non-competitor. A competitor providing the external assistance may also be disqualified from the race.  Any assistance from boats or people other than passing food or liquids will be an penalized. This rule also covers help during “klunen” (getting out of the water, take board, walk and getting back in the water).
  8. Willful misconduct from participants amongst each other or towards the organization will be charged with a time penalty or disqualification.
  9. Any competitor who attempts to win a race by any other than appropriate means, or who does not follow racing regulations, may be disqualified or may receive a time penalty.
  10. Any competitor who behaves in an excessively aggressive way through their conduct or speech towards the competition officials, other competitors, sponsors or spectators, may be disqualified or may receive a time penalty.
  11. Any competitor that displays unsportsmanlike conduct before, during or after an event may be disqualified or given a time penalty per infringement. Unsportsmanlike conduct includes, but is not limited to:
    1. excessive physical harm using any part of the body, paddle or board;
    2. yelling at the start in order to create a false start;
    3. deliberately impeding the ability of a competitor to paddle, turn, draft, dismount, overtake, start or finish, by using the board, paddle or body (alone or together with other athletes);
    4. rubbing is not racing and shall be treated as unsportsmanlike behavior.
  1. The gentlemen’s rule applies when it comes to overtaking you opponent. When your opponent stops to eat or drink, you should not sprint away.
  2. Drafting is allowed in the 5 day race:
    1. Drafting is only allowed in the same class.
    2. Drafting is defined as being in the wake behind or next to any SUP board of any category in a distance of maximum 2 m.
    3. Drafting is not allowed behind any boat or other motorized device on the water.
    4. Deliberate bumping is considered unsportsmanlike behavior.
  1. In a case of emergency competitors assist others who need help.
  2. All racers must be respectful of the rules on the water, around the contest area and on board of ships and in local restaurants and facilities. Failure to comply with local rules may result in a penalty. This covers, but is not limited to, paddling on the right hand side of canals, passing bridges on the right hand side, giving right of way and waiting for red lights at bridges.
  3. Prior to the start, a pre-start meeting is held. Race officials will inform paddlers about last minute changes, weather update, route information, race rules updates/changes and other event specific information.
  4. The race committee has the right to to switch a participant between categories. The participant shall be notified immediately if this occurs. Racing times from the previous day(s) will be transferred to the new category.
  1. If the race is (temporarily)stopped for safety reasons, GPS tracker data can be used to determine exact location, distance paddled and time of athletes at time of stopping.
  1. Any athlete who decides to leave the race can only return in the tour-class.
  1. Individual Time trial
  1. The starting order for the individual time trials is the following:Starts are in 1 minute intervals. Departures are made in reverse order of the general classification established at the end of the previous stage.
  2. The time interval may be reduced or increased for all or some of the riders following a decision by the race management.
  3. The starting order may be changed if there appears to be a risk of this affecting the fairness of the race.
  4. Any rider arriving late for his starting time incurs a time penalty equal to the time between the allotted starting time and the actual starting time.
  5. If one rider catches up with another rider, neither rider is allowed to lead the other or benefit from the other’s slipstream: ie no drafting allowed.  A rider who catches up with another must maintain a lateral distance of at least three metres from the other rider. The caught rider must remain at least 2 boardlengths from the other rider.
  6. Riders are forbidden to help each other. Any assistance may only be rendered when riders have stopped. Food and drink will be supplied by the team staff in the designated feeding area.
  1. Additional team race rules
  1. Athletes paddle the 220 kilometers together (2,3,4 or 5 pp) in 5 days. Fastest team (when entered in the team-competition) will be rewarded.
  2. Each team member paddles the entire stage (start to finish) for that day (no changing allowed). Team members can support each other, but there’s no physically help allowed.
  3. Team members can decide themselves who will paddle which day but all team members who enter will all need to paddle at least once.
  4. At the end of each day between 7-8 pm (19:00 – 20:00h) the organization must be informed who will paddle the following day.
  5. Teams who compete in the Mixed competition, start in the Team competition ladies starting time.
  6. Team athletes are allowed to draft only within their class.
  1. Additional Prone rules
  1. Paddlers shall be allowed to use chin rests, splash guards chest pads, compasses, time pieces, and such over apparatus as will promote the ends of safety, comfort, and navigation; provided however, that the apparatus shall in no manner contribute to, mechanically, manually or otherwise assist the paddler to propel himself in the water by any other manner that agitation of the water with his hands and arms.
  2. No drafting of any kind is allowed except within own category.
  1. Additional solo and team non-stop rules
  1. Registration in Leeuwarden is mandatory for all participants.
  2. The starting time depends on the weather and will be communicated 10 hours before the start on the website, through email and social media. Start will take place in the morning in Leeuwarden. Start will take place between 6 AM and 12 AM. Race start time will depend on weather conditions and will be communicated at the skippers meeting the evening before the start.
  3. All participant must collect a gps prior to start. The gps is used for track and trace purposes. If a gps is malfunctioning or empty it will be switched by the organization.
  4. The start takes place between 2 buoys. Prior to the start there will be a 5 minute and a 1 minute notification.
  5. All competitors start at the same time. However, the organization reserves the right to change individual starting times.
  6. Drafting is not allowed in the solo non stop race. Drafting is defined as being in the wake behind or next to any SUP board of any category. Drafting is not allowed behind any boat or other motorized device on the water. A minimum distance of 2 boardlengths or between boards is required, except when overtaking takes place.  Once overtaken, a distance of 2 boardlengths must be observed.
  7. The routing is with yellow/black arrows before a turn or crucial point. After the signed point, a ribbon is visible to confirm the arrow.
  8. In the dark there will be lighted arrows to show the way, a red flickering light will be the validation that you are on the right track after a turn.
  9. An athlete must provide means of visibility above and beyond regulatory compliance, according to the demands of the safety environment. A while light must be visible (on paddlers head) from 360° and must be used between sunset and sunrise.
  10. Closing time of Bolsward (or the 100 km mark if the start takes place in another city) is 17 hrs after start. If the athlete does not make Bolsward in time, the paddler is taken out of the race. It is not allowed to continue once the closing time is missed.
  11. Maximum racing time is 34 hours for men and 36 hrs for women.
  12. Athletes are allowed to get on land for stops (besides the stations the organization offers).
  13. Athletes are allowed to have assistance and encouragement from land (car, bicycle, skate board etcetera).
  14. Support at the 5 day start/ finish stops can be provided for the non-stop athlete by the organization at the request of the athlete. Food and drinks will be available at the Finish/start cities of the normal 5 day tour if requested by the athlete. Personal assistance is the athletes responsibility. 
  1. There need to be a minimum of 5 non-stop athletes (in the male or female division) for this category to take place.
  1. Additional Red Dragon Rules
  1. Only 22ft Red Dragon boards are allowed.
  2. Boards may only have 1 fin
  3. A team comprises of no more/no less than 4 persons on the board
  4. A team must stay the same for the duration of 1 stage
  5. All team members must be on the board when starting and finishing
  6. Kneeling participants must stand up after 10 strokes
  7. Teams can substitute 2 paddlers between stages.
  1. Starting procedure 5 day tour and race

The start will occur in separate groups.

Each start has the following signals:

  • 5 minute mark (3 whistles)
  • 2 minute mark (2 whistles)
  • 1 minute mark (1 whistle)
  • Start (loud signal)

A race clock will be visible with countdown to the start. Once the clock is at zero, the starter determines the exact time of start. Start is between 0 and 10 seconds after 0. Race starts at the sound (the “bang”) of the starting pistol, not at the clock.

Th starting line is made up of 2 buoys. The body of the paddler may not cross the starting line 1 minute prior to the start.

Based on weather conditions, an additional pre-starting line may be put in use. The pre-starting line cannot be crossed before the starter releases the line.

In case of a false start, a second shot can be heard and the starting procedure will immediately be restarted. Countdown clock is set at 5 minutes. False starter(s) may receive a penalty or will be informed about their start.

The organization may modify the starting times. Changes will be announced as soon as possible.

  1. Stamping

The SUP 11-City Tour keeps most ‘elevencity traditions’ in tact like the ‘stamping posts’. Collect all your stamps in each of the historical – authentic Eleven Cities and receive your SUP 11-City ‘cross’ – your medal of honor. When you miss a stamp from a city it will seem as you missed a city and therefore not completed the entire 220 kilometers. So be aware of these posts and get all your stamps to keep your place in the overall ranking.

Since it is hard to stamp with a 14 ft board on a location on the shore, we introduced an alternative ‘stamp’ which is a bell. You will need to ring the bell and shout your participant number and your name.

  1. In every city you pass you have to collect a stamp
  2. Stamping is automatic at the start, rest and finish location.
  3. Stamping means: Ring the bell and shout your number and name for registration.
  4. A stamping location does have one bell only
  5. Stamping location will be on shore.
  6. Missing a stamp will result in time penalty.
  7. Stamping posts have a closing time. Look at the daily board for exact times.
  1. Resting places

Approximately halfway each stage, there is a resting point.

  1. Every competitor must rest at the resting point 15 min (minimum).
  2. When a competitor leaves before the 15 minutes are over, there will be a time penalty
  3. It is allowed to rest longer, but it will cost you time.
  4. Rest time for competition athletes is clocked with a stopwatch. As soon as the competitor crosses the buoy and flag on land (preferably closest to shore) the stopwatch will start.
  5. The stopwatch is handed to competitor when he/she gets on shore.
  6. The competitor is responsible for the time. Leaving too soon results in time penalty, to late is own responsibility.
  7. When the 15 minutes are almost over the competitor gives the stopwatch to one of the organization.
  8. The competitor is allowed to get ready on his/her SUP 3 minutes before restart.
  9. The competitor leaves when the organization gives a GO, not the shouting of the crowds.
  10. Leaving too soon, results in time penalty.
  11. For individual competition and team competition participants the resting point on day 5 is not mandatory.
  12. Tour athletes receive a paper with the time of entry at the resting place. The tour athlete is allowed to leave the resting place after 15 minutes. Leaving the resting place must be coordinated with the designated starter.
  1. Finish
  1. The finish line is between the top or middle of the top of the finish buoys and the water surface. Racing time will stop when the body of the paddler crosses the finish line.
  2. It is the responsibility to ensure the race number on the jersey is visible. If the race number is not visible, accurate timing is not guaranteed. The race committee will assign a finish-time to the paddler based on gps data and visual information.
  3. A finished paddler must stay clear of the finish area to ensure safe and honest finishes for incoming paddlers.
  4. At the finish, the clock will display the time elapsed after the latest start.
  1. Award ceremony
  1. The award ceremony takes place after dinner. Timing will be announced during the skippers meeting in the morning.
  2. Athletes who finished at place 1, 2 or 3 of their respective categories will be honored and awarded.
  3. Prices may also be awarded to other athletes.
  4. It is the responsibility of the winning participants to be present of be represented at the award ceremony. Failure to do results in a 1 minute time penalty for the missing person.
  1. Protests
  1. Competitors are allowed to file a protest.
  2. A protest must be filed before 6pm. A protest can only be filed on the day the issue occurred. Protest forms are available at the registration desk.
  3. Only complete filled in protest-forms will be assessed by the protest committee.
  4. A protest will be taken care of on the day of filing by the protest comittee. The conclusion of the protest committee is definitive.
  5. The protest committee consists of at least 3 persons, including 1 paddler of a different category. Conflict of interest must be avoided.
  6. The organization and athlete included will discuss the issues separate. Then and there will be decided whether to make the matter public or not.
  7. When the issue concerns the entire competition, the race direction will discuss the matter open after the price giving each day after dinner.
  1. Penalties
  1. Forgetting a stamp : 1 minute
  2. Breach of equipment rules: time penalty (minimum 5 minutes, to be determined by race committee) or disqualification
  3. Leaving too soon from rest location : 1 minute for every 10 sec to soon.
  4. 2 False starts : 5 minutes
  5. Failure to follow local water and sailing rules : 5 minutes
  6. Unsportsmanlike behavior, such as verbal of physical aggression, blocking a paddler, yelling before a start: time penalty (minimum 1 minutes, to be determined by race committee) or disqualification
  7. Getting help of a boat to complete race results in a automatic place behind the last finished competitor in the same group, including an additional time penalty of 30 minutes.
  8. Outside assistance :  disqualification or time penalty (to be determined by race committee)
  9. Failure to follow instructions from the organization may result in a time penalty or disqualification (to be determined by race committee).
  10. Drafting outside class or during time trial : 5 minutes
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