De Nacht Van Brouwersdam - Race Recap

In a time of 54 minutes and 33 seconds, the Dutch giant of a man Joost Wildenberg completed the night stand up paddle race first while Germany's Christina Bauer placed first in the women's division.


Germany's Christina Bauer paddles to a strong finish in De Nacht van Brouwersdam SUP Race.


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BROUWERSDAM, Netherlands - Brouwersdam in the South-West of the Netherlands has a lot to offer for water sport enthusiasts. Thousands drive up to Brouwersdam for sailing, windsurfing and kite surfing every weekend. No matter what kind of water sport activity, Brouwersdam has seen it all.

This year at the end of the season on October 22nd however an event was held which did raise some eyebrows; the Night of Brouwersdam is a Stand Up Paddle race after dark and on open sea!

Temperatures drop fast in October at night so the competitors chose to wear 3mm wetsuits as they prepared themselves and made their way by shuttle bus to the starting area. At 19:15 sharp the small fleet took off from the beach and disappeared in the dark of night with the only directions by the coastguard in mind: Keep the lighthouse on your left hand side or you will end up somewhere in England.

The competitors stayed together for the first part of the race. With only 54 minutes and 33 seconds on the clock giant Dutchman Joost Wildenberg on a Naish ’14 Glide crossed the finish line first, staying only just in front of American Chase Paans on his Fanatic Fly Race. Third on the finish line was Ricardo Haverschmidt. Haverschmidt like many more had chosen to race on an all-round board.

It was no surprise that Cristina Bauer from Germany took first place in the women’s race; Cristina had prepared her race very well and had chosen the perfect setup for her C4 Waterman. She had no troubles keeping up with the men either. True sportsmanship was shown by the competitors as the finished racers headed back to sea to accompany first timer Chris Fraijhoven on his last kilometres.

Race Results:

1. Joost Wildenberg (Ned). Naish Glide
2. Chase Paans (USA) Fanatic Fly 14
3. Ricardy Haverschmidt (Ned) Hobie

1. Christina Bauer (Ger) C4 Waterman

MVP (Most Valuable Paddler)
1. Chris Fraeijhoven (Ned) Starboard


Last modified onMonday, 07 November 2011 12:50
Morgan Becker

After spending the first part of her life in Minnesota, Morgan traded in her snow boots for sandals and moved to sunny California. After graduating with a degree in Communication from The University of Southern California, she eventually made her way down south to San Diego and is taking advantage of the living by the best beaches and burritos California has to offer. If it’s sunny, you can find her at the beach relaxing, or exploring the calm water in the bay via paddleboards and kayaks.

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