PADDLER: Bart de Zwart

Bart de Zwart is a man who knows how to push his limits. He’s SUPed nonstop across the Hawaiian Islands, crossed the North Sea from England to Holland and won the Netherlands’ famed five-day, 220 kilometer stage race, the 11-City Tour, four times. Yet de Zwart wasn’t (and isn’t) satisfied. In May, he completed the 11-City Tour course in one continuous push. It had been done earlier in the year by Jasper van Overbeek in 37 hours. De Zwart smashed the record, finishing in 28 hours and 21 minutes. Why? “After you have done something hard, life is even more beautiful after that,” he told SUP magazine.