One Week to GlaGla

In less than a week I will participate at the first major race of this year, the GlaGla race of the Alpine Lakes Tour in France. To conclude my training I participated at the training race in Eglisau, organised by the local dragonboat club ( The race is held once a month during winter, as a means to keep track of your fitness. The course is 7km upstream and then the same back down, what makes it really technical on the way up, as you have to navigate really close to the shore to avoid the current.

My time was not the best ever, but we had some wind at the turning point which slowed the way back quite a bit down. All in all I am happy with the race and I am looking forward to competing on Saturday!


Happy New Year!

First things first: HAPPY NEW YEAR! I hope you will all have a great 2019 and accomplish all the goals you have set for yourself.

For myself I am currently – as many of you know – preparing for the GlaGla race later this month. As a training I will also do the “Brückenrennen” at Eglisau at the 12th, a 14 kilometer up- and downriver race. The race is open to everyone and free, so if you are tempted you find all the information on

In my last training vlog episode you can see the epic weather we got on the 4th of january and how flat the lake here can get in winter. Have fun watching!

SUP Worlds China Crowdfunding

[English version below]

Liebe Freunde und Unterstützer,

seit wenigen Tagen läuft mein Spendenaufruf für meine Reise und den Materialtransport an die Standuppaddleweltmeisterschaft in China. Das Mindestziel ist schon geknackt worden, ich bin überwältigt. Vielen Dank an alle, die schon gespendet haben!

I believe in you Kampagne

Das Minimum ist erreicht, das heisst die Reise ist erst mal gesichert. Da wir uns jedoch als junge Sportart noch selbst finanzieren müssen und nicht auf die Unterstützung von einem grossen Verband zählen können bin ich trotzdem um jede weitere Unterstützung dankbar.  Neben den Transportkosten für das Material, die durch das Minimum gedeckt sind, stehen noch Flug, Hotel, Verpflegung, Meldegelder und vieles weiteres an, je mehr Unterstützung ich von Euch bekomme umso mehr bleibt am Ende auch für die Vorbereitung der Saison 2019 übrig. Helft mir also diesen Sport weiter auf einem spannenden Niveau betreiben zu können, spendet, teilt den Link und erzählt es in eurem Freundeskreis weiter!



Dear friends and supporters,

since a few days ago, my crowdfunding campaign to finance the travel and transport costs to the ISA sup world championships in China is online. We already reached the minimum funding to make my trip possible. I am proud and thankful for that!

I believe in you campaign

The minimum being reached means that there is a lot more that can be done: there is still costs for my flight, housing, food and much more to be paid for. And the more support I can get from you now means more flexibility to continue training for the 2019 season after the worlds in China. So I am counting on you to be able to continue competing in this sport on an interesting level. Support me, share the link to the campaign and tell your friends!


SUP 11 City Tour

With the SUP 11 City Tour another big event of the 2018 season is in the books. After doing it for the first time I have to say it really humbles you. No matter how fast or good you paddle in a normal race, this one makes you suffer. So here is a little recap on the tour.

Day 1:

The first day started with good weather and almost without wind. The starting line in Leeuwarden was pretty narrow and the start really chaotic. Managed to catch the wake of Joep, who I lost later due to a mistake under a bridge. From there on it was me and Martijn pushing it together until catching up to Ricardo just before the midway stop. The afternoon was really hot with slight wind from the back. In the end we came in as a pack of three, 8th place for me.

The whole regeneration procedure after the race was new to me, it being the first day, so I did my best but in hindsight I failed to eat enough.

Day 2:

The morning before the race I woke up hungry, what already felt slightly suspicious. Nevertheless, after a good breakfast, I felt good at the start. After the start on the lake we lost the main draft and worked all morning to get back to them. Richard was on fire, putting out a steady pace to get back to them. Exactly for the resting point it started raining to make it a bit less comfy.

After the rest we started as a big draft. The restart as a pack brought me to the front of the pack, leading for some part with Ricardo. After trying to get some rest by getting further to the back of the draft I completely hit the wall and fell off the train after a sharp corner. I guess the whole not eating enough part really caught up. The rest of the day, still about 10km, felt really long after that. In the end I finished 12th, what made me drop back to 10th place overall. So after the race I tried to eat as much as I could to get back stronger on day 3.

Day 3:

Day 3 started with a 12 kilometer timetrial to Bolsward. Perfect to catch up some time I lost on day 2. Key was to be as fast as possible, without draining the reserves to much, because we had to paddle another 30km in the afternoon. The plan for the morning worked out great, making me catch up some minutes by getting in at 7th place.

After the timetrial we had about 40 minutes rest until the restart for the afternoon.

After the restart we paddled in a pack of 4 until the arrival at Franeker. We got lucky with the wind, that really started pushing us into Franeker. In the end I got 9th, holding my position from the days before. Eating more during the race and in the evening really helped me keeping the energy up over the whole days. From there on every day after a race it was 2-3 meals to get the calories back in.

Day 4:

The morning of day 4 we all were in a really good mood because of the forecast. The wind was set to push us all the way from Franeker to Dokkum. The start in Franeker was really narrow and nervous. I got a pretty good start but fell off the train after about 5km. Interesting part was the lock that we had to portage after about 11km. The lock split up all the drafts into small packs, giving me the possibility to play some catch up to the guys wo dropped off.

After the lunch break I worked with Akira to catch up to James and Martijn who had a solid two minutes lead on us at the resting point. We had to work all afternoon but managed to catch them about 4km before the finishline. Just under the last bridge things got turbulent when James hit his head, so nobody really sprinted for the last 50 meters. Came in 9th and made up some good time on Richard being in 10th.

Day 5:

After having favorable conditions for two days we all knew that the last day that would be different. The forecast was 10-20 knots of headwind for almost the whole 27 kilometers. The last day was set up to be another time trial, so no drafting would help us against the wind. At the start I knew that I was in 9th position, with a 5 minutes lead on Richard in 10th and a 3 minutes gap to close to Martijn on 8th.

The first 12km were complete headwind until the crossing in Bartlehiem, from where we had about 4km of calmer conditions. I managed to close the one minute head start to Richard on the first upwind stretch. After the calmer conditions we turned right for the last brutal push upwind towards the city of Leeuwarden. It was only after the finish that I knew I may have closed the 3 minutes gap to Martijn. But it was only after the upload of the complete results a few hours later that I had confirmation of my 8th place.

All in all it was a really crazy experience. And as they say: the first time you are there to learn, the second one to attack!


It is summertime here in Europe! Maybe one of the craziest summers ever, we will see what August will bring.. The lake is already at 25 degrees and there is no bigger change on the horizon.

That being said, July was also a very busy month. After the Eurotour at Scharbeutz I started my training program for the 11 City Tour coming up in September. At the same time we had a lot of courses at the school and the club to forge the next generation of paddlers.

Crowning all this, the SUP Tour Schweiz Race in Nidau took place on the 29th. 

The race was a tough one in the summerheat on a course that was mostly protected from any little wind. The new 2019 strike in 14’x21.5″ performed great on both the choppy parts on the lake and the dead flat stretches of the canals.

After a long head to head fight with Peter Tritten I managed to pull away on the last meters to secure another win and some important points for the final ranking of the tour.

Next up on August 5th we will have my home race here in Zurich. Really looking forward to competing here where I train and work all the time. Hope to see some of you there!

Pre Season Training and ICE Race Hattrick

Welcome to another “I am so sorry I neglected my blog for so long” apology. Yes, I promised regular updates and yes, the last post was in february. I am sorry about that.

That said: a lot happened since the last post. First I concluded my second part of winter training with a journey to Amsterdam to pick up the flatwater prototype:

And then I went back to Brittany for the first two races of the season: The Swell Beach Race at Pors Ar Vag and the Kelt Ocean Race in Douarnenez.

Both races went quite well seen my lack of experience in beach races and downwinders. I managed do finish 2nd 12’6 (6th overall) at the swell beach race and 10th overall at the Kelt Ocean Race. The Kelt Ocean Race was nevertheless a humbling experience, showing me that I will have to do a lot of ocean racing if i want to be able to keep up with the really fast guys.

In the two additional weeks of training in Giverola we had kind of the weather you would expect from Brittany. Really bad chop on the ocean and rainstorms.

But we made the best of it and went to paddle the rowing lake of Banyoles, quite illegally as we were told afterwards by a local.

Back in Switzerland it was time for the huge ICE Race, first race of the Swiss season and with 18 kilometers one of the longest.

The weather delivered and we were able to paddle the astonishing course in best spring weather. I am honoured to be able to win this race for the third time this year, especially that I managed to go even faster than last year. Big thanks also to the guys at Fanatic for letting me race the new flatwater Strike prototype (14′ x 21.5″), my time of 1h46min (9.8km/h) would not have been possible with another board.

So, next stops are going to be the two Eurotour races in Zandvoort and Namur. Looking forward to those and the whole of the upcoming season!

Fitness Exercises for Paddlers (3/3)

And finally part three of the mini series on fitness exercises: Strength exercises.

Big thanks to Alexander Stertzik for filming and organising and Fitness Private Areas Konstanz for letting us use their studio!