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A group of senior citizens from the Amsterdam-Noord district has been in training for weeks to break the world record for paddling, an event that will be held on Texel on Saturday 6 August.
Every week, around 40 pensioners meet at a large paddling pool in their neighbourhood to practise. Although the whole thing started out as a joke, they are now taking it very seriously. The record will only be valid if the participants can sit on chairs in the water for 10 minutes. They have been practising different exercises, such as the “wave” and the kick-off, when everyone is to run into the water on a signal from an aeroplane.
The world record they are attempting break stands at 1,046. It was set in 2009 at Texel’s beach festival Body & Brain; this year’s edition of the festival will be held from 5 to 7 August. There is plenty to do in that weekend:
The world record-breaking attempt is on Saturday 6 August at 3 p.m. in Texel’s beach at Pole no. 17 (Paal 17). Check out the program