Fierljeppen (Or: Dutch class 7 by ROC Mondriaan)

Note: I was not at class 6 due to the wedding (!) so there was not a blog post last week Wednesday.

Today was an interesting class as the chapter was “Sport”. We learned about a sport that is mostly in the Dutch province Friesland. The name of the sport is Fierljeppen (Wikipedia: Dutch | English). The sport originated in Friesland in the 1700s where there are lots of canals but not a lot of bridges to get across. Facing a lack of bridges in the area they used long poles to spring across.

The goal of the sport is to run towards the pole (which is already in the water) and climb up it as fast as possible while also maneuvering your body forward to reach the other side of the water. As the stick falls towards the other side you jump into the sand. The person who lands the farthest in the sand wins the competition.

And if that was not confusing enough, here is a YouTube video of it. :p

The wedding was good by the way. Afterwards we then spent a few days touring The Hague and Delft with my parents, brother, and sister-in-law. 🙂

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2 thoughts on “Fierljeppen (Or: Dutch class 7 by ROC Mondriaan)

  1. Congrats on the wedding!

    I went to a fierljeppen competition in Utrecht a few years ago. It was a lot of fun and definitely worth seeing in person at some point if you can. http://oranjeflamingo.wordpress.com/2010/07/25/xtreme-dutch-sport/

    • Awesome! Thanks for the post, it was a fun read. I’ll have to keep that in mind. It does look like a lot fun to watch. So I can cringe when a few end up in the water…

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