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Fierljeppen

Watch the traditional Dutch sport and try it yourself

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Fierljeppen is a favorite sport of Friesland province. It can be word by word translated as ‘far-leaping’. The aim of the game is to jump over the water body as far as you can. The length of the pole varies from 8 to 13 metres. At the bottom of the pole there is a flat plate to keep it safe from sinking in the muddy rivers or canals.

Every participant has to be quite strong and to have a good coordination. Firstly you have to sprint to the pole, grab it, then climb to the top of the pole to control its further movements and finally jump off and land on the other side of the water body. The jumps are usually under 20 metres.

The game season lasts from May till September. During this period you can visit lots of fierljeppen matches and see everything with your own eyes. If you want to try it yourself, visit one of the fierljep demonstration, where professional jumpers explain and show everything in details. At the end of the master class you can give it a try.

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