Tour skating (dutch, holl.; toerschaatsen)
Tour skating is originating from the Netherlands where it has been practised on the natural ice of the canals and lakes. Some 1,5 million people even today are active in this popular and traditional skating - a national sport of the Netherlands. The Netherlands is also the home of Elfstedentocht, a 200 km distance skating race, which is running through 11 cities around Holland. The common skaters use dutch (toer) skates, which have long blades and competitors use mostly speedskates. The skating technic is same with the speedskating.
Tour skating in Finland is defined as skating on built and maintained natural ice tracks on lakes and sea. Tour skating is also practised on manmade and artificial oval ice tracks. Equiptment for common Tour skating are tourskates with long blades or other skates with long blades, such as speed- and marathonskates, which are commonly used in the Tour skating competitions. Some new and modern skateboot models are also used in rollerskating and in cross-country skiing as skiing boots.
Tour skating in finland is mostly practised as a recreational and outdoor-sport type of skating. Its increasing popularity is creating more manmade natural ice tracks around the country yearly as well as increasing amount of Tour skating events such as skating marathons. It is estimated that there are already some tens of thousands tourskaters in Finland. Tour skating (matkaluistelu) is different skating sport than Nordic skating (retkiluistelu).
See additional information on tour skating in Finnish.