Action sport to try and stars to touch on the boot Düsseldorf – more than 100,000 visitors came to enjoy the 50th birthday of the World’s largest water sports fair and to celebrate THE WAVE
The Trend-sport Hall 8a at the Düsseldorf Exhibition Ground was able to present itself with another record number of visitors! The exhibitors were also highly satisfied and reported an increased demand for products from the sports windsurfing, wakeboarding, stand-up paddling, and surfing. In addition to new products, there were many events for the visitors to marvel at, but also opportunities to throw themselves into the water. Once again, around 1,200 novice surfers were able to experience first rides on the wave and around 2,000 new water sports enthusiasts were able to try out wakeboarding, skim boarding or stand-up paddling. For the first time in the program, there was a daily lesson in SUP Yoga for visitors who wanted to counteract the (positive) stress of the fair. All competitions of the anniversary boat at a glance…
The first indoor Tow-In Windsurfing Contest attracts hundreds of spectators to the pool in hall 8a.
The Tow-in competition of the German Freestyle Battles on the first weekend of the 2019 boot Düsseldorf lured several hundred spectators to the shallow water pool. Here, some of Germany’s best freestyle windsurfers were pulled over the water by the wakeboard cable car and demonstrated their newest freestyle maneuvers. In an exciting competition between friends, the drivers had four attempts to impress and convince the jury with their best trick each time. During the rest of the fair, there was a daily tow-in show which allowed the audience to linger by the pool and marvel.
The 3rd boot Düsseldorf Wave Masters excited the audience
during the Wave Masters, the best European surfers displayed a showdown on the standing wave – THE WAVE made by citywave®, was created last year. The level on the improved wave in Düsseldorf impressed both the jury and the specialist audience. The Munich surfers pulled their very own trumps thanks to many training opportunities in their region. 18-year-old Janina Zeitler convinced the jury in the women’s category and won her third consecutive title. She scored with her extremely fluid and impeccable style on the wave and even taught some of the male competitors the meaning of fear by showing the most radical maneuvers.
Said impressed surfing legend Robby Naish (54): „If Janina would ride with the boys, I bet she would get on the podium too.“ Munich based Lenny Weinhold who narrowly missed last year’s semifinals, prevailed in the men’s singles.
3rd boot Düsseldorf SUP Wave Masters:
10-year-old Toni Meier thrills the fans. The standing wave of citywave® not only presented the surfers with the possibility of a high-class competition but also the surfers among the stand-up paddlers and their fans enjoyed an impressive show with their bigger boards and cleverly used paddle strokes. The jury, around the 6- time SUP World Champion Sonni Hönscheid, experienced a thrilling women’s final between Fiona Wylde and Paulina Herpel. It hasn’t been an easy task to determine the better of those two outstanding ladies. In the end, last year’s winner still had the upper hand. In the men’s singles, a three-way fight between the only 10-year-old Toni Meier from Munich and the scene’s greats Zane Schweitzer from Hawaii and Airton Cozzolino from the Cape Verde Islands kept the audience in suspense. In the end, the unleashed surfing Cozzolino won just ahead of his American opponent with Toni Meier finishing in proud third place. Carsten Kurmis from Munich, third last year, came in fourth.
All competition results at a glance:
Tow-In Windsurfing 2019
1st Niclas Nebelung (21 years, Kiel/Gemany, I99, Gun Sails)
2nd Valentin Böckler (26 years, Hamburg/Germany, I99, Gun Sails)
3rd Jannes Thomsen (24 years, Kiel/Germany, Sailloft Hamburg)
4th Foivos Tsoupras (24 years, Kiel/Germany, GA-Sails, Tabou Boards)
1st Janina Zeitler (18 years old, Munich/Germany, RipCurl/ Delight AllianceSurfboards)
2nd Johanna Lackner (32, Vienna/Austria)
3rd Valeska Schneider (27, Starnberg/Germany, RipCurl)
4th Noemi Kriz (18 Jahre, Ammersee/Germany, Mastercraft Germany)
1st Lenny Weinhold (17 years, Munich/Germany, Delight Alliance Surfboards)
2nd Joshi Holy (17 years, Munich/Germany )
3rd Simon Bitterlich (19 years, Munich/Germany) 4th Jan Vogt (34 years, Munich/Germany, citywave)
boot Düsseldorf SUP Wave Masters
1st Airton Cozzolino (24 years, Cape Verde Islands, Fanatic)
2nd Zane Schweitzer (25 years, Maui/Hawaii/USA, Starboard)
3rd Toni Meier (10 years, Munich/Germany, Starboard)
1st Fiona Wylde (20 years, Oregon/USA, Starboard)
2nd Paulina Herpel (20 years, Hamburg/Germany, Fanatic)
3rd Iva Dundova (24 years, Slovenia, Starboard)
boot 2019 set a new record, with almost 2,000 exhibitors from 73 countries and displays covering 220,000 m² of stand space. Nearly 250,000 water sports fans (boot 2018: 247,000 visitors) came to Düsseldorf from over 100 countries: clear confirmation of the position boot holds as the leading event anywhere in the world. Their main home countries – apart from Germany – are the Netherlands, Belgium, Great Britain, Switzerland and Italy.
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