SUP stars Zane Schweitzer and Fiona Wylde dominate the wave of Boot Dusseldorf 2020
In addition to exceeding 250.000 visitors, Boot Dusseldorf celebrates stand-up paddle on the last day and inspires a growing surf community.
The last Sunday of the 51st boot in Dusseldorf, Paddle surfing and SUP board were highlighted in the 8th surf room. There, for SUP star Fiona Wylde of Hood River (USA) and his important teammate Zane Schweitzer of Maui (Hawaii), almost everything they touched became gold. The two best favourites won the women's and men's SUP Wave Masters wave. They demonstrated the best maneuvers and their mastery of CITYwave's THE WAVE®.
At the Short Track Masters in the flat water pool, on the other hand, Starboard's dream team 1 with Fiona Wylde, Waterman Zane “Zaniac, ALA.” Schweitzer and German SUP sprint champion Carsten Kurmis (Monaco) they had to face team Fanatic with Germany's Paulina Herpel, The only one 19 years, Christian Andersen, (B.) (Denmark) and Valentin Illichmann of Monaco in the thriller final. Said 21-year-old Paulina Herpel, who has been a successful SUP rider for ten years and describes sup in natural waves as a “my matter of the heart”: “Today we were good here when we acted like a team. was crucial for the SUP Short Track Masters." Fanatic's main trio with the German multiple champion won the new short tracker team competition after a draw with the Starboard Stars only in a final clash between Zane Schweitzer and Christian Andersen, able to prevail over the favorite amid the cheers of thousands of fans around the flat water pool.
In the final hours of the world's largest water sports fair with a total of more than 250.000 visitors, The men's SUP Wave Masters offered full grandstands. Qualification began with 16 candidates the day before, the competition ended in a four-way battle, where professionals Zane Schweitzer and the great Dane Christian Andersen delivered another spectacular duel. Zane Schweitzer triumphed for the first time after two second places in the 2018 and in 2019. The 15 world champion in various surfing disciplines such as SUP, Surf, foiling, windsurfing and kitesurfing has remained on the boards that have meant the world to him since he knows how to walk. Especially, thanked the public: "It's your love that always takes me to the Boot in Dusseldorf. It was a great pleasure for me to be here.”
German Carsten Kurmis, who celebrated his 52nd birthday on the last day, took third place among SUP wave men. The women's SUP Wave Masters was modelled by Fiona Wylde, who despite her diabetes is one of the most successful SUP women in the world. He was unbeatable in his fourth Straight Masters victory in Dusseldorf. The sympathetic 22-year-old spoke very well about her visit to the Boot in Dusseldorf: "It's incredibly impressive how much passion there is for surfing in this room. Actually, surfing is an outdoor sport. And all this happens in the middle of winter. It looks quite like an interesting event in the summer." Asked about the source of his extraordinary dynamism on the SUP board, World windsurfing junior champion 2014 said with twinkling eyes: “I surf like that because I want it”. German SUP specialist Paulina Herpel and SUP newcomer Rosina Neuerer took third and second place respectively. In Germany, SUP sport is getting stronger. More than a million people have already had contact with the longest board and paddle in one way or another.
The sport moved to Germany only in 2008/2009. There are various disciplines such as short and long-distance racing, short track, wave or whitewater and hiking variants, as well as yoga on the table continue to enjoy a growing popularity. “Interest in the SUP increased in leaps and bounds around 2015″, explains Florian Brunner, CEO and partner of APM Marketing and member of the advisory board of Boot Dusseldorf. The expert assumes that to date more than 500.000 SUP boards in Germany. That's why SUP sport in all its colours has once again been an important part of the world's largest water sports fair.
SUP SHORT TRACK MASTERS
1st Team Fanatic (Paulina Herpel, Christian Andersen, (B.), Valentin Illichmann)
2nd Team Starboard 1 (Fiona Wylde, Zane Schweitzer, Carsten Kurmis, Sd.)
3rd Team Starboard 2 (Tinca Tusche, Ole Schwarz, D.I., Benny Kohl)
source: Boot Düsseldorf 2020
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