The ultimate report of surfsport at the Boot 2020 Dusseldorf
Surfsport on the road to success – exhibitors, competitors and visitors celebrate a festival for table sports – Florian Brunner: “The best Boot ever!”
The surf hall 8th of the 51st edition of the Boot Dusseldorf has been loaded with a spirit of optimism and euphoria on all waves for nine days, creating a positive and enthusiastic echo. Florian Brunner, member of the Boot Advisory Committee in Dusseldorf and CEO and partner of APM Marketing, said: “It was the best Boot ever!” 93 exhibitors from 17 countries have shown their visitors how much the sports scene of table sports has begun in the new decade. All the actions and entertainment activities took place in the THE WAVE by citywave commercial® in Dusseldorf, in the indoor pool with long flat water 65 meters, on the skimboard track and in intense discussions at the exhibition stands. With an impressive total of 250.000 visitors to the world's largest water sports exhibition, almost the 50% visitors went to the 8th surf room to find inspiration and information for the new season, many of them discovering a new sport to practice.
A key to the success of the surfing industry in Dusseldorf has been the offering of a wide range of. The Surf Academy, organized by the Association of German Water Sports Schools (VDWS) in collaboration with Surf magazine and the Boot in Dusseldorf, welcomed by beginners and those interested in continuing their studies. The offer inside the room varied from boards, sails and kites for all surfing disciplines to a kiteboard simulator, travel destinations, tips for beginners and many exciting hands-on and testing activities.
Highlights of the bustling 8th surf hall included competitions with international stars and the elite of the German board. The best showed off their skills on the skimboard track, on the pool with flat water and on the wave, while the visitors were able to test their skills under the guidance of the professionals. With an external temperature of three degrees, the guests of the fair enjoyed the Boot surfing festival in Dusseldorf at a temperature in the 24 degrees like a lively summer hotspot – in the middle of winter. Many leading experts agree on the exciting observation of the return of windsurfing. Christian Schmitt, C. (Fanatic Germany, Duotone) synthesized it briefly: "Windsurfing is back! It was an interesting topic for many returnees at the fair. “This observation was confirmed by world windsurfing champion Francisco Goya:” If you were allowed to choose only one fair in Europe, would be the Boot of Dusseldorf. The quantity and quality of visitors are exceptional. They are very passionate and competent “.
A crowd that attracts attention: THE WAVE by citywave®
One of the highlights of the Boot surfing paradise in Dusseldorf was the action on CITYwave's THE WAVE®, where 20.000 tonal litres of water per second created the very popular stationary wave and a motivating fun factor. For nine days, fans were also able to experience for themselves how it really feels about surfing. Also on the waves the surfers and riders of the SUP showed what they are capable of. Among the notable guests was Olympic candidate Leon Glatzer, that said: "I am here to support our wonderful sport, surf the waves and meet friends. Simply everyone seems to be at the Boot in Dusseldorf. "Industry giants like 42 world champion and speed surfer Bjorn Dunkerbeck and Karin Jaggi, the most successful windsurfers of all time, have inspired their audience. The winners of the races on the wave celebrated their successes with the enthusiastic crowd and ensured the whole and unforgettable memories. Simon Bitterlich, (D-Mad. (Munich) and Valeska Schneider (Munich) dominated the Wave Masters for women and men. Already in the first weekend, Petros Michelidakis, the director of the Boot in Dusseldorf, said cheerfully at the awards ceremony: "It's like a nice party here: you've prepared everything, invited fantastic guests and then the best expectations were exceeded. We will continue to do so for many years to come”.
The pleasure of SUP in all variants
Last Sunday, the pleasure of the sUP board was reflected in the spotlight: The women's SUP Wave Masters were modeled by American star Fiona Wylde, which prevailed against German competitors Paulina Herpel (Hamburg) and Rosina Neuerer (Monaco). The 22-year-old American from Hood River said: “It's incredibly impressive how much passion there is for the sport of surfing in this room”. The Favorite and Waterman Zane “Zaniac, ALA.” Schweitzer dominated the very fierce field of the men's race. The 15 world champion in various surfing disciplines such as SUP, Surf, foiling, windsurfing and kitesurfing from Maui bowed to the cheering audience and said: “It's your love of the sport of surfing that takes me back to Dusseldorf every year”. The second and third places were secured by the Danish rising star of 19 Christian Andersen years and longtime German ace Carsten Kurmis, who made himself the most beautiful gift for his 52nd birthday on the last day of the start of Dusseldorf when he secured the final ranking on the podium. With approximately 500.000 SUP boards sold in Germany to date, the sport with which more than a million Germans have already had contact is still recovering. Sons Handelid, daughter of surfing legend J. Handngen, has long been an institution of her sport. The well-known rider and artist enriched this year's boot of Dusseldorf as a coach and judge and declared immediately after the final: "Wow! What a huge increase in performance compared to last year. I had goosebumps all the time. “
Wakeboards and skimboards attract professionals and beginners
Among the highlights of the Boot Dusseldorf Board Artists' Fair were the legendary Cable Mekka Awards. About 500 riders and proud members of the community and many friends met in the Cinema Filmkunstkino, where the organizers of The Cable magazine and Boot Dusseldorf had invited for the 20th prize of the coveted trophies. Felix Georgii (Kranzegg, C.) and Anne Freyer (Mannheim) they received the award “Rider of the Year”. Eight more awards for outstanding shows and documentaries from the wakeboard world have demonstrated the diversity of this growing community. At the height of the evening, Wakeboard veteran and Boot presenter Clint Liddy were moved to tears. The Australian who lives in Frankfurt (“The Wakeboard Voice”) he was honored for his success in his lifetime and said: “I've never seen him coming. I am very happy to be able to celebrate this success of my heart here at the start with the whole industry”. And the industry had many other reasons to be happy, as stated by the Brand Manager of Liquid Force Germany, Karsten Krey stated: “I've been to this fair for 40 years and I can say: this year has been a success! The scene of the Boot Dusseldorf is the highlight in winter.” The Pooltastic Wakeboard Contest in the flat water pool was won by Nico von Lerchenfeld from Cologne, ahead of Pedro Caldas from Brazil and Germany's Max Milde. Later in the week, The best skimboard techniques and elegant maneuvers were presented by Europe's leading skimboarders: Semjon Szillat and Lydia Blanke won the “Battle of the Boot” for their Team Skimzone Germany. As a sporty and private couple, both have shown how versatile this sport can be for everyone.
How you like it: surfing sport offers an ocean of disciplines
The Boot Dusseldorf has once again shown how talented the sport of surfing really is: it can be Stand Up Paddling ranging from SUP action on wave or in foams and adventurous holidays to SUP yoga and beginner experiences with champions – The 8a surf room was especially the winter paradise of the year for kiters and surfers. Skimboarder or wakeboarder: the exhibitors of the fair offered them their whole program, including equipment, clothing and valuable experience.
2020 boot Dusseldorf CONTEST RESULTS
Wave Masters Men
1st Simon Bitterlich (GER)
2nd Sven Heller (GER)
3Sebastian Steinbeck (GER)
Wave Masters Women
1st Valeska Schneider (GER)
2Rosina Neuerer (GER)
3rd Annik Bollag (ABOUT)
SUP Short Track Masters (Team)
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 (Tinka Tusche, Ole Schwarz, D.I., Benny Kohl)
SUP Wave Masters Women
1st Fiona Wylde (USA)
2nd Paulina Herpel (GER)
3rd Rosina Neuerer (GER)
SUP Wave Masters Men
1st Zane Schweitzer (HAWAII)
2Christian Andersen (DEN)
3rd Carsten Kurmis (GER)
Pooltastic boot Wakeboard Contest
1st Nico von Lerchenfeld (GER)
2nd Pedro Caldas (BRA)
3rd Max Milde (Duisburg, GER)
Skimboard “Battle of the boot Düsseldorf”, Men
1st Semjon Szillat (GER)
2nd Mihal Ambruszkiewicz (POL)
3rd Daniel Plumridge (GBR)
Skimboard “Battle der boot Düsseldorf”, Women
1st Lydia Blanke (GER)
2nd Lina Reuss (RUS)
3rd Lara Michalski (GER)
source: Boot Düsseldorf 2020
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