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 Trendsporthall 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 increasing 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, skimboarding 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 inspired the audience During the Wave Masters the best European surfers showed on the standing wave – THE WAVE made by citywave®, what they learned last year. The level on the improved wave in Düsseldorf impressed both the jury and the expert 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.
Impressed surfing legend Robby Naish (54) said: „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.
The first Pooltastic Wakeboard Contest attracts international wakeboard stars to Düsseldorf The boot Düsseldorf develops into the hotspot of the international wakeboard scene. More and more exhibitors are using the trade fair as a presentation and sales platform. With the Pooltastic Contest and the „Cable Mekka Awards“, which were presented and celebrated in the old town at the evening, as well as the subsequent Liquid Force Party, Düsseldorf had a lot to offer to the wakeboard community. This has also been reflected in the numbers of visitors around the basin during the contest on Saturday. There has never been a competition with international stars at any water sports fair, which was so easy for everyone to understand. During the final there was no getting through at the edge of the pool. The organizers speak about more than 1,000 spectators. The drivers took each other on in the exciting and easy to understand knock-out system. The jury ratings were broadcasted live on the big screen whilst expert commentator Clint Liddy explained the various levels understandable for everyone. Thus the Flatwater Pool, equal to the standing wave, offered a further sporting highlight and became an attraction in the hall. In the preliminary rounds on Friday two riders from the region qualified for the final to compete against wakeboard stars like Daniel Grant from Thailand, Felix Georgii or Nico von Lerchenfeld. In the end, Christopher Klein, one of the two qualifiers, finished third behind Daniel Grant and Bene Tremmel.
European Skimboarding Cup Also the skimboard surfers ware participating in the biggest and most international competition in a long time. Among the skimboarders, saving a jury and instead evaluate each other is a matter of honor. The drivers coming from The Netherlands, Belgium and Poland, fairly determined their champion, 23-year-old Adrien Raza from Rotterdam in front of an elated audience.
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 a 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.
SUP Short Track Masters: Exciting sprint races on the Flatwater Pool On the 65 Meter long shallow water pool some of the best stand-up paddlers met again to determine their winner on the short distance. The course was marked out by buoys and who already got a good start, had good chances to defend the positions there were not many meters available for a catch-up chase. It’s been a stand-up paddle race with sprint character which brought some surprises. The 18-year-old Christian Andersen from Klitmøller managed to defeat multiple world champion Zane Schweitzer. Ín the finals the participants showed brilliant paddling techniques and board control. Christian Andersen, aka Polar Bear, defeated Zane Schweitzer in the final run and triumphed in the Short Track Masters for the first time.
boot will be starting its next decade from 18. to 26. January 2020 and will be preceding this in December 2019 with a party for its famous ship crane “Big Willi”: the strongest member of the trade fair team is celebrating its 40th birthday.
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