With a brilliant start and a real spot landing, boot Düsseldorf is storming into the new decade. The visitors were enthusiastic about the varied program and the range of 1,900 exhibitors from 71 countries in the 17 exhibition halls. The international water sports community raved about the nine unique days in Düsseldorf with stimulating exchange, successful business and shared experiences.
Exhibition manager Werner M. Dornscheidt sums up the eventful days of boot 2020: “boot has grown far beyond its actual trade fair character. It is an event with great innovative and economic power, but also embodies the passion for water sports in a unique way. The past few days of the fair have shown what great radiance boot has in the world. ”
More than 250,000 water sports fans (2019: 247,700) from 106 countries found their way to Düsseldorf at boot 2020. Around a quarter of these were international visitors. At the top of the country statistics are the Netherlands, Belgium, Great Britain, Switzerland, Italy and France as well as overseas the USA and Canada. “This high value of international visitors shows that we are very well equipped for the future with the concept of boot,” explains Boot Director Petros Michelidakis and adds: “We have the international one here in Düsseldorf, in the middle of the North Rhine-Westphalian inland most important platform for water sports created. This year’s boot has clearly demonstrated the great innovative strength of the industry. The focus was on alternative drives.
Boot Düsseldorf 2020 is a milestone for success for the water sports industry. Jürgen Tracht, Managing Director of the Federal Association for Water Sports Management: “At the beginning of the year, new decisions have to be made in both private and professional water sports. The diversity of boot offers offers both professionals and water sports fans the greatest possible selection. Nowhere in the world can you find such a wide range of sailing yachts and motor boats. The entry area is also excellently represented at boot with “start boating” and “start sailing” “and he sums up:” A good boot is traditionally a strong motor for the coming water sports season. “
Boot 2020 achieved a visitor satisfaction rate of 96 percent. “The new, very clear and clear hall layout with the special routing for the different target groups was a real success. With the ‘Power Walk’ through halls 1 to 9 for motorboat fans, the ‘Sailors Walk’ in halls 15 to 17, the ‘Holiday Walk’ in halls 13 and 14, the ‘Divers Walk’ in halls 11 and 12 and the ‘Surfers Hotspot’ in Hall 8a, boot fans were able to plan their individual tour of the trade fair perfectly, ”says a delighted Petros Michelidakis.
The winners of the new boot layout were also the suppliers of diving accessories, trips and destinations. The best conditions for diving fans were in halls 11 and 12. Almost all of the more than 400 exhibitors represented the international industry. The plunge pool for beginners and the diving tower for advanced divers were very crowded. New trends such as “mermaiding”, diving like a mermaid, were just as popular with visitors as the exciting stage program with international stars like Pierre-Yves Cousteau and marine activists like Emily Penn or Hannes Jaenicke.
For the surfing industry, boot Düsseldorf 2020 ended with overwhelming success after nine days. In the heavily visited surf sports hall 8a, 93 exhibitors from 17 countries inspired around 100,000 surf-interested visitors with lots of infotainment and desirable hands-on events. Around 4,500 newcomers and advanced surfers have been active themselves on the spectacular THE WAVE by citywave ®, in the large flatwater pool or on the skimboard lift themselves, according to the motto “Make your Move”. Both aspiring and experienced board artists have experienced surfing, SUP action and SUP yoga, skim and wakeboarding, futuristic foiling variants (“floating above water”) and the comeback of the again booming windsurfing. Member of the Messrs. Florian Brunner: “The best boot in years!”
Karsten Krey, Brand Manager at Liquid Force Germany, is just as happy about the course of boot 2020: “I’ve been at boot for 40 years and can say: There was a buzzing! What used to be Florida for wakeboarding is now the region around Düsseldorf. For the scene, boot is the highlight of winter! “
With over 67,000 votes, the audience vote by sail24.com and segelreporter.com (SVG publisher) hit the hearts of sailing fans. Over two weeks at the turn of the year, users had the chance to vote for the twelve sailors of the month (December 2018 to November 2019), and they made their choice. In the end it was a close race in the top three. With 23 percent of the votes, world champion Max Billerbeck prevailed against European pirate champions Frieder Billerbeck / Julius Raithel (22 percent) and Nacra15 vice world champions Jesse Lindstädt / Lisa Rausch (20 percent).
2019 was the most successful year in the sailing career of the boat builder from Elmshorn. A year in which everything fit together for the tactics and trim specialist. Already at the German championship in May he had the competition under control, and at the World Cup in July the big coup that the German Contender fleet had been waiting for was successful. The World Cup location in Quiberon / France presented itself differently than usual with light and medium winds, and Billerbeck immediately started with a day victory and a third place in the World Championship series. But when he then got an early start disqualification in the third race, doubts arose briefly: “I thought: Sch …, is it going like it was in previous years? But I was able to shake it off and quickly found my way back on track, ”said Billerbeck. Indeed, because another day’s victory and three second places in a row spoke a clear language for the WSV Kollmar athlete, who confidently won the World Cup title and then prevailed in a brother duel in the vote for Sailor of the Year. “I didn’t expect that and realized that it was going so well for me.
The fan vote for the sailor of the year was a premiere for 2019, which resulted from the elections for the sailor of the month. The successful athletes can be selected regardless of their boat class. And so a woman made it into the ranks of the top three winners. Lisa Rausch had a home game in Düsseldorf. The athlete from Düsseldorf YC had only met last spring and very spontaneously with Jesse Lindstädt from NRV Hamburg to form a catamaran team: “Actually my season in the 29er was planned, but then there was the opportunity to sail with Jesse.” The climb was quick: “We still lost the Youth Worlds, after which we concentrated entirely on the World Cup ahead of Marseille.” And the World Cup appearance exceeded all expectations. The young German duo fought for gold until the last race, eventually winning silver and being the world’s best U19 team. Now both are due to graduate first, and then the coming season is planned: “We now hope to be sponsored by the DSV. Because the Nacra15 is the official youth championship class of the DSV, but has not yet been promoted by the squad, ”reported Jesse Lindstädt.
The top three were awarded material prizes by supporters Wempe-Uhren, Garmin and Pantaenius. There was an action cam for third place, second place was given to a GPS water sports smartwatch (each from Garmin). Sailor of the year Max Billerbeck could look forward to the Wempe Glashütte Zeitmeister Sport Tiden automatic. The trio was honored on the Sailing Center stage by DSV President Mona Küppers, Julius Kaiser (Wempe Sales Manager), Margit Bursinski (Pantaenius Marketing Director) and Hermann Hell (editor and editor-in-chief at SVG Verlag).
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