The Trendsport Hall 8a at the Düsseldorf Exhibition Ground was once again able to welcome a record number of visitors. Once again, around 1,200 novice surfers were able to experince their first rides on the wave and around 2,000 new water sports enthusiasts were able to try out wakeboarding, ski boarding or stand up paddling. For the first time in the programme there was a daily lesson in SUP Yoga for visitors who wanted to counteract the (positive) stress of the fair.
Simply taking part was the motto that many followed. The learning curve was surprisingly steep for many visitors thanks to the perfect instruction by the surf instructors. After just a few minutes, most of the participants were already on the wave and experienced a real surfing feeling in January - in the middle of Düsseldorf - in the middle of winter.
At both boot weekends, the stars of the surf and paddle scene put on a spectacular show on the wave in Hall 8a. The boot visitors who had booked the hotly contested spots on THE WAVE also got the audience on their feet. For every ride that lasted over ten seconds, the audience broke into spontaneous rounds of applause. For professionals, the rides are limited to a maximum of 30 seconds. The riders have to show all their tricks in this time, then the next rider takes their spot on the infinity wave.