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Even more stars and action on our 50th birthday.

- Altogether, the athletes at boot hold over 80 world championship titles between them, and they’ll all be brought together under one roof. We have listed the number of international titles that each athlete has won here:

o Björn Dunkerbeck - 42
o Robby Naish – 23
o Sarah-Quita Offringa – 15
o Airton Cozzolino – 3
o Victor Fernandes – 3
o Vincent Langer – 3

- The new, improved WAVE: Experts say that the citywave® at boot is the best indoor wave in Europe

- Tow-in windsurfing contest with the European freestyle stars

- Take part in SUP yoga and winter fitness

- New editions of the popular Wave Masters and SUP Wave Masters contests


Surfing sensation at boot 2018:

- “All systems go” will be the motto once again at boot Düsseldorf

- Indoor surfing at boot Düsseldorf 2018

- Hall 8a is being turned into an action mecca and trend sport marketplace

- For the first time indoors: tow-in windsurfing show at boot 2018


“All systems go” will be the motto once again at boot Düsseldorf from 20. to 28. January 2018.

“All systems go” will be the motto once again at boot Düsseldorf from 20. to 28. January 2018. Visitors will be spoilt for choice with the extended flatwater pool, “THE WAVE” standing wave and the skimboarding facility. All the well-known manufacturers will be presenting their products between the 1,400 m² pool and the citywave® surfing location. New players such as Fanatic, Indiana SUP and Naish will be joining familiar exhibitors like Starboard, Mistral, Gun, GTSports, Aquaglide, Siren etc. to display everything paddlers could possibly desire on the 13,000 m² available in the brightly-lit Hall 8a. Their selection of flatwater resources can also be tried out directly every day between 10:00 and 18:00. There is plenty of space to do this in the 65-metre pool. Swimming trunks and a towel are all that needs to be brought along. Neoprene suits will be available in the hall.

Indoor surfing at boot Düsseldorf 2018

Good news for (river) surfers: from 20. to 28. January 2018, all experienced and would-be surfers will be able to surf on “THE WAVE”. The nine metre-wide and up to 1.50 metre-high citywave® from Munich has been optimised for boot 2018: it is designed to be somewhat more gentle for beginners, while it is faster for practised surfers. Experienced instructors from the action team headed by Susi and Rainer Klimaschewski will demonstrate the tricks and skills needed for initial attempts and will give practised surfers ideas for new tricks. Visitors can register at from December 2017 onwards. Anyone who would prefer to watch instead will see what they want to see during the second boot weekend, because that is when the best river surfers in Europe will be holding their championship.

You will find the surfing stars directly at “THE WAVE” and on the stage next to the large pool – both of which are now in Hall 8a. Manufacturers and distributors will be exhibiting and selling their surfing, SUP, windsurfing, kitesurfing and wakeboarding products and equipment around THE WAVE. A visit to Hall 12 is worthwhile for surfers too. Suitable (beach) clothing for the next surfing trip is available there in the Beach Life Zone.

Hall 8a is being turned into an action mecca and trend sport marketplace

All trend sport operations, i.e. information, advice and sales, are being concentrated for the first time in the new Hall 8a (13,000 m²) right next to the North Entrance. This has made it possible to lengthen the flatwater pool by 15 metres and to make the wakeboard cable unit higher. The standing wave – “THE WAVE” – is being optimised for the larger hall too.

Well-known kite manufacturers – North Kiteboarding, ION, Airrush, Liquid Force and Brunotti – will be exhibiting their latest products, with representatives available to advise you.

Stars from the kiting community will be providing first-hand information on the stage and are happy to write autographs too.

For the first time indoors: tow-in windsurfing show at boot 2018 and a foiling experiment

From 20. to 28. January 2018 it will be time to experience 360° water sports again at boot Düsseldorf. The major windsurfing manufacturers will be presenting everything that surfers cold possibly desire in the newly designed exhibition hall 8a with its 13,000 m² of space. Amateur and professional windsurfers will be meeting there to talk about the latest trends in the community. Manufacturers who are regular boot exhibitors, like Starboard, Severne, BIC, Gun Sails and Mistral, are being joined again in Düsseldorf by the other heavyweights of the industry. North, ION, Fanatic, Patrik, Nove Nove and Naish have confirmed that they will be participating so far. All trend sport operations, i.e. information, advice and sales, are being concentrated for the first time in the large Hall 8a right next to the North Entrance. This has also made it possible to extend the pool by 15 metres and to optimise “THE WAVE” standing wave. The highlights this year: the first indoor tow-in windsurfing show in the world, surfing on “The Wave” for visitors and the boot Düsseldorf SUP Wave Masters for professional competitors. Numerous items on the programme will be focussing on foiling, the new windsurfing trend, while there will be a daring experiment in the pool too. Come and see for yourself...

Surfing sensation at boot 2017:

- The boot wave “THE WAVE” is coming

- Anyone can try indoor surfing

- Surfer Sonni Hönscheid is acting as sponsor

- Unique deepwater surfing on the wave

boot Düsseldorf 2017 can announce something of a sensation: the Surfers Village is a new thrill that can be experienced in Düsseldorf. Hall 2 on the exhibition site is being turned into a winter mecca for surfers, in the centre of which a nine-metre-wide permanent wave is being incorporated. During boot from 21. to 29. January 2017, the wave facility – which guarantees never-ending surfing not only for professionals but also for children and newcomers – will be featured at the heart of the Surfers Village. Beach bars, cool surfing fashion and the latest boards form the setting for a unique experience: surfing in Germany in January.


Anyone can try indoor surfing

Before the trade fair, it is possible to register for surfing at - and it is free of charge in the opening year. One to six surfers can surf on the permanent wave at the same time, depending on their skill level. When they start, beginners and children between six and twelve years old are allowed to hold on to a bar which is attached above the ten-metre-wide wave, so that they can get the right feel for the board. It does not take long for them to make such progress that they can surf comfortably on a low wave. The deepwater wave, as it is known, is still great fun and a real challenge even for professionals, however, because they can take the opportunity to use their own surfboards and to practice tricks and manoeuvres without having to paddle out again and again. Surfing here is possible not just on standard boards, however; small stand-up paddleboards (SUP) are being used for the first time anywhere in the world too.


Surfer Sonni Hönscheid is acting as sponsor

Intensive preparations are currently being made for the wave by the boot team headed by Director Petros Michelidakis: “Our designers are in the process of creating appropriate surroundings in the hall in the style of fabulous Indonesian beaches. We want our visitors to feel like they are on a surfing holiday in Bali. The wave will be a tremendous attraction and is certain to get an enthusiastic response from many children, teenagers and sports fans.” The boot organisers have already arranged two special highlights: SUP world champions from Hawaii will be competing against their top European rivals in the first indoor wave SUP Masters in the world. Prize money of EUR 5,000 can be won in the classic Wave Masters surfing contest that is being held on the second boot weekend. And the Düsseldorf team has already obtained celebrity support too: surfer Sonni Hönscheid, daughter of surf legend Jürgen Hönscheid, has agreed to act as sponsor for the indoor wave and the contests. She herself tried out a Citywave facility for the first time in September and became an immediate fan. “There is no simpler, safer and faster way to learn how to surf! This is a tremendous way to familiarise a wider public with the most beautiful sport in the world.” Sonni will be helping the jury with the WAVE SUP contest on the first boot weekend and will be passing on stand-up paddling tips and tricks by the pool.


Ten pumps create waves up to 1.5 metres high

Since “The Wave” has a unique deepwater surfing system, standard surfboards with fins can be used on it. A much more realistic surfing feeling is created as a result than on other permanent waves. Surfing across a width of 9 metres on waves between 1 and 1.5 metres high (measured on the face before they break) is possible in the pool. The water has a temperature of 25°C and ten pumps produce in the 1.40 m deep water waves that guarantee unlimited surfing fun.

THE WAVE is a project that is part of the Citywave development attributable to the engineers Susi and Rainer Klimaschewski, who have already had more than 20 years of experience in the development of action sports modules. The Citywave is the first permanent deepwater wave and is popular with surfers from all over the world thanks to the excellent surfing possible with it.


About boot Düsseldorf:

boot Düsseldorf is the biggest boat and water sports trade fair in the world and is the place where all of the industry meets in January every year. About 1,800 exhibitors, 860 of them from more than 60 countries apart from Germany, will be presenting their interesting innovations, attractive developments and maritime equipment here again on 220,000 square metres of stand space from 21. to 29. January 2017. This means that the whole of the global market will be coming to Düsseldorf, to provide an exciting insight into the entire water sports world for the nine-day exhibition in 17 different halls. The trade fair is open from 10:00 to 18:00 every day. Admission tickets can be ordered online at and printed out conveniently at home from mid-November onwards. As an additional feature, they entitle ticket holders to use the Rhine-Ruhr public transport system free of charge up to price level D / South Region.


October 2016

Press Department boot Düsseldorf 2017
Tania Vellen/Cathrin Imkampe
Tel.: +49 211/4560-518/589