Take a look as we get our inside man at the Boot Tradeshow to bring you all the latest from this hugely popular event...
The boot Düsseldorf Tradeshow is said to be one of the largest water-sports tradeshows on the planet. Similar to that of the London International Boatshow it showcases almost all disciplines within water-sports. It also shows that when the industry comes together it is still a huge force to be reckoned with in both the action-sports and water-sports scene.
Professional windsurfing coach, Marco Wedele, who is soon to release his coaching DVD 'Go Pro with Colin and Marco', was our inside man for the Boot Tradeshow. Check out his report on the event and as he attends for his first ever year. Over to Marco...
'Having not been at the Boatshow ever before, I was really excited about what would await me in Düsseldorf!
My main aim was to go there and meet as many people in and around windsurfing and promote windsurfcoachinng. I knew if I wanted to meet these kind of people then this would be the best place to go. I wasn't dissapointed in the slightest!
On the first weekend the PWA Wave World Champion, Philip Köster, PWA Slalom Champ, Björn Dunkerbeck as well as other famous guys, like Andre Paskowski, all talked on stage about what is going on in their lives. Others, such as Bernd Flessner, made their apperance to please the crowd! Philip was also crowned windsurfer of the year by the German Surf-magazine. In the evening everybody moved on into the city of Düsseldorf to attend the infamous surfers party!!
A massive pool got put in to the Beachworld Hall where sports like Wakeboarding, Skimboarding and SUP'ing were demoed, and it wasn't just down to the pros to put a big show on for the crowd, everybody was welcome to the have-a-go sessions also.
There is an extensive program that goes on throughout the day, including a chance for all the exhibitors to have a question and answer session on stage, giving inside info on all their latest toys.
After the weekend it got a little quieter, which gave me the chance to catch up with shops, brands, windsurfing centres, magazines, etc. It was great to see so many people interested in the coaching side of the sport and a lot of people are really excited about the new DVD, the online interactive website Colin 'Whippy' Dixon and myself run as well as what there is to come. All in all its been a very succesful trip and I am already looking forward to next year!!'