Bright blue water, tropical palm trees and summer temperatures. That’s what awaits you from January 20-28 in hall 17 at boot Düsseldorf. Thanks to Pooltastic 2024, the second weekend there will be the place to be for the wakeboard community.
When you think of Düsseldorf and wakeboarding, you quickly think of the world’s largest water sports trade fair boot Düsseldorf and the now firmly established Pooltastic Wakeboard Contest. This, in combination with the Cable Mekka Awards and the Liquid Force Party afterwards, is a pretty perfect match.
While it’s wet and cold outside, boot Düsseldorf, which takes place this year from January 20 to 28 at the exhibition grounds in the Rhine metropolis, offers everything you could wish for at this time of year. Warm temperatures and the chance to experience some of Germany’s best wakeboarders and top international riders up close and personal – sometimes you can even feel them when a wave crashes over the edge of the pool. Because that’s exactly what Pooltastic is famous for.
As in the past, five riders will already be seeded for the final on Saturday, January 27. Among others, none other than Trent Stuckey (USA) will do the honors this year. After all, he is the reigning WWA Wake Park World Champion, winner of the Langenfeld Open twice in a row and a hot candidate for any podium. He will be up against some of the best German guys, such as the reigning German Open Men’s Champion Ariano Blanik, his Junior Men’s counterpart Nils Ritzmann as well as Nico von Lerchenfeld and Miles Töller, who certainly need no further introduction.
They will be joined by three of a total of six qualifiers who will be fighting for their place for Saturday in Friday’s qualifying. They include Henri Dollenberg, Jan Gnerlich, Lasse Weidner, Lars Knorre, Philipp Burkhart and Tobias Färbers (all GER) – all of whom are certainly motivated to the tips of their toes to be at the start in the final. After all, they would then be guaranteed a share of the total prize money of 3,000 euros.
On Friday, the qualifiers will have to win the favor of the judges in a jam session. On Saturday in the final, a total of four head-to-head pairings will determine who gets to compete in the Super Final. There, each rider will be given 100 seconds to perform their best tricks. Whoever performs perfectly–or at least better than the competition–can look forward to a cash prize of 1,000 euros. For the other places there are still 700, 400 and 300 euros. A tidy sum, which is unfortunately not an everyday occurrence in wakeboarding!
The only remaining question is where the boys should unpack their tricks. As in the previous year, a 60×12 meter pool–the largest of its kind at a trade fair in this country–will be set up in Hall 17. The System 2.0 will once again provide traction, a UNIT Parktech booter will provide the necessary airtime and two Jersey Series parts will invite you to jib. Perfectly adapted to the conditions, really good wakeboarding can be expected here.
Pooltastic will once again offer top-class wakeboard action in the middle of the European winter this year. The fact that this can also be combined with the Cable Mekka Awards Show on Friday evening at the Cinema Filmkunstkino Düsseldorf and the subsequent Liquid Force Party is even better.
By now at the latest, you should be convinced to visit Düsseldorf. And if you haven’t yet cast your vote for last season’s Rider Of The Year, you can still do so at cablemekka.com/awards up to and including January 21, where you’ll also find all the information you need. Let’s go!
What more do you need? Nothing really, and yet the trade fair has much more to offer. Find out exactly what here.