boot will have a record number of participants


boot Düsseldorf, the biggest trade fair in the world for experiencing 360° water sports, is about to set new standards: with considerably more than 1,800 corporate participants, it will be equalling the current record, while the amount of exhibition space will be increasing again too thanks to Beach World in Hall 8a. All in all, boot will be occupying Halls 3 to 7, 7a and 8a and 9 to 17 on the exhibition site by the Rhine in Düsseldorf when it is held for the 49th time from 20. to 28. January 2018. Messe Düsseldorf Director Matthias Dornscheidt describes what the concept of experiencing 360° water sports means: “boot has everything on show that water sports enthusiasts want to see. It is the international trendsetter in the industry and will have exciting new attractions in 2018 too. boot is the leading destination anywhere in the world for everyone who loves sports in, by and on the water – surfers, divers, water sports holidaymakers and sailors or motor boat, inflatable boat or luxury yacht fans.

SUP continues to be the mega-trend in the water sports field. Stand-up paddling is variable and can be enjoyed in practically any water and climatic conditions thanks to state-of-the-art neoprene suits. It is in addition easy for anyone to learn who knows how to swim comfortably. In view of this, boot 2018 is increasing the length of its activity pool to 65 metres. A particularly exhilarating version of SUP will be available there: the new foilboards make it possible to skim across the water very fast. With the tow-in facility, windsurfing will have innovative options at boot too. Hall 8a, which is more than 1,000 square metres larger than the trend sport halls in the past, provides sufficient space for action, fun and games.

Diving has had mass appeal for a long time and is now more popular than ever. More and more diving options are available to enthusiasts – and they are no longer at remote travel destinations; on the contrary, they can instead be found in lakes, rivers and indoor diving facilities in the large European metropolitan areas too. The recreational diving Hall 3 has been the place for divers from all over Europe to meet at boot for many years. Once a year, experts from the community, hobby divers, leading manufacturers and diving tour operators come to boot Düsseldorf for a unique, nine-day diving party. The atmosphere is always infectious. The area around the diving pool and diving tower will be even more attractive in 2018. The Dive Centre designed like a diving base will appeal to all diving enthusiasts interested in shopping and networking with other like-minded visitors. This is where anyone can experience live how a pool and tower dive is prepared professionally.

Bookings for Halls 5, 6 and 7a have been excellent. There is plenty to see and admire in what are known as the luxury halls: from fast, streamlined tenders and fast tow-in motor boats to large luxury yachts. Everyone who likes ships even more luxurious and even bigger will find his way into Hall 7a. This is where international shipyards that build yachts more than 40 metres long will be exhibiting. The focus of boot INTERIOR, which is being organised jointly by Delius-Klasing Verlag and boot Düsseldorf, is on the (luxurious) interior design of luxury yachts. The luxury segment will be supplemented at boot 2018 by hosting the German Superyacht Conference held by the magazine boote EXCLUSIV on 24. January in the Tulip Inn right next to the Düsseldorf exhibition site. Top speakers will be talking about superyacht issues here. In 2018, they will include yacht designer André Hoek (Revival of the J Class), the Captain of the “Kamalaya” Christoph Schäfer (Superyacht cruising off the well-known routes), yacht designer Ken Freivokh (The era of the gigasailors), the head of the Institute for Maritime Logistics at Harburg Technical University Hans-Georg Schnauffer, Fraunhofer IFF Professor Dr Carlos Jahn and the Departmental Manager for power converters and electric propulsion systems / maritime electromobility at the Fraunhofer IWES Dr. Ing. Marco Jung. Anyone who is interested can register for this conference directly at the website The Superyacht Conference is designed for the international trade visitors to boot Düsseldorf and the papers will be presented in German and English.

Technical enthusiasts will think they are in paradise when they enter Hall 11. This is where motor boat owners and sailors can get the latest equipment and electronics for their ship. While experts from the boating community will be on hand at the Refit Centre to give advice about the restoration and renovation of second-hand boats.

Beach Life stands for shopping at its best. Hall 12 offers a wide range of maritime clothing, decorative articles and accessories for the on-board pantry or salon – as well as fun water toys. Children will be glad to hear that the bouncy pirate castle will be back at boot too, so that young visitors can play while their parents look around the stands undisturbed. Hall 12 also houses the lounge with free WLAN access for all members. Membership of the is free of charge and entitles members to buy cheap online tickets to boot for just EUR 15.00. More than 90,000 people are already members of the club at the moment and are taking advantage of the benefits it has to offer (

Marinas, charter companies and sailing schools highlight popular international sailing locations in Hall 14. The Elba Sailing Centre in picturesque Bagnaia Bay has already been exhibiting at boot for 30 years, for example. Children and sailing enthusiasts who are young at heart can take over the tiller themselves in the boot sailing school pool. Enormous wind machines make sure there is a stiff breeze to send the dinghies skimming across the water. Hall 14 is also home to the water sports associations, which will be providing extensive information about sailing and motor boating on oceans, waterways and lakes and will be available to give advice to anyone interested.

Protection of the world’s oceans and waterways has been an issue of central importance to boot Düsseldorf for many years now. On behalf of his foundation, the German Ocean Foundation and boot, Prince Albert of Monaco for the first time called on the scientific and industrial communities as well as society in general to enter projects for the “ocean tribute” Award 2018 when he spoke at boot 2017. “And this should be done as quickly as possible”, stresses boot Director Petros Michelidakis: “because our prestigious jury studies the entries very conscientiously and will be examining each individual one closely to determine its benefits for ocean and waterway protection. That takes a great deal of time”. Relevant projects can be registered at the address, with an outline presenting their concept on a maximum of two pages. What is important in this context is information about the objectives, the target group, the implementation methods and organisation as well as the results and the players making up the team. The jury will then choose the nominated projects; they will be presented to the public with photographic and video material at The winners of the three Awards in the science, industry and society categories will be announced and honoured at boot Düsseldorf in January 2018.


boot Düsseldorf at a glance:
Opening hours:
20 – 28 January (9 am – 6 pm)
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