Get set for boot

The world's largest water-sports show surfs the wave of success, with over 1,500 exhibitors from 67 countries now on board.

17 January 2024


On 20 January, boot Düsseldorf 2024 will open – the largest water-sports show in the world with 17 halls and over 220,000 square metres of fun, sports, games, vessels and equipment.

Almost 1,100 boats are on show in Halls 1 to 6, 7a, 9, 15 and 16, as well as houseboats in Hall 13 and canoes in Hall 14. The trade fair in Düsseldorf is also the most important business platform, especially for the international boat and accessories industry.

Trade fair boss Wolfram Diener says, “Every year, in addition to the 200,000 water-sports fans, we welcome almost 40,000 professionals from all parts of the world.

“These are people who work in the water-sports business – the spectrum ranges from the operators of a surfing or sailing school, to the owners of diving centres, the charter provider or people who want to invest in yachts.

“We’ve put together our own specialist program for these visitors and organised specialist seminars and conferences,” says Diener.


For boot Director Petros Michelidakis, the high density of premieres at the world’s leading trade fair is a particularly great result: “boot 2024 will be a show of superlatives,” he explains.

“We have unique world premieres in motorboats and sailing yachts on board. The Superboathalle 5 has been on an enormous path to success since boot 2020. Here you’ll find everything that counts when it comes to luxurious tenders.

“Our home port for the superyachts in Hall 6 also shines in all its glory. And the offering in Halls 15 and 16 with the international market leaders in the sailing industry is unsurpassed.”

For example, the sleek sailing yacht Hallberg Rassy 69 is celebrating its world premiere in front of an international audience at boot.

From 20 to 28 January, over 1,500 exhibitors will transform the North Rhine-Westphalia state capital into the world metropolis of water sports. Across the nine days of the trade fair, there will be a fireworks display of innovations, ideas and activities at the stands, stages and hands-on activities.


Destination Seaside – where holiday dreams come true

Dreaming of a holiday in southern climes in the cold, wintry January is really fun in the Destination Seaside in Halls 13 and 14. It attracts providers from the most popular regions of the world and is the international travel market for sport and vacation on, in and on the water.

Magical country presentations, for example from Egypt, Greece, Indonesia, Croatia, Mauritius, Trinidad and Tobago or Cyprus invite you to dream about the coming holiday season.

Well-known charter providers show the uniqueness of a vacation on the water with sailing yachts and motorboats. Gently gliding along in a houseboat over the rivers and lakes of Central Europe has also become increasingly popular in recent years and viewing the boats is an attractive attraction in the Seaside destination.


Dive Centre

Dive into fascinating underwater worlds with the stars of the scene
Dive into fascinating underwater worlds in the diving halls 11, 12 and the north of hall 13. The manufacturers and dealers bring their innovative ideas and the latest equipment for diving with them to Düsseldorf and invite their fans to shop at the trade fair.

In addition, all beginners and professionals can dive for themselves in the trial pool and the futuristic diving tower in Hall 12. The exciting diving slots such as trial diving for beginners, mermaiding – diving like a mermaid is also great fun for young men, diving workshops for advanced people or apnea diving with just one breath can be booked on boot.de.


Stage program and guests

A special crowd puller in Hall 12 is the Dive Centre stage. The moderators Anna von Boetticher and Jan Schulte lead through the program for nine days.

This year, the guests will once again include many well-known filmmakers and adventurers who will take the audience emotionally into the underwater worlds.

Included are Morne Hardenberg, underwater cameraman from South Africa, Florian Fischer, Dada Li and Peter Löseke from Behind The Mask, the dancer, filmmaker and freediver Julie Gautier, the underwater photographer Tobias Friedrich, Claudia and Hendrik Schmitt from The Jetlagged, freediver Nik Linder, apnea diver and photographer Fred Buyle, actor and environmental activist Hannes Jaenicke and the journalist and presenter Dirk Steffens.

Meeting point for the international diving scene

In the diving halls, manufacturers and dealers show everything divers need for exciting underwater tours. Market leaders such as Mares, Cressi, Padi, bts Europe, NRC International, the Association of German Sports Divers, Aqua Lung and XDeep present the latest equipment.

In addition, trips can be booked directly to numerous destinations such as Egypt, Curacao, or Indonesia. Back in the diving halls (Hall 11) is the popular Water Pixel World. Here you will find the latest film and photo equipment with technical refinements for spectacular shots. On stage, professionals from the underwater film scene will give tips and report on the special tricks when filming under the sea surface.


Sailing halls with complete fleets and premieres

Sailing yachts and boats in abundance are anchored in halls 15 and 16. The global players are on board with their entire fleets and premieres, as are newcomers and innovative start-ups. Almost 100 manufacturers provide a complete picture of the industry.

Sailing athletes meet in the Sailing Center and on the stage in Hall 15. Surrounded by various class associations, it offers a unique platform for all sailing fans and the big names in the international sailing scene come together here.

There will be legends like sailing veteran Burghard Pieske as well as current shooting stars of the offshore scene like the Dutchwoman Rosalin Kuipper.

The women who have already made it into the international regatta scene support young sailors to gain a foothold in offshore sailing. The pioneer here is the Offshore Sailors X The Magenta Project, powered by float. Umbrella Annie Lush presents innovative support for young German sailors in offshore sailing.


Pure action at the trend sports festival in Hall 17

Pure action is available in Hall 17 at the trend sports festival at boot. This is where the surf scene meets in all its facets. 40 manufacturers and dealers show the latest trends in wingsurfing and foiling, wakeboarding, pump foiling, SUP and classic windsurfing.

Numerous participation activities, which can be booked online at boot.de, attract active participants to the boot surfing area in the 60×20-metre large and 1.1-metre deep action pool. In exciting contests on the boot weekends, the professionals show what can be done on a narrow board. And the list of surfing celebrities who meet in Hall 17 reads like a “Who’s Who” of the scene: Balz Müller, Liam Dunkerbeck, Philip Köster, Nick Spangenberg, Nils Hammelrath, Finn Hammelrath, Carsten Kurmis and Ole Schwarz.


For families: leisurely paddling tour and old boat treasures

Families with smaller children can enjoy a break on a quiet canoe tour through a Canadian-looking forest backdrop in the World of Paddling or view the classically beautiful boat treasures in the Classic Forum in Hall 14.

There are also great insights into the exciting everyday life of the water police, including a tour of the largest Wapo boat in North Rhine-Westphalia, or into the indispensable work of the sea rescue workers on the North and Baltic Seas.


The world’s largest yacht and water-sports trade fair

With almost 237,000 visitors from over 60 countries and more than 1,500 exhibitors from 68 nations on 220,000 square metres in halls 1 to 17, boot Düsseldorf is the largest yacht and water-sports trade fair from January 20th to 28th, 2024 World. Both sailors and motorboaters will find a wide variety of boats, dinghies, superboats and luxury yachts here.

Popular water sports such as diving, surfing, kite surfing, stand-up paddling, skimboarding and canoeing are available at boot in all their facets and with the appropriate equipment.

Attractive stage programs with the stars of the scene, current trends and a top-class mix of workshops and hands-on activities, both for recreational athletes and experts, make the trade fair unique worldwide.

Marine protection and innovative, sustainable technologies are also the focus at boot 2024.

In collaboration with the European Boating Industry (EBI), the blue innovation dock offers a unique dialogue format with political, economic, technological and media expertise in Hall 10.

Two lighthouses for ocean protection will also be on board again. The prestigious Ocean Tribute award with the partners Prince Albert II Foundation and German Oceanographic Foundation as well as the Love your Ocean campaign with its stand in Hall 11.



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