Full Speed Ahead! The 55th INTERBOOT

21.07.2016 | Some 500 exhibitors to present the whole world of water sports – Novelty sports area now to feature a standing wave

The Interboot exhibition from September 17 to 25 promises unforgettable moments and experiences, with a new campaign and some 500 exhibitors on board. “We’ve set a new course for the International Water Sports Exhibition this year by dividing up the halls differently and by adding more space, more boats, and a more extensive program of events,” report exhibition head Klaus Wellmann and project lead Dirk Kreidenweiß. Exhibition areas will display products, accessories and new developments in segments organized by subject for motorboats, sailboats and novelty sports. The broad range of water sports equipment on display will be supplemented with numerous events and activities. For the first time at a German exhibition, hobby and pro surfers will have a chance to test their skills on a standing wave.

Anything and everything that floats and is fun to play with in the water will be presented at the international water sports exhibition. This September, it will fill eight exhibition halls with presentations of sailing and motor yachts, electric boats, rubber boats, skiffs, canoes, kayaks, kites, wakeboards, surfboards, motors, electronics, clothing and accessories. “Interboot has something to give anyone their own special water sports moment,” project lead Dirk Kreidenweiß assures us. “A more in-depth program will provide our visitors with specialist guidance and inspiring tips and tricks.” The new Sailing Competence Center will inform ambitious sailors all about speed, foiling and multi-hull craft. And an E-power area will be focused entirely on the subject of electric drive technologies for sport boats. The 55th edition of the Interboot will have a larger floor area, with the first three B halls and halls A1 (Rothaus Hall) to A5 permitting a new circuit route.

Area for boards and novelty sports

Halls B1 and B2 will serve as the expanded area for boards and novelty sports, holding everything to do with windsurfing, kitesurfing, wakeboarding and waveriding. In Hall B2, visitors will have the opportunity to test their skills on a standing wave. For the Interboot Surf Days, there will be a five-meter-wide pool that will generate perfect surfing conditions at the press of a button. No registration will be required to use this facility, but slots can be reserved online for up to five people to avoid waiting in line. Neoprene suits and a variety of boards will be provided; using one’s own equipment will not be permitted. On Thursday, September 22, there will be the first ever Sunset Shopping experience in Hall B1, offering shopping and clubbing opportunities until 9 p.m.

Water sports paradise on the fairground lake Wakeboarding, stand-up paddling, canoeing and sailing tryouts

The lake located on the fairgrounds will give visitors the opportunity to try out new water sports. For inspiration, pros will be showing off their tricks in daily wakeboarding shows. Visitors of all skill levels will be able to paddle a canoe around the lake or to test their balance with the break-out novelty sport stand-up paddling (SUP). Inclusive sailing activities with miniature Twelves will give younger visitors a chance to try out sailing themselves – with no risk of sinking or capsizing.

After a successful inaugural event in 2015, the wakeboard contest “Team Up with a Pro” will return. On Friday, September 23, three stars of the scene will challenge up-and-coming athletes to prove their skills in a team selection round. The following day, Saturday, each winner will get to train with their new coach and get valuable tips. And on Sunday, the three teams will go head to head, with the winning team being decided by a qualified jury. The best team will win a wakeboarding trip to Ravenna, Italy. The competition will be hosted and commentated by Clint Liddy, the voice of the sport.

Adrenalin and entertainment on Lake Constance: The Liquid Quarter Mile and SUP Team Challenge

The Liquid Quarter Mile will be devoted to high-speed, high-powered water sports action. Every day (except Wednesday and the first Sunday of the exhibition) powerboats will streak past the promenade of the Interboot harbor in head-to-head duels. On the first weekend of the exhibition, six categories of sailboats will line up to compete for the Interboot Trophy. Every year about 120 boats take part in this competition, which is organized by the Wuerttemberg Yacht Club. Also on the first weekend, the Nissan Wakeboarding Show will have pros demonstrating breathtaking acts of water acrobatics.

The SUP Team Challenge on Lake Constance calls for two-person teams to show the competitive side of stand-up paddleboarding. Up to 16 teams may register for the event, which will take place on September 18. Cash prizes totaling 1000 euro as well as non-cash prizes await the winners. Register here

Interboot harbor

At Interboot harbor, with its attractive maritime atmosphere, boats can be admired in their natural environment. Around 130 sailboats and motorboats will be vying for the attention of potential customers. Training will be offered in cooperation with Boote magazine to teach women how to pilot motorboats. Experienced female skippers will be on hand to share their knowledge and give practical tips. After sunset, visitors can head to the Sundowner at the harbor to relax and enjoy the vibe.

The classics dock will show off the beauty of vintage boats, as will the vintage regatta presented by the Friedrichshafen sailing and motorboat club (SMCF) on September 19. Outside of the race, the participating boats can be admired in the museum harbor. Fans of mahogany and patina will love the new Vintage Speed Village. This area of the Interboot harbor will allow visitors to examine the classics of motorboating – out of the water and right up close. These boats will be taken out for show cruises before the Liquid Quarter Mile on Thursday, Friday and the second Saturday.

Discover water sports with Start Boating

Whether they’re looking for relaxation or adrenalin, an afternoon with the family or high-performance action, there's a boating sport for everyone. The nationwide campaign Start Boating, whose initiators include the Interboot, hopes to get a variety of target groups on board – in particular those who are new to water sports. The initiative was started last year and organizes tryout cruises and information events so that would-be water sports enthusiasts get a chance to take the helm into their own hands. So far, the campaign has met a good response, having provided hundreds of tryouts throughout Germany. Start Boating will be attending the Interboot with an information stand in the west foyer. There will also be nine motorboats and two sailing yachts in the harbor, which can be booked for free tryout cruises on the second weekend of the exhibition. However, the slots are already nearly filled, so book soon at www.start-boating.de!

Interboot Academy: By pros for pros

This year, the Interboot will provide a larger selection of specialist presentations. Bobby Schenk, famous for his sailing cruises and global circumnavigations, will hold a blue-water sailing seminar, for which he has assembled a group of ten round-the-world sailors, Olympians, and professional sailors. Over two days, these experts will share their years of experience and provide inspiration to those dreaming of sailing around the world themselves. Peter G. Boot, formerly of the Royal British Navy, will give seminars on VHF radio and plotters. His goal: safety at sea. In cooperation with the Delius Klasing Verlag publishing house, the Academy will also host a series of presentations (subject to fees) on advanced theoretical and practical subjects including knots and splicing. Also provided by Delius Klasing Verlag, there will be yacht skipper training courses with practical tips and tricks taught by top German sailor Timmy Kroeger.

Interboot Action Days: Watery fun for the kids

The Interboot Action Days will take place for the second time on Saturday and Sunday, September 24 and 25. Junior water sports athletes between the ages of 12 and 16 will have the chance to acquaint themselves with water sports like sailing, motorboating, diving and stand-up paddling. Tickets are limited and available for a single day or both days.

Suisse@Interboot: The Swiss art of boat building

Precision and design are the hallmarks of Swiss boatyards. As is tradition, Hall A4 will once again hold a number of Swiss exhibitors. Interboot Thursday will be a day dedicated to Switzerland, enticing visitors with special events, shows and product-testing opportunities. Moreover, all female visitors from Switzerland will enjoy free admission on this day.

Faraway dreams at the maritime travel and charter market

The maritime travel market is the place to realize dreams of exotic waters. Representatives of travel agencies, countries and regions will present all the most beautiful destinations for water sports enthusiasts. Among other destinations, Cuba and the British Virgin Islands will be represented this year. Charter experts Jürgen Strasbourg and Michael Amme will offer competent and independent advice on motorboat and sailing trips.

Classic ships and the art of boat building

The stand of the association of Lake Constance boatyards will provide a fascinating look at the art of boat building. In addition to the maritime classics on display, boat-building experts will be offering information and advice to hobbyists. The lecture stage will host daily specialist presentations by the association’s member companies.

Seaside fashions: Clothing for every maritime occasion

Water sports fashion and accessories will be available in the usual variety at the 55th Interboot – but this time in Hall A2. The fashion show stage will also be located there. The selection of fashion on offer will include everything from functional outdoor clothing to tropical bikinis.


Partially overlapping with Interboot will be the InterDive trade fair, which will offer a fascinating underwater adventure from Thursday, September 15 to Sunday, September 18. Visitors will find out about all the hottest trends, products and travel destinations in diving and snorkeling from diving retailers and manufacturers, diving centers and tour operators.

Opening hours and admission fees

Interboot will be open from Saturday, September 17 until Sunday, September 25, daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Interboot Harbor will be open daily until 7 p.m. Hall B1 will be open until 9 p.m. on Thursday for Sunset Shopping. Interboot will be accessible via the west entrance at Rothaus Hall A1. The diving fair Interdive, which will be accessible only via the east entrance, will take place overlapping with the first weekend. Shuttle buses will run between the east and west entrances. There will also be shuttle bus service from the train station, ferry terminal, Interboot harbor, and the fair parking lot. Day passes cost 12 euro; the reduced rate is 10 euro. Family passes are available for 28 euro. Children between the ages of six and fourteen pay 5 euro.