28 Jan Wave Masters at Boot Düsseldorf
An expert and an all-rounder dominate the wave:
Simon Bitterlich und Valeska Schneider win the surf festival
Simon Bitterlich confidently won Men’s Wave Masters on the opening weekend of the world’s largest water sports exhibition boot Düsseldorf. The 20-year-old from Munich acted lightly and smoothly on THE WAVE by citywave ®, made the fewest mistakes and showed the strongest moves. In addition, the tour second of the citywave ® pro World Tour 2019 built this wave himself. „Thus it’s my favorite wave. I enjoy the bond between her and me, ”said the winner with a wink in his brown eyes. Sven Heller (Luzern) and Sebastian Steinbeck (Starnberg) took second and third place in the exciting men’s competition, which 16 men had already opened on Saturday with the competitive preliminary round. For Simon Bitterlich, it’s been his second triumph in the wave of the boat show. On his liquid playing field he enjoyed an enthusiastic audience cheering him on. As a 17-year-old, Bitterlich also won the stormy premiere of the boot Düsseldorf Wave Masters 2017.
In the starting field for women, the experienced 28-year-old Valeska Schneider from Munich made the most of her chances, relegating 19-year-old Rosina Neuerer from Munich with a narrow lead of just 0.37 points to second place. Third place went to the Swiss wavepool champion Annik Bollag from Zurich. Valeska Schneider was one of the strongest all-rounders among the eight participating women, likes surfing both in the sea and in the standing wave, which she is currently concentrating on. Having completed a master’s degree in healthcare, the four-time German university champion in shortboard and two-time German champion in longboard is working hard for a top placement on the citywave ® pro World Tour with this summer’s 2020 finale in Japan. Back home in Munich, Valeska Schneider trains at least four days a week in up to three daily units on citywave ®. To that she adds fitness training and units in surf skating. Valeska works intensively to develop „move skills like the boys“, says: „The frontside air reverse works better and better.“
The awards for the best surfers were presented on Sunday afternoon at the pool edge of THE Wave by citywave ® by the Director of boot Düsseldorf: Petros Michelidakis experienced the rousing enthusiasm of more than 23,000 spectators on this first weekend for the crowd-puller wave riding. Petros Michelidakis said: “It’s like a nice party here: everything has been prepared perfectly, cool guests have been invited and then the best expectations are exceeded. We will certainly continue to do this for a few more years.” This message was well received by active people, their fans and the developers and operators of THE WAVE by citywave ®. They can already plan for the first small anniversary, the fifth boot Düsseldorf Wave Masters 2021.
Wave Masters Men
1. Simon Bitterlich (Munich), 16,70 points
2. Sven Heller (Munich), 14,64 points
3. Sebastian Steinbeck (Starnberg), 11,04 points
4. Durby Castillo Campos (Costa Rica), 10,53 points
Wave Masters Women
1. Valeska Schneider (Munich), 13,17 points
2. Rosina Neuerer (Munich), 12,80 points
3. Annik Bollag (Zurich), 10,97 points
4. Celine Dornick (Mannheim), 8,83 points