After a one year break it was time to spend some days at the BOOT show in Düsseldorf, Germany again. We decided to drive by car from Austria to Germany. That was the best decision as most of the flight got cancelled these days as the heavy snowfall caused a closing down of Vienna airport for a day. In the meanwhile we had a fantastic day skiing just before the long drive up north to Düsseldorf. Luckily the heavy snowfall stopped one day before we started.
Once arrived we felt like home. Our friends Christin, Jens and Susi welcomed us with great food and nice atmosphere and we forgot about the freezing temperatures far below zero. These were the coldest days we ever spent in the Ruhr Region. Two and a half days at the boot, meeting many friends and colleagues. We filmed a bit and got some nice interviews recorded. One day we spent in Düsseldorf, visiting two fantastic art exhibitions in the Museum Kunstpalast. One night we spent at the SURF party in the Nachtresidenz. All in all it was a great trip. Driving 2500 km cross Germany and Austria was probably the hardest part of the trip. At the beginning of our trip we had heavy snowfall and we were not able to drive faster than 50 kilometers per hour on the highway. It felt like skiing with a car. Wintertime can be really extreme in our homecountry.
Now it´s time for the ISPO in Munich next week and then straight back on the Austrian hills. The snow is great. Afterwards a trip in south western direction is planned.
January was a very sad month too, as we lost two great characters in our sport: Mikey Clancy commited suicide and Andy Buchanan died after a four year long fight against blood cancer. Both died much too young and we always will remember you both!
© Chris Pressler 2013