2013 BOOT Show Düsseldorf, Germany

On a field with snow close to where we live, mid of January. It´s an intense winter.


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!


Mikey left us too early.At home on a plain corn field.WIth the funcarvers on the worldcup Slalom slope at Flachau.The drive to the BOOT.In front of a big museum in Düsseldorf.Awesome skiing conditions at Flachau, Salzburg.Ready to ski, still on the liftCamaro just released the perfect socks, which fit their boots. A great wintertool.The latest gloves. Great stuff for icy days.Philip received the Surfer of the Year trophy just 10 minutes after this interview.Severne Reflex 4 in 8,6m.The Reflex 4 has a nice shape.Talking with Vincent Langer about the new Reflex 4.In a talk with Flo Brunner from APM Marketing.Dieter explains the new Flare.Took an interview with Tiesda You about the Black Box.Dieter and myself next to the new Black Box with 87 liters.Black Box number three was there.Isonic 117, the lightwind weapon for 2013.Young freestyle generation: Dieter van der Eyken and Julian Wiemar.Having fun with great friends.I share the view on the river Rhein.Seagulls at Lake Chiemsee.More seagulls.The seagulls love the snow.Full house at the SURF party in the Nachtresidenz, Düsseldorf.Andy fought till the end. He gave it all.R.I.P.!



 © Chris Pressler 2013







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One Comment

  1. Michael Levine February 1, 2013 at 4:53 am #

    GREAT HEARING your travels & AUSTRIA sking report- just back from sensational first time journey to SUN VALLEY IDAHO – fabled 1936 EURO resort with heavy AUSTRIAN founding… got used to my new AUSTRIAN KASTLE MX88 skis

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