Okay so another manic show has been and gone, and 2012 sure as hell made its mark on us all! What a start to the year.
From a wakeboarding perspective the London Boat Show is a great billboard for the sport, the Watersports Action Pool featured massive amounts of wakeboarding, whether it was Dan Nott, James Young and other pro riders putting on a show, or beginners learning with the Industry Wake Park team for the first time. The wakeboard shows were taken to another level this year, adding to last years success, James Young was added to the line up with CK, LDB, Jonty Green and our very own Dan Nott so those boys spent 10 days impressing the crowd with huge tricks on the System 2.0 built in to the ceiling. Commentating on these shows was the one and only Christian Stevenson, many people would kill to sound like this guy, no matter what he says it just sounds so cool! Some of the best quotes being “put that in your RAD cannon and fire it” and “I better go get my gigacounter, because that trick was RADioactive!”. Each day there were 3 20 minute shows and 3 “have a go” sessions, and over the course of the show there were about 300 people taught to ride and introduced to the sport, we sponsored this activity with Mystic suits for them to wear and Hyperlite boards for the beginners to learn on, everyone remembers their first set up! On top of this the team at Industry Wake Parks were selling lessons at the System 2.0 parks across the UK so the overall reach of the show could have introduced the show to close to 500 new people! On top of the 1000′s who stood watching the shows across the length of the show. A great job done by all involved!
On top of the shows there were 4 talks a day in the Watersports Theatre from the wake boards, 2 each day on how to be a pro, then each day a different brand talked through their 2012 ranges. Nick Davies and Lew Cornwall did an awesome job of the Hyperlite talks, and Dan Nott took the lead talking about the new range from Ronix 2012. The talks were hosted by Tim Woodhead from Industry Wake Parks and the banter flowing between him and the crowd really got those watching to engage in the conversation.
Already looking forward to the 2013 London Boat Show, with plans to make it bigger and better than ever, but before that roll on Summer 2012 and lets home the world doesn’t end so we can hit up Excel for another epic show next January!