Around 40,000 visitors are expected at White Sands Festival

Norderney
Around 40,000 visitors are expected at White Sands Festival

White Sands Festival

Visitors stand on a promenade at the Auf Norderney festival. Photo: Janis Meyer/dpa/archive image

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Boarding, surfing and dancing: Tens of thousands are expected on Norderney for the first White Sands Festival after the Corona pandemic. The shipping company is preparing for a high level of arrival traffic. Unlike usual, more festival guests could come by train this time.

After two years of interruption due to corona, Norderney will again be a magnet for beach volleyball players, surfers and party-goers this Pentecost weekend. A total of around 40,000 visitors are expected at the White Sands Festival – about as many as before the pandemic, according to the organizers. “The island is almost fully booked,” said the event manager of the state baths in Norderney, Luciano Hoch. It was the first major open-air event after the corona pandemic for the East Frisian island – the anticipation was correspondingly great.

The shipping company Norden-Frisia is preparing for numerous travelers and is using several additional ferries outside of the usual timetable from Norddeich to the island. Thanks to the inexpensive 9-euro ticket for local transport, more guests than usual could travel by train this time. “We have the assumption that many will use it,” said shipping company spokesman Fred Meyer. That could be clearly determined in advance, a few days after the start of the offer, but not.

According to the organizer König Event Marketing, the tickets for the festival were sold out within hours. There are still tickets left for the parties in the evening. Then various DJs spin electro, chillout and house music on the north beach.

The focal point of the sports competitions is the Urlaubsguru Beach Cup, a tournament organized by the Northwest German Volleyball Association for ranking points and prize money of 7,500 euros. Among others, the beach volleyball Olympic champion from 2016 and world champion from 2017 Kira Walkenhorst will stand in the sand of the center court.

On the water off the East Frisian island, athletes compete in a ranking regatta of the German Wing Foil Tour, a water sport that combines kitesurfing and windsurfing.

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