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Monday, October 15, 2007

Munich Surfers

"I came across these guys on my recent trip to Munich. I'd walked through the Englischer Garten (English Garden - Munich's equivalent of New York's Central Park) when I saw a crowd gathered on a bridge. Where the small river spilled out of a tunnel it created this wave just downstream. There were seven or eight guys taking turns surfing the standing wave. They'd wait for someone to fall or get swept downstream, then expertly jump from the edge onto their boards on the face of the wave - almost like a skater hoping into a half-pipe. I saw a couple of guys ride for three minutes or longer, doing big roundabouts and cutbacks and occassionaly slapping the noses of their boards against the river wall.

"I couldn't tell if it was always ride-able or just after the recent rains - the river looked offcolor and swollen with runoff. I did hear it was illegal and that an Australian had died a few weeks earlier, but no one hassled the surfers while I was there."

--Paul Keltner

Blogger sara said...

I saw this same phenomenon when I was in Munich 10 years ago! It was really cool to watch and looked far from easy. It's always inspiring to see the lengths people go to who don't have a beach break in their backyard.

4:01 PM  
Blogger Gazelle said...

There's a competition there in the summer, so I think it's surfable year-round. There's a couple videos on You Tube.

4:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was there 3 years ago for Oktoberfest and they were there surfing. I submitted the article and photos to Surfline.com you can find them on there in the travel section.

4:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cool, I was there too and saw the same stuff! I'd think it would get boring though, surfing the static wave.... still, great to see the Germans getting narly, probably after a few weissbier!

4:09 PM  
Blogger Surfrider Foundation Europe said...

Hi there !

To let you know this wave is about to be destructed.

Petition online :

Nathalie Williams
Communications Manager
Surfrider Foundation Europe

6:44 AM  

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