Surfin' Munich


"If everybody had an ocean/Across the U. S. A./Then everybody'd be surfin'/Like Californi-a" Well, when the Beach Boys sang this "Surfin' USA" 1963, they surely didn't think that it would be possible to surf in Munich, hundreds and hundreds km far away from the sea (and more from California of course...)

But yes! It’s possible to surf in Munich, in the middle of the city on the river Isar. Ok, it’s not as much exotic as californian beaches, but the “Isar-surfers” have real fun to surf on the only spot in town!

If you go to the “English garden” of Munich (a beautiful park in the middle of the town), you’ll have a chance to see these crazy river surfers at the south end of this park. At the level of the “Prinzregentenstrasse” you have a little bridge on the Isar river with a little lock unde the bridge, giving the river a very powerful stream. And that’s were a cool wave allows the surfers to enjoy their favorite sport, even if it’s a very narrow place to catch a wave… And there’s only one surfer at the same time on the water, the others are waiting their turn, until one falls down in the water.

That’s really a great show to look at and take some pictures of course. There are very often spectators, and you find among them surprised tourists, surf fans or photographers.

Have a look at this place if you’re in Munich! :))

written by vicuna on 2009-05-20 in #world #locations #surfing #spectators #englischer-garten #nature #munich #surf #river #surfer #beach-boys #isar #water #rumble #park


  1. eyecon
    eyecon ·

    Yeah - that´s a great location! Very well done I´m wondering why nobody wrote about this location earlier.....Like Endless Summer in Munich" and after the surf have a Weisswurst and a Maß Bier in Hofbräuhaus :)

  2. comezone
    comezone ·

    great! I was there 2 years ago and Iwas very surprised about that surf style. thanks for bringing those moments back man...

  3. d_i_hunter
    d_i_hunter ·

    That's crazy! But looks like great fun

  4. oldskool_rider
    oldskool_rider ·

    cool, i've always wanted to do this. ithink there is somewhere in the uk that has this, but not sure...great location, great shots!

  5. lomodirk
    lomodirk ·

    Yeah, well done! Love shots 16 & 17...Everytime I´m in Munich I pass by there and ask myself why I haven`t tried surfing till now...

    The "Weisswurst" before noon, that`s rite, otherwise your a "Preuß" ;) But definitely the "Maß Bier" afterwards :)

  6. monoflow
    monoflow ·

    cool city surf!!!! great photos!

  7. -a-l-b-e-r-t-o-
    -a-l-b-e-r-t-o- ·

    a special place, i think location of the week

  8. stouf
    stouf ·

    Waaaoooww ! This place is insane !!! Grrreat location from vicuna ! Bravo bravo bravo ! And eyecon is right, it also made me think of Endless summer, this surf movie... And I think at one point, they're also riding this kind of "static waves"... And you made awesome shots !

  9. vicuna
    vicuna ·

    Thanks to all for the nice comments! :))

  10. vicuna
    vicuna ·

    ... and Weissbier + Weisswurst are the best... !!! :))))

  11. zeitfenster
    zeitfenster ·

    yeah! i know this place but wasn't there yet - a friend of mine talked about these "eisbach" wave riders - cool location - cool shots!!!

  12. zeitfenster
    zeitfenster ·

    yeah! i know this place but wasn't there yet - a friend of mine talked about these "eisbach" wave riders - cool location - cool shots!!!

  13. azurblue
    azurblue ·

    Totally crazy !!! Great location, Vicuna ! And terrific pics !

  14. lomosexual_manboy
    lomosexual_manboy ·

    One more reason I need to make it to Munich someday. A fun consistent wave is a surfers dream.

  15. ananditya
    ananditya ·

    whoaa..great locations!

  16. mattydk
    mattydk ·

    awesome, i've visited this areas many times. Munich is a paradise for amazing photographs.

  17. zoe191
    zoe191 ·

    wow what a nice place!

  18. graefin
    graefin ·

    isn't the water very icy?? BUt it's a very weird place to "surf"

  19. blue-dog
    blue-dog ·

    Another great location, I really like how you worked this location, with lots of great shots and mixed camera use.

  20. blue-dog
    blue-dog ·

    Oh and another great film to see UNSALTED a great lakes experience by Vince Deur

  21. doctorsavoy
    doctorsavoy ·

    Found the location by accident, so i can "independently" confirm that this location is superb and will invariably produce beautiful and memorable pictures. The park around it is also quite nice:)

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