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"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

21 comments

  1. eyecon

    eyecon

    Yeah - that´s a great location! Very well done Vicuna....now 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 :)

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  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...

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  3. d_i_hunter

    d_i_hunter

    That's crazy! But looks like great fun

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  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!

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  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 :)

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  6. monoflow

    monoflow

    cool city surf!!!! great photos!

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

    -a-l-b-e-r-t-o-

    a special place, i think location of the week

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  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 !

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  9. vicuna

    vicuna

    Thanks to all for the nice comments! :))

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  10. vicuna

    vicuna

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

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  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!!!

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  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!!!

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  13. azurblue

    azurblue

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

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  14. lomosexual_manboy

    lomosexual_manboy

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

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  15. ananditya

    ananditya

    whoaa..great locations!

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  16. mattydk

    mattydk

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

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  17. zoe191

    zoe191

    wow what a nice place!

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  18. graefin

    graefin

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

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  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.

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  20. blue-dog

    blue-dog

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

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  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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