Munich is 500km from the coast and more than 1,100 km from any surfable ocean. But a brilliant band of surfers has not let the absence of conventional waves bring them down. Munich is the birthplace...
Because of the dangers, surfing Eisbach was illegal until 2010.
For 40 years, surfers tried to keeBut then, something changed: the era of Social Networks as YouTube and Facebook begun, and someone thought it could have been useful to push the authorities towards...

Eisbach Wave

Munich is 500km from the coast and more than 1,100 km from any surfable ocean. But a brilliant band of surfers has not let the absence of conventional waves bring them down. Munich is the birthplace of a new sport, trend and tradition: river surfing.

Because of the dangers, surfing Eisbach was illegal until 2010.

For 40 years, surfers tried to keep their activities secret, stopping whenever anyone arrived with a camera.

But then, something changed: the era of Social Networks as YouTube and Facebook begun, and someone thought it could have been useful to push the authorities towards a legalisation of river surfing. In 2010 the City of Munich bought the land surrounding the wave from the State of Bavaria and agreed to take responsibility for what happened there, legalising the sport.

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