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Eisbach-Surfer-Welle - München, Bavaria, Germany
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member lumbricus
N 48° 08.605 E 011° 35.263
32U E 692489 N 5335479
Quick Description: One of the coolest spots in Munich. You can watch surfers almost every day of the year, even in icecold winter!
Location: Bayern, Germany
Date Posted: 12/3/2020 7:07:11 AM
Waymark Code: WM13FQH
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Long Description:
"Eine Steinstufe an der Austrittsstelle bei der Prinzregentenstraße des sehr wasserreichen und schnell fließenden Eisbachs erzeugt – seit dem Anbringen eines Anbaus an eines der beiden Ufer ganzjährig – eine Stromschnelle und eine etwa halbmeterhohe stehende Welle, die von Kanuten und Flusssurfern genutzt wird und bei Wellenreitern auch international bekannt wurde. Sie ist bei Wellenreitern sowohl beliebt als auch gefürchtet, weil direkt hinter ihr mehrere Reihen von Steinquadern unter Wasser vor allem bei unerfahrenen Surfern Verletzungen bewirken können.

Im April 2010 wurde bekannt, dass die Stadt München das Gelände im Tausch gegen ein Grundstück im Englischen Garten an der Königinstraße vom Freistaat Bayern übernommen hat, um das Wellenreiten nach 35 Jahren auf eine legale Grundlage zu stellen. Gleichzeitig startete in den Kinos der Dokumentarfilm Keep Surfing, der die Situation am Eisbach und die Wellenreiter, die zum Teil aus der ganzen Welt anreisen, porträtiert.Auch bekannte Surfer wie Jack Johnson surften schon hier.

Etwa einen Kilometer hinter dieser bekannteren Eisbachwelle gibt es in demselben Kanal noch die „kleine Eisbachwelle“. Sie ist etwas einfacher zu fahren, für ungeübte Surfer bestehen aufgrund der Betonbegrenzungen auf beiden Seiten und der teilweise starken Unterströmung dennoch erhebliche Gefahren. Deshalb und wegen der Kollisionsgefahr mit den Eisbachschwimmern wird Anfängern empfohlen, auch diese Welle zu meiden und an die Floßlände in Thalkirchen auszuweichen." Wikipedia (visit link) (visit link)

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"Just past a bridge near the Haus der Kunst art museum, the river forms a standing wave about one metre high which is a popular river surfing spot. The water is cold and shallow—sometimes only 40 cm deep—making it suitable only for experienced surfers and playboaters (whitewater kayakers). The wave is predominantly used by surfers, and animosities of surfers towards kayakers have occasionally been reported.

The wave has been surfed by river surfers since 1972, and surfing competitions have even been held. Due to the more recent development of playboating, kayakers have only more recently—and so far not in great numbers—started to surf the wave.

Since 2010 surfing has been officially permitted on the river. A new sign next to the wave warns that "Due to the forceful current, the wave is suitable for skilled and experienced surfers only." In previous years there has been an issue between the authorities, who threatened to demolish the wave, and a group of wave supporters who organized activities and a website to save the wave, including an online petition to leave the wave intact.

Being a standing wave, it can be surfed for as long as one's balance holds, and in busy times a queue of surfers forms on the bank. In the past surfers tied a leash to the bridge to hold onto, but a sign announces that this is both dangerous and forbidden.

The local surfers have forced the wave to break more cleanly, with increased height, by attaching ropes to the bridge which trail submerged planks, creating two large "U"-shapes. Such a shape makes the wave easier to surf for river surfers (playboating makes fewer demands of the wave shape).

There is a second standing wave on the Eisbach located a few hundred meters downstream further north in the Englischer Garten. The Eisbach is wider at this point, so the water flows more slowly and the wave is less demanding, which results in the wave being used by beginners to develop their surfing skills. Another wave for beginners is in Floßlände near the Thalkirchen U-Bahn station. It has also been surfed since 1972, and it is wide enough to take a few surfers at a time. A third standing wave in Munich forms on the Isar itself near the bridge Wittelsbacherbrücke, but only at flood levels of the river. Due to the dirt, manure, and objects such as tree branches drifting in the floodwater in the first days after flooding, this wave is usually surfed only a few days after the water level has risen." Wikipedia (visit link)
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How long of a walk to waymark from Parking?: Under 1/2 mile

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