It has long since become a landmark in Munich - the wave in the Eisbach.

For about 40 years, people have surfed the standing wave in the Eisbach in the English Garden. In recent years, the wave has experienced a real boom. But it’s not only the locals who surf it. Even well-known professionals like Kelly Slater have tried to conquer the wave with their boards.

Surfing without sea

Those who have been hit by ‘surfing fever’, will know that it will not let you go - even after your beach vacation.

Those who do not want to spend their entire lives in Bavaria, can also have recourse to a river wave or look for a place where there is a wave pool.

How do you surf a river wave?

City surfing has a lot in common with classic sea surfing.

However, there are a few differences that you should know before making your first attempts.

The biggest difference is probably the catching of the wave. When surfing on the sea, you have to wait for a perfect wave, paddle onto it, and then stand up. With the standing wave, you either mount it in a standing position, or if you are very skilled, you can jump from the bank onto the board.

Another difference is the direction in which the water flows. If you are surfing the sea, you’ll follow the direction of the water, but if you’re on a river, you’ll surf against the current.

What both waves have in common, however, is that you’ll only catch them directly on the board, from below the water.

What to consider with regard to the equipment

In addition to a short and maneuverable board, it is extremely important that you get a neoprene suit, as the Eisbach (icy stream) lives up to its name, even in summer. In addition, some surfers wear special shoes, which you can get in specialist stores, to protect themselves from the cold on the one hand, and from broken glass and sharp stones, on the other.

The Eisbach wave in movie theaters

The 2009 surfing documentary "Keep Surfing" is an absolute must for surfing fans. The wave riders from the English Garden have been brought to the big screen with this film. The film depicts what you can sense every day at the Eisbach: The surfers live for their sport! The documentary shows six surfers who live in the city and for whom the Eisbach has become a "little Hawaii".