Paolo Messina

Munich Surfers

River surfing here on the Eisbach (Ice River – a tributary of River Isar) started around the year 2000. These waters approach 1°C in the cold season and flow at about 5m/sec. Although swimming is prohibited here, surfing is not. The only fatalities occurred over this wave seem to have been reckless swimmers rather than surfers themselves and this was the principle behind the city council’s decision in 2008 to accept the “Save the Eisbach” petition and not to ban this activity here. Cool, literally.

Forget about Bayron Bay, Wakiki or Bali, the perfect wave is here in Munich!


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