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04/09/2014 07:00 am ET Updated Apr 09, 2014

Surf A River In The Middle Of Munich, Because You Can And It's Awesome

Scared of sharks? Do oceans freak you out? Try surfing smack in the middle of Munich, Bavaria's capital city.

This is the Eisbach, a small channel of the Isar River that runs through Munich's big, central park. Every day, more than one hundred aspiring river shredders line up to surf the continuous, ice-cold wave that rolls through the channel all day long.

Not even snow holds them back!


surf munich

surf munich

Surfers have been flocking to the river since the 1970s, but riding the wave was illegal until 2010. The few surfers who knew about it tried to keep cameras away so their spot would remain a secret, but now it's escaped and there's no turning back.

You shouldn't surf the Eisbach if you're inexperienced, because unlike ocean waves, you have no time to paddle in and stand up-- you need to be ready to ride from the moment you hit the water.

And oh, what a shredtastic ride it is.

surf munich

surf munich

surf munich

Watch the Eisbach surfers in real action!

CORRECTION: A previous version of this post identified Munich as Germany's capital city. Munich is actually the capital of Bavaria, a German state.

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