Get this: an engineering mistake created one of the coolest artificial wave machines ever invented. As a result, it is now known as the Eisbach River Wave…
That the wave exists at all is the result of a rare mistake in German engineering. The Eisbach’s water comes from the nearby Isar River. In order to slow the flow and create the necessary serenity in the English Garden, engineers submerged concrete blocks just beyond the bridge. This served to slow the water but it also created a rapid. Surfing on the rapid started in the 70s, but it was only possible with the right amount of water flow. Over time, surfers learned to manipulate the wave, submerging boards and lashing them to the bridge pylons. The boards have a kind of smoothing effect on the water that creates a perfect wave even when the flow is low.
There is a concrete berm set across the river that makes a single wave for surfing. This perfect formed wave attracts surfers regardless of the weather or temperature.
And the weirdest part is this is in the middle of a city. People surf year around on this crystal clear river in the heart of Munich.
“River surfing” the Eisbach was illegal until 2010. But later that year, the City of Munich bought the land surrounding the wave from the State of Bavaria. And Munich agreed to take responsibility for what happened there.
YouTube spotlighted the Eisbach River Wave – making it one of the world’s most unlikely surfing capitals.
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