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Blondie Beach: Surfing in the middle of Munich


Living surrounded by great surfing beaches, I was highly sceptical when I heard that there is surfing in the centre of Munich and that it was in not a man-made wave pool but in a real natural break.

The nearest surf beach to Munich is on the French Atlantic coast, some 1500km distant, but as I saw it for myself last week it’s for real. They surf the Eisbach, a very fast flowing tributary of the River Isar, at a point just beyond a road bridge at an entrance to the Englischer Garten, the main park in Munich.

It’s not a wave as in the ocean — it’s a water “bank” produced by an underwater step in the channel. Apparently, surfers have been riding the break since the 1970s, although it was not legal until 2010. Now they surf it all the year round, night and day.

Last Wednesday morning they were lining up to surf it. Being good Germans, they were forming orderly lines on both banks since it is strictly one surfer at a time.

The surfers have to jump straight onto the wave and when they fall off or jump off they have to swim strongly for the bank downstream because the current is both strong and very fast flowing.

If you find yourself in Munich and you can drag yourself away from the beer gardens and the superb galleries and museums, do seek out the photography section of the wonderful Deutscher Museum. It’s easy to find the surfing spot. Probably not worth packing your board, but well worth a look nonetheless.

Photo taken with my Leica Q.


  1. Nice image John, good to see the Q out and about.

    I will stick to beer gardens and photography and leave surfing to guys that can actually do it. Unlike me.

  2. Hello
    A nice shot indeed. The river looks really narrow. Did you crop? I also looked at your pictures from Romania. I like them a lot. From one of your older posts I guess it would have been safer to rent a horse drawn cart than a car!!!

    • Jean, thanks for your kind comments on the photos . I have given Mike a story on Romania for Macfilos so the full story should be up soon.
      Regarding the surf photo the river is very narrow- hence it is very fast flowing . I have just looked at the original file and the photo is equivalent to using a 40mm lens so it is cropped but not severely and of course it started life as full frame.
      John Shingleton


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