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Eisbach Wave, Munich

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The Eisbach is a small man-made river, 2 kilometres long, in Munich. It flows through the park known as the Englischer Garten and is a side arm of the Isar River. A manmade wave has been created on one section.Swimming in the Eisbach is not technically allowed, but as the rule is not stringently enforced, swimmers can be seen especially on warm summer days. At least two people have drowned in the lower part of the Eisbach, a swimmer in 2003 and a non-swimmer, who may have slipped or fallen asleep near the river, in February 2007.Surfing on the EisbachJust past a bridge near the Haus der Kunst art museum, the river forms a standing wave about 1 metre high, which is a popular river surfing spot. The water is cold and shallow (sometimes only 40 cm deep), making it suitable only for experienced surfers and playboaters (whitewater kayakers). The wave is predominantly used by surfers, and animosities of surfers towards kayakers have occasionally been reported.The wave has been surfed by river surfers since 1972, and surfing competitions have even been held. Due to the more recent development of playboating, kayakers have only more recently and so far not in great numbers started to surf the wave.Since 2010 surfing has been officially permitted on the river. A new sign next to the wave warns that "Due to the forceful current, the wave is suitable for skilled and experienced surfers only". In previous years there have been issue between the authorities, who threatened to demolish the wave, and a group of wave supporters who organized activities and a website to save the wave, including an online petition to leave the wave intact.
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  • for surfers, with no beach, but love to grab a wave above fear. Artificial threshold that beats River creates high waves, subject only to professionals. Newbies don't belong here. That guys doing there, as much as the heart contracts. Very exciting!
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  • A visitors, must any Munich just as important as the Hofbräuhaus. It is a great picture if pounce the surfers in the Eisbach.
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  • The Eisbach wave, my opinion is a unique attraction in Munich. Even if one is not very interested in surfing it's fun to watch the surfers, as they plunge into the waves. The atmosphere is always relaxed and the spectacle is all a huge fun.
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