Famous and infamous like nothing else in the riversurf scene. Munich’s Eisbachwave is the birthplace of rapid surfing and will be its heartpiece for ever.
In Munich, it’s a real sight to see, and for good reason. For the wave is located in the middle of the city, people surf at almost any time of day and the surf level is quite high.
Moreover, the wave is quite demanding and as a purely natural wave, which depends only on the flow of the Eisbach, it has its very own characteristics.
Here you can find everything you need to know about the wave:
The channel of the Eisbach is around 10 meters wide at the wave spot. An impressive amount of space for a natural rapid wave.
The height of the wave varies depending on the water level of the river. Most often, the height of the wave is about 1 meter.
MEDIUM - STRONG
The pressure of the wave depends solely on the flow of the Eisbach. Most of the time it is very strong. Especially for a natural wave.
The Eisbach E1 wave is created by the natural flow and a wedge built in front of the wave. One of the few waves that work completely naturally.
BOARDS TO USE
UP&COMER – PRO
The Creek 2.0 is the perfect river shape for strong & wild rapids like munich’s Eisbach. Due to low volume and the Diamond Tail it surfs very fast & agile.
4’10: up to 55kg
5’0: 56 – 65kg
5’3: 66 – 80kg
5’5: 81 – 90kg
5’7: 91 – 110kg
UP&COMER – PRO
The Moby Creek comes from the same DNA as the Creek 2.0 and is especially designed for heavier surfers. Ideal for slightly heavier surfers who still want to surf a short board.
5’0: up to 75kg
5’2: 76 – 85kg
5’4: 86 – 95kg
5’6: 96 – 120kg
ADVANCED – PRO
The shape of the Battery comes from the ocean and the smaller sizes (up to 5’8) have a tail specially adapted for rapid surfing. For ambitious advanced surfers it therefore allows a powerful and fast surfing style.
5’0: up to 65kg
5’2: 66 – 70kg
5’4: 71 -80kg
5’6: 81 -90kg
5’8: 91 -110kg
BEGINNER – INTERMEDIATE
The ideal choice if you’re already used to surf rivers but want to start surfing E1. Good for first more aggressive maneuvers. Choose the size depending on your body weight:
4’6: up to 50kg
4’8: 51 – 60kg
5’0: 61 – 75kg
5’3: 76 – 90kg
5’5: 91 – 110kg
THE BIRTHPLACE OF RIVER SURFING
Anyone who makes it across the Himmelreich Bridge in Munich for the first time quickly wonders what is attracting all the sightseers and tourists.
However, the roar of the Eisbach wave gives itself away and the level of surfers at the entrance to the English Garden speaks for itself.
The Eisbachwelle is the primal stone in rapid surfing and the inspiration for all the ambitious river surfing projects in Europe. For a good reason, because the wave runs almost the whole year and almost at any time of day surfers are present, who push the level at the wave tremendously.
In addition, the wave gives an impressive scene. Especially on early summer mornings or the first cool autumn days, the wave blends in with the colors of the English Garden like never elsewise. An image with which few standing waves can keep up.
The wave itself is one of the more challenging natural waves out there, which is why we recommend surfing the Eisbachwelle E1 mainly to experienced river surfers.
So you should at least know how to move safely on standing waves. In addition, there are a lot of surfers on the wave. If you dare to ride the Eisbachwelle E1 for the first time after having surfed another wave, it is recommended to choose a time of day when the crowds are not so high.
The E1 is relatively steep and consists of several sections.
Compared to other rapid waves, the bumps on the regular and goofy side are striking. If you want to go around them, you should make sure to pass the bumps at the bottom (Otherwise, the bumps are a great kick-off to practice airs). Since the wave is not always very high, you should make sure to actively ride upwards during turns in order to come out of the turn in the middle again. The sweet spot of the wave is exactly in the middle in terms of height.
SAFETY NOTE: Behind the wave, there are three rows of stones in the riverbed, which are better not to get stuck on. Be sure to actively throw yourself into the white water when exiting the wave, this will help you avoid a hit. In the case of uncontrolled falls, it is best to make yourself as flat as possible in order to quickly return to the surface of the water.
“As a surfer you have a rather hard time in Germany. Fortunately, I live close to the creek and can still go surfing regularly. It is of course not the same but to train turns, rapid waves like the Eisbach are really great!”