Watch: Weird Waves // The Eisbach, Germany

Craig Brokensha
Swellnet Dispatch

The latest episode of Weird Waves ventures back to the birth place of river surfing - Munich, Germany. With Tanner Gudauskas in tow the two get a surfing history lesson from the locals of the Eisbach River. It's more than just waiting in line to jump in, and they even augment the flow to even out the wave.

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thermalben commented Tuesday, 5 Feb 2019 at 4:34pm

Standing river waves like this ordinarily bore me to tears but the bloke at 4:30 is ripping! Looks like so much fun if you could get into a groove like that.

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freeride76 commented Tuesday, 5 Feb 2019 at 5:23pm

I didn't make it past 30 seconds.

edit: went back in for a second look. I thought it was the Poms that had bad teeth.

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mr mick commented Tuesday, 5 Feb 2019 at 5:40pm

Bit harsh you fellas. I've found them all interesting, maybe look beyond just the wave, look at the fun, the scenery of the places etc. I've looked at plenty surf vids of so called hot/pro surfers in the ocean doing the same old thing that are more boring!

Mr mick

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gasman commented Tuesday, 5 Feb 2019 at 5:48pm

100% on board with that comment.

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epictard commented Tuesday, 5 Feb 2019 at 6:50pm

Agreed, how fast was that late flip at the end?! Pity the slower smoother one earlier was not landed.

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cswells commented Wednesday, 6 Feb 2019 at 1:01pm

Second this. It's interesting to see how different people utilise different conditions to get the same feeling as ocean surfing. I love this series.

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dinnerdish commented Wednesday, 6 Feb 2019 at 10:33pm

i'm with you mr...great clip fun as ..with surprising maneuvers

arohabro

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Kellya commented Tuesday, 5 Feb 2019 at 5:40pm

Those beers at the end are making me thirsty

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freeride76 commented Tuesday, 5 Feb 2019 at 5:48pm

is it unacceptable to say I was pining for some buxom German lasses to be serving the beers?

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blackers commented Tuesday, 5 Feb 2019 at 7:56pm

Perhaps you should search out the footage of a certain AFL player in Munich that has just surfaced.

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lost commented Tuesday, 5 Feb 2019 at 10:11pm

Anyone seen the SUP footage in a flowrider type wave pool going around ? These are crazy times........’

knB

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bryonsurfer commented Wednesday, 6 Feb 2019 at 10:44am

This weird wave series isn't breaking new ground, just applying a standardised format to multiple weird waves most of us has seen before. That's not a criticism, because it works bloody well in a weird way

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Gary G commented Wednesday, 6 Feb 2019 at 10:54am

Gary has always had a bit of a kink for the weird and wonderful, and has found this series to be inspired, refreshing, and quirky content.

Gets much closer to the heart of what it means to be a facey-rider than any content the WSL have put out.

You and me, Gary, ain’t nothing but mammals so let’s do it* like they do it on the aerobics channel

*faceys

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gray commented Wednesday, 6 Feb 2019 at 12:50pm

Really enjoyed this video, had a really good vibe and well filmed etc.
Love the idea of surfing under lights, closest I ever got to it is the full moon though...

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OHV500 commented Wednesday, 6 Feb 2019 at 4:40pm

Surfed this in 87 with a few boogers - was fun. Bloody cold.
5'10" Strapper - dinged the crap out of it - lucky it was on the way back from a Euro trip.

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spencie commented Wednesday, 6 Feb 2019 at 7:13pm

Enjoying the series. They don't take it too seriously and some good surfing to boot. It might not be in the ocean but theses guys are talented.

easterly

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Billyw commented Wednesday, 6 Feb 2019 at 9:54pm

I have really enjoyed this series even though its nothing new, but this one was a bit boring I thought, maybe because we have seen soooooo much of this particular river wave over the years

B Dub

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Spuddups commented Sunday, 10 Feb 2019 at 7:32am

A few of those guys are ripping. Good smooth style. I would be intrigued to see them surf in the ocean. I'm guessing that duckdiving, paddling, taking off and wave selection would be an issue for them if they'd never surfed in the ocean before. I reckon this would be a great follow up for this vid. Send them to Hossegor and see how they go.

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Island Bay commented Sunday, 10 Feb 2019 at 10:14am

A lot of Munich surfers go to Varazze in Liguria, Italy. Which, btw, is a bloody good man-made wave. Short'ish drive for them.

A few of the chaps in the video were impressive: The Tao dude is super technical and gets incredible height on his airs. Older pale fellah (Quirin Rohleder, I think?) was so smooth, and how about captain trauma surgeon and his blitz speed kickflips!

Enjoyed it.

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truebluebasher commented Sunday, 10 Feb 2019 at 11:35am

Thanx for mystery surf safari swellnet.

It does remind me of (Must see "Abandoned" Skate Series).
https://www.sbs.com.au/ondemand/program/abandoned

In this episode it's worth noting pioneer 1929 Munich WavePool brewhaus
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uz_A6VDUbSI
+ 1930 Nordseebad Indoor Wave Pool has never looked better.
Germans were at forefront of wave & surf car designs- Combi/Beetle

This article recalls 1965-70's crew running from cops....later-(1999) Cops gave up!
https://www.latimes.com/world/europe/la-fg-germany-winter-surfers-20181221-
story.html

Apparently into 80's surfers still towed from bridge to keep speed then disengaged.
Here's the last of some old school tow-in skim surfers of the 1980's
http://www.eisbachwelle.de/eisbach-munich-river-surfing-foto-video-gallery/

Ode to Ye olde Pioneer river surfing...Now that's a trad take off!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cOmJAYTYh98
There are also plenty of shots of Trad costume surfers...easy to source.

This one Details other Munich waves + Links to News/facebook sign in Groups
Great photo of drained river bed hidden nasties...Well worth a look
https://www.toytowngermany.com/forum/topic/73618-river-surfing-in-munich/

Stationary Waves in Rivers (science)
https://iahr.org//PDF/Journals/Hydrolink/2018%20issue2%20free%20access/S...

Riverbreak Mag.(Mostly Euro/North America)
http://riverbreak.com/