Mick Fanning surfs the Eisbach River wave in Munich
- 07 October 2017 | Surfing
Three-time world champion Mick Fanning went surfing at the Eisbach River, in Munich, Germany.
The Australian surfer, who is set to compete at the Quiksilver Pro France, decided to visit Germany, enjoy the legendary local river wave, and taste a few beers during the iconic Oktoberfest.
The Eisbach River wave is a one-meter standing wave that breaks in cold and 40-centimeter deep waters, close to a small bridge and near the Haus der Kunst art museum.
Fanning "paddled out" with a few local surfers, and it only took him a few minutes to get used to the ride and the flow.
"It's good fun. Not too cold. It's so different to an ocean wave. The boards are so much smaller than sea surfing with two side fins and a guitar pick in the back. Your weight transition is different," explained Fanning.
"With a normal wave, you have a wave pushing you, where here you sort of you're fighting against the wave, sort of like snowboarding."
The Eisbach River wave was first ridden in 1972 with a rope, but surfing on the river has only been officially permitted since 2010. For more about the local hardcore wave riding community, watch "Keep Surfing."