“Let’s go surfing now/Everybody’s learning how.”

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Englischer Garden
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Englischer Garden

AN and I spent some time exploring the world-famous Englischer Garden, the almost 4 square km English garden park that starts in Munich’s city centre. It’s a lovely green space in the middle of a densely urban area. Though lovely, the park itself looks like parks all over the Northern Hemisphere. It kind of reminded me of Forest Park in St. Louis actually.

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View from the Englischer Garden
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Englischer Garden looking back toward the Hofgarten or Court Garden

But then we encountered something we did not expect to see: surfers! Apparently people come from all over the world to surf the continuous wave created by an artificial stream that flows through the Englischer Garden. There were probably 20 surfers there the day we were, and it was fascinating to watch.

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Surfers line up to wait their turn
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Surfing safari
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Surfing safari
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Surfing safari
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Surfing safari
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Surfing safari
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Surfing safari
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Surfing safari
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Surfing safari

I imagine in terms of practice, a setup like this is perfect since you don’t have to paddle out or swim back. You just step to the edge of the stream and hop in. The surfers took turns, each one voluntarily (usually) wiping out so the next guy could try.

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Surfing safari
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Surfing safari
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Surfing safari

It did look pretty cold, though all of the surfers were wearing wet suits. It must be swamped in summer though.

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Arch into the Hofgarten

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Bavarian State Chancellery in the Hofgarten
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Hofgarten
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Arches in the Hofgarten

Title quote: “Surfin’ Safari” by the Beach Boys

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See how placid the water is under the ducks? There was a shelf that kept the turbulent water the surfers used from mixing in at that spot.
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Englischer Garden
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Tea House in the Englischer Garden

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People leave locks on bridges all over Europe – Munich is no exception
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View of the Frauenkirche from Englischer Garden
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The gate to nowhere in the Englischer Garden

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