A weekend with bright sunshine ahead – the perfect opportunity for another outdoor adventure, right?
Why not seize the chance and give surfing a try? In Munich, for instance, you can practice as a beginner at the Floßlände. And if you're looking for more options near you, we've listed a few below.
We asked our SOA founder Oliver, a passionate surfer himself, for the most important information and best tips for beginners, summarized here for you. This way, you can slowly and safely get into this exciting sport.
Choose the right surfboard:
For beginners, it is advisable to start with a larger and more stable board, such as a Soft-Top or Foam-Board. This type of board provides increased stability and buoyancy, which significantly facilitates learning, especially in the beginning. It's recommended to refrain from high-performance boards initially, as they are more suitable for experienced surfers. Instead, choose a board that gives you the necessary safety and balance as a beginner, making the process of learning to surf much more enjoyable.
Neoprene Suit and Comfortable Beachwear
When attending your surf lessons, be sure to wear a neoprene suit. This suit not only protects you from cold water but also provides additional buoyancy. Depending on the current water temperature, it's crucial to choose the appropriate neoprene thickness. You have the options of 3/2 mm and 4/3 mm. This measurement refers to the thickness of the neoprene, where a 3/2 mm suit is suitable for warmer conditions, while a 4/3 mm suit is especially suitable for colder water. Initially, you don't need to purchase your own, as many surf schools or surf camps offer rental suits. Additionally, you can bring a comfortable swimsuit or swim trunks that won't chafe your skin.
Use a surfboard leash to stay connected to your board and ensure safety.
Surfboard wax is applied to the surface of the surfboard to create a perfect non-slip texture. This is essential to ensure a firm footing on the board and provide you with a solid foundation for your surfing adventure. To achieve an even distribution of the wax and optimal grip, a surf wax comb is used. This tool is employed to evenly spread the applied wax and smooth the surface in a way that maximizes your grip and stability on the board. This enables you to ride the waves with confidence and take your surfing experience to a new level.
Surf Poncho or Towel
Be sure to bring a surf poncho or a large towel with you. A surf poncho is incredibly practical and cozy, keeping you warm after surfing and allowing you to use it for changing.
Sunscreen is an absolute must-have!
Choose waterproof sunscreen with a high SPF to protect your skin from sunburn, and apply it approximately 20 minutes before entering the water. This allows the sunscreen enough time to absorb into your skin and form a protective layer. Additionally, be sure to use ocean and coral-friendly sunscreen. You can research in advance to find out which sunscreens do not contain harmful substances or UV filters like Octinoxate and Oxybenzone.
Surfschule & Lehrmeister
Surf School & Instructor
For newcomers to the waves, it's advisable to enroll in a surf school or hire an experienced instructor. They will teach you essential fundamentals like paddling, getting up on the board, and important safety aspects, providing support during your initial surfing attempts.
Where to Surf?
Citywave facilities create a perfect artificial wave, with water speed, wave shape, and height adjustable according to your experience level.
The Floßlände is a canoe whitewater channel located on the Isar River in Munich. It offers both beginners and advanced surfers the opportunity to improve their techniques. However, the waves are variable, and conditions can vary depending on the water level.
The Eisbach Waves E1 and E2 offer a similar experience in the English Garden in Munich. However, E1 is more suitable for advanced surfers due to strong currents and a steep shape. The later E2 wave is gentler and more accessible, making it ideal for beginners and those looking to build their skills.
In Nuremberg, the Fuchslochwelle is an artificial standing wave located at the Wöhrder See. It allows surfers to experience wave riding in the heart of the city. This wave was developed as part of a project to promote the sport of surfing in urban areas, providing opportunities for surfers of all skill levels to enjoy.
In Cologne, at Bleibtreusee, you can practice both waterskiing and traditional surfing on an outdoor wave system.
On Fehmarn Island in the Baltic Sea, you'll find the Surfpark Fehmarn with various outdoor waves.
The fact is that sharing a surfing experience together is simply twice as much fun. You can motivate each other, boost confidence, and, most importantly, share lots of laughter! So grab your friends and give it a try – that's why you should bring your friends along!
We wish you all a lot of fun! Your SOA Team!