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German surfers rejoice! Munich to get Endless Surf wave pool near airport

The Hallbergmoos municipality in Munich gave the green light for construction to begin on Surftown, a work-life development project centered around an Endless Surf wave pool.

Adjacent to the surf park, the project developer Rock Capital Group is planning a 29,000 square meter multifunctional hybrid building with offices, catering and retail under the name “Hybrid One”. The goal is a unique work-life and leisure quarter instead of typical office space.

Surftown MUC will offer authentic running waves that can be generated every 10 seconds and travel for up to 180 meters. The new project will be powered by Endless Surf, a pneumatic-powered heart-shaped design that boasts of creating several different customized wave types within the same session.

To accompany the waves, the facility will include additional lifestyle amenities like fitness areas, food & beverage, surf & lifestyle retail, and lounge areas by the beach. The sports and leisure park in the immediate vicinity of the airport aims to appeal to all ages and surf skill levels, from professionals to newcomers.

Breaking ground later this year, waves are expected to be pumping by 2023.

Endless Surf munich artist rendering
Endless Surf Munich artist rendering showing basic principle of Surftown MUC. Subtleties in pool and buildings may differ.

  • The capacity of the surf pool is up to 700 surfers per day in 18 sessions
  • The surf pool has a surface area of 10,000 sqm and holds a volume of 9,500 cbm

  • Total length of the pool is about 180 meters.

  • The wave generator with technical room and pressure chambers is positioned on the longitudinal side with a total length of 120 meters

  • 34 chambers provide for movement of the water by means of overpressure and underpressure and thus produce perfect waves from 30 cm up to more than 2m in height

“This project is a showcase for inland surfing by bringing a world-class wave to an enthusiastic local surf community in a landlocked location,” said Baptiste Caulonque, Chief Commercial Officer of Endless Surf. “The venue will become a major attraction for Munich.”

With a thriving surf community centered around the Eisbach River rapid wave, the addition of a world-class surf pool will enhance this vibrant surf culture and further Munich’s reputation as the surf capital of Germany and make it a novelty surf destination within Europe.

Endless Surf wave system for Surftown in Munich

Surftown MUC Founder, Chris Boehm-Tettelbach, met his business partners, Conrad Albert and Michi Mohr, within Munich‘s surf scene. Together, they all bundled their respective talents (development, investment, and surf) for this mega project.

“With our different backgrounds, we complement each other perfectly,” says Chris Boehm-Tettelbach.

Chris also notes their drive toward making the venue a greener surf park.

“Besides the fun of surfing, we are also united by the absolute conviction that a project like Surftown MUC can only innovative if it is also designed to be sustainable and climate-neutral.”

The entire system of the facility is designed to be CO2 neutral. At the same time, all electricity will be generated from renewable sources – 80 percent even from the company’s photovoltaic systems.

Endless Surf uses a flexible pneumatic system (using a number of pressurized air chambers) to produce wave-making energy. Because of the system’s flexibility, based on how you sequence the chambers, you can cater usage to pool capacity and conserve energy. Having a centrally located wave pool will also cut down on air travel by Germany’s estimated 2,500,000 active surfers since they will now find a high-performance wave in their backyard.

Located near Munich International Airport at Lilienthalstrasse 12 in Hallbergmoos, the new wave pool will be visible to passengers on commercial flights. The Munich airport already has a rapid wave on-premise.

“I am very pleased that we have found a location where the enthusiasm for our project is so fully shared,” said Conrad Albert. “This is a public-private partnership in the best sense.”

Chris Boehm, Michi Mohr, Conrad Albert of Surftown MUC
Surftown MUC partners Chris Boehm, Michi Mohr and Conrad Albert

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