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Surfing in a Concrete Jungle: Munich’s Gnarly Subculture

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Since the late 1960s, surfers have been gathering by the shallow banks of a small and cold river that flows through a local park in downtown Munich. A city better known for its beer drinking and pretzels has become the unlikely home of a surfing mecca for urban individualists riding a river wave far from the ocean…

Photograph by Luca Locatelli for NatGeo

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The river Eisbach is man-made 2 kilometer arm of the Isar that flows through the Englischer Garten and just past a bridge near the Haus der Kunst art museum, the river forms a standing wave about 1 metre high. It can be surfed for as long as one’s balance holds, attracting a queue of surfers along the bank throughout winter and summer.

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Surfing here however was for a long time forbidden and after 30 years of evading the law, surfers were finally given permission to ride the wave legally in 2010. Before the sport was legalised in the city there had even been talk of demolishing the wave, but a documentary film, “Keep Surfing“, gave an international spotlight to the treasured surfing spot and likely encouraged the city to intervene.

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Only skilled and experienced river riders need apply for registered access to the city’s Eisbach however, whose icy water flows at a rate of 20 tons per second.

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Veteran surferDieter “The Eater” (pictured below), was one of the first surfers to discover Munich’s river riding possibilities in the late 60s and still rides the waves everyday with his two grown daughters.

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What began almost as a secret surfing society has grown into a iconic urban surfing spot that even hosts surfing competitions and the likes of world famous wave riders like Kelly Slater.

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The wave surges 24 hours a day and attracts surfers day and night, summer and winter.

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Not bad for a concrete jungle…

Photos via Flickr.

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The Super Burrito, A Giant, Plush Burrito Body Pillow Stuffed With Fluffy Salsa and Beans

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photo by Nicole Grant via Lauren Venell

San Francisco-based artist and designer Lauren Venell created the Super Burrito body pillow, a giant, plush, huggable burrito stuffed to the end with felt salsa and other filling. Venell originally made Super Burrito as a comission for The Bold Italic. More of the artist’s work, including the hilarious Bold Burrito costume, can be seen on her website.

For the die-hard enthusiast, now you can have your burrito and spoon it, too. Standing as tall as a beefy second-grader, this burrito makes an excellent body pillow or imaginary friend, who will never judge you for scarfing the half you were going to save for dinner even though you’re already full.

Super Burrito Pillow
photo via Lauren Venell

Bold Burrito costume
The Bold Burrito costume via Lauren Venell

via BuzzFeed, That’s Nerdalicious

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21+ Unlikely Sleeping Buddies That Will Melt Your Heart

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Cat And Parakeet

Cat And Parakeet

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Dog And Kitty

Dog And Kitty

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Dog And Chick

Dog And Chick

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Cat And Dog

Cat And Dog

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Cat And Guinea Pig

Cat And Guinea Pig

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Cat And Pet Rat

Cat And Pet Rat

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Kitty And Bunny

Kitty And Bunny

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Chick And Bunny

Chick And Bunny

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Capybara And Geese

Capybara And Geese

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Cat And Ducklings

Cat And Ducklings

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Fox And Bunny

Fox And Bunny

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Cat And Pet Rat

Cat And Pet Rat

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Cat And Ferrets

Cat And Ferrets

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Cat And Deer

Cat And Deer

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Bunny And Piglet

Bunny And Piglet

Dog And Sheep

Dog And Sheep

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Kitty And Ferret

Kitty And Ferret

Dog, Kitty And Fox

Dog, Kitty And Fox

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Dog And Lamb

Dog And Lamb

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Cat And Hedgehogs

Cat And Hedgehogs

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Dog And Cat

Dog And Cat

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Every Day, I Draw One Animal Alphabet Letter For My Newborn Son

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After having a baby in summer of 2014 I decided that it was time I broke free of my boring web design career and started drawing. I began with the letter ‘A’ and drew an Armadillo and with one drawing per day I made my way through the entire alphabet.

I wanted to create something new for my son, something that he could someday look at and be proud of his dad. I was so sick of looking at terribly illustrated baby books that decided it was time to create my own artwork that I could compile into an alphabet book.

In order to accomplish my goal of one illustration per day, I challenged my friend and fellow illustrator to post our latest drawings on Instagram every day before midnight with #SketchAZduel. What ensued turned out far better than expected.

More info: kysondana.com | Instagram

E is for Elephant

F is for Fox

H is for Hawk

J is for Jaguar

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K is for Koi

O is for Octopus

P is for Peacock

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Q is for Quetzal

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R is for Rabbit

S is for Sea Turtle

T is for Trout

U is for Unua

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V is for Vulture

X is for X-ray Fish

Y is for Yak

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Z is for Zebra

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Me and my son Theo