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German surfers want to build a river wave in Lippstadt

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Lippstadt: a new surf break is about to change this German town | Photo: Frensch

A group of German inland surfers from Lippstadt is trying to convince the local authorities to build a standing wave on the Lippe River.

It’s a small town with roughly 70,000 inhabitants, and it is the birthplace of the famous German football player Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. Lippstadt – the Venice of Westphalia – is 300 kilometers (186 miles) away from the North Sea, so there are no real ocean waves here.

Nevertheless, surf is where you find it, and a local hardcore crew spotted a tremendous surfing opportunity in the Lippe River. Several spots have been identified, and one of the best is a small slope located near an old water mill.

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