Zak Noyle was shooting surfer Dede Surinaya in a remote bay in Indonesia when they discovered the water to be covered in garbage. The bay was miles from any town, yet strong currents had carried the trash of the world’s most populated island, Java, to its once pure waters.
Some of the population centers in indonesia have little to no trash collection infrastructure, leading locals to dispose of their waste in the street or in river beds, after which it inevitably is washed out to sea.
In a few places, local geography and tidal conditions cause a tidal bore: the leading edge of the incoming tide forms a wave (or waves) of water that travels up a river or narrow bay against the direction of the river or bay’s current, generating a turbulent wave front. The shape and size of a bore tide varies greatly, from gentle undulations to a powerful single wave. In places, such as Alaska’s Turnagain Arm, Brazil’s Amazon River, and the River Severn in the UK, surfers ride the tidal bore.
Munich, Germany, hundreds of miles form the coast, is an unusual destination for surfing. The famous wave in the Eisbach river was accidently created in 1972 after authorities added submerged concrete blocks under a bridge to break up the current. The story goes that American soldiers stationed in the city first tried surfing the wave after missing the board-bound action back home.
Surfing in the Eisbach was officially forbidden until 2010.
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