Aug. 12 - Munich hosts the 3rd European Championship in Stationary Wave Riding where athletes compete in a large pool that makes huge artificial waves. Jeanne Yurman reports.
Twisting, flipping...perched atop clear cresting water some of Europe's most talented surfers competed in the 3rd European Championships in Stationary Wave Riding in Munich. The arena for this event...a pool measuring 32 feet -- or nearly 10 meters wide, which cranks out waves nearly five feet -- or 1 and a half meters -- high--the world's largest artificial waves according to organizers. And this year for the first time a so-called "kicker" or jump has been included allowing surfers to show off special rides and tricks earning big fans like 16-year-old Dominik Wienecke. (SOUNDBITE) 16-YEAR-OLD CONTESTANT, DOMINIK WIENECKE SAYING: "You can do what you like on the wave. You can try out new tricks or you can surf whenever you want." The gyrating competitors are divided into groups including men, women and for the first time "Grommets" or surfers under 16 years of age. Those who can show the greatest diversity, control, style and creativity will glide away with some of the prize money totaling 10,000 euros - or 13,000 U.S. dollars.