Making Waves

A giant new surf park is coming to Austin in 2016

A giant surf park is coming to Austin in 2016

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Wavegarden technology will be featured at a new massive surf complex coming to Southeast Austin. Wavegarden/Facebook

A giant new water park is making waves in Austin. According to the Austin Business Journal, a new inland surf complex is slated to open in Southeast Austin in 2016. The park's now password-protected website revealed the name of the project as NLand Surf Park, the "only inland surfing destination in North America."

 The main attraction is a 12-acre wave pool with 11 distinct surfing areas. 

City permits obtained by the Austin American-Statesman state that the 160-acre site at 4836 TX-71 — just east of Austin-Bergstrom International Airport — will feature a variety of water activities, including a kids' beach, a tiki bar, and a large outdoor venue. However, the main attraction is a 12-acre wave pool with 11 distinct surfing areas.

Hints of a "major sports complex" were dropped Monday in a press release to local media outlets.

"The venue, among the first of its kind in the world, is expected to be highly popular with Central Texas sports enthusiasts and will also attract national and international visitors," reads the release. Doug Coors, from the Coors Brewing family, is is expected to formally announce the project at a media event Thursday.

Stay tuned to CultureMap for more details on this major development.