Surf's up

More details emerge about massive surf park coming to Southeast Austin

More details emerge about massive surf park coming in 2016

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A rendering of what the NLand Surf Park will look like once construction is completed in 2016. Courtesy of NLand Surf Park
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An aerial view of the Wavegarden Demo Center in Spain, which is a third of the size of the NLand Surf Park. Courtesy of Wavegarden
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News of a giant surf park made waves earlier this week, and now we have an official first look at the complex. "NLand Surf Park brings the ocean to Central Texas in a lagoon, roughly the size of Lady Bird Lake between the Congress Avenue and South First Street bridges," stated Thursday's press release.

The 160-acre site at 4836 TX-71 — just east of Austin-Bergstrom International Airport — will feature a variety of water activities, including a beach for kids, a tiki bar and a large outdoor venue. However, the main attraction is a 12-acre wave pool with 11 distinct surfing areas — the first of its kind in North America.

Using technology from Spanish firm Wavegarden, the pool will be capable of generating 300 waves per hour, alternating between one-foot, four-foot and six-foot waves every 60 seconds. Each wave can carry a surfer for an impressive 35 seconds and will not "lose power or shape." Waves are also suitable for surfers of all levels. 

NLand will offer world-class surf school with surf pros "who dramatically shorten the learning curve," states its website. The vibe of the park is likened to ski culture, where surfers and non-surfers can enjoy "the waves, the scene and après surf."

Importantly, in drought-prone Central Texas, NLand Surf Park promises to be "self-sustaining." "We designed the park to tread lightly on the land and all its resources, especially water. Even in the most challenging drought conditions, we will be capable of operating the lagoon with only rainwater," said CEO Doug Coors in the release. 

Construction of the park will be entirely funded by private interests. "NLand Surf Park will be a great addition to Central Texas," Travis County Commissioner Margaret Gómez said. "The tax revenue and job opportunities will make a difference for the people of Del Valle."

NLand Surf Park is slated to open in 2016.