Surf's Up

Austin's massive surf park reopens just in time for summer fun

Austin's massive surf park reopens just in time for summer fun

NLand Surf Park Austin
NLand Surf Park reopens May 12. Photo courtesy of NLand Surf Park

Surf's up, Austin. NLand Surf Park reopens Friday, May 12, for the 2017 season.

The park originally debuted in October 2016, but it closed shortly afterwards to make way for a few updates, including tweaks to the surf lagoon, a new Boogie Bay for boogie boarders, and better views for spectators on the shore.

"The response from the global surf community has been humbling and we are eager to showcase our updated lagoon and amenities for 2017," says founder and CEO Doug Coors in a release.

The park, located on a 160-acre site just east of Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, is the first attraction of its kind in North America — and the second in the world. Using technology from Spanish firm Wavegarden, the 14-acre pool is capable of generating 300 waves per hour, alternating between 1-, 4-, and 6-feet high.

Waves are suitable for surfers of all levels, and there are three kinds to choose from, depending on skill. The park will also offer surfing lessons for children and adults.

Surf Passes range from $50-$90 for a one-hour session, and lessons run $85-$190 for 90 minutes. Spectators can purchase a Shore Pass for $5. In addition to the massive pool, the surf spot features a juice bar; surf shop; and restaurant, Blue Prairie.

The park will be open daily from 9 am to 9 pm; the surf lagoon is open 11 am to 8 pm on the weekdays, 10 am to 8 pm on the weekends.