Austin gets the first Wavegarden in North America

June 4, 2015 | Surfing
Wavegarden: the NLand Surf Park will open in Austin | Photo: Wavegarden

The first public Wavegarden in North America will open in Austin, Texas, in 2016.

The NLand Surf Park will feature 11 surfing areas with four different surfing levels ranging from beginner to professional. The artificial wave technology will create one-foot, four-foot and perfectly tubing six-foot waves every 60 seconds.

Located on a beautiful rural property the size of nine football fields, the lagoon will offer perfect ocean-like waves that will never lose power or shape. Each ride will last for 35 seconds.

“We are working in close collaboration with the experts at Wavegarden to bring this technology to the US. We have such a strong surf culture in America and Wavegarden's technology is going to add a lot of value here, especially in places like Austin where people love sport and the outdoors," underlined explained Coors, Doug Coors, CEO of NLand Surf Park.

"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."

Wavegarden: surfer's view | Photo: Wavegarden

For experts seeking high performance conditions, the main break will provide two waves every minute, approximately six feet in height, that peel in unison in a perfect, cylindrical motion until they reach a close-out section, ideal for practising explosive manoeuvres.

Simultaneously, many different types of rideable waves, ranging between one-to-four feet, are created in other parts of the lagoon that are suitable for novice and intermediate surfers.

“Historically, surfing has been limited to those lucky enough to have access to the coastline. Formerly, to go surfing required a beach, daylight and specific swell and weather conditions. Now, with our technology we can provide an authentic surfing experience far away from the ocean," adds Josema Odriozola, Wavegarden's founder and CEO.

The NLand Surf Park will be located just minutes from Austin’s downtown area.