North America's first artificial surf pool opens in Austin

October 4, 2016 | Surfing
NLand: North America's first artificial surf pool

NLand, North America's first artificial surf pool, opens October 7th, 2016, in Austin, USA.

The dream has become a reality for Doug Coors, the man who envisioned surfing in the heart of Texas and 200 miles away from the Gulf of Mexico.

The world's second man-made surf lagoon is also the second installment by Wavegarden, the wave-generating technology developed in the Basque Country by José Manuel Odriozola and Karin Frisch.

"As a surfer and an engineer, NLand has been a dream of mine for the past 20 years. We have had our share of challenges, but they are behind us, and I look forward to sharing our waves with the world," expressed Doug Coors, the founder of NLAnd.

NLand: you can get barreled in Austin, Texax | Photo: Wavegarden

For those who live far from the classic Texan surf breaks, NLand will deliver head-high, open-face waves with a 35-second ride for advanced surfers (Reef), challenging rollers for intermediate riders (Inside), and whitewater ripples for beginners and kids (Bay).

The inland surfing complex built a water treatment system that utilizes bio-filtration, permanent media filtration, ozone, and chlorine to treat the water. The pool is entirely self-sustaining and uses 11 million gallons of rainwater captured locally.

The NLand surf park also features a surf shop, a surf training academy, and a locally-sourced scratch kitchen. The surf pool will be open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 am to 8 pm and on Mondays from 2 pm to 7 pm.