First US project for Wavegarden in Austin, Texas

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Wavegarden, market leader in innovative wave generating technologies, will collaborate with American entrepreneur Doug Coors, CEO of NLand Surf Park, to open a state of the art surfing facility in Austin, Texas. Wavegarden, a Spanish based engineering company and Doug Coors, CEO of NLand Surf Park, today confirmed plans to put Austin, Texas, on the map as a world-class surf destination with the introduction of the first public Wavegarden in North America. This news is an exciting follow-up to last years announcement that the first commercial Wavegarden facility will open its doors in Snowdonia, North Wales, in summer 2015.

Located on a beautiful rural property the size of nine football fields, the lagoon will offer perfect ocean-like waves suitable for surfers of all levels, ranging between one to six feet high, with a lengthy surfing experience of 35 seconds per wave. In 2016, the lives of people in Austin and many others will radically change, with surfing set to become a major lifestyle sport similar to Hawaii, California and Australia. It is extremely rare to find a surf spot anywhere in the world with waves that break perfectly over this duration; this is infrequent even at the most famous surfing locations around the planet because a range of natural elements must coincide for this to happen.

The Coors-Wavegarden team have worked concurrently to achieve this result, overcoming a range of technical challenges inherent to an innovative project of this scale: from the unique lagoon design and self sustaining rain water supply to the implementation of groundbreaking technology that generates perfectly formed waves 6 feet in height.

“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,” explained Coors, a long-time passionate surfer.

Accommodating all experience levels, NLand Surf Park is a dream come true for existing and soon-to-be surfers. For experts seeking high performance conditions, the main break will provide 2 waves every minute, approximately 6 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 1-4 feet, are created in other parts of the lagoon that are suitable for novice and intermediate surfers.