America’s first Wavegarden wave pool has been sold to the Kelly Slater Wave Company. On December 28, 2018, the World Surf League (WSL), owners of the Kelly Slater Wave Co., bought the NLand Surf Park for an undisclosed amount.
“The purchase price reflects the agreement of the parties that grantee is purchasing the property ‘as is, where-is and with all faults,'” the contract notes.
The inland surfing structure has always lived rough times since it opened to the public on October 7, 2016, in Austin.Shortly after opening, NLand Surf Park was forced to close due to damage under the 14-acre lagoon, and only reopened six months later in May 2017.
The project was developed by Doug Coors, a surfer-engineer who dreamed of opening a surfing center in the heart of Texas.
The wave pool’s lagoon has an area equivalent to nine football fields and was filled with 11 million gallons of rainwater.
On November 12, 2018, NLand Surf Park announced they were “closing doors for the season.”
The WSL purchased land and assets from NLand and is expected to swap the Wavegarden technology for Slater’s concept.
Texas has now two wave pools that have been closed down indefinitely: BSR Surf Resort and NLand Surf Park.
Yeah, it’s been a while since we heard from the folks at NLand. America’s first public Wavegarden has been overshadowed by the neighboring BSR Park in Waco, a few hours down the road — as well as the WSL Surf Ranch and the new Surf Lakes facility in Queensland, among other wavepool developments since NLand opened in 2016.