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America's Newest Pastime: Inland Surfing

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America's Newest Pastime: Inland Surfing

2016-10-13 14:33:531 Oct 2018 01:53 AM EST

AUSTIN, Texas — “Well, it’s closer than Galveston and there aren’t any sharks,” 49-year-old surf veteran Casey said as he waited for the next set of waves at North America’s newest surfing destination—a consistent, readymade six-foot swell making landfall right outside of Austin, Texas.
Located 10 minutes from the airport and 300 miles from the nearest coast, first-of-its-kind inland surf park opened to the public on Friday, October 7th. Dubbed NLands, the surf park features a wave pool the size of nine football fields with six surfing zones catering to “foamies” (novice surfers) and professionals alike.
“As a surfer and an engineer, NLand has been a dream of mine for the past 20 years,” said Doug Coors, NLand’s founder and scion of the Coor’s Family Brewing Company, said before the grand opening. “We have had our share of challenges, but they are behind us and I look forward to sharing our waves with the world.”
Coor’s dream of building a surf park in Central Texas has been a long time coming. Officially slated to open in 2015, the park’s arrival was delayed due to a back-and-forth legal battle with Travis County Officials over water quality regulations.
NLand’s waves may be a hell of a fun ride, but they aren’t cheap. A one-hour session on the park’s beginner or intermediate level is $60, while an hour session on the pro-reef wave costs $90. For the price of a six-hour session at NLand, one could potentially buy a plane ticket to an actual beach in Mexico or Costa Rica.

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