NLand Making Waves in Austin

The lagoon is fully self-sustaining, using a system that captures water from the property.

By Anca Gagiuc, Associate Editor

NLand Surf Park, Austin, Texas
NLand Surf Park, Austin, Texas

Austin, Texas—Summer always ends a little later in Texas, even more so this year with NLand LLC’s announcement that “America’s first surf park” has opened in Austin.

“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,” Doug Coors, NLand founder, said in a prepared statement.

The 100 percent self-sustaining massive artificial lagoon is a 14-acre body of water with more than 11 million gallons of rainwater collected from the property, featuring waves for surfers of all levels, as well as accelerated training sessions at its state-of-the-art NLand Training Center.

“This is an historic moment for surfers around the globe as our second Wavegarden facility is launched. Together, we have scaled this project to a level never before seen,” Wavegarden CEO Josema Odriozola said in the same release.

Just days before the park opened, Travis County Commissioners reached an agreement over how to regulate the lagoon. “NLand represents innovation in technology, sustainability and sport. While this innovation outpaced regulation, I am glad an agreement was reached as this project represents the best of Austin,” said Travis County Commissioner Margaret Gómez.

The surf park uses a water treatment system that utilizes bio-filtration, permanent media filtration, ozone and chlorine to treat the water, and according to independent testing, the water quality meets or exceeds standards set by organizations such as the World Health Organization and the Environmental Protection Agency.

NLand also features Blue Prairies—a locally-sourced scratch kitchen, and a surf shop.

Images courtesy of NLand Surf Park