Texas is known for plenty of things like cowboy culture, the lip smacking BBQ dishes and the tumbleweed terrain. However, it is not the first destination that springs to mind when it comes to surfing. Yet, with a huge coastline of around 367 miles, surrounded by the Gulf of Mexico, it still produces ride-able waves only occasionally. However, surfers can exploit their love for the sport in other novel ways.
Texas is all geared up to change its name as “Not the first place for surfing”. The lone star state of the US is making waves, literally with proprietary artificial wave technologies. The recently opened Surf Park in Austin generated a great deal of buzz both among avid surfers as well as amateurs. The state is all set to open a brand new a man-made wave pool at the Barefoot Ski Ranch in the outskirts of the city of Waco. The grand opening of this new entrant has been slated for the summer of 2017.
The NLand Pool is powered by the European Firm, Wave Garden. The Waco pool, however, will be powered by American Wave Machines, a California-based company. In an interview with the press, Stuart Parsons, the owner of BSR stated that American Wave Machines have been installing artificial wave systems all over the planet for the past decade. They have a track record of 100% and this is the reason for BSR to choose AWM. Though the exact details of the project haven’t been finalized an initial metrics of the pool can be found online at the site of AWM.
So folks in Texas have to wait till next summer to test out the new entrant in the field. Till then the current sole runner, the NLand, is your place to ride out the waves in Texas.