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.
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There are very few issues that have divided Americans like abortion. The debate on abortion is one that has been raging for several years. Everything right from deep philosophical issues to legal, religious issues has been discussed. However, all these were put aside in the Texas legislature drafted in 2011 and 2013. The simple issue of how complicated and dangerous abortion could be for a woman’s health was the main issue discussed in this legislation.
Those in favor of the anti-abortion law stated that the procedure had to be done under strict medical supervision. They argued that this law protected women from falling prey to unsafe and scrupulous abortion centers that weren’t regulated. Those who were against this law, stated that the law was made with the sole notion of preventing abortions. They also argued that the law didn’t address the issues of protecting the mental and physical health of the women who undertook that procedure.
As a result of this law, several women who wished to have an abortion were forced to travel long distances to have the procedure. Also they ended up waiting for weeks and had to pay huge amount for the procedure.
The case has been going on for than a quarter of century. In the historic ruling given by the Supreme Court the restrictions put forth by Texas on abortions was reduced from five to three. As the case dragged in the courts for several years, there have been several myths surrounding abortions. The most important factor to remember that abortions are now carried out under strict medical supervision and the health of the woman is give prime importance. Studies reveal that all the myths surrounding abortions like that it leads to cancer, results in depression and reduces fertility are totally false and baseless. Studies also claim that woman who wished for and got abortions felt a profound sense of relief.