You’ll have to wait a little longer to hang 10 at NLand Surf Park this season.
The surf park, located east of Austin in Del Valle, closed a month after it opened last October, after the soft plastic liner at the bottom of the lagoon suffered tears and began to leak.
“We’re wrapping up lagoon improvements, but no opening date to share just yet,” park spokesman Chris Jones wrote in an email Friday.
When the park closed last November, chief executive officer Doug Coors posted on the park’s website that fin and nose cuts had compromised the liner in the reef section more than expected, and repairs were needed.
“While this is discouraging, we are encouraged by the thousands of people who surfed our waves and became ardent fans and the millions more looking for their first set,” Coors wrote. “We are committed to NLand and our simple promise to share our waves with the world.”
The park’s original opening was delayed last fall because of concerns over water quality. Under an agreement with county officials, NLand was allowed to open as long as it sent daily water-quality reports to county staff. The park tests regularly to make sure chlorine and pH levels are similar to those of a swimming pool, and that sediment and E. coli levels do not exceed county-approved levels.
When it’s up and running, a wave machine rolls up and down the center of the lagoon, spawning perfectly formed swells every 2 minutes. Surfers can hop on at three different points, catching the beginner-sized “bay” wave, the intermediate “inside” wave, or the head-high “reef” wave, where you can channel Laird Hamilton while swooshing across a lagoon the size of nine football fields.
Guests pay $60 an hour to surf either the bay or the inside wave or $90 to ride the Big Kahuna. An hourlong session gets you up to 30 opportunities to ride.
I’ve visited the park twice, both times practicing on the beginner wave. I think I’m ready for the intermediate area now. Expect to see me there when the park re-opens; I’ll write about any changes I see.
Read my review from last fall here.