When modern artificial surf parks first became a thing a few years ago, everyone was drooling over the fact that, they too, could someday surf a perfect barrel. However, it quickly became clear that wave pools were a beacon of the elite, and it took until 2016 for one to be opened to the public in the US. Austin, Texas’s NLand Surf Park was the first to break that mold when it opened its doors to the public in 2016.
Kelly Slater Wave Co. just bought NLand surf park, according to ATX Real Estate News. The former owner, Doug Coors (of Coors Brewing) sold the wave pool for an undisclosed sum to the LLC that owns Kelly Slater’s Waco, Texas Surf Ranch (you know, the one where the pros go to play).
No announcements have been as to what the World Surf League (who bought KSWC in 2016) intend to do with the property. Only time will tell.
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On Saturday, at its annual Big Wave Awards, the World Surf League made an important announcement–judges within the WSL had ruled that the above wave, surfed by Brazilian Rodrigo Koxa on November 8 at Nazare in Portugal, was 80 feet in measurement, officially making it the largest wave ever surfed. The ruling by the WSL's judges broke the previous Guinness World Record set by Garrett McNamara of 78 feet in 2011 at the Portuguese break known as Big Mama. McNamara surfed another wave in 2013
A big wave surfer at Mavericks. Shalom Jacobovitz photo. A recent study published in the journal has drawn a correlation between rising temperatures in the upper ocean and increases in global wave power. The authors conclude that global wave power, a measure of the energy transferred from the wind into sea-surface motion, has increased annually in tandem with sea-surface temperature rises associated with climate change. Changes in oceanic wave power over time. Nature graphic. The rise in